Expert valuer David Hunter is particularly knowledgeable when it comes to railwayana. Model trains, including antique and modern and in gauges from z-gauge to gauge 1 and beyond are found in the saleroom as well as items of railwayana.
Within the railwayana category, you can find anything from a modern pro cast engine nameplate, like the one which made £230, to railway-related volumes like The Hornby Companion Series and Official Illustrated History to The World Guide To Model Trains and a British Model Train Catalogue fetching between £20 to £160.
David will advise on how best to sell items, particularly when dealing with many hundreds belonging to one person. Sometimes a large single-owner collection will be sold in many lots, an example being HO scale and 00 gauge trains valued at over £10,000. Or as one lot made up of a large collection of N Gauge locomotives including Graham Farish Bachmann Northern Rail and Peco Wagons with a selection of unboxed rolling stock which made £1,200.
If the original box, packing and paperwork are present, and all are in seemingly pristine condition then interest can be very keen. For example a Bassett-Lowke 0 gauge Special Limited Release 4-6-2 loco & two tenders and Flying Scotsman LNER 4472 sold for £520 recently.
Painstaking work by David and the saleroom team ensured a rusty, damaged, pre-war clockwork train set, found in a garage as part of a house clearance, wasn’t missed and sold for £6,500. If the team hadn’t carefully checked all the boxes it may have been overlooked - despite being consigned to the garage, it was the most valuable item in the house.
If you would like to know more about the fascinating world of railway and railwayana, David is your go-to expert.