Rock & Graner toy market to delight at $10,000 with Bonhams



2015-06-26 13:43:22

Rock & Graner toy market to delight at $10,000 with Bonhams

An extremely rare Rock & Graner toy market leads the Fine Toys and Soldiers auction

A fantastic tin-plate toy market produced by one of the oldest manufacturers of tin toys in the world, Rock & Graner, is coming to Bonhams on May 21.

Rock & Garner market toy Rock & Graner, a German company, was the world's oldest producer of tin toys, making dollshouses, money boxes and ships from 1813

The extremely rare market stall was produced circa 1875, and will sell with a 4,000-6,000 ($6,700-10,000) estimate in the Oxford, UK sale of Fine Toys & Soldiers.

Featuring a painted sign reading "Blumen-Obst-genuse-Markt" (flowers, fruit, vegetables, market), the stall is incredibly intricate, displaying finely painted meats, vegetables and flowers on a tiny scale - the whole piece measures just 42cm wide and 38cm deep.

 Bassett-Lowke trains are renowned for their attention to detail

Toy trains make up a large part of the sale, with a Bassett-Lowke electric British Railways 4-6-2 Duchess of Montrose locomotive 46232 and tender estimated at 2,000-3,000 ($3,400-5,000). It will be followed by a Marklin Gauge I locomotive and tender at 800-1,200 ($1,300-2,000).

The sale follows on from Bonhams' Fine Dolls on May 20 in Oxford, which will star one of the original Humpty dolls from BBC's Play School.

Paul Fraser Collectibles has a wonderful selection of nostalgic collectibles for sale.

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