Cars and trucks, trains and planes: Transportation toys fill 50-lot vintage toy category

MALVERN, Pa. – More than 400 lots of antiques and fine art will be sold at auction Thursday, May 24, by Gordon S. Converse & Company, at the Peoples Light & Theater Company in Malvern, starting at 10:30 a.m. (EST). Auction bill categories include antique clocks, Asian objects, fine art, toys and toy trains, period furniture, Native American and African objects, decorative accessories and porcelain.

Seth Thomas clock  Mahogany veneer “pillar-and-scroll” clock with label identifying the maker as Seth Thomas. Photo courtesy Gordon S. Converse & Co.

Antique clocks will be offered in abundance, and the collection of nearly 50 toys will feature many trucks and cars, airplanes and model trains.

The fine arts category will be highlighted by more than 25 oil paintings and some larger landscapes from a single consignor.

Ethnic pieces will include African tribal arts and Native American arrowheads and pottery.

Furniture will feature a Massachusetts tambour desk and an early 20th century English mahogany corner cupboard with cabinet top section and glazed doors.

The antique clock category includes an early 19th century double steeple form mantel clock with fusee clockworks and strap brass movement plates, 23 1/2 inches in height, and a mahogany veneer so-called “pillar-and-scroll” clock with an interior label identifying the maker as Seth Thomas, with brass finials (29 inches without finial).

Also offered will be a sheep’s head-type single-hand lantern clock with an engraved brass case, in which the chapter ring is signed “Steph. Levitt, Chelmsford,” with three dolphin frets (one engraved) and a clockworks with an hour strike; and a fine Regency “bracket” clock (or chamber timepiece) with a solid mahogany case, nice Egyptian-style feet and a pineapple finial.

Otto Balle painting  Original oil on canvas landscape rendering by the Danish artist Otto Balle (1865-1916).

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Artwork includes a framed oil painting titled “Stravanger Fjord,” signed indistinctly (possibly by “H. Lyber”), 36 inches by 52 inches; a framed oil on canvas landscape signed lower left by “H. Wolff,” 18 1/2 inches by 28 inches; a landscape work signed by the Danish artist Otto Balle (1865-1916); and an impressionist oil on canvas by Auguste Deneken, framed, dated 1943.

Oriental objects will be highlighted by a pair of rosewood carved, Chinese-made stands, 29 inches by 11 inches (circa 1840); a fine pair of poly-glazed decorated Chinese reticulated plates; and a davenport service consisting of a serving platter and eight matching plates, in a design that honors the palette and forms of many Chinese export items during the 19th century.

Antique toys will include a German sedan called the “Baron” in very good to excellent condition, made by Blech-Spielman; a mostly plastic and finely detailed model of a Mercedes Benz touring car, about 27 inches in length; a silver tri-engine toy airplane, 20 inches long; and a metal toy sedan from the mid-20th century, 20 inches long and still with the original green paint.

Trains will feature an OO gauge train set by Markel with a transformer, tracks, buildings and train car accessories; and a set of Hornby-type trains, including four wind-up lithographic decorated locomotives and other cars.

Native American vase  Quapaw Native American vase, 10 inches tall, found in Arkansas, with original polychrome paint.

Also offered will be a Quapaw Native American vase, 10 inches tall, found in Phillips County, Ark., with original vivid polychrome paint and item shards.

Previews will be held on Wednesday, May 23, from 10-2, and on Thursday, May 24, from 8:30-10:30 a.m., when the first gavel comes down. Online bidding will be facilitated by, and phone, write-in and absentee bids will also be accepted. The Peoples Light & Theater Company is located at 39 Conestoga Road in Malvern, in eastern Pennsylvania.

Bidders may preview the lots online, at the Gordon S. Converse & Company website. For more information, contact Gordon S. Converse & Co. at 610-722-9004 or Gordon[at]

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