FAIRFIELD, Maine – James D. Julia’s rare toy and doll fall auction will be combined back-to-back with the offering from the rare glass and lamp division Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 2011.
The two-day antiques and collectibles auction starts off with an array of American and European toys, mechanical banks, fine French and German dolls, antique advertising, salesman samples, coin-operated machines, music boxes, and other miscellaneous treasures. The following day will change gears to feature a full auction day of exceptional leaded lamps, rare art glass, cameo glass, Victorian glassware, and more.
Bidders will be treated to a taste of the unusual with one of the more elusive of tin windup toys: the Boxer Rebellion clockwork toy by Lehmann. One of only a handful known to exist it features four figures representing the world’s four great powers of the early part of the 20th century (England, France, Germany and Russia) tossing a Chinese rebel in a blanket, symbolizing the suppression of the rebellion in their struggle for independence. This detailed toy with political undertones is in exceptional original condition and comes to the block with a $15,000 to $20,000.
A scarce Lehmann Echo motorcycle and rider in exceptional condition is expected to bring $2,000 to $2,500. It joins a variety of other Lehmanns including Zick Zack, Ehe, Uhu, Tut Tut, and others with nonsensical monikers.
Other toy highlights include a rare Ives clockwork toy depicting a black mammy holding the white child in her care. When wound, the woman playfully tosses the baby into the air. Complete with its original wooden box, the toy carries an estimate of $5,000 to $7,000. A rare celluloid toy that features Mickey Mouse dressed as a cowboy perched atop Pluto also comes with its original box and is expected to bring $6,500 to $8,500.
Highlights in the mechanical bank category include fine examples such as a Shepard Hardware Mason bank. Depicting a bricklayer and his assistant plying their trade, this bank is expected to sell for $3,000 to $4,000. Other examples include the ever popular Darktown Battery baseball themed bank with great action ($1,200-$1,800), Boy on Trapeze ($800-$1,200), and many others.
The diversity of the sale continues with a sizeable selection of fine dolls including some exceptional French bebes. A selection of Brus includes an impeccable 15-inch Bru Jne with a $30,000 to $35,000 estimate. Not to be outdone is a remarkable 19-inch Bru Jne bebe with finely molded features estimated at $18,000 to $22,000.
A few of the other sale categories: vintage advertising, salesman’s samples, coin-op and arcade machines, nodders and automatons and music machines.
Previews for the auctions will be Nov. 29 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and from 8-10 a.m. the mornings of the auctions. The toy and doll auction will commence at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 30 and the glass and lamp auction will commence at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1.
Contact James D. Julia at 207-453-7125 for more information.
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