Coming up in our auction on January 24th 2020, is a wonderful rare dinky display stand. We’ve been researching it over the Christmas period, only to find that there really isn’t very much information out there about it. We’ve also asked our Facebook community so hopefully there’ll be someone there who can enlighten us all.
What we’ve discovered so far:
Many of the Dinky display stands are well documented. There was a smaller one of these used as a counter-top display in some toy shops and the cardboard stepped displays appear regularly at auction and on some of the British Pathé films about the Dinky Factory. This one isn’t – so it is a rare Dinky display – probably created by the factory for an exhibition as there are no codes on it at all.
The chromework immediately suggested that it would be early 1960’s and a bit of further investigation found this picture which is an image that came up for sale via QDT – click on the image to see their orginal listing
The eagle-eyed amongst you will spot that those models on display include several launched in 1963 – so from that, we’re dating the display stand to around 1962-3. Noteably, there were no new planes launched by Dinky that year – 708 being released in 1957 and 710 (no 709 plane) in 1966 – so we believe those on display would be older or reissues of older models.
Not your usual ‘point of sale’ material
Although some of the people we’ve asked about this recall seeing a counter top version in toy shops at the time , this stand is big! There were several toy fairs in 1963 – the 10th Toy Fair was held in Brighton with the International Toy Fair coming to Harrogate later in the year – as covered by British Pathé .
If you want to really look into it – you could say that the display stand is somewhat ‘Globe’ or world like – but we may have been looking at it for too long!
How to bid
You can join us in the sale room on Friday 24th January at the Village Hotel in Elstree – full details here This auction will also include Part 2 of the Barry Fentiman collection of Wrenn / Hornby Dublo Model Railways as well as some other Dinky and Corgi collectables
Can you offer some insight into this rare Dinky display stand?
We would love to know more about the stand – so if you do know anything about it, have pictures of it in-situ or have any other information please do drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org