Auctions — April 25, 2012 at 1:14 pm

Alex Cooper to Auction Anne Smith’s Baltimore Antique Toy Museum May 12

A Baltimore curiosity is going on the auction block. The Baltimore Antique Toy Museum has closed its doors. Its contents: dollhouses and accessories, countless games, books and toys are in need of new caretakers. These simple yet elegant playthings, from a time long gone, enthralled children back then as an Xbox 360 does today. Their beauty is their simplicity, time capsules from their age.

Now, a new generation has a chance to transport themselves to this magical era on May 12th at 10 AM when the Alex Cooper Auction Gallery will conduct this landmark sale. “Our goal is to offer an opportunity, for the advanced and novice collectors, to purchase a wonderful object from a unique Baltimore institution,” states James Plumer, Alex Cooper’s appraiser of the collection.

The large selection of handmade Victorian and early 20th century dollhouses, as well furnishing and dolls will suit all tastes. The array of early board and card games with brightly lithographed boxes are, in themselves, suitable for framing. You will find a collection of previously loved plush animals, as well as an Aladdin puppet theatre. Rounding out this eclectic collection are various tin and wood toys and brightly illustrated story and game books.

“This auction is your best chance to revert back to your early childhood or bring out your inner childhood,” comments Mr. Plumer.

The collection will be on view: Wed., May 9th, 10 AM – 4 PM; Thurs., May 10, 10 AM – 7 PM; and Friday, May 11th, 10 AM – 4 PM. The auction, comprising over 500 lots, commences Saturday May 12th at 10 AM. For more information, log onto http://antiques.alexcooper.com or call 410-828-4838.