Sutcliffe Pressings LTD was a world-famous toymaker based in Horsforth near Leeds from 1885 up until its demise in 1984. Started by John William Sutcliffe as a sheet metal works, it wasn't until 1920 that J.W Sutcliffe introduced the idea of producing tinplate toy boats. John's son Kenneth took over the factory in later years and along with his wife Joan turned Sutcliffe into one of the most famous tinplate toy manufacturers in the world.
The Merlin Electric Speed Boat was produced in 1963 and differed from its previous models by having an electric motor instead of clockwork. This piece comes with the original box. The box is damaged and missing one closure side of the box and the boat itself shows signs of wear, as you can see in the photos. This boat has not been tested so is sold in non-working condition.