Old Toy Soldier Auctions presents Germain, Puglisi collections plus newer soldiers June 21-23 Old Toy Soldier Auctions' big June 21-23 auction event includes approximately 1,600 lots of choice soldiers led by the estate collection of the late Paul A. Germain.
News-Antique.com - May 21,2013 - PITTSBURGH – Ray Haradin, owner of Old Toy Soldier Auctions, has something sweet in store for collectors June 21st, 22nd and 23rd. His big three-day auction event includes approximately 1,600 lots of choice soldiers and figures, commandeered by the estate collection of the late Paul A. Germain. Additionally, the auction features part II of the Dr. Arthur Puglisi collection and an extensive inventory of desirable contemporary productions.
The auction is structured to accept absentee, phone and live online bids through LiveAuctioneers.com. The start times will be 1 p.m. Eastern on Friday, June 21; and 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, June 22 and 23.
Paul Germain was a well-respected attorney from Syracuse, New York who founded the Germain and Germain law firm. During his travels to some 128 countries, he amassed an enviable collection of postwar Britains, many of them old store stock in immaculate condition. He also favored King & Country figures and mid-1960s solid-cast productions by Nostalgia. The entire third day of the sale will be devoted exclusively to the Germain collection.
In line with Old Toy Soldier’s usual protocol, day one will serve as a showcase for soldiers, figures and other items of more modern production. In all, nearly 600 lots will be auctioned.
Eight fantastic Mignot dioramas from a New York City collection will take the spotlight in the opening session. Several were special orders from the manufacturer, Haradin said. Among the top entries are a 1980s-vintage Alpine diorama with Nordic ski troopers, presented in a three-tier display box; and a French Foreign Legion diorama.
Many desirable sets made by the British manufacturers Tradition and Trophy (including their Zulu Warriors) will be available to bidders, as well as examples from Marlborough Military Models’ Durbar Series.
Several very nice specialty collections will be featured on day two. One of the highlights is a boxed prewar Britains Exploding Trench (est. $3,000-$5,000), one of possibly three known examples. “The Exploding Trench is one of very few interactive sets that Britains made,” Haradin said. “It has a spring-loaded platform with a flag on the side. When it’s hit by a Britains cannon, a spring is tripped and causes the trench to ‘explode.’”
Two extremely rare, original paint sample cards from Britains’ archive are expected to reach $2,000-$3,000 apiece at auction. They originally came from the famous “Pink Room,” where Britains’ specialist painters would go to consult color cards and view the color schemes on correctly painted figures. Each of the two sample cards in Old Toy Soldier’s auction still has its appropriate painted figure tied to it.
Next up will be an outstanding assortment of Courtenay medieval figures, including a number of Tournament Knights in their original boxes (est. $600-$800), foot figures and a sampling of popular Greenhill/Courtenay figures.
“Richard Courtenay died in 1963. Fifteen years later, Peter and Gilly Greenhill bought the original Courtenay brass molds and revived the brand under the Greenhill name,” Haradin said. “Greenhill/Courtenay figures are high-quality productions that require patience and skill to create. They’re