Advertising, Auctions, Cast Iron, Mechanical Toys, Pressed Steel, Tin Toys — October 1, 2010 at 8:04 pm

Morphy’s Oct. 15-16 Premier Auction

The sale is anchored by a 50-year doll collection, Jerry and Millie Maltz’s advertising clocks, and the Michael O’Hearn toy collection part II

DENVER, Pa. – The selection just keeps getting better in Dan Morphy’s Premier auctions, the next of which is slated for Oct. 15-16 and will feature the extraordinary Cristol/Glickman family’s doll collection, the advertising clocks of longtime collectors Jerry and Millie Maltz, and part II of the Michael O’Hearn antique and vintage toy collection. The 1,850-lot auction will appeal to those who seek “fresh-to-market antiques with deep provenance,” said Morphy’s founder and CEO, Dan Morphy.

The opening session will feature an extensive lineup of toys, much of which is from the revered collection of retired California architect and Victorian home preservationist Michael O’Hearn. The grouping includes more than 100 Japanese windup toys, 400+ Japanese car lots, 75+ character toy lots and more than 75 examples of pressed steel.

Among the toy highlights are a lithographed-tin friction Ford Sunliner with original box, estimate $4,000-$6,000; and many other 1950s-’60s Japanese versions of Oldsmobiles, Plymouths, Buicks and other brands in near-mint condition with original boxes.

The wide-ranging O’Hearn collection also includes a number of desirable space toys, such as a battery-operated tin litho Space Station, $1,500-$2,500; a boxed Moon Patrol Space Division No. 3 car, $1,800-$3,000; and a Bandai Space Patrol Super Cycle, $3,000-$6,000. A boxed Superman Krypto Ray Gun in near-mint condition could zap a winning bid of $1,400-$2,200.

Within the comic character toy category, bidders will fi nd a rare boxed Schoenhut Barney and Spark Plug figure in unplayed-with condition, $2,000-$3,000; and a windup Howdy Band, near mint with its original box, $2,000-$3,000.

The fleet of pressed-steel vehicles includes all the big names, including Buddy ‘L,’ Wyandotte, Keystone and Steelcraft. A pressed-steel Lincoln made by Turner is estimated at $2,000-$4,000, while an example of the always-popular Buddy ‘L’ Transportation Bus is expected to cruise to a winning bid of $2,500-$3,500.

The Cristol/Glickman Collection – Immaculate dolls bought by mail order that launched a Chicago family’s long-held collection

Every collection begins in its own way, but it’s not often that one hears of a major collection that originated via mail order. Yet that is exactly how the late Martha Cristol began her half-century odyssey as a doll collector, says Martha’s daughter, Merle Cristol Glickman, who witnessed from an early age her mother’s astute and pennywise buying methods.

“We were not a wealthy family. My father was a mailman in Chicago, and my mother worked part time in a doctor’s office,” Merle recalled. “She would put away a little money each payday to buy dolls, which were not the enormously popular collectible then that they are now. We would receive mailers from doll retailers like Kimport, who sold foreign dolls all over America, including antique dolls for as much as $250 – a high price back then. Kimport was famous for selling imported dolls to people who were not travelers.”

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