Stationary Engines and Farming Bygones at the Royal Bath and West Showground

| January/February 1982

  • Fordson N Roadless
    Fordson N Roadless
  • 3 HP Petter Appletop
    3 HP Petter Appletop
  • McCormick W6
    McCormick W6
  • Fred Hart on Huber steam traction engine

    Don Dillon

  • Fordson N Roadless
  • 3 HP Petter Appletop
  • McCormick W6
  • Fred Hart on Huber steam traction engine


Wednesday the 23rd September dawned bright, clear and sunny which is only to be expected in our perverse climate, as the auctioneers, Palmer Snell, responsible for the organization and implementation of this sale, had taken great care to insure that the weather would not interfere. The venue was the extremely spacious and convenient No 1 Cattle Pavilion at the Royal Bath and West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset. Attendance was excellent, as was amply demonstrated by the tremendous number of private cars, trailers, trucks and horse boxes, whose owners no doubt hoped to return home that evening with a coveted prize. Attendance included several from as far a field as Scotland and Southern Ireland. A wide range of items were offered for sale, all of which found ready buyers, although naturally in these hard times prices were not quite as high as they may have been in the last two years. Nevertheless, Palmer Snell and new clients were extremely pleased and impressed by the outcome and some notable prices included: 42' Cylinder Pitch Mower-$600.00; Petter Appletop 3 HP, 1929-$550.00; Amanco 3 HP Chore Boy (unrestored)-$650.00; Lister model D's ranging from $10.00-$100.00; Tractors Fordson Standard Model N Roadless Crawler -$800.00; McCormick 46 -$1500.00; McCormick W4-$1200.00; 1939 Case D.E.X. (restored)-$1600.00; Oliver 80 with winch, (restored)- $2300.00; Fordson Standards from $500.00-$600.00; Fordson E27 N Roadless (for restoration)-$550.00; Trailer ploughs (restored and unrestored) from $50.00-$250.00.

In these days when several sales have been somewhat adversely affected by both the general economic climate and the British weather, Palmer Snell arranged a sale that pleased both clients and purchasers. More importantly, we all spent a most enjoyable day; we met up with numerous old friends and made many new ones.

Palmer Snell places paramount importance in the organization of the sale from the venue, marketing and advertising down to the smallest detail such as having transport readily available at the sale site for immediate 'hire.' In-depth marketing no doubt contributed to the success of this sale as it did in 1979 when we achieved $16,500.00 for an unrestored 1917 Overtime (Waterloo Boy), and $6250.00 for a 1930 Case, Model C, which is believed to. be a world record!

Readers may be interested to know that this sale at the Royal Bath and West Showground has been arranged on a regular basis and further entries are always invited with entry forms available on request. Furthermore, Palmer Snell, being specialists in the sale and auction of items connected with our industrial and agricultural heritage, are most enthusiastic and anxious to arrange further sales throughout Great Britain.

Either Charles Dobles or David Chant at the following address would be delighted to offer assistance: Palmer Snell, 51 High Street, Wells, Somerset (0749) 73974.


C. H. Wendel, well known as the compiler of engine history, is embarked on a new project-a Gas Engine Encyclopedia.


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