On Tuesday 21 September, we have our Transport Sale. The auction features a collection of internal combustion and steam engines being the property of the late Mr Duncan Laidlaw of Bristol. Comprising 43 items (Lots 35-77), Mr Laidlaw built many of these models in his retirement.
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The late Mr Duncan Laidlaw
Duncan Laidlaw was born in 1936 and after leaving school he served his apprenticeship in Hull with Messrs C.D.Holmes, Ship Builders and Marine Engineers, building triple expansion marine steam engines. He was called up in 1955 and served two years National Service training as an engine mechanic in the RAF working on Goblin Mk1 turbine engines, Derwent Mk 5 engines and Avon RA14 turbine engines. He spent the next 8 years in the Merchant Navy travelling all over the world becoming an engineering officer. He worked on nine different ships including the 1st original Queen Elizabeth. After leaving the Navy to get married Duncan’s shore-based years were spent working in the engineering world until retirement. During his last 20 years of life Duncan spent many hundreds of happy hours in his workshop in Bristol building his collection of model engines.
Highlights from the collection include Lot 51, a well engineered model of Alyn Foundry half-size Gardner model 0 horizontal internal combustion stationary engine. This model is gas fired, with the engine made to an open crank design. The model is finished in black and red paintwork with polished brightwork and set on a wooden base.
Lot 51: A well engineered model of Alyn Foundry half-size Gardner model 0 horizontal internal combustion stationary engine | Est. £800-1,200 (+ fees)
Another interesting model is Lot 66, a part built 3 inch scale model of a 3 ton Wallis & Steevens of Basingstoke, England 'Simplicity' live steam road roller. This model was built to the mid 1920's design by Plastow. There were only twenty full size road rollers of this type ever built and there are six in preservation.
Lot 66: A part built 3 inch scale model of a 3 ton Wallis & Steevens of Basingstoke, England 'Simplicity' live steam road roller | Est. £500-1,000 (+ fees)
We will also be offering Lot 38, a well engineered model of a 5 n.h.p 'Redwing' petrol internal combustion stationary engine. The engine is again made to an open crank design. The original full size engines were built by the Redwing Motor Company, USA.
Lot 38: A well engineered model of a 5 n.h.p 'Redwing' petrol internal combustion stationary engine | Est. £500-700 (+ fees)
Tuesday 21 September | 10.30am
Donnington Priory, Newbury, Berkshire RG14 2JE
This is a live online auction with an auctioneer.
Viewing at Donnington Priory:
- Sunday 19 September: 10am-2pm
- Monday 20 September: 10am-5pm
- Day of sale: from 8.30am
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