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Identification of Lego System wooden box set from 1960s

VictoriandadVictoriandad Chard, Somerset, UKMember Posts: 4

I hope someone can help me identify a Lego System set a friend has asked me to sell for her on eBay.  I think it is a 700 set but I'm unsure since the source information I've found on the web is confusing and appears incomplete and in some cases contradictory.  I've prepared some blurb for the ebay listing and I hope some of you experts may be able pin point exactly what it is, the listing is as follows, thanks in advance:

This is a Lego System set from the 1960s and I’m selling it behalf of my friend who has owned it since she was a little girl (she’s not an eBay user).

The set comes in a large wooden box measuring 70 x 400 x 473 millimetres with a sliding lid for access. There’s an additional play mat (400 x 540 millimetres when folded) that is slightly larger than the box and features a town plan on the inside with ideas and additional pieces on the back (see photos), the play mat also sports metal corners and a fabric book style spine to improve durability.

The box contains 1111 (my son and I have counted them) Lego pieces, which vary from the standard block shapes to lampposts and motor cars; the full list is detailed below including colours (see photos).

All items show varying degrees of use with the box exhibiting its age (shrinkage, scratches, etc.) with most and the pieces being in very good condition.

Documentation wise, it contains a booklet titled Ideas Book No. 2 (for 6d).  This contains 11 pages of ideas plus adverts for other Lego products.  Additionally there are two notes that demonstrate how to put the bricks together to form a stable structure plus an additional two slips that state “No complaint can be dealt with unless this slip is returned.  BRITAINS LTD.  186 King’s Cross Rd., London, W.C.1” .

Some pictures:


  • VictoriandadVictoriandad Chard, Somerset, UKMember Posts: 4
    An Excel spreadsheet detailing the contents:

  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 11,349
  • The_RancorThe_Rancor Dorset, UKMember Posts: 548
    I have this exact same box (at least I think it was until my browser refused to load the photos in full) however, mine has quite standard parts inside for the era, with much less of the specialised vehicles and fuel pumps etc. I'm not sure whether my or yours has been 'customised' more in terms of its contents by the previous owners. I really like the playmats, vehicles and accessories from this era - on the one hand they might be construed as 'not Lego' because they're not part of the singular System, but there's something quaint and nostalgic recalling the toys Lego made before automatic binding bricks.

    I'll be interested to see what can be uncovered too regarding the actual set number - it's quite confusing when you're browsing the main site catalogues
  • LusiferSamLusiferSam MontanaMember Posts: 463
    The set number is 700K. 

    There were a bunch of versions of 700K.  This one sounds like the later UK version.  Istokg has a contents list for these he has posted somewhere.  It's not Istokg's inventory, but a inventory included in the box by Lego's UK partner.
  • oldtodd33oldtodd33 Denver 4800 miles to BillundMember Posts: 2,356
    I believe this is the thread you want @LusiferSam ;

    The set the OP has looks to be a 1961 with correct contents. 
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Chicagoland USMember Posts: 9,172
    edited October 2018
    Was going to call out for @Istokg but saw that @Sumolego beat me to it
  • oldtodd33oldtodd33 Denver 4800 miles to BillundMember Posts: 2,356
    edited October 2018
    Sorry! I meant 1962 set. The contents look correct with an added garage and cars and motor cycles and printed bricks. 
  • IstokgIstokg MichiganMember Posts: 2,082
    Some other interesting things about the British LEGO Ltd. (Wrexham Wales) produced 700/K set sold in Britain, Ireland and Australia....

    Circa 1965 the wooden box 700/K set lost the 24 count wooden partitions, which were replaced by a moulded plastic insert....

    And then by circa 1966 the box was no longer made of wood at all, but made of cardboard.  but it still had the 700/K number....

    Of the 80 or so different wooden boxes that TLG made from 1957-78, this British LEGO Ltd. 700/K box is the only one that morphed from all wood to all cardboard/plastic.  Images all from my Collectors Guide.

  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Chicagoland USMember Posts: 9,172
    Thanks @Istokg !! As usual you are a great wealth of knowledge!
  • VictoriandadVictoriandad Chard, Somerset, UKMember Posts: 4
    Thank you so much for your answers and suggestions, I will clarify the origins of the set and if she remembers the extras being added.  I will also seek her advice on whether she would want to sell the set as a whole or break it up as Istokg has suggested.
  • IstokgIstokg MichiganMember Posts: 2,082
    edited October 2018
    One last item of interest to the 700/K set is that I had always wondered why the 700 and 700/K sets were missing 1 red macaroni brick (2x2 curved brick)... so that there were all the parts to build a 310 Esso Service Station model as seen here...

    And then I found a color brochure for the continental Europe 700 wooden box set (almost identical in parts to the UK 700/K wooden box set)....

    ... and that brochure answered my question... you could build an 310 type Esso Service Station model... just slightly different...

  • LusiferSamLusiferSam MontanaMember Posts: 463
    oldtodd33 said:
    Nope, that was not the the thread I was thinking.  Nor could it have been.  It doesn't have the inventory lists that Istokg has now posted here.
  • VictoriandadVictoriandad Chard, Somerset, UKMember Posts: 4
    Hi all,

    It's been some time and I've been busy.  My friend has instructed me to sell the set as two separate parts, i.e. the Town Plan board as one item and the box set as one set with the extras.  She didn't want to get bothered with separating the items out.  I'll bung it on eBay sometime in the very near future, just need to work out postage costs, etc.

    Again, thanks for you time and effort.

  • datsunrobbiedatsunrobbie West Haven , CTMember Posts: 1,408
    oldtodd33 said:
    Nope, that was not the the thread I was thinking.  Nor could it have been.  It doesn't have the inventory lists that Istokg has now posted here.
    Perhaps this is the thread...

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