Dinky Gift Set 50 Ships of The British Navy

Ships of The British Navy by Dinky Toys, No.50. Generally near mint plus/boxed. A scarce pre-war Gift Set from The Catania Collection. QDT starting bid £100. Please note that QDT apply 12.5% buyer's commission.

Dinky gift set 50 ships british navy ff994 front

Price: £125.00

This item is sold.


A rare survivor! 14 grey waterline ships and submarines in unused condition, still tied to the blue card interior with printed ship names beneath each one.

Dinky gift set 50 ships british navy ff994 side view

Close inspection will find minor fatigue to some models. Due to the alloys used at the time, this is a very common sight with pre-war Dinky models. In our experience, items well-stored (out of dramatic temperature fluctuations), do not deteriorate further.
Each one is complete. Some surface crazing and ‘blistering’ in places.
The box lower is in close to pristine state with the drop-down front section barely opened in the past 80 or so years! The inner has some small flecks of surface loss.

The colourfully illustrated lift-off lid in blue has a complete and fresh paper label. The colours are generally strong and the card shows only light surface grubbiness.

Dinky gift set 50 ships british navy ff994 box side

Dinky gift set 50 ships british navy ff994 box lid

Complete paper label at a lid end. No repairs or splits to this rather wonderful box!
Slight fading in one small area.
Box underside:

Dinky gift set 50 ships british navy ff994 base

Capturing an era that has gone so many decades ago. A poignant reminder of this time.

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