Our jigsaw collection - part 2


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Fingle Bridge

About 200 pieces (approx. 17"x11") in orange slip case box.
Published from 1930 to 1933, initially with about 150 pieces and named 'Springtime in Devon - Fingle Bridge', this is the later enlarged and renamed edition.
The painting by Edith A.Andrews shows a view up the River Teign towards Fingle Bridge on Dartmoor.



Stratford‑upon‑Avon (Harvard House)

About 375 pieces (approx. 21 3⁄4"x15 3⁄4") in blue slipcase box.
Published from 1933 to 1938. This is the early small version with the puzzle later being increased to 400 pieces.
From a painting by Michael Reilly.

Prominent in the foreground is Harvard House of the title. It was the home of the maternal grandparents of John Harvard, founder of Harvard University. The house was built in 1596 for Thomas Rodgers and his wife Alice. Their daughter married Robert Harvard whose son, John, went to America in 1637. Possibly designed to appeal to a transatlantic audience, it is shown flying the American flag.



Bath

About 150 pieces (approx. 15 1⁄2"x12") in orange slipcase box.
Published from 1932 to 1936.
Painted by the artist Claude H.Buckle.

This is the early version published until 1934, the puzzle later being renamed 'Beau Nash's Bath' and increased to about 200 pieces. This image was used for a poster in the This England of ours series.



St. David's Cathedral

About 200 pieces (approx. 16 1⁄4"x11") in orange slipcase box.
Published from 1930 to 1934 initially with about 150 pieces, this is the later enlarged edition.
The painting is not signed, but is attributed to A.Van Anrooy R.I. on the guide picture on the box.

This picture was used on a poster promoting St David's, Pembrokeshire South Wales.



The Torbay Express

400 pieces (approx. 23"x12") in blue box with blue label, but with half a piece missing.
Published from 1930 to 1934. This is the later enlarged version.
From the painting by F.N.J.Moody, originally used for a poster.

Comparing this puzzle with the earlier 375 piece one reveals that for some reason the right hand side has been cropped, with most of the hillside greenery and the artist's signature being lost. This is all the more puzzling as the guide picture stuck on the box states Size of puzzle 29"x13" and shows slighly less cropping.



Stratford‑upon‑Avon (Harvard House)

About 400 pieces (approx. 22"x15 3⁄4") in blue slipcase box, but with one nib missing.
Published from 1933 to 1938, initially with 375 pieces.
From a painting by Michael Reilly.

Prominent in the foreground is Harvard House of the title. It was the home of the maternal grandparents of John Harvard, founder of Harvard University. The house was built in 1596 for Thomas Rodgers and his wife Alice. Their daughter married Robert Harvard whose son, John, went to America in 1637. Possibly designed to appeal to a transatlantic audience, it is shown flying the American flag. Also contains an original copy of the leaflet describing Harvard House.



Brazenose College Oxford

About 400 pieces (approx. 22 1⁄2"x15 1⁄2") in blue slipcase box.
Published from 1933 to 1939 being spelt variously with either s or z.
View inside Brasenose College quad in Oxford, painted by the artist Claude H.Buckle and dated 1932.

This is the only puzzle in the series to have a black border and was used for a poster advertising OXFORD in the This England of ours series.



Cornish Riviera

About 200 pieces (approx. 21"x9") in orange slipcase box.
Published from 1927 to 1936.
Featuring the engine 'Abbotsbury Castle' on its way to Penzance near Dawlish, it is by the artist James Thorpe.

First published as 'The Cornish Riviera Express' with about 150 pieces, this is the later 1934. Whilst still retaining the wavy edges it now contains about 200 pieces. Written on the box is B.J.Pacey Ward 3.34. Presumably this puzzle was bought as a present for B.J.Pacey to occupy them whilst in hospital sometime during 1934.



Henley Bridge

About 200 pieces (approx. 17"x11") in orange slipcase box.
Published from 1933 to 1935 initially with about 150 pieces, this is the later enlarged edition.
Painting by Fred Taylor.

This picture was used for a poster and shows the 'Angel' and St. Mary's Church across the river. Close examination reveals a gentleman sitting astride the bridge parapet with one leg dangling over the water - a rather unsafe position.



Piccadilly Circus

About 200 pieces (approx. 10 3⁄4"x18") in orange slipcase box.
Published from 1933 to 1937.
An unusual night scene with Eros in silhouette, painted for use as a poster by the artist Charles Pears in 1932. The puzzle retains the tall portrait format of the original artwork.



Historic Totness

About 200 pieces (approx. 16 3⁄4"x11 1⁄2") in orange slipcase box.
Published from 1933 to 1939. This is the early version, the puzzle later being reduced to 150 pieces.
View up Fore Street and High Street featuring East Gate, by the artist Claude H.Buckle.

Known to have been later issued as an untitled 175 piece puzzle under the Chad Valley brand.



King Arthur on Dartmoor

About 400 pieces (approx. 22"x16") in marbled pink book type box.
Published from 1931 to 1936 initially with about 375 pieces, this is the later enlarged version.
Painted by the artist Percy Spence and dated February 1928. This image was used for a poster advertising Glorious Devon which included the title King Arthur and His Knights crossing Dartmoor.



