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Toys, dolls and childhood items will often fetch a good price at auction. We publish articles on this subject from time to time, and these are all collected in this category. You can also find out more on our specialist Toys page for examples of interesting lots sold at auction.

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The Enchanting World of Matchbox Toys

Join us as we embark on a journey into the world of Matchbox toys. Explore the fascinating history and craftsmanship of these die-cast miniature vehicles that have excited collectors and car enthusiasts for decades and join our upcoming Fine Art sale featuring over 30 lots to add to your collection! Lot 2345 The Birth of Matchbox …

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Is Vintage Meccano Collectable? Plus Buying and Selling Meccano at Auction

Here at Potteries Auctionwe sell a variety of toys, including Meccano. However, Meccano is so much more than just a toy. It’s a popular, collectable, vintage product that has been well-loved for years. Developed by Frank Hornby in 1898, Meccano was designed with the principles of mechanical engineering in mind, with the tagline ‘Mechanics Made Easy’. Meccano …

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Highlights from our February Online Auction

Vintage comic collections have proved popular at our auctions in recent months, with this collection of vintage comics and annuals including titles from Detective Comics (DC) and Marvel selling for £190 at our February sale Our February 2021 online auctiontook place this month over Friday 12th and Saturday 13th February and featured an exciting array of items, from …

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MECCANO Meccano is a model construction system created in 1901 by Frank Hornby, a clerk from Liverpool, United Kingdom.  The toy that Frank Hornby invented, “Mechanics Made Easy”, was based on the principles of mechanical engineering.  The model construction kit consists of reusable perforated metal strips, plates, angle girders, wheels, axles, gears and plastic parts that are …

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Corgi and Dinky Toys

CORGI TOYS Corgi Toys is the name of a range of die-cast toy vehicles produced by Mettoy Playcraft Ltd., in the United Kingdom.  Mettoy was founded in 1933 by Philip Ullmann in Northampton, England.  He was joined by Arthur Katz and they decided to market a range of toy vehicles as competition to Meccano’s Dinky …

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