Nippy will be going under the hammer as part of Reeman Dansie’s Classic Car and Vehicle sale on Friday 11thNovember at 12noon and is estimated at £50,000 – 70,000.
At routine house call to a country cottage you may expect to find many things; a Victorian watercolour, a tea set or perhaps a grandfather clock. What you don’t expect to come across however is a 96 year old steam tractor, languishing under a tarpaulin in the back garden! Just such a discovery was made by Colchester auctioneers Reeman Dansie during a recent visit to a sleepy Suffolk village.
‘It was a really unexpected find’, comments auctioneer Lewis Rabett, who spotted the engine poking out of the properties overgrown garden. ‘It is certainly the first time I have discovered anything quite like it!’ he added.
Following the discovery the Reeman Dansie team set out to find more about the history of the forgotten engine. They discovered the steam tractor in question christened ‘Nippy’ was manufactured by British firm Aveling & Porter in 1926. Painted in the livery of haulage contractors Dagnall Ltd of Chesham Bois in Buckinghamshire it is likely the engine spent its early life hauling goods around the country. By the 1920’s internal combustion power began to replace steam power and slowly engines such as Nippy were replaced by the trucks and lorries in the haulage world that we are familiar with today. In later years the engine was owned by a father and son, before disappearing from the steam scene around 15 years ago.
Following Reeman Dansie’s discovery the engine has been collected from the garden it has spent over a decade in ready for it to be sold at auction, where its lucky new owners will be able to restore Nippy back to steaming condition.
An important collection from the studio of this significant World War I official war artist is to be included in our February Fine Art auction. The collection, comprising in excess of fifty works, comes by direct family descent and represents the most substantial collection of his work to ever come to sale.
Featuring in Reeman Dansie’s February Fine Art sale is this previously unrecorded mid-18th oil portrait of Governor of New York, Charles Le Hardy (1718-1780).
Reeman Dansie are privileged to offer this spectacular and comprehensive collection of Natural History books, taxidermy, paintings and related artefacts.