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Jean Birsens: Matchbox Collector for over 40 years

Like many of us, Jean Birsens played with Matchbox cars and Siku cars on the carpet in his living room, a carpet which was a Highway, a City and many other interesting places. Unlike most though, Jean’s make believe world blossomed into a real-life museum today.

Jean (right) with our European Correspondent Patrick Wehr

Starting with hand-me-downs, Jean now owns his own Matchbox Museum with more than 11000 models, including Early Lesney, Regular Wheels, Models of Yesteryear, Major Packs, King-Size, Accessory Packs and other Matchbox related items. Rarities include pre-series cars, unique models, playsets, pre-production models, resins, color variations, horse carousels, Matchbox games and more. You can even find MBX for children from 0-5 years, original displays, model kits and so many others. Incredibly, about 95% of his MBX collection is in mint condition with only original boxes, including unopened reseller boxes.

His wife Meg has also collected since 1995. Meg’s preference are so-called “Figural Biscuit Tins” of the brands Huntley & Palmers, Peak Frean, William Crawford, Olibet and coffee cans of Santos, Jacobs, Stollwerck and Banania and even vintage Barbie dolls. Her collection of pretty tin cans now amounts to almost 2000 pieces from the years 1886-1950.

So let’s enter this incredible Museum and enjoy all the awesome cars, sets and other things which we will find on our tour.

 

Matchbox City Set with original reseller carton
Matchbox City Set with original reseller carton
Zoom Around View-Master in original box
Zoom Around View-Master in original box

Matchbox Motorway Accessories in different colors
Matchbox Motorway Accessories in different colors
Heavy Truck 38C Honda Cycle & Trailer
Heavy Truck 38C Honda Cycle & Trailer
MG 1100 Formula Racing Cars
MG 1100 Formula Racing Cars
Superfast Land Rover
Superfast Land Rover
Lotus Europa Superfast
Lotus Europa Superfast
70b Ford D-Series Truck
70b Ford D-Series Truck
13D Dodge Wrecker
13D Dodge Wrecker

Super Kings
Super Kings

 

The Museum does not yet have its own website but you can find contact details here.