Noel Barrett’s Something for Everyone Auction May 21

This offering will include a wide variety of items including toys of all kinds, games, advertising, folk art, as well as a number of attic treasures from individual consignors that are absolutely fresh to the market. Also included is an amazing lifetime collection of Valentines along with other holiday treasures. The sale features items from the Philip & Ann Henderson Collection and the Rex Horchem Collection, among others.

Two of the most amazing pieces in the sale are not really toys. Sure to be a highlight is this manufacturer’s model of a Seagraves horse drawn ladder wagon . It is 50″ long (not including shaft). It dates from the late 19th century. The live steam, fully functional model of a fire pumper from the same era is a surprisingly intricate piece of machinery. It is 21″ long and weighs 32 pounds.

Tin toys include some fresh attic finds including an amazing example of a George Brown Broadway Omnibus in remarkable condition – even including the original string threaded through the horses’s necks. The omnibus surfaced in Wantagh, NY while the Fallows Buffalo Hunter animated platform toy was found just a few miles away – in California. The fire pumper wagon, another piece by Fallows, came to light in Massachusetts. The two clockwork locomotives were retained by Ward Kimball’s late wife Betty. They were her favorites – the Hull & Stafford “America” is a particular gem.

European tin toys include an unusual animated platform toy depicting a woman with a coffee grinder, an elephant with rider wielding an ankus, and a wonderful French fireman grouping with pumper wagon and ladder cart.

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