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Brown&Co To Sell One Of The Largest Massey-Harris Machinery Collections

Brown&Co are very privileged to be involved with the sale of one of the rarest, if not the rarest, and widely considered the largest, collection of Massey-Harris tractors, combine harvesters and memorabilia in the UK. The sale will take place on Saturday the 7th September 2019 at Marsham, North of Norwich, Norfolk.

The auction will be undertaken on behalf of Mr Bob Parke; an incredibly passionate collector who has sourced numerous tractors & combines from his trips to, and friendships in, Canada and the USA over the past 25 years. It is testament to his passion that he has restored and maintained the collection to such a high standard.

Given the scale, uniqueness, and quality of the collection, there is significant interest from both the domestic market, as well as internationally from places such as Canada and USA where a lot of the tractors were sourced from.  There was also interest from France due the unique French-manufactured tractors within the collection.

As to be expected for a collection including over 50 tractors (including Massey-Harris, Massey Ferguson, Ferguson, Wallis, Field Marshall and Sawyer-Massey tractors), five combines and numerous tractor-drawn & horse-drawn equipment there are many highlights amongst Mr Parke’s collection.

In respect of the Norfolk heritage of the collection, there is one element that is of particular note, that being the Massey Harris 722 Combine Harvester. This item was bought by Mr Parke at a machinery auction held by Brown & Co. at Hill Farm, Oxwick, near Fakenham, Norfolk in 2012.  The combine had served its working life at Hill Farm and had belonged to Mr Geoffrey Spinks and his family.  Having become unsuitable for modern farming, it has been barn stored for many years before the auction but remained in reasonable order.  The Combine has now been lovingly restored by Mr Parke and to the extent that he was able to get Mr Spinks back in the driving seat to harvest some wheat, many years after he has last sat at the controls.

One tractor which stands out from the collection is the exceedingly rare Dual Massey-Harris 55 conversion which was completed by an agricultural engineer from Montana, USA. It is one of 19 conversions ever undertaken and the only example in the UK.

Some favourites of Bob’s include two ex-military Massey-Harris I-244G’s that were built within a couple days of each other as their respective serial numbers are only 60 apart. While one is still in full military garb after its’ service with USAF based in the UK during WWII, the other had since been converted post-military service to doing municipal duties and snow clearing for the village of Deer Creek in Minnesota, USA.

Other highlights include a Massey-Harris Self-propelled Cornpicker & Massey-Harris Super 27 Self-propelled Combine (both unique to the UK), a 1920 Sawyer-Massey 11-12 (one of 2 in the UK), and a rare 1914 horse-drawn Bains Wagon.

Auctioneer Simon Wearmouth who will be running the sale said “It is an honour to be trusted by such a passionate collector with his life’s work and we are anticipating significant interest from the UK, Europe and across the pond for this sale.  The extensive collection of memorabilia will be sold first via a ten day Online Timed Auction, followed by a building equipment and materials clearance on site on Friday 6th September. The main event will be the vintage machinery on site on the 7th September, live online bidding will be available”.  

To view the full detailed lot list and photos, please visit brown-co.com

Viewing is available Friday 6th September from 10.00am to 4.00pm and from 8.00am on the morning of the sale.

For more information about this sale, or how we could help you, contact simon.wearmouth@brown-co.com or henry.treloar@brown-co.com