Dinky Toys 324/27k; Hay Rake

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I think this must be fairly unique as a subject for a die-cast as it is a generic implement, not a model of a product produced by any particular manufacturer and that it is also a model of an implement that had been adapted from horse-drawn to tractor-drawn. When the original was made it would have had a pair of shafts for a horse. It could have been made by any one of half a dozen makers - possibly Bamfords or Ransomes, but could also have been made by a local light engineering works.

The purpose of the implement is to salvage any remaining hay from a field that has been already cleared. You drag it across the field with the tines down and every 100 yards or so you pull the lever to drop what you've collected and if you are accurate and do it in the same place every time you get a swath the baler can pick up. By the time I was old enough to drive a tractor (1970 or so) we used a thing called a Vicon-Lely Acrobat for this job - which was once available from Britains as a model.

I remember my older brother raking up using one of these pulled by a horse, that must have been 1960 at the latest and he'd only be about 12. There was a seat that cantilevered out over the tines at the rear and there may have been a foot pedal to raise the tines. Ours was taken to the village blacksmith when the horse was sold and the wooden shafts were replaced with a draw bar for the tractor. A piece of baler twine was attached to the lever and pulled from the tractor seat to lift the tines. The last I remember of it my brother had taken it apart. cut a flat side on the wheels so they wouldn't turn and welded the tines upside-down between them - he made it into a hay rack for the cows to eat the hay from in the winter.

Dinky made it from 1953 to 1970, first as 27k sold from trade boxes and from 1954 onwards sold as 324 individually boxed. I've not shown both items as they are identical. However checking all my photos on file each one of the unboxed items I have sold has 27K cast into the bottom of the socket for the lever. The only one which is certainly 324 was a boxed example and I have no photo of the underside. This leads me t believe that Dinky did not remove the number 27K from the casting at the time the number was changed.

This Dinky was sourced in December 2012 from UK Toy & Model Auctions

 
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