Auction of the Week: Bertoia Auctions Spring Signature Sale, April 26, 2018



2018-04-10 12:29:21

Our featured auction this week comes from antique toy specialists Bertoia Auctions. Here are ten of our favorite lots on offer in their forthcoming Spring Signature sale on April 26...

German Tin Frog with Umbrella

Estimate: $800 - $1,200

This delightful clockwork tin frog toy was produced in Germany in the early 20th century. The hand-painted figure is similar to those made by two companies: Gunthermann (1877 – 1965), and Eberl Hans (1910 – 1920), both of which were based in Nuremberg.

Jep Seaplane with Pontoons

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,600

This vibrant orange litho tin seaplane, complete with a seated composition pilot, was made in the 1930s by Jep, a French manufacturer renowned for its model trains and vehicles which operated from 1899 until the mid 1960s.

Line Mar Popeye Pilot Air-O-Plane

Estimate: $2,500 - $4,500

The Popeye Pilot Air-O-Plane was produced in the 1950s by the Japanese company Line Mar, a manufacturing and import subsidiary of the major American toy manufacturer Louis Marx & Co.

Today this colourful clockwork lithograph tin toy is regarded as one of the company's rarest and most sought-after Popeye toys.

Spanish Flamenco Woman Dancer Doorstop

Estimate: $1,500 - $2,500

This large and colourful cast iron doorstop depicts a Spanish Flamenco dancer. The highly rare, and possibly unique doorstop is the only example ever seen by the auction house.

Grotesque Organ Grinder

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,600

This grotesque-looking mechanical Organ Grinder toy is made from pressed tin with a composition head, and plays music from his Hurdy Gurdy when operated.

It was made in Paris circa 1909 by the French manufacturer Sijim, who were renowned for producing clockwork toys in a similar style and quality to the American company Martin.

Hubley Elgin Street Sweeper

Estimate: $2,500 - $3,500

This highly detailed Hubley Elgin Street Sweeper toy is an almost perfect recreation of the vehicles first introduced to the streets of America in the 1930s.

The cast iron pull toy features incredibly intricate casting, and the sweeper brushes turn in a realistic motion when pulled along.

Stevens and Brown Boy on Velocipede

Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000

This wonderful clockwork 'Boy on Velocipede' toy was produced circa 1880 by the Stevens and brown Company of Connecticut.

The toy predates the common use of the term 'bicycle', and is based on the French 'velocipede' which evolved into the modern bicycle in the 1880s.

Marklin Battleship Meteor

Estimate: $8,000 - $12,000

This wonderful hand-painted battleship toy was made by Marklin, the world-renowned Germany toy company founded in 1859, which remains in business to this day.

The 'Meteor' is a highly detailed two-stack battleship, complete with a working winch for the ship's anchor, several shielded cannons, two masts and a series of flags and pennants.

Hubley Surfer Girl

Estimate: $4,000 - $7,000

This remarkably rare 'Surfer Girl' pull toy was made in the 1930s by the Hubley Manufacturing Company of Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

The company produced a pair of male and female surfer figures as promotional toys for the Jantzen Swimwear company of Portland, Oregon, just as the popularity of the hobby began to grow in the United States before WWII.

Boxed Tremendous Mike Robot

Estimate: $6,000 - $9,000

This highly rare (and brilliantly named) 'Tremendous Mike' lithographed tin robot was produced by Japanese manufacturer Aoshin Shoten in the 1950s, and is one of the most sought-after pieces for toy robot collectors.

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