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.
cast from leadless pewter, which gives them an especially realistic appearance. Collectors really go for them.”
Haradin went on to note that, in general, the most sought after of all Greenhill/Courtenay figures are the knights and medieval characters. “It’s a whole subsection of the toy soldier world, and if a collector is drawn to the history of the 15th to 17th centuries, most likely this is the brand they collect.”
Also included in the second day’s lineup are figures by Graham Farish (UK) and some very rare mounted figures by the French firm Vertunni.
From there, the auction marches into German territory. A highlight is a circa-1905 Spenkuch set of Frederick the Great’s Guards. The set is in virtually mint condition on its original tie card and is the rare variation that includes two black drummer boys. It is estimated at $3,000-$4,000.
Entertainment will be provided by a parade of amusing Heyde nodder bands from the 1920s. In each of the bands, bobble-headed musician figures are part of an affinity group. Examples in the sale include: rabbit band, cat band, monk band, barnyard band and black minstrels (est. $500-$700).
The military motor pool includes tinplate vehicles by Lineol and Hausser. A Hausser camouflage communications truck is entered in the sale with a $400-$600 estimate.
Comic character figures will follow, with top lots to include Felix the Cat, Flip the Frog and Rex the Lion (est. $500-$700), who was the mascot for the 1937 Coronation of England’s King George VI. The session will conclude with several hundred lots of unboxed Britains.
Day three will be devoted exclusively to the Paul A. Germain lifetime collection, which comes to auction directly from the Germain family.
The bidding action will begin with postwar Britains figures, including many rare examples from the 1960s.
“The sixties decade was a late period for lead figures in Britains’ overall production timeline. They were phasing out and making fewer of them, mostly for export,” said Haradin. “The 1966 Lead Safety Act ended the era of lead soldiers and ushered in the era of plastic soldiers, which were being produced in high quantities. Lead figures became more of a specialty item for Britains during the 1960s, which is why they are so scarce and desirable today.”
The auction continues with a selection of 80 English King and Country figures from the 1980s and ’90s, and will conclude with approximately 80 lots by Nostalgia Models, a British brand that produced its figures primarily for export.
“Nostalgia figures are on a low boil. People are quietly collecting them,” Haradin said. “They’re solid cast and you get a lot for your money. Many collectors find them appealing.”
Old Toy Soldier’s June 21-23, 2013 auction is an absentee, phone and Internet live bidding event and will commence at 1 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, June 21, and 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, June 22 and 23. Absentee bids, including those placed online via www.LiveAuctioneers.com, must be made no later than 24 hours prior