Beau Nash's Bath

About 200 pieces (approx. 15 1⁄2"x12") in marbled pink book type box.
Published from 1932 to 1936, first titled 'Bath' and having about 150 pieces. This is the later version which has been renamed and increased to about 200 pieces.
Painted by the artist Claude H.Buckle. This image was used for a poster in the This England of ours series.



Royal Route to the West

About 200 pieces (approx. 18 1⁄4"x10 1⁄2") in marbled green book type box.
Published from 1933 to 1939. This is the early version, the puzzle later being reduced to 150 pieces.
King George V and train, painted by George H.Davis in 1929.

Included in the box is the original packing slip shown above, and a copy of the booklet 'The Literature of Locomotion' which is dated November 1934.
Uniquely, the picture also bears the note Reproduced by permission of the "Illustrated London News".



King George V

About 200 pieces (approx. 22"x8 1⁄2") in marbled green book type box.
A very popular puzzle published between 1927 and 1936. Originally published with 150 pieces, this is the later enlarged version circa 1934 and is cut to the outline of the engine. Also published with 'about 300 pieces' between 1928 and 1932.
Image derived from a photograph.



The Cheltenham Flyer

About 200 pieces (approx. 17 1⁄4"x11") in marbled green book type box.
Published between 1933 and 1936 initially with 150 pieces, this is the later enlarged edition from circa 1934.
Painting attributed to F.Moore, which was in fact the name of a collective studio rather than an individual artist, shows engine number 5000 'Launceston Castle' crossing Maidenhead Bridge.

Included in the box are the original pamphlet written by C.S.Lock describing the history of this famous train which is dated October 1933, and a copy of the booklet 'The Literature of Locomotion' which is dated July 1934.



The Streamline Way

About 200 pieces (approx. 17"x10 3⁄4") in marbled green book type box.
Published from 1934 to 1938. This is the early version, the puzzle being later being reduced to 150 pieces.
Illustrating a streamlined diesel railcar and 'ghost' of the locomotive 'King George V' by an unknown artist.



Locomotives Old and New

About 200 pieces (approx. 19 1⁄2"x9 1⁄2") in marbled green book type box.
Published from 1934 to 1939. This is the early version, the puzzle being later being reduced to 150 pieces.
Fictional scene showing the broad gauge 'Lord of the Isles' being overtaken by a train hauled by the locomotive 'King George V'. Painting by an unknown artist.



The Model Railway

About 200 pieces (approx. 15 1⁄2"x12 3⁄4") in marbled green book type box.
Published from 1934 to 1939. This is the early version, the puzzle being later being reduced to 150 pieces.
Whilst unsigned, the illustration is believed to be after a painting by A.Duncan Carse.

The puzzle shows two children who stop playing with their 'O' gauge tin-plate train to watch as a Castle Class hauling its passenger train passes by on the main line. The location is unknown, but the train might well be the Cornish Riviera Express.



London Highways

About 200 pieces (approx. 17 1⁄4"x10 3⁄4") in marbled green book type box - branded 'CP', but with two pieces broken.
Published between 1935 and 1936.
Painting signed by Claude H.Buckle and dated October 1934.

This rare (and short lived) puzzle is branded 'CP' which stands for 'Carter Paterson' who were a major parcels carrier at the time and one of their vans is featured crossing London Bridge. Whilst not carrying any reference to the GWR this is nonetheless part of the GWR promotional jigsaw series.
This puzzle is known to have been later sold under the Chad Valley brand, either as shown here or heavily cropped on the right removing the Carter Paterson van, the aeroplane and Tower Bridge!

Carter Paterson had a long history, being constituted as a limited company in 1887. In October 1933 the Big Four railway companies (Southern Railway, Great Western Railway, London, Midland & Scottish Railway, and London & North Eastern Railway) took control in equal shares of Carter Paterson. The company continued to operate but as a subsidiary of another carrier the Big Four had bought at the same time, the Hay's Wharf Cartage Company which was better known as Pickford's. Following railway nationalisation in 1948, Carter Paterson was absorbed by the British Transport Commission which adopted the name 'British Road Services' for its road haulage operations. The red and green 'CP' device on the jigsaw box echoed the design of a card which customers would display in a window to indicate that a parcel awaited collection. So well known were the company that for a very short period in 1948 the airlift of supplies to the British garrison and the civilian population of West Berlin was named 'Operation Carter Paterson'.



Drake goes West

About 400 pieces (approx. 23"x15 1⁄2") in marbled pink book type box.
Published from 1934 to 1939, firstly as ‘Sir Francis Drake at Plymouth’, then under this title from about 1935.
Painted by the artist Claude H.Buckle.



Royal Route to the West

About 150 pieces (approx. 18 1⁄2"x10 1⁄2") in marbled green book type box.
Published from 1933 to 1939, initially with about 200 pieces, this is the later reduced version.
Illustrating King George V and train, painted by George H.Davis in 1929.

The box is inscribed with the message To Barbara, Wishing you Many Happy Returns, from Jean which is dated August 1939.
Uniquely, the picture also bears the note Reproduced by permission of the "Illustrated London News".