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Lesney Horsedrawn Milkfloat



In 1949 Lesney introduced the Horsedrawn Milkfloat which measured 140mm (5 and a half inches) long, The body was cast with the rear axle carriers as part of the main body but the front axle was mounted on a seperate turntable which included the horseshafts which was attached by a single fixing so the turntable could turned to steer, There were two different castings of the float, One had a low drivers seat and one of the rails along the top of the float was filled and the later issue had a higher drivers seat.
The float was usually painted orange but a small run were painted blue which are quite rare and highly sought after, The float had "Pasturised Milk" cast into the sides which was picked out in white which I believe was the first model to feature hand applied trim.
The wheels were accurate die cast examples of wheels that would have been found on a milkfloat and they were painted light grey on the blue milkfloat or light or dark grey on the orange milkfloat
The milkman was a seperate casting which was painted off white with a flesh coloured face & hands, The early issues had a large ejector ring on the drivers stomach.
The Horse was originally a very thin casting which sometimes left the Horse with holes in its sholders but the casting was later thickened, The Horse was originally painted an unrealistic metallic grey but were later painted brown with off white feet and tail, The Horse never did look right simply because it was cast with its legs in the wrong position, It was actually walking with its front and rear legs in step like two soldiers marching which is not how a Horse walks.
The model came with up to six white painted metal crates which sometimes had the tops of the bottles painted red.
This one was packaged in its own box which had an orange float illustrated and the words "Scale Model" and "Milk Float" on the front.


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above: the orange float could have light or dark grey wheels.
the blue float was fitted with light grey wheels.

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Lot 1344 Matchbox Magic 19 - October 10th, 2007 Matchbox Moko Lesney large scale Horsedrawn Milk Float - orange, white driver with 6 x crates, chocolate brown horse with white trim, grey metal wheels - Good Plus to Excellent in Fair carded box. Estimate: 400-600 Bidding is now closed on this item Price Realised: 340


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Lot 157 Matchbox Magic 19 - October 9th, 2007 Moko Milk Cart - blue Cart - blue cart with "Pasteurised Milk", brown horse, light grey wheels, 6 crates, driver. Driver is only Fair, cart and horse are Excellent. A very hard variation to find. Estimate: 500-600 Bidding is now closed on this item Price Realised: 750

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Lot 115 Matchbox Magic 19 - October 9th, 2007 Moko Milk Cart - orange body, white driver, 5 crates, bare metal horse, "Pasteurised Milk" in white cast into cart, dark grey wheels - Cart is Excellent Plus, Driver is only Good Plus. Very hard to find. Estimate: 400-500 Bidding is now closed on this item Price Realised: 380


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Lot 446 Matchbox - November 6th, 2006 Lesney large scale Horsedrawn Milk Float - orange, dark chocolate brown horse, driver, 3 x original crates of milk, dark grey metal wheels - Fair but complete with no damage. Estimate: 80-100 Bidding is now closed on this item Price Realised: 90

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Lot 825 Matchbox Magic 14 - April 5th, 2006 Matchbox Early Lesney Toys large scale Horsedrawn Milk Float "Pasteurised Milk" - orange, white crates and driver, grey wheels, brown horse - Good in Fair picture box. Estimate: 300 -400 Bidding is now closed on this item Price Realised: 520

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Lot 824 Matchbox Magic 14 - April 5th, 2006 Matchbox Early Lesney Toys large scale Horsedrawn Milk Float "Pasteurised Milk" - dark blue with white crates and driver, grey wheels, brown horse - Excellent in Good all card picture box. Estimate: 700 -800 Bidding is now closed on this item Price Realised: 1300

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Lot 2631 Matchbox - December 14th, 2005 Lesney large scale Horsedrawn Milk Float - Fair (lacks driver and crates). Estimate: 60 -80 Bidding is now closed on this item Price Realised: 80

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Lot 940 Vectis USA - December 8th, 2005 Moko. Early Lesney Toy: orange large Horse Drawn Milk Float w/6 off-white milk cartons/white driver/brown horse/black metal spoke wheels issued in 1949 (chips/box missing end flap & showing wear). (1) Lot Condition: C. Box Condition: D Estimate: 275 -425 Bidding is now closed on this item Price Realised: 300