Antique toys, trains and dolls star in Noel Barrett Fall Antique Auction



2015-11-04 09:31:55

The forthcoming Noel Barrett Fall Antique Auction will offer close to 1,000 lots of toys, trains, dolls, miniatures and advertising memorabilia.

“Collectors tell us that our auctions are unlike anyone else’s and that any knowledgeable collector of antique toys could look at the items in our catalogs and know immediately whose sale it was. We take that as a very high compliment,” said Noel Barrett, founder and owner of Noel Barrett Antiques & Auctions Ltd.

The sale will feature rare items from a host of major private collections, with consignments from across the U.S, Continental Europe and the United Kingdom.

Leading highlights will include the Charles Bloom Collection of Ives trains and TootsieToys, the Fran Oakland Collection of Schoenhut Circus and comic character toys, dolls and dollhouse miniatures from the Estate of William and Dolores Fleming, and miniatures from the late Flora Gill Jacobs, founder of the Washington Dolls’ House and Toy Museum.

The sale's train section boasts examples from all the leading manufacturers including Marklin, Bing, Lionel and American Flyer, along with a comprehensive collection of Ives trains from Charles Bloom.

“Charles Bloom’s Ives collection is one of the more exotic collections of its type that I’ve ever seen,” said Barrett. "We expect a lot of interest in these Ives trains because they form a virtual timeline of the company’s production. There are many great rarities that collectors will find hard to resist.”

Amongst the most valuable items on offer are the antique wooden Schoenhut circus parade toys from Fran Oakland's collection. Top lots include a horse-drawn Grotesque Parade Wagon estimated at $12,000-$15,000,and a gilded horse-drawn Band Wagon with driver and six musicians estimated at $8,000-$12,000.

Elsewhere there are rare die-cast Buck Rodgers TootsieToys; bisque-head French fashion dolls from Jumeau and Jules Steiner; highly rare Vindex cast-iron toys from the collection of Stevie and Bill Weart; mechanical banks and antique optical toys; and even carved and painted store figures.

The two-day sale takes place in Pennsylvania on November 20-21.

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