Early Lesney Toys

updated 6/17/06
(NONE of these cars are for sale).

Moko, NOT Lesney

Early Lesney toys are not my collecting focus, so I do not have a complete set of images.  The list below was prepared from Encyclopedia of Matchbox® Toys © 1997, 1999 [2nd Ed.], by Charlie Mack, reprinted with permission. [notes in teal color are not Charlie's]


Links to others' pages:
Matchbox Memories - The Early Toys new 8/19/05

Nick & Debbie's - Matchbox Toy Collection Lesney pages new 8/19/05


15 toys were released prior to the name "Matchbox" developing, known only as "Early Lesney Toys".  Some were later scaled down to miniatures while others were not.  The bait bread press is not a toy but belongs in a fisherman's box, & the letter opener fits best here (and doesn't elsewhere).

early Lesney at C Mack Museym

early Lesney display at Charlie Mac Museum

Aveling Barford Road Roller, 4 3/8", 1948
1. dark green body, red wheels, yellow flywheel cast
Early Lesney Aveling Barford Road Roller

Lesney Aveling Barford Road Roller
2. dark green body, unpainted wheels, no driver or flywheel cast
3. dark green body, unpainted wheels, with driver, no flywheel cast
4. light green body, red wheels, no driver or flywheel cast
5. gray-brown body, red wheels, no driver or flywheel cast
6. red body, unpainted wheels, no driver or flywheel cast
unlisted: orange body, black flywheels cast [seen at 1999 Matchbox USA convention]

Cement Mixer, 3 9/16", 1948
1. pale green body, red barrel & handles, red wheels
Early Lesney green Cement Mixer with red barrles
2. dark green body, red barrel & handles, red wheels
Lesney Cement Mixer
3. dark green body, red barrel & handles, yellow wheels
4. dark green body, green barrel & handles, green wheels
Early Lesney green Cement Mixer with green barrel
5. dark green body, green barrel & handles, red wheels
6. red body, dark green barrel & handles, green wheels
7. red body, dark green barrel & handles, yellow wheels

Caterpillar Tractor, 3 1/8", 1948 [no image]
1. green body & rollers
2. dark yellow body & rollers
3. orange body & rollers

Caterpillar Bulldozer, 4 1/2", 1948

Lesney bulldozer
1. pale green body, rollers & blade
2. orange body, rollers & blade
Early Lesney Caterpillar Bulldozer
3. dark yellow body, yellow rollers & blade

Horse Drawn Milk Cart, 5 3/8", 1948
Early Lesney Milk Float
Perfect Toy

Lesney Milk Float
1. orange body
2. blue body

Rag and Bone Cart, 5 ¼", 1949

Lesney rag and bone cart
1. yellow body with red wheels
2. green body with red wheels

Soap Box Racer, 3 1/8", 1949
Soap Box Racer

Soap Box Racer

Soap Box Racer

Soap Box Racer
1. gold body, brown driver, metal wheels

Jumbo the Walking Elephant, 4", 1950
Early Lesney Jumbo the Walking Elephant

Lesney Jumbo the Elephant
1. light gray body with wind up key John Moore at the 6/99 Matchbox USA Club Convention]

Prime Mover with Trailer & Bulldozer, 18", 1950
1. orange mover & trailer, all green bulldozer
Early Lesney Tractor, Trailer & Bulldozer
2. orange mover & bulldozer, blue trailer
3. orange mover, blue trailer, orange bulldozer with red blade

Muffin the Mule, 5 ½", 1951

Early Lesney Muffin the Mule
1. cream body with painted features, puppet strings
[Muffin the Mule TV show home page with Real Audio/Video, Annette Mills with the songs and Ann Hogarth as the puppeteer, & photos and history of muffin new 8/19/05

Large Coronation Coach, 15 ¾", 1952

Large Coronation Coach

Large Coronation Coach

Large Coronation Coach

Large Coronation Coach

Large Coronation Coach

Large Coronation Coach horses
1. gold painted body, king & queen cast inside

Large Coronation Coach

Large Coronation Coach
Large Coronation Coach w/ small coach & covered wagon
2. gold painted body, queen only cast inside [w/ small coach & covered wagon]
3. gold plated body, queen only cast inside
4. silver plated body, queen only cast inside

Coronation coach box

Small Coronation Coach, 4 ½", 1953 [see large coach image]

Early Lesney Small Coronation Coach


Massey Harris Tractor
, 7 13/16", 1954, & Milk Float [John Moore at the 6/99 Matchbox USA Club Convention]
1. red body, beige wheels with black rubber tires

Bread Bait Press, 2", 1954
1. red body, green wingnut & inner fixture, "Lesney Milbro" cast
2. red body, unpainted wingnut, green inner fixture, "Lesney Milbro" cast
Early Lesney Bread Bait Press

Lesney bait press
3. red body, unpainted wingnut & inner fixture, "Lesney Milbro" cast Note: "Milbro" was a distribution agent for Lesney

Covered Wagon, 4 7/8", 1955
Early Lesney covered wagon w/o barrels
1. dark green body, white cover, brown horses, no barrels

Lesney Covered Wagon with red barrels
2. dark green body, white cover, brown horses, dark red barrels

Lesney covered wagon box

Lesney covered wagon box

Souvenir Letter Opener, 8 ½", 1962 [no image, sliding inner sleeve reveals a hidden tiny matchbox toy]
1. black handle, silver blade, Lesney UK address on silver band
2. black handle, silver blade, Fred Bonner address on silver band

Variation descriptions Lesney's Matchbox® Toys, Regular Wheel Years, 1947–1969, © 1992, & Encyclopedia of Matchbox® Toys, © 1997, 1999 [2nd Ed.], by Charlie Mack, reprinted with permission

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