December 12 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Enthusiasts travelled far and wide to snap up a piece of farming history when a huge collection of agricultural curios went under the hammer.
More than 1,200 people flooded to Pond Farm in Bodham to bid on the hundreds of lots that formed the lifetime collection of farmer Ted Mack.
Historic ploughs and wagons joined vintage tractors and stationary engines at the sale, which was held on Saturday and led by auctioneers Brown and Co.
Buyers travelled from all over the UK to admire Mr Mack’s museum-like collection and bid on the equipment, which spanned years of technological advances.
Some of the lots that generated the highest bids were a 1941 John Deere HN twin cylinder TVO tractor in remarkable condition that sold for £4,200, a Norfolk harvest wagon by Dobbs of Mattishall which went for £3,000 and a Ruston and Hornsby stationary engine that fetched £1,500.
Among the vast collection of vintage ploughs that were sold on the day, the highlights were a Norfolk gallows by S G Soames of Marsham that sold for £1,080 and a double furrow KutKleen plough by Ransomes Simms and Jefferies of Ipswich which fetched £530.
Other lots which proved of interest to buyers were a mint condition Stephenson’s hand powered hay press that sold for £770, a fine example of a costermonger’s barrow that went for £500 and a complete horse works with a chaff cutter by Cameron of Bungay that fetched £560.
Auctioneer Simon Wearmouth, from brown and Co’s Norwich office, said: “The sale attracted buyers from all over the UK with machinery now making its way to new homes as far away as Scotland.
“The turnout was phenomenal and emphasises what a rare and prestigious collection of vintage machinery this was.”
Fellow auctioneer Charlie Mack, great-nephew of Mr Mack, added: “Ted would have been extremely happy to know that the collection is going to continue to be well looked after by enthusiastic collectors.
“The prices achieved represented a day of fierce bidding and the day proved to be a real success.”