FAIRFIELD, ME – November 22, 2013. Praised as one of the fresher and diverse offerings of quality antique advertising, toys and dolls to come to market this year, James D. Julia’s auction team didn’t disappoint buyer or seller with strong prices to match the strong offering. Seeing tremendous online participation, which accounted for a sizeable share of the day’s approximate $750,000 take, the firm by and large saw strong prices returning.
This was all part of a three-day auction extravaganza that was complemented by $2 Million+ of fine glass and lamps held the two previous days.
Some of the highlights that helped comprise Friday’s advertising, toy & doll sale came from the collection of Diane and the late Steve Olin of Connecticut who amassed their treasures over a 40 year period. These old time collectors were well respected in the field, particularly in the realm of paper litho Victorian-era toys and parlor games. Of particular note was a marvelous early American firehouse and horse drawn pumper, believed to be one of only two complete examples. Believed to be a collaboration between Merriam and Reed, the toy had lots of action and surprises not often seen in toys of that period and was one of the Olins’ prized pieces. Estimated for $7,500-12,500, it went out at $9,720.