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February toy auction stars tin litho, dolls, bears

Childhood classics fill the Feb. 9 toy auction hosted jointly by Pook & Pook and Noel Barrett, including dolls, teddy bears, lithographed toys & much more.

By Kaitlyn Julian

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Just one selection of the collectible toys available Feb. 9. Images courtesy Pook & Pook/Noel Barrett

Pook & Pook and Noel Barrett are happy to help collectors get their fill of toys. Their upcoming Online Only Toy Auction is slated for Feb. 9, 2019. This special Saturday sale will see over 550 items cross the block. Bidding will be held at and

This toy auction is the latest of many in collaboration with Mr. Noel Barrett. Known to many across the country as the colorful toy expert on Antiques Roadshow,

Barrett has been sharing his life’s passion with fascinated viewers for years, encouraging curiosity and wonder in children of all ages.

Carry-overs from December toy auction

Some highlights in February’s sale include a carry-over of objects from Pook & Barrett’s December toy auction. Worthy of mention is the expansive offering of steam toy accessories, which includes manufacturer names such as Mohr & Krauss, Carette, Falk, Schoenner, and Marklin.

Lot 1265 - Japanese tin friction 1956 Lincoln Futura car, with antenna and opening top ($600-$800)

Lot 1265 - Japanese tin friction 1956 Lincoln Futura car, with antenna and opening top ($600-$800)

The February grouping is an affordable selection with something for beginner collectors and those who are looking to fill out an already existing collection. A grouping of fire-related toys includes examples by Dent and Ives. A boon to the sale is a large grouping of toys from a single-owner collection, from Jonathan Barrow of Los Angeles, California.

Crossing the block from this West Coast grouping will be a number of Japanese tin friction cars, Japanese airplanes, and Japanese battery-operated race cars. Tin lithographed wind-ups comprise a good portion of the sale, with names such as Marx, Bing, Strauss, and Lehmann.

Battery Jeep in box

Lot 1256: Battery Jeep in box.

Lithographed figures with complex actions add interest to the auction, especially the Arnold tin lithograph clockwork MAC 700 daredevil motorcycle. When wound, the daredevil rider jumps off his motorcycle with his limbs flailing, then hops backs on and zooms off ($300-$500).

Racecars, hot rods, Jeeps, tanks, trucks, Cadillacs, and coupes will all motor across the auction block on Saturday.

Toy auction filled with childhood classics

Lot 1575 - Painted wood North African fortress ($300-$400)

Lot 1575 - Painted wood North African fortress ($300-$400)

A variety of childhood classics fills this sale and includes dolls, teddy bears, and board games. The C.M. Bergman Simon & Halbig bisque head doll comes clutching her own teddy bear ($300-$400). As does the Kestner German bisque head doll ($200-$300). Bears in all shapes and sizes include early 20th century teddies, cuddly Steiff teddies, and one wind-up trapeze bear.

Other doll-related accessories are lots of doll house miniatures, dollhouses, and room boxes. Interspersed between teddies and dolls are collections of cap guns, Hubley still banks, and hood ornaments.

Holiday items in the sale include two composition Santa Claus figures, numerous lots of Easter bunny rabbit candy containers, collections of Santa figurines, and a few sparkling Christmas ornaments. Lionel trains are well represented in the sale, many with their original boxes and miscellaneous train accessories.

Holiday toys, lithographed tin

Holiday toys, lithographed tin, and much more is available in the February 9 toy auction.

The online catalog for February’s Online Only Antique Toy Auction may be viewed at, or

A gallery exhibition is scheduled for Feb. 6-8 from 10am-4pm. Bidding for the sale will open online on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 9am. Pook & Pook and Noel Barrett’s next Antique Toy Auction is slated for Spring 2019 in Downingtown, Pennsylvania.

Do you have an object you’re interested in consigning for any upcoming antique toy auctions? Pook & Pook, Inc. with Noel Barrett is always accepting quality consignments.

To speak with an appraiser, call (610) 269-4040 or email photos to is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to and affiliated websites. 

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