Our Suffolk auctions regularly offer a strong selection of highly collectable vintage toys. The market for vintage toys continues to show impressive demand, with collectors both nationally and internationally prepared to offer robust bids to secure rare items. 

Some of the most sought-after examples include:


Japanese and German tinplate clockwork toys are highly popular. Look out for those dating from the 1960s and earlier, especially robots, science fiction and space-themed toys.


The most popular makers of diecast toys include Dinky and Corgi. The original packaging is often as important (if not more so) than the toy itself. 'Mint in box' toys will attract a premium.

Lead Figures

Britains are the best known maker in this field of collecting. They specialised in lead soldiers, farm yard animals and machinery.

Live Steam

Mamod and Wilesco are the two key makers of live steam traction and stationary engines. Well-built, privately made engines, known as "scratch built", are also popular with buyers and collectors.

Japanese tinplate NASA space station by Horikawa.

Auction #132 / Lot 1206

hammer £750

Fowler scratch built live steam traction engine 62cm.

Auction #149/ Lot 1029

hammer £1100

Nodding and growling papier-mâché French Bulldog by Roulets et Decamps c.1880.

Auction #136/ Lot 726

hammer £850

Matchbox Superfast No. 29 Racing Mini, metallic silver pre-production prototype

auction #136/Lot 721

hammer £850

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