Spring Antique Toy Auction Set For Pook & Pook Inc. With Noel Barrett

Märklin Painted Tin Clockwork Musical Carousel Among Standout Lots In March 24 Auction

March 9, 2018

On Saturday, March 24, Pook & Pook Inc. Auctioneers and Appraisers with Noel Barrett Antiques and Auctions Ltd. will host their fourth joint auction. Beginning at 10 a.m., the session includes an array of military figures, clockwork toys, cast-iron vehicles, advertising signs, and a few other surprises.
Years of hunting and dealing helped Noel Barrett build both a superior knowledge of his field and a loyal client base, things that made his eventual auction business a hot spot for collectors. Like Barrett, Ronald and Debra Pook started off as antique dealers and then started an auction firm, offering some of the finest antique furniture, fine art, and decorative accessories on the market.
Ron Pook is excited to continue to expand Pook & Pook Inc.’s scope to include more speciality auctions of toys and related material. A collaboration with Noel Barrett, whose decades of experience and reputation in the toy world are largely unmatched, provides the backbone for this partnership. Similarly, Barrett’s smaller auction house benefits from Pook & Pook Inc.’s infrastructure and strong online and media presence. Continuing their proud tandem partnership, this year’s spring toy sale is certainly one that both companies can be proud of and is a great continuation of this collaboration.
The sale will begin with a significant group of military figures from the collection of Jose Chase, a collector from Portland, Ore. Over 150 lots of painted composition wartime soldiers will cross the block, including Lineol and Elastolin/Hausser brand items. These lots include soldiers representing the Revolutionary War, WWI and WWII. The impressive variety of military figures will include in-action soldiers, seated soldiers, those with gasmasks, rifles, binoculars, as well as wounded men. Additional pieces will include other essential wartime characters such as nurses, dogs, musicians, and horses. Figures from WWII, including Hitler, Mussolini, Goebbels, and Goering, are represented. Other important wartime toy material includes trenches, bomb blasts, warships, fighter planes, tanks, flamethrowers, howitzers and battery-operated search lights. A considerable number of lots also include the original boxes.
To follow in the sale is a diverse selection of other toys, both European and American, including a number of Märklin toys in exceptional condition, an Electric Tramway trolley, a train station and a double-globe street lamp from the Owl’s Tale Shop Christmas Window Collection from Haddonfield, N.J. Also from the Owl’s Tale collection is a one-of-a-kind cast-iron and tin Ferris Wheel clockwork bank (est. $2,000-$3,000). An exciting last-minute addition to the sale is a scarce Märklin painted tin clockwork musical carousel, ca. 1910, with clockwork movement and retaining the original cloth canopy with fringed tassel border (est. $30,000-$40,000).
The auction continues with other whimsical toys to delight bidders, including a collection of sleighs, toboggans, wagons, pull toys, tricycles and handpainted sleds. Highlights include a hand-propelled, carved and painted horse velocipede, ca. 1870 (est. $2,000-$3,000), as well as a large hobby horse selection. Additional exciting and nostalgic playtime essentials include a variety of painted figures from the Philadelphia-based Schoenhut toy company. These lots will include a dollhouse with accessories and various animal figures featuring a kangaroo, elephant and a zebra, among others. Worthy of mention too is the Schoenhut Jolly Jiggers dancing toy, ca. 1903, in excellent condition (est. $1,200-$1,600). A French Tete Jumeau bisque head doll is also up for sale, complete with her original beaded outfit and leather shoes (est. $1,500-$2,500).
Forty- five lots from the Bill and Stevie Weart collection are featured next, most of which are pictured in their book, “Cast Iron Automotive Toys” (Schiffer publishing). Bidders can look forward to rare items such as a Niederst Co. cast-iron steam shovel (est. $5,000-$8,000), a near-mint cast-iron police motorcycle (est. $1,000-$1,500), and a cast-iron Buick formerly of the Perelman Toy Museum in Philadelphia (est. $600-$800). Additional cast-iron items in the Weart collection include buses, cabs, motorcycles, trucks, tractors and even a hearse.
The sale will conclude with over 80 lots from the collection of David Merkel, a local collector who had a booth at Renninger’s Market in Adamstown, Pa., for 25 years, before his death in 2015. A variety of cast-iron and pressed steel vehicles make up the bulk of Merkel’s collection, including Hubley and Buddy L brand items. Items from the Lancaster-based Hubley Manufacturing Company include a number of cast-iron motorcycles, among them several Indian four-cylinder examples, as well as an assortment of Hubley tractors, trucks, and steam rollers.
Interested bidders are encouraged to contact Pook & Pook Inc. at info@pookandpook.com or 610-269-4040 with questions regarding condition reports, and/or additional photographs, as well as online, in-house, phone or absentee bidder registration. To purchase a printed catalog for the March 24 sale, email catalogs@pookandpook.com or go to www.pookandpook.com. The online catalog can be viewed at www.pookandpook.com, Bidsquare.com, or liveauctioneers.com. Online bidding will be available at both Bidsquare and LiveAuctioneers. A gallery exhibition is scheduled for Wednesday, March 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday, March 22, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday, March 23, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Saturday, March 24, from 8 to 10 a.m.
The auction begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 24.


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