Morestone Mechanical Road Sweeper

Issued 1950    Length 91mm

 

Several of the early Morestone models seemed to have had a slightly nostalgic feel to them with a number of horse-drawn items appearing in the 1940's and then in 1950 this historic-looking road sweeper. But clockwork toys were very popular at that time and judging by the number which are still around, the Mechanical Road Sweeper must have sold well. However, they were complex to make and later a non-clockwork variation with brushes only was issued.

 

The model comprised two parts, the upper body section which was a hollow casting, and the lower mechanical unit (or chassis) which slotted into it. The body included the front mudguards and the front axle and wheels. 'City Cleansing Dept.' was cast on each side with various other detail.

 

Several colours were used to paint the Road Sweeper, the early ones being orange or turquoise but later metallic blue and metallic green were added. The version without clockwork motor was orange-red (in various shades). The front mudguards and lower chassis were black on all the variations except the orange-red issue when they were bright green (sometimes the front mudguards had the green paint omitted). The grille was always finished with silver trim.

 

The chassis section had three elements: the clockwork motor if included; the black sweeping brush; and the rear mudguards and wheels. The rear wheels were connected to the clockwork motor so when it was wound up the vehicle moved steadily forward. As this happenned, the brush, which was on a horizontal axle, turned freely and swept the ground. On the version without clockwork mechanism, the vehicle needed to be hand-pushed to turn the brushes. To ensure a good grip, the wheels were made of black rubber.

 

The Mechanical Road Sweeper had a bright end-flap card box with a nice red & black illustration printed on all four sides. 'A Morestone Series' and the model name were also included. The end-flaps, unusually for Morestone, were left plain.

 

Finding early Morestone toys in good condition is always difficult but the Road Sweeper is not too hard to locate if auctions are watched although the boxes are becoming rare.

Morestone Mechanical Road Sweeper
Morestone Mechanical Road Sweeper

Variation 1: Orange with motor

Morestone Mechanical Road Sweeper

Variations

 

1)  ORANGE                  BLACK mudguards & chassis   clockwork mechanism with key   Morestone Series box 

2)  TURQUOISE             BLACK mudguards & chassis   clockwork mechanism with key   Morestone Series box

3)  METALLIC BLUE       BLACK mudguards & chassis   clockwork mechanism with key   Morestone Series box

 

4)  METALLIC GREEN   BLACK mudguards & chassis   clockwork mechanism with key   Morestone Series box

 

5)  ORANGE-RED          GREEN mudguards & chassis   no mechanism                            Morestone Series box

Morestone Mechanical Road Sweeper
Morestone Mechanical Road Sweeper

Variation 3: Metallic blue with motor

Morestone Mechanical Road Sweeper
Morestone Mechanical Road Sweeper
Morestone Mechanical Road Sweeper with motor

Variation 4: Metallic green with motor & key

Morestone Mechanical Road Sweeper
Morestone Mechanical Road Sweeper
Morestone Mechanical Road Sweeper
Morestone Mechanical Road Sweeper without motor

Variation 5: Orange-red without motor

Morestone Mechanical Road Sweeper

Variation 5: Shades of Orange-red, with & without painted front mudguards

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Abbreviations used on Nicholas Martin Diecast

   

  • umw - unpainted metal wheels

  • pmw - painted metal wheels

  • pw    - plastic wheels

  • gpw  - grey plastic wheels

  • spw  - silver plastic wheels

  • bpw  - black plastic wheels

  • um    - unpainted metal

  • id.     - maker's identification

 

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Morestone Mechanical Road Sweeper

Variation 5: Orange-red & green without motor