HAGERSTOWN, Md. – The Nov. 16-18 sale conducted by Old Town Auctions offered toys, antique advertising and coin-ops on days one and two, and a selection of Americana, Civil War items, architectural artifacts, animation art, dolls and estate items on day three.
As with its inaugural sale last spring, Old Town is an “Internet-free” zone.
“Our sales will not feature live Internet bidding through eBay or any other provider,” said co-owner Matt Protos. “The overwhelming response we’ve received from buyers is that they don’t want it, and we’re giving them what they want.” Old Town does accept absentee bids, live phone bids, and bids placed by fax or e-mail prior to the auction.
The auction will feature more than 50 clowns and circus-related toys. Lehmann wind-ups will lead the tinplate section, which also includes a boxed example of Martin’s Waltzers, both versions of Powerful Katrinka, a Marx Spic ‘n’ Span, a boxed Kid Samson by B&R, and an extensive assortment of Japanese tin cars and airplanes. A selection of German, Japanese and Marx tin wind-ups will be up for bid, as will German toy limos by Carette and Gunthermann.
This circa-1910 cast-iron, tin and glass hot peanuts wagon is in never-used condition.
Pressed-steel and tin toy trucks from the 1930s through 1950s include examples made by Marx, Wyandotte, Lincoln, Buddy ‘L’ and Keystone. Most are in excellent condition.
There are two life-size animated fun-house figures from the 1930s in the sale. One is a hula girl, and the other is known as Laffing Sal.
Comic character toys include a near-mint/boxed prewar Japanese Mickey Mouse Cyclist with running Pluto, tin and celluloid, distributed by Borgfeldt; a boxed Popeye Express; a near-mint/boxed pre-war Japanese Donald Duck whirligig; a Chein Popeye Heavy Hitter and a Popeye Funny Firefighter. Also in the character-toy section are a boxed Smoking Popeye – one of 20 battery-ops in the sale – and Disney-themed Emerson radios.
The Nov. 18 session features Americana, Civil War items (including guns a bass drum, letters and documents), architectural elements (including a carved figural fireplace mantel), circa-1910 carousel panels, folk art, firefighting memorabilia, dolls, toy soldiers, furniture, vintage televisions and radios, and other estate items.
The auction will be held at the Next Dimensions Events Center, 132 Old National Pike in Hagerstown. For more information, visit www.oldtownauctions.com or call 781-771-3998.