Corgi trucks and Hornby trainsets over the years in hopes that the resale value would cover the expenses of his funeral. Unfortunately, Mr Barnes died before those sales could be realised, leaving his housemate and fellow collector Mr Sewell, with a vast collection of toys which needed to be taken care of.
So Many Cars And Trucks!
What do you do when you have a trove of toys that is piled from floor to ceiling in several rooms in a house? Well, Amanda Harvey, Tenancy Sustainment Officer at Brighton and Hove City Council approached us at Brighton Toy and Model Museum to help out by removing, appraising, selling and re-using this amazing collection, a task we were glad to do!
Next Comes The Sorting, Appraising and Cleaning.
The next step now though is for museum staff to sort through all the cars, trucks and trains to find the best items which can be sold on as genuine collectors’ pieces, exhibition quality items, and toybox treasures. This is no small task as you can see from the photos, we have been given many good quality boxed items, but we also have items that, while still in their boxes have suffered, then other toys which are unboxed, gathered together loose in storage boxes.
Hornby Trains and Corgi Trucks
The collection includes the afore mentioned Hornby train sets, it also includes an arch full of boxed Corgi trucks, many of which have the liveries of well-known hauliers (these include familiar names such as Eddie Stobart, Carter’s Fairs, Bannerman, Westfield, Volvo, Pickfords and Boddingtons) . Other toys still in their boxes come from such names as Dickie and NewRay, there are even some Lledo and Bburago models of classic sports cars and vintage tourers.
Once we’ve had a chance to go through all the toys that we were lucky enough to get from Mr Barnes we’ll be updating you to let you know what we plan to sell.