Fine collection of vintage farm bygones goes under hammer

A Case Model C sold for £3,000 at auction.

A Case Model C sold for £3,000 at auction. - Credit: Archant

A large selection of agricultural bygones – including classic tractors, stationary engines and implements – attracted huge interest when they went under the hammer at an Essex farm.

A Case R tractor which fetched £3,700.

A Case R tractor which fetched £3,700. - Credit: Archant

Norman Wasteney, of Wood Hall, Chignal Smealey, north of Chelmsford, amassed a fine collection of vintage machinery before he died last year aged 78.

East Anglian-based auctioneer Cheffins conducted the on-site sale, which took place earlier this month and featured 700 lots including 40 classic tractors.

Among the stars of the show was an ex-RAF Roadless Standard N half-track for restoration with winch that sold for £6,700, a Roadless J17 crawler that took £4,600 and a Fordson E1A DKN that fetched £2,850.

A brace of dismantled Ferguson Brown Type As both went to the same buyer for £3,500 and £1,800, while a Case Model C sold for £3,000, a Case R fetched £3,700 and an International 10/20 with winch went for £2,800.

A Roadless J17 crawler that took £4,600 at auction.

A Roadless J17 crawler that took £4,600 at auction. - Credit: Archant


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Leading the way among the stationary engines was a 1914 Blackstone 10PGOC that sold for £8,200, a huge Crossley Type HDE14 90bhp that made £440, an original Ruston & Hornsby Class HR that sold for £850 and a brace of Bamford open crank engines supplied by JB Pash that made £1,200 and £1,850.

Other implements and agricultural bygones included a Doe 6 furrow plough that made £2,500, 20 two gallon petrol cans that sold for £520, five milk churns that took £300 and a National Time Recorder Co Ltd clocking-in machine that fetched £750.

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Auctioneer Oliver Godfrey said: “Over the years Mr Wasteney had accumulated a fine selection of bygones and classic vehicles that included some truly exceptional examples. As we expected, the auction proved to be very popular, attracting a lot of attention both pre-sale and on the day.

“We were delighted with the turn out and with the prices achieved, which continue to show that vintage tractors and agricultural machinery will always command huge interest from collectors and enthusiasts alike.”

A Roadless Standard N half-track in need of restoration that sold for £6,700.

A Roadless Standard N half-track in need of restoration that sold for £6,700. - Credit: Archant

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