Auctions — October 8, 2012 at 3:56 pm

Vintage airplanes, Marklin railroad rarities lead Stephenson’s Oct. 19 auction

SOUTHAMPTON, Pa. – On Oct. 19 at 10 a.m., suburban Philadelphia’s Stephenson’s Auctioneers will open the doors to a virtual antique toyshop in their Bucks County gallery. The 400-lot auction offering of toys, dolls and trains is headlined by highly desirable Marklin, Lionel and American Flyer trains and accessories; and 50 lots of premier aviation toys from the GR Webster collection. Dolls of every imaginable variety also grace the lineup.

The toy, train and doll session will feature all forms of bidding, including live via the Internet through LiveAuctioneers.com. Immediately following the toy session, Stephenson’s will auction 500-600 lots of general and estate antiques, fine and decorative art, silver, crystal, jewelry and vintage clothing. During the general antiques session, absentee and phone bids will be accepted in addition to live bids in the gallery, but there will be no online bidding.

The auction will open with approximately 150 lots of dolls, ranging from antique European bisques to pincushion, Kewpie and postwar plastic dolls. The earliest dolls include an 1894 Armand Marseille and other bisque-head dolls; a German china-head doll and a Gebruder Heubach bisque-head composition “winker” doll. A sizable selection of hard plastic dolls includes examples by Mary Hoyer and several appealing “strung” Vogue Ginny dolls from the 1950s. The list of fresh-to-the-market dolls continues with Madame Alexander Cissette portrait dolls and bent-knee walkers; Molly E cloth country dolls, American Girl and Gotz dolls. Cinema sweetheart Shirley Temple will even make an appearance in the form of boomer-era vinyl productions from Ideal.

Coming from a home in Rydal, Pa., is an all-original “Girl in Victorian Chair” cast-iron mechanical bank. Attributed to J. & E. Stevens, the circa-1880 bank is designed so that the dog on the little girl’s lap pivots to a forward position when a coin is deposited.

Fifty lots of exceptional airplanes and other aviation-related toys from the famed Capt. Geoffrey “GR” Webster collection will follow. A highly decorated Vietnam War aviator, Webster’s interest in 20th-century aircraft evolved into an internationally acclaimed collection of aviation toys and models built over several decades and showcased in two popular reference books he authored.

“Captain Webster always focused on condition and rarity. There are some beautiful pieces in our auction, including boxed gift sets, which collectors love,” said Cindy Stephenson, owner of Stephenson’s Auctioneers.

An excellent Pilen S.A. (Spanish) store display set with 20 colorful metal airplanes, all intact in their proper board positions, is among the top lots to emerge from the Webster “hangar.” Additionally, there are Bachmann mini-planes in original boxes, Dinky Toy cast-iron airplanes including a Giro Plane and Lucky Boy plane; and a 999 DH Comet Airliner in original box with landscape design.

Several coveted Edison productions will be offered, including H.F. “Le Ali Degli Eroi” and H.F. “Cielo Tricolore” boxed gift sets, each with four die-cast aircraft models. There are also nine boxed Russian aircraft models and 14 boxed Polistil (Italian) airplanes made in 1976.

The Webster collection continues with Aero mini planes, a boxed French Roto-Gyre gyroscope, Siku airport accessories, Solido helicopters and a boxed Corgi British Airways Concorde. French-made toys include a Boeing 707 and Caravelle, both boxed. Rounding out the selection are Northrop Transport die-cast aircraft, Aero mini planes and a boxed French Roto-Gyre gyroscope.

Next up will be a menagerie of postwar Steiff and artist teddy bears, and a large selection of Christmas ornaments, including Italian designs of hand-blown glass and figural ornaments depicting small dolls.

Vintage toy trains from a Montgomery County (suburban Philadelphia) residence will be whistling through Stephenson’s gallery. A fine collection of German Marklin HO gauge, Lionel and American Flyer trains, many boxed and in like-new condition, will be auctioned. The Marklins include an HO No. 7028 roundhouse and No. 7186 turntable, track, accessories and transformers with original boxes and 1964 receipt. There are Marklin trains composed of locomotives and cars from multiple sets, such as the set that includes locomotive No. 3066 with boxed cars from 4605, 4607, 4621 and 4618. The second Marklin set includes loco/tender G800 with (mostly boxed) cars from the following sets: RSM800, 348/1, 348/4, 346/2 and 346/3J. Two other consignors added to the host of Marklin treasures with a quantity of track and many very good, boxed Marklin accessories, e.g., station lamps, control plates, switch panels and Z-gauge buildings.

Lionel highlights include an HO Texas Special passenger set, postwar O gauge freight set including No. 2026 steam locomotive and tender; Lionel postwar O gauge freight set including No. 2035 steam locomotive and tender, No. 3520 operating searchlight car, No. 154 automatic road crossing signal, No. 111 trestle set, and No. 1034 trainmaster. There is also a like-new Lionel No. 31960 Polar Express set in original box, plus N gauge and O gauge trains. Boxed American Flyer lots include a No.1219 passenger train set and a No. 4901-T set in original box.

Stephenson’s Friday, Oct. 19 Fall Dolls, Toys and Trains auction, followed by a General Antiques sale, will be held at the company’s gallery located at 1005 Industrial Blvd., Southampton, PA 18966. Start time: 10 a.m. Eastern. Preview: 8-10 a.m. on auction day.

For additional information, call Cindy Stephenson at 215-322-6182 or e-mail info@stephensonsauction.com. All forms of bidding will be available during the toy sale; all forms except Internet during the general sale. View the fully illustrated catalog and bid absentee or live via the Internet at www.LiveAuctioneers.com. Visit Stephenson’s online at www.stephensonsauction.com.