Auctions, Soldiers — June 1, 2012 at 12:01 am

Old Toy Soldier Auction June 2-3

Britains Set 102 Grenadier Guards, Scots Guards, Irish Guards display, prewar, 33 pieces, gold-and-black label box, est. $3,000-$4,000.
Britains Set 102 Grenadier Guards, Scots Guards, Irish Guards display, prewar, 33 pieces, gold-and-black label box, est. $3,000-$4,000.
PITTSBURGH – ARMCHAIR generals and commanders of upscale bathtub fleets worldwide will show their firepower over the weekend of June 2-3 during a very special Old Toy Soldier Auctions event containing 1,200+ lots from several choice collections. Headlining the auction are soldiers from the collection of the late K. Warren Mitchell, plus the Bob Bailey collection of prewar Britains and other important properties from US and
international consignors.

OTSA owner Ray Haradin described the headliner collections as “an excellent match, since each brings something distinctly different to the mix.”

Bob Bailey, a Seattle collector who has been active in the toy soldier hobby his entire life, focused his efforts almost exclusively on early Britains. While working as a Pan Am flight attendant in the 1970s, Bailey wisely took advantage of his many layovers in London to scour the shops for Britains productions.

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