Toy Tanks

Can’t afford the real thing? Then try collecting vintage toy tanks

If like me, you cannot afford a real tank or do not have the necessary mechanical skills and means to look after one, there is another option to tank ownership – collectable vintage toy tanks. You can regularly find them for sale online at popular auction websites. They usually range in price from £30 to £300 depending on condition, rarity and if there is a box included. You may be able to find a bargain in a charity shop or at a car boot sale.

What I find strange is that some of the toy tanks with a real historical story are often the cheaper ones. For example, I recently spotted a piece of ‘trench art’. It was a World War One British Mk V male tank metal money box. The bottom was engraved “Made by F Matern, Berlin, 217 POW Coy”.

On the side of one of the sponsons was the engraving “From Dad”. The top of the roof cabin came off to reveal a slot into which coins could be deposited. To get the money out again, the whole roof came off. You can imagine a father trying to keep busy by constructing a toy to give to his child when he gets home.

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