Lonestar and Slikka Toys

by Peter
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Both Lone Star and Slikka Toys are names used by DCMT  (Die Casting Machine Tools Ltd) the parent company of both names, Lone Star was used from 1951 until the companies demise in 1988.

Today I have two new additions to my collections, first from 1976 is this Caterpillar tractor, number 1264.

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This came with it’s box and is in what I consider mint condition, I have seen many of these around but usually missing the plastic canopy and/or tracks.

This was produced between 1977 and 1984 although my box is marked 1976, Lone Star also used this set up as a crane, No1263, both were part of the ‘Highway Constructors‘ series and later became ‘Road Builders in 1983, the model had a change of canopy to a plastic open frame with a roof and the ‘Wimpey’ logo was added

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To see more of the ‘Highway Constructors’ series Click Here

The second offering today is much much older, This is pre Lone Star so no doubt made before 1951.

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I know little about this model, the base says, DCMT  ‘Slikka Toys’, it is however complete as others I have seen have been missing the hook or the side sliding plate, the information I have is from  the book ‘The toys that time forgot’ by Geoffrey Ambridge, this model was number 121 in the DCMT catalogue and produced from 1950, apparently there was also a magnetic version that ran on battery power the number was 121M but otherwise the same, this explains the sliding plate and the housing behind it as it would of been the same casting, it was also sold with a bucket on the hook.

To order your own copy of ‘The toys time forgot’ Click Here

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The following text is from Geoffery Ambridge’s Lone Star website

D.C.M.T. marketed toys, tools, etc, made from their own designs (and those formerly belonging to ‘Crescent Toy’) under a nondescript brand-name “Slikka” Toys or Tools. It wasn’t until 1951 that the Directors wisely decided to change the brand-name yet again, this time to the more appropriate – “Lone Star” – reminiscent of Texas and of the ‘Wild West’ generally, as D.C.M.T.’s predominantly Western-themed products became more and more popular.

 ’The toys that time forgot’ by Geoffrey Ambridge.

This book details the early post-World War Two metal casting output of Die Casting Machine Tools Ltd. (a.k.a. D.C.M.T.) formerly of ‘The River Works’, 152 Green Lanes, Palmers Green, north London and, from 1956, also at Hatfield, Hertfordshire. From 1945, D.C.M.T. produced steel moulds for various toys on behalf of ‘The Crescent Toy Co. Ltd.’, then of Tottenham, north London.  Also zinc-alloy castings from four moulds which had evidently come into D.C.M.T.’s possession, either from ‘Tootsietoy’ (U.S.A.) direct or had been built by D.C.M.T.

To order your own copy of ‘The toys time forgot’ Click Here

I will also be attending the Lone Star exhibition at WHITEWEBBS MUSEUM OF TRANSPORT as  an exhibitor and will be taking my entire Lone Star and DCMT collection with me and along with other collectors will be there all day on SUNDAY, 28th September 2014.

For more details of the Museums exhibitions Click Here


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