Toys, Dolls, Banks and Trains in Stephenson's July 15 Mid-Summer Auction On July 15, Stephenson’s will present its 2011 Mid-Summer Toys, Dolls, Banks & Trains Auction, featuring approximately 300 lots of quality antique and vintage items sure to please collectors.
toy highlights include a Weeden steam engine, a large selection of battery-operated toys in their original boxes, and two tinplate penny toys: a Prussian soldier on a buckboard drawn by two horses, and a Toonerville Trolley.
Train aficionados will be spoiled for choice on auction day. Numerous train sets, loco/tenders and train cars will be offered, some accompanied by their original boxes. Among the brands on offer are Lionel, American Flyer, Ahern, Bachmann, Penn Line, Tyco, Varney and several others.
Next up will be a selection of toy soldiers and German miniature alloy-metal platform animals and people; followed by a lineup of 20 to 30 antique and vintage still banks. Most are of cast iron, with highlights being a Flatiron Building, a four-tower domed building, a pirate on treasure chest, and an Arabian safe bank with key, one of several banks shaped as safes.
Instantly identifiable to collectors, a Bear and Beehive copper-finish cast-iron still bank is ornately decorated in Black Forest style. It depicts a standing bear reaching for a beehive inside a shingled cottage, with the word “BANK” arched over the door.
The auction will conclude with three spring-neck duck candy containers of German manufacture. Constructed of papier mache with glitter and fur trim, the early Easter novelties are in excellent condition.
“We look forward to greeting toy collectors to our sale,” said Cindy Stephenson. “It will be an enjoyable way to spend a few hours on a Friday afternoon, and we’re confident that collectors will be pleased with this selection.”
The preview will take place from 12 noon till 2 p.m. on Friday, July 15, immediately prior to the start of the auction. For additional information on any lot in the sale, call Cindy Stephenson at 215-322-6182 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
All forms of bidding will be available, including live in the gallery, absentee, by phone or live via the Internet through www.LiveAuctioneers.com. View the fully illustrated catalog and sign up to bid absentee or live via the Internet at www.LiveAuctioneers.com. Visit Stephenson’s online at www.stephensonsauction.com.
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Among the 20-30 still banks to be auctioned are a Bear with Beehive and Flatiron Building. Stephenson’s Auction image.