Morestone

Sam's Snack Bar

Issued 1949-1951    Length 117mm

 

The model for Sam's Snack Bar represents a very basic vehicle, a horse-drawn shed on wheels! But it is noteworthy for several reasons because it was only the second model sold from the start under the 'Morestone Series' name (the first was the Clockwork Fire Engine). It was also manufactured by an 'outside' maker, not by Modern Products Ltd., at least not at first, and it was the first to receive multi-colour variations and combinations.

 

The main Snack Bar was cast in two halves with a separate roof section slotting into corner holes. There was not much detail apart from the side with the hatch which had 'Sam's' cast on it and simulated wood planking which extended onto the roof piece. The other three sides and the top of the roof were plain, and there was no identification on the model.

 

What it lacked in detail, Sam's Snack Bar made up for in colour! The first models were painted a dull green with a cream, tan or blue roof. Soon, however, red and blue versions appeared with cream, red or blue wheels and an additional roof colour of red. Because the roof was detachable, several combinations were possible.

 

The wheels were a bit more detailed than the cart being cast to look like wooden wheels and were attached by a clip-fit system to each corner of the cart.  However, because the front wheels were not connected to the shafts there was no side movement for the horse. 

 

There were twin shafts (of varied design) on the first version, both fixed directly to the Snack Bar cart with a twin-crimped pin, but they were not linked together and needed to be seperately slotted onto the sides of the horse. This made them awkward to play with so on later models the shafts were joined with an arched halter which sat over the horse's back.

 

Three versions of the horse were made, the first two having side lugs for the shafts. One had a rough or textured surface representing the horse's coat which was coloured dark-brown with white trim on the feet and mane. The other horse was smoother with a brown glossy finish, also with white feet and mane. The two versions seem to have been interchangeable but the textured one is more common.

 

The third horse was made when Benbros re-designed the shafts. The lugs were removed so that the halter fitted easily. These later horses were smooth coated but could be coloured dark- or mid-brown and most had white trim on mane and hooves. 

 

The central figure of course was Sam himself who was always painted dark green with a white apron and face. Unusually, he did not have a stand which made it hard to make him stay upright. To serve tea, Sam had an unpainted metal tea-urn and a couple of cups or mugs.

 

Sam's Snack Bar was sold in its own end-flap card box with blue illustrated sides carrying two glowing pictures of Sam dispensing food to waiting customers on a chilly night. Both end-flaps had drawings showing a tea urn and cups next to the message 'All Accessories are Moveable'. Morestone must have printed a lot of these boxes because they occaisionally turn up inside out with another model's details printed on the reverse!

 

Finding good examples of Sam's Snack Bar is not easy and the cups and tea-urn are frequently missing. The boxes are becoming increasingly rare.

Morestone Sam's Snack Bar - green

Variation 1: GREEN cart/wheels/shafts, TAN roof, Sam, tea-urn, 2 mugs, textured horse

Morestone Sam's Snack Bar

 

All models inluded:

A figure of Sam in green with white apron

An unpainted metal tea-urn and two unpainted mugs

A dark-brown or mid-brown horse with textured or smooth coat

 

Boxes were end-flap 'Morestone' with blue illustrations and text

 

Variations of cart, painted metal wheels & shafts

 

1)    DRAB GREEN cart   GREEN wheels     GREEN type 1 shafts

         

2)    DRAB GREEN cart   CREAM wheels     GREEN type 1 shafts

           

3)    RED cart                    RED  wheels         RED type 1 shafts

               

4)    RED cart                    YELLOW wheels   RED type 1 shafts

               

5)    BLUE cart                   BLUE wheels        BLUE type 1 shafts

            

6)    BLUE cart                  CREAM wheels      BLUE type 1 shafts

          

7)    CREAM cart               YELLOW wheels   CREAM type 1 shafts

         

8)    YELLOW cart             YELLOW wheels   YELLOW type 1 shafts

      

9)    RED cart                    YELLOW wheels    YELLOW type 2 shafts

      

10)  BLUE cart                   YELLOW wheels    YELLOW type 2 shafts   

 

 

Detachable Roof colours

 

CREAM

TAN

BLUE

BROWN

OFF-WHITE

RED

Morestone Sam's Snack Bar

Variation 2: DRAB GREEN cart/shafts, CREAM wheels, BLUE roof, BROWN smooth horse

photo Lilliput World

Variation 4: RED cart/shafts, YELLOW wheels, BLUE roof, dark-brown textured horse

Morestone Sam's Snack Bar

Variation 5: BLUE cart/wheels/shafts, CREAM roof, Sam, tea-urn & mug, textured horse

Morestone Sam's Snack Bar

Variation 6: BLUE cart/shafts, CREAM wheels, RED roof, Sam, tea-urn, textured horse

Morestone Sam's Snack Bar

Variation 9: RED cart, YELLOW wheels/2nd type shafts, BLUE roof, smooth horse ( no trim)

Morestone Sam's Snack Bar
Morestone Sam's Snack Bar
Morestone Sam's Snack bar

Detail with 1st type shafts (top & centre) and 2nd type shafts (bottom)

Morestone Sam'sSnack Bar horses

Morestone Sam's Snack Bar horses: Textured dark-brown and smooth brown

Morestone Sam's Snacks Bar box

Morestone Sam's Snack Bar box

Nicholas Martin Diecast

Morestone, Budgie, Benbros Vintage Toys

Britains Lilliput Vehicles     Kemlows Sentry Box

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 Sam's Snack Bar variation 9 (red, yellow wheels/shaft)