Ploughing on at Cheffins

Cheffins Vintage Sale
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Whilst the likes of Van Persie and Neymar were heating up the World Cup in Brazil, two familiar names in steam engines were doing just the same on English soil for Cheffins during their April Cambridge Vintage Machinery sale.

Firstly it was a John Fowler BB1 Ploughing Engine that sold online for £120,000 – and it’s no surprise – as Fowlers were undoubtedly world leaders in the field of steam ploughing and cultivating.

The Fowlers ploughing engines were developed from simple single cylinder machines in the latter part of the nineteenth century to help deliver a higher ploughing speed than earlier makes. The standard BB model was intended primarily for home use, with the updated BB1 engine we see here increased to 16 NHP – which was to prove the most popular size in England.

The Fowlers in question, No’s.15340 and 15341, comprise a Double Crank Compound, weighing in at approximately 20 tons and come from solid provenance. From 1975 until their recent sale, the engines were dry stored in the Strumpshaw Steam Museum of Norfolk meaning they are still in sound condition.

The April Cambridge Vintage Machinery also saw an Aveling and Porter F Type Steam Roller built in the closing months of 1921 sold online for a respectable £27,500.

Aveling and Porter built more steam rollers than any other maker and their piston valve machines either in single cylinder or compound guise, proved very popular with their operators and were produced in their thousands in the ‘twenties and ‘thirties to cope with demand.

The steam roller in question, No. 10079 – still in fine working order – spent its entire life in Norfolk and Suffolk after originally being delivered to the Felixstowe Urban District Council in December 1921. The machine, like the Fowler, also spent time in the Strumpshaw Hall Collection where it proved to be a popular attraction upon joining the collection in 1986.

Cheffins will hold their next Cambridge Vintage Sale (sale 5) this Saturday, 19 July at 11AM

Bidders can bid on the lots online at the i-bidder website.
The sale will be held  at:

Machinery Saleground,
Sutton, Nr Ely
Cambridgeshire CB62QT

The 65 lots up for offer, include some sterling vintage tractor engines and are available to view Friday 18th July 2014 from 1pm to 6pm; as well as the morning of the sale from 7.30am onwards.

We look forward to seeing what results the July sale will yield.

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