Great Western Railway jigsaw collection - page 4


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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 enlarged and renamed version. 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.



Bath

About 200 pieces (approx. 15 1⁄4"x11 3⁄4") in orange slipcase box.
Published from 1932 to 1936 initially with about 150 pieces, this is the later enlarged edition.
Painted by the artist Claude H.Buckle.

This puzzle was later renamed 'Beau Nash's Bath'.





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.



Henley Bridge

About 200 pieces (approx. 17"x11") in orange slipcase box.
Published from 1933 to 1939. This is the early version, the puzzle later being reduced to 150 pieces.
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.



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 and then being increased to 200 pieces. This is the renamed later version which is still cut 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 Romans at Caerleon

About 200 pieces (approx. 13 7⁄8"x13 7⁄8") in marbled pink book type box.
Published between 1933 and 1939, the puzzle later being reduced to about 150 pieces.
Painted by the artist Claude H.Buckle showing Roman soldiers entering the gate at Caerleon Castle which is near Newport.

This is a reboxed version of the 200 piece puzzle shown earlier. It nonetheless forms an important part of our collection as included in the box are the original (undated) pamphlet describing the history of Caerleon, a copy of the booklet 'The Literature of Locomotion' dated November 1934, a folded map of the ‘G.W.R. system’ in slip case, and a packing slip. This is therefore a rare survivor of a puzzle as it would have been bought new in 1934.



The Night Mail

About 200 pieces (approx. 19 7⁄8"x9 3⁄4"), but with two good replacement pieces, in marbled green book type box.
Published between 1934 and 1936.
Unknown artist.



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 1934 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'.


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