Traditional fruit machines go under the hammer
PUBLISHED: 08:00 06 July 2019
Clarke & Simpson
Horse drawn vehicles, a one-arm bandit and prisoner-of-war craft items are in the summer bygones sale at Campsea Ashe.
Clarke and Simpson will hold its summer auction of Domestic & Rural Bygones & Collectors Vehicles on Saturday July 13.
Saleroom No.5 at Campsea Ashe is bursting at the seams with nearly 900 lots of collectables ready to go under the hammer.
Auctioneer Geoffrey Barfoot said: "This is our biggest one day sale of this type, and starts a very busy period for Bygones with another auction taking place in early September, for which we already have 250 lots booked."
The sale is hugely diverse with collectors' items large and small on offer. A low loader will be needed to carry away some of the horse-drawn vehicles including an unusual iron horse-drawn sleigh and a harvest wagon by Clarke of Fakenham, while some items will fit into the pocket like the three 18th century apple corers made from mutton bone.
These items were probably carved by French prisoners of war who would have saved the bones from their meagre meals, resourcefully turning them into useful utensils that they could sell or trade to make their incarceration more bearable.
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Items from the 20th century include around 100 advertising signs of all types, many of them enamel, including brands such as Brooke Bond Tea, Lyons, Walls Ice Cream and Shell.
There are also some unusual American fuel signs including Aviation Gasoline, Phillips 66 Motor Oil and Sunset Gasoline.
If you fancy a flutter on a traditional one arm bandit, there are several on offer including a Brooklands Totalisator example which comes complete with a bag of old pennies.
These machines were manufactured by Tom Boland of Leeds in the 1940s and are decorated with an iconic Brooklands racing car.
A large crowd of people is expected on the day and there will be probably around 300 potential purchasers registered to bid via the internet from near and far.
In the last year the auctioneers have registered buyers from 50 different countries from around the world.
The auction is on view Friday July 12 2pm-6pm and on the morning of the sale from 8am.
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