You can bank on Stephenson's toy auction being a success



2015-06-26 12:27:52

You can bank on Stephenson's toy auction being a success

Antique trains and vintage banks comprise this nostalgic sale...

Fans of antique toy trains will go loco if they miss Stephensons Auctions' fantastic upcoming sale on July 15, in Southampton, Pennsylvania.

They are going to be spoilt for choice, as a large number of train sets, tenders and train cars will be offered, some accompanied by their original packaging and boxes.

Among the famous brands being offered are Lionel, American Flyer, Ahern, Bachmann, Penn Line, Tyco, Varney and several others.

 In their original packaging, these will be highly sought after by collectors

Next up will be a selection of toy soldiers and German miniature alloy-metal platform animals and people, followed by a line-up 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 is the incredible Bear and Beehive copper-finish, cast-iron still bank, which is ornately decorated in a Black Forest style. It depicts a standing bear reaching for a beehive inside ashingled cottage, with the word 'BANK' arched over the door. Truly a unique piece.

 These wonderful toy banks and buildings are unlike anything you would see today

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. There is no doubt that, because of the rare and utterly unique nature of a lot of pieces in this auction, they do provide genuine alternative investment alternatives.

"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 to the sale will take place on the Friday, July 15, immediately prior to the start of the auction itself.

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