Horse-drawn Water Cart
Variation 3: Green cart, black pmw, brown horse, box with end-flap id.
Another ex-Timpo horse-drawn model was the Water Cart which used the same shaft, chassis, wheels and horse as the Farm Cart with the new addition of a water tank.
The casting of the tank was a single one with an open hole on the top but without a cover, and it was riveted to the chassis at two points. Although a pleasing model, the play-value of the Water Cart was limited to filling the tank with water so to enliven it Benbros chose several single colour combinations including red, or green in various shades, or orange for the cart, chassis and shafts, and for the painted metal wheels black, yellow or red.
The horse was normally brown (also in various shades) with black trim on the mane, tail, feet, eyes, harness and tack. Early brown horses had less black trim but additional white above the hooves and gold on the collar of the harness. Benbros also issued some variations with a white horse finished in full black trim. There was no farmer figure.
The Water Cart was probably sold for most of its life as an unboxed model and supplied to toy shops in plain trade or 'counter' boxes. However, it was also sold in the multi-model end-flap box which Benbros created for ex-Timpo vehicles. There was no illustration of the Water Cart on the box but 'Water Cart' was stamped on one end.
Being a model without identification, the Qualitoys Water Cart is not widely recognised as a Benbros toy and is rare.
Benbros Qualitoys Water Cart
1) RED cart & shafts, BLACK pmw, BROWN horse (black, white & gold trim)
2) RED cart & shafts, YELLOW pmw, BROWN horse (black trim)
3) GREEN cart & shafts, BLACK pmw, BROWN horse (black trim)
4) GREEN cart & shafts, RED pmw, BROWN or WHITE horse (black trim)
5) ORANGE cart & shafts, YELLOW pmw, BROWN or WHITE horse (black trim)
photo Gary Galvin
Variation 4: Green cart, red pmw, white horse