A very rare 19th Century Rock and Graner French-market clockwork hand-painted Floor Train Set
Cat. Ref. 1524, comprising 2-2-2 Locomotive 'Mercur' and integral tender, painted in red-lined green, with splashers lettered and lined in yellow, with black smokebox and chimney, detachable headlamp, black flangeless wheels, both ponies centrally-pivoted for radial running --22cm. long, and two-axle passenger stock --each 14cm. long - one red Coach, lined in yellow, with interior bench seating, with spikes for passengers, partition and brown steps, one royal blue Coach, lined in yellow, with interior bench seating, spikes for passengers, partition and brown steps, and dark brown Baggage Van, lettered 'Bagage' and '13' on yellow-lined red panels, with roof lookout, tail-lamp and brown steps, circa 1875, with pine box with hinged lid, probably contemporary (VG, original external motion missing, some old retouching in black Signal paint to chimney, lamps, roof edges, buffer heads, couplings and wheels, some retouching to steps, three couplings refixed, soldering weak at base of splashers, one coach step loose)
The vendor's family comes from Kensington and Mortlake and the train comes from a house that they have owned since 1853.
The train was inherited from the vendor's parents in the 1980s and - now in his early 70s - has known of the train since he was a child, but is unsure of its exact origin. His grandfather was a builder and his maternal grandmother was a secondhand furniture dealer.
The pine box that contains the set originally had a Carter Paterson label on it; the famous removals company was nationalised in 1947.