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Early Lesney Toys 1948-1955

Early Lesney Toys 1948-1955

"The Early Lesney" toys are those mostly larger scale toys produced before the invention of the "Matchbox" models from 1948 to 1955. Production of these large models ended with the Massey Harris tractor in 1955. All of them are rare today in very good condition.


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Product no.: Lesney03

The small Coronation Coach which was Lesney's 1st huge succes in the toy business in 1953. Chrome plated, white horses, very good condition. Only visible fault: one horse is missing an small parts og one leg. Good complete box with one loose outer flap, structural sound. One of the earliest Lesney made toys ever.

220.00 *

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Product no.: Lesney10

Something that is really a one of a kind: the surviving prototype for the never released large "Showmans Engine" for the Major Scale series in the early 50's. Only the large MF Tractor was released in this series, the large Dumper Truck was ready for production and this large Showmans Engine was in the later stage of development when the series was cancelled.

Very large wooden model, 21 cms long, 12 cms high! Wheels and steering wheel are already casted in metal so these moulds were ready. The comparision with the later issued Yesteryear model shows how large ( and heavy! ) this model would have been. You also get 4 large rear wheels, 2 smaller front wheels, 9 long roof supports, 7 smaller roof supports, 1 steering wheel and 4 front lights, all are made from metal. Plus one really large metal roof, 22 cms long. For all these parts the moulds were obvioulsly already production ready showing that this model was in advanced developed mode. You also get all the remaining paperwork for this project ( parts lists, paper cut-outs for other parts, lots of b&w photographs and three very large original drawings of the original "Fowler B6 Big Lion Road Locomotive" ). That is everything that was kept by one former Lesney employee working on this model in the 50's. This model was pictured in the "The First 40 Years" book and is the only existing example - a true piece of Lesney history. 

 

9,900.00 *

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Product no.: Lesney68

This large Site Dumper is the larger version of the Matchbox No.2A Dumper and was developed by Lesney to be part of the "Large Lesney Toys" series. It was made by the model & tool maker Ron Dix who left Lesney in 1952 to create his own company ( Condon ) and ha was given this production ready tool to start his company. Ron Dix was replaced by no one less then Jack Odell, the rest is history. So this model was fully developed by Lesney and never put into production, it was made for a short time by Condon before this company went under. Heavily played with, driver is missing.

95.00 *

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Product no.: Lesney69

This large Site Dumper is the larger version of the Matchbox No.2A Dumper and was developed by Lesney to be part of the "Large Lesney Toys" series. It was made by the model & tool maker Ron Dix who left Lesney in 1952 to create his own company ( Condon ) and ha was given this production ready tool to start his company. Ron Dix was replaced by Jack Oddel within Lesney, the rest is history. So this model was fully developed by Lesney and never put into production, it was made for a short time by Condon before this company went under. Red, yellow wheels, played with, driver is missing.

99.00 *

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