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Collection, Preservation and Display of Old Lawn Mowers

Identify the lot

Hello all

This auction has a few mowers in it starting around lot 285,

but what caught my eye was the misdescribed lot 297.  Can you identify them?

While you are there, who would want an original Brott 20 (259) and when did you last see a Bamford Wuffler (63) being dragged around a field?




Clive1997 Fri, 06/03/2020

Hi Al

Looks like the usual throwing together of mowers at auction, it would appear on that pallet 297 theres a Qualcast 16, Atco with central kick start so late 30's, a smaller Atco kick start 40's/50's & a 12in  Silens Messor probably 1905-1920ish, 

Appears the 2 Atco's are lot 295 & the Qualcast plus SM lot 296, with 297 being the wrong image!!

If it was a bit nearer i would probably go for the SM as its got the chain & a grass box so probably worth £30-£50 (provided the grass box is sold with the right lot as they have an assortment on the pallet, some of which don't go with the mowers & the Qualcast box is missing.

I have often gone round lots at auctions re-positioning boxes with the correct mowers, sometimes with permission & at other times 'Guerrilla box movements' !!

There is a lot of potential scrap in this auction & don't think prices will go very high, except the tractors perhaps & a few other bits.

I have turned down offers of free Brotts in the past & unable to see a 'Wuffler' on my wanted list!!!!! 

Are you thinking of going?




stonethemows Fri, 06/03/2020

As is often ( but not always ) the case, Clive has beaten me to it.

In answer to your second comment -  around these parts this sort of stuff is bought and sold virtually on a daily basis. There are still many small family farms using old equipment quite happily. Near me  a chap's father bought a Field Marshall tractor in 1947 and it is still in regular use, I often hear it. That said £40/50,000 John Deere's are commonplace, but not everyone can afford or is willing, on principle, to spend or borrow that sort of money.

We have a high proportion of thatched houses and local farmers are growing old varieties of wheat to satisfy demand. These old varieties require vintage equipment to process them.

Then there are the enthusiasts and collectors er like us ! Of course on a certain online auction site almost anything older than about ten years is  antique/rare/collectable/ barn find/very rare/extremely valuable. Or perhaps not. As has been said many times before ' Caveat Emptor ' - for heavens sake do your research before making a hasty decision.


Clive1997 Fri, 06/03/2020

You need to get up earlier, but appreciate the Sun is later to rise in Suffolk, a bit concerned Al is on the forum at 2.00am!!

stonethemows Fri, 06/03/2020

Being further east surely it rises earlier ? I was up about 6-10 this morning for the rooks !

arnk Fri, 06/03/2020

The sun always shines for you Clive!

I don't think I will be able to get along to this one.

See you all in May.



hdtrust Thu, 12/03/2020

What a cracking auction, a good old farm sale everything out on the grass and not sinking as everything is Somerset is!

I thought Cheffins use to be the worst at describing mowers but looks like Thimbleby's have joined the throng!

There is no such thing as scrap price any more thanks to the Chinese yet again,only in non ferrous products like lead as can be seen in all our local churches, go inside and you can see straight to the heavens! Thanks to our local transitional tribes!

Lot 293 for me,that's a 1938 Atco Mid weight with JAP engine

By the time you have paid the £300 levie for bidding on line, then buying your items there is a must in lot no 349 what do you think Clive

Kind regards


Clive1997 Thu, 12/03/2020

Lot 349? Not sure I'm Privy to that!

Would make a nice mower shed for those who only have one machine!