Auctions — July 24, 2013 at 7:34 pm

Old Town Auctions’ Aug. 24 end-of-summer toy auction

HAGERSTOWN, Md. – Old Town Auctions, which is known for its collector-friendly events and expertise in automotive toys, will cap off the summer season with an Aug. 24 mixed-toy sale at the Grand Venice Hotel & Conference Center in Hagerstown, Maryland. The approximately 500-lot auction will feature both older and newer transportation toys including a formidable lineup of vintage pressed-steel vehicles and an array of diecast by Corgi, Matchbox and Hubley.

Other standout categories include American and Japanese tin litho toys; an advanced 20-year collection of Mack Truck advertising and promotional items; and a small but select assortment of dolls and doll clothing.

The strongest category in the auction lineup is pressed-steel automotive. The toys came from multiple consignors and represent the most popular brands, such as Buddy ‘L,’ Kingsbury, Keystone and Smith-Miller. A wide range of price points will allow both beginners and seasoned collectors to vie for affordable toys graded “good” and “very good,” on up to large, excellent-condition prizes such as Smith-Miller’s 37-inch-long Mack Mayflower truck. An early pressed-steel beauty that’s sure to attract a flurry of bids is a 1927 Kingsbury Golden Arrow wind-up racer with a manufacturer’s sticker under its frame. Another choice item is the rare and very nicely restored 1920s Buddy ‘L’ No. 280 concrete mixer.

Coming directly from a California consignor, a collection of around 40 promo cars includes coveted productions from the 1960s/’70s. Among them are several Mopars, which, in the field of promo-car collecting, typically command the most money.

A complete 1928 Kingston Kokomo Electricar Auto Builder construction set No. 730 will be presented in its original pictorial box with factory instructions. Inside the set box are 20 smaller graphic boxes, each correctly labeled so the child receiving the toy could identify the parts.

No detail or accessory has been spared in the outstanding Aurora factory store display for “Hank’s Speed Shop.” The colorful tableau depicts a mechanic working on a Ford Pinto “funny car” engine in a garage setting, complete with tools, jacks, sawhorses, tires, shelves, a Coke machine and, of course, the car. “Build your racing scenes with these 1/16 scale snap together hobby kits by Aurora,” the point-of-purchase message suggests.

Other vehicle highlights include a boxed Marx Amos & Andy Fresh Air Taxi in excellent condition, an extremely rare 1930s American National pedal car racer, and a Jacrim Manuf. Co. (Boston) “Golden Pasture” ride-on dairy wagon with wooden wheels, a hand-whittled horse’s head and genuine horsehair mane.

Everyone knows the Mack Truck bulldog mascot, but it might come as a surprise to see how many different promotional items the company has produced since first opening for business in 1890. The featured collection of Mack Truck-related memorabilia, amassed by a Pennsylvania collection over a period of more than 20 years, includes tie pins, cufflinks, belt buckles, glassware and many other objects and collectibles. A number of pieces date to the truck manufacturer’s earliest days.

A late-Victorian novelty in the sale is a Ward’s cast-iron Home Deposit Vault. It is an actual tabletop-style safe in working order.

A single-owner collection of dolls from the Midwest includes several Little Miss Revlon dolls with wardrobes, a circa-1960s Madame Alexander “Elise” with original tagged ensemble, and dolls by Mattel and Ideal. There will also be an abundance of clothing for 1950s Vogue dolls and Madame Alexander dolls of the 1960s.

Additional highlights include 30 lots of old-style BB guns, display showcases, and two examples of Walt Otto pinup artwork created for Federal Truck calendars. The sale lineup also features 15 lots of cameras, mostly single-lens reflex types.

Old Town’s Aug. 24, 2013 auction will be held at the Grand Venice Hotel & Conference Center in Hagerstown, Md., and will start at 10 a.m. During the first hour of the auction, Old Town will offer uncataloged lots to live bidders only. The preview will be held Friday, Aug. 23 from 6-8 p.m. and on auction day from 8-10 a.m.

In addition to on-site bidding, Old Town accepts phone bids (call in advance to reserve a line) and both traditional and Internet-assisted absentee bids through AuctionFlex (online absentee bid cut-off time is 24 hours prior to sale). There will be no Internet live bidding during the auction session.

For additional information on any item in the Aug. 24 sale or to consign to Old Town’s big November auction, call 301-416-2854 or email sales@oldtownauctions.com. The Aug. 24 auction catalog will be available to view online in early August at www.OldTownAuctions.com or www.AuctionFlex.com.