A rare Whitanco Barney E1 World War I tinplate clockwork tank, made by the Liverpool company of Whitely Tansley & Co. circa 1919. This scarce example features tan colouration with raised pressed rivets and lithographed details, it has a substantial clockwork motor with original key.
The paintwork is in remarkably good condition but there is play wear and some scratching which can be seen in the photographs. The motor operates and has an on/off lever on the top of the tank. The right hand drive track is stretched and is not engaging correctly, so although the motor works it is currently slipping on the track and won't drive forward. The motor is accessed by a back hatch which has a double locking mechanism, one of the door bars is missing. The keyhole has some mis-shaping around the aperture with slight mis-shaping to the gunport roof. The tracks have adjusters at the front. I believe these are the early type of adjuster. All in all a nice example of this rare toy.
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