Category: Mechanical Toys

“La Boutique Fantasque” Auction Team Breker • November 5, 2016

“La Boutique Fantasque” Auction Team Breker • November 5, 2016

THE DISCOVERY OF A previously unknown model is always cause for excitement. In 1989 a Kämmer & Reinhardt 105 art character doll made headlines when […]

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Auction Team Breker: The Rally Goes On

Auction Team Breker: The Rally Goes On

FOLLOWING THEIR VERY successful sale of tin toy motorcycles in November 2013, Auction Team Breker of Cologne, Germany, will be offering another seventy cycles from […]

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One of the finest collections
of cast iron still banks to come to
market in many years including
painted Palace bank.

Julia’s Largest Fall Toy & Doll Auction Nov. 7

FAIRFIELD, ME – NOVEMBER 7, 2014. For over 45 years, auction veterans James D. Julia, Inc. have consistently presented quality offerings of fresh-to-the-market, top shelf […]

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Buddy ‘L’ pressed-steel Sand & Gravel Truck, 1930-1932, near mint, 25in long. Est. $4,000-$5,000.

Morphy’s May 3 Spring Toy Auction

Highlights include 1870s Horse Race bank held in same family for three generations DENVER, Pa. – Toys, banks, robots and trains are always in demand […]

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Carette steam-powered wind-up tin battleship toy with working propellers (est. $800-$1,200).

Fontaine Auction: 350 Lots of Toys, Country Store, Banks, and More March 29

PITTSFIELD, Mass. – 365 lots of fresh, quality merchandise in a host of diverse categories – musical items, coin-op, advertising, toys, country store, banks, gaming […]

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J. & E. Stevens Blind Man and Dog cast-iron mechanical bank, patented 2/19/1878. One of the best of all known examples. Est. $15,000-$25,000.

Comic characters and robots in Morphy’s Feb. 15 Toy Auction

DENVER, Pa. – Morphy Auctions’ first major toy sale of 2014, slated for Saturday, February 15, will feature more than 856 lots and dozens of […]

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Rare 11in Hubley ‘Say It With Flowers’ Indian motorcycle toy, cast iron, American. Est. $20,000-$30,000.

Morphy’s Dec. 13-14 Holiday Auction – Robots and Hubley Say It With Flowers

DENVER, Pa. – As the landscape begins to reflect the first signs of the holiday season, with twinkling lights and snow-flocked trees visible through windows […]

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Bertoia’s November 8-10 Early Toy, Train and Holiday Antiques Auction

Bertoia’s November 8-10 Early Toy, Train and Holiday Antiques Auction

VINELAND, NJ – Many say the holiday season officially begins the day after Thanksgiving, when Christmas parades are held in several major cities across the […]

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The Poor Children's Wonderland

The Poor Children’s Wonderland

BY KEN FOUST The city toy-stores, those wondrous bazaars of all that is glittering and funny and startling in the latest devices for the amusement […]

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Vectis Auctions, Ltd. TV, Film Related Tinplate Sale

Vectis Auctions, Ltd. TV, Film Related Tinplate Sale

ON NOVEMBER 27th, 2012 Vectis Auctions Ltd. will be holding a ‘TV, Film Related and Tinplate’ sale. The tinplate section will feature over 400 lots […]

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The History of a Collector and his Dream

The History of a Collector and his Dream

BY RANDY IBEY I FIRST MET Robert Carter in the late 1970s. We met at a local flea market at a booth that had many […]

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Joe Freeman of Tin Toy Works at his workbench, with the restoration of a 1935 Lionel Mickey Mouse handcar well underway.

A Visit to Tin Toy Works in Allentown, PA

BY PAUL STIMMLER, ATCA, IVES TRAIN SOCIETY, TCA Joe and Barbara Freeman started this business 41 years ago in 1970. In the earliest days it […]

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The Music of the Zilotone

The Music of the Zilotone

BY JIM ENGELAGE, PhD CAPTIVATING AND ingenious windup automation toy in which a uniformed musician actually plays up to nine different classic standards on a […]

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Part of a selection of Lehmann and Martin tin windups.

Julia’s Double-Header Fall Auction Nov. 30

FAIRFIELD, MAINE, November 30, 2011. Over the past 40 years, James D. Julia Auctioneers have established themselves as one of the leading auction houses the […]

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A pair of armored Speedboats, each 10 1/2 inches long, Japan, ready for the Police and the Coast Guard Patrols

Pocket Toy Ships

BY JACK HERBERT WHILE THE TOP-OF-THE-LINE, expensive toy boats come close to being actual ship models, our smallest antique toys possess a charm and elegance […]

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