Mixed toy auction bringing prized pressed-steel items collectors

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Old Town Auctions will cap off its summer season with an Aug. 24 mixed-toy sale at the Grand Venice Hotel & Conference Center in Hagerstown, Maryland. The approximately 500-lot auction will feature both older and newer transportation toys including a formidable lineup of vintage pressed-steel vehicles and an array of die-cast by Corgi, Matchbox and Hubley.

Smith-Miller Mack Mayflower pressed-steel truck & trailer. Old Town Auctions image. (Photo courtesy Old Town Auctions)

Smith-Miller Mack Mayflower pressed-steel truck & trailer. Old Town Auctions image. (Photo courtesy Old Town Auctions)

Other standout categories include American and Japanese tin lithograph toys, an advanced 20-year collection of Mack Truck advertising and promotional items and a small but select assortment of dolls and doll clothing.

The strongest category in the auction lineup is pressed-steel automotive, which is represented by the popular brands Buddy ‘L,’ Kingsbury, Keystone and Smith-Miller. An early pressed-steel example is a 1927 Kingsbury Golden Arrow wind-up racer with a manufacturer’s sticker under its frame. Another choice item is a restored 1920s Buddy ‘L’ No. 280 concrete mixer.

A collection of approximately 40 promo cars includes coveted productions from the 1960s-’70s, including several Mopars.

A featured collection of Mack Truck-related memorabilia includes tie pins, cuff links, belt buckles, glassware and many other objects and collectibles. A number of pieces date to the truck manufacturer’s earliest days.

A late-Victorian novelty in the sale is a Ward’s cast-iron Home Deposit Vault: a tabletop-style safe in working order.

Golden Pasture ride-on dairy wagon, Jacrim Manuf. Co., Boston; horse with hand-whittled hear, genuine horsehair mane. (Photo courtesy Old Town Auctions.)

Golden Pasture ride-on dairy wagon, Jacrim Manuf. Co., Boston; horse with hand-whittled hear, genuine horsehair mane. (Photo courtesy Old Town Auctions.)

A single-owner collection of dolls includes several Little Miss Revlon dolls with wardrobes, a circa-1960s Madame Alexander “Elise” with original tagged ensemble and dolls by Mattel and Ideal. There will also be an abundance of clothing for 1950s Vogue dolls and Madame Alexander dolls of the 1960s.

Old Town’s Aug. 24, 2013, auction will start at 10 a.m. During the first hour of the auction, Old Town will offer uncataloged lots to live bidders only. The preview will be held Friday, Aug. 23 from 6-8 p.m. and on auction day from 8-10 a.m.

In addition to on-site bidding, telephone and absentee bids will also be accepted. There will be no Internet live bidding during the auction session.

For additional information, contact 301-416-2854 or sales@oldtownauctions.com or visit www.OldTownAuctions.com or www.AuctionFlex.com.

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