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Lesney Conestoga covered wagon



In 1955 Lesneys last of the early toys was introduced, It was a model of a western style Conestoga wagon which was approximately the same size as the small coronation coach at 125mm (4.9 inches) long,
The wagon did not fit in with any other model made by Lesney and I wonder if it was made with the expectation that it would be as successful in the USA as the small coronation coach was in the UK.
The coach itself had a green metal body and wheels with an authentic looking white canvas type roof canopy and a brown painted driver with a red scarf, It was drawn by six brown painted horses with white faces and tails which were cast individually and mounted to the drawbar before painting, The left front horse had a rider with a yellow jacket and hat and a red scarf and early issues also had gold trim to the horses.
The early issues had two red painted water barrels fitted to the sides which can sometimes be found painted brown, Later the barrels were omitted and the holes in the sides of the wagon were filled in.
The wagon was packaged in a full colour box which made no mention of Moko, It illustrated the model on the front and the box was numbered #59 and in the USA it sold for 59c,
For the collector the conestoga wagon is not one of the most desirable early toys although mint and boxed examples still fetch good prices.
The model was not a great seller so it was deleted in 1957.


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above: the early issue wagon with lost barrels.

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Lot 1523 The California Matchbox Collection - March 10th, 2008 Matchbox Lesney small scale Horsedrawn Covered Wagon - green, white, red barrels, 6 x brown horses with 1 figure - Mint nice example in Good Plus carded picture box (small sellotape repair to one end flap). Estimate: 120-160 Bidding is now closed on this item Price Realised: 130


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Lot 1119 The Jersey Collection - January 16th, 2008 Matchbox Lesney Covered Wagon finished in green and white with red barrels to sides, 6 horses with 1 rider - overall condition is generally Excellent Plus (apart from slight surface corrosion to one side barrel) in Excellent carded picture box. Estimate: 70-80 Bidding is now closed on this item Price Realised: 130

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Lot 125 Matchbox Magic 19 - October 9th, 2007 Lesney Covered Wagon - green Wagon, white cover, 6 brown horses, wagon driver, postilion rider - Near Mint in Good detailed picture box. Estimate: 100-150 Bidding is now closed on this item Price Realised: 100


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Lot 124 Matchbox Magic 19 - October 9th, 2007 Lesney Covered Wagon with barrels - green cart, white cover, two red barrels, 6 brown horses, wagon driver, postilion rider - Near Mint in Good Plus detailed picture box. Estimate: 100-150 Bidding is now closed on this item Price Realised: 180

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Lot 1307 The Ron Slyder Collection - October 10th, 2006 Early Lesney Toys small scale Horsedrawn Covered Wagon - later issue without barrels - canopy Good to Good Plus, remainder Excellent. Estimate: 30-40 Bidding is now closed on this item Price Realised: 30