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This shot just about covers every grouping to be offered in the upcoming Christmas Past and Presents Sale at Bertoia Auctions this December 3, 4. In fact, this is the cover picture for the hard cover catalog that will feature an incredible 1600 plus lots of Holiday items from a Christmas past, and the toys that make up the presents. Expect the two-day sale to hold items for all levels, and a selection that matches that criterion. This may well be the most diverse sale of Holiday items ever offered, and the groupings of toys, banks, and doorstops adds a slice of season spirit that won’t be forgotten too easily.
Boldly stated, the December sale can best be viewed as the Headquarters for Christmas joy, and toys. Striking Ferris Wheel pivots at center to gain a better view of the wonderful Belsnicles and toys ready to make their way to the bidding podium. Dresdens hang from the tree, Micky Mouse hangs from a Donald Whirlygig, a sturdy mechanical rope hangs from the young girl’s hands, tree sprigs hang from a large Father Christmas figure… everyone seems to be hanging around in wait of a spectacular December sale. Whether it’s on the tree, or under the tree, the Holiday season couldn’t look better.
Mechanical Banks from the Farrell Shoffeit collection will be highlighted for collector approval. The former editor of the Mechanical Bank Collector’s Club was popular among all members, and his banks should make for some popular decisions as well. Farrell collected with an excitement this is as commendable as his unheralded time and tenure to the club. Always eager to add a story or an article for the benefit of new and old collectors, Bertoia Auctions welcomes the opportunity to feature Mr. Shoffeit’s collection with humble pleasure to all the friends he made along his collecting way. The collection is chalk full of clean and original examples creating a perfect chance for all to continue in the sharing tradition of bank collectors.
All forms of transportation toys depicted and included to make the tree skirt full of fabulous toy surprises this year. Large scale trolleys in great wooden detail, pressed steel toys from Buddy ‘L’ to Tonka, the very, very rare, single prop America airplane, Ahrens Fox example, and several military theme vehicles will traverse the podium along with space toys and a host of other toy travelers.
Important early American toys scheduled for the sale feature the extremely rare Santa drawn by goats clockwork toy made by Althof Bergman, two, different Ives Preachers on base (each with original box), the only known Dancing Couple on Stage toy, tin animals on platforms, and a few Noah’s Arks complete the picture.
With over 150 lots of still banks in the sale, collectors of all levels should pay particular attention to the opportunities of choices. Large groupings along with a multitude of individual lots will cause some pleasant bidding experiences, and collectors can expect no problem in finding their area of still bank interests. All mediums, all fields of still collectibles, and all at one sale this December.
Phenomenal array of casting effects captured in this photo of a cross section of the doorstop entries. Common, uncommon, the grouping hails from a private collection that was culled by some really great eyes for detail and visual appeal. The auction house is very proud to offer such a selection in a market place whose doors are kept opened by fewer stops each year. Bertoia Auctions will have its doors wide open, and each presents a casting welcome for those in search of wonderful examples.
Disney toys with lots of character, or characters in this case, will find themselves in over 200 different bidding moments. The collective grouping of Disney favorites include some special finds, and all time favorite examples. Tin, plastic, stuffed, porcelain, ceramic, and celluloid creations for the leader of childhood imagination is well represented in the auction. An elusive number of candy jars, tobacco containers and other bisque figurines are included. This photo almost reminds us of a store front ad, only these are for sale, and all are welcome to attend.
Do you believe in Santa? Well, here he is in living color, and these are but a small part of the Christmas offering with many more envious of a chance to display some charm. From large scale to small, from delicate painting to rich mohair, the figures and candy containers help escalate the true spirit of Holiday collectibles.
Christmas Past and Presents Sale Incredible offering of Holiday items,Toys, Banks, Disney and Doorstops
at Bertoia Auctions December 3, 4, 2004
Get ready to deck the halls and fill the toy shelves with new surprises and mark your calendars now for a December 3rd and 4th Bertoia Auctions hosted sale that includes an astounding 1600 lots of incredible antique Holiday items, Toys, Mechanical Banks, Still Banks, Doorstops, Disney items and collectibles. The sheer quantity of this sale almost insures that collectors of all levels will have buying opportunities rarely presented at public sale with choices beyond comparison. Christmas ornaments and Holiday go-alongs will be featured as the anchor to this all important event as the specialized grouping of antique enchantment nears 600 lots in itself. Presented in their customary full color and hard cover catalog, Bertoia Auctions’ December sale will display page after page of exceptional finds and visually tempting collectible opportunities. A wealth of antique discoveries lies in wait for all those who attend the scheduled week-long preview at the gallery. Come one, come all, it truly will be the season to be jolly… for collectors.
Father Christmas would be very proud to see the Bertoia pre-view room with the abundance of Holiday items splashed over the entire room, and to think that all is within reach of new collectors. The Holiday ornaments and assorted seasonal inspired items were brought to the auction house directly from a collector’s room after being stored for nearly thirty years. The choices are even more exciting as the grouping contains some of the rarest examples for decorating the collection tree from top to bottom. In addition to an overwhelming 1000 plus glass ornaments, rare and beautiful Dresdens will be featured for sale, again, in ample abundance. Santas, boats, animals, whimsical, and more, these delicate and scarce hand made ornaments will hold a ‘lot’ of surprises. From the diminutive and elegant ornaments to tree skirts, tree stands, tree garland, tree toppers, tree candle holders, and almost every imaginable Christmas go-along, the December sale truly will be the headquarters for Christmas toys. Santa Claus candy containers will line the shelves with an incredible grouping of choice Belsnickles in every imaginable color, ranging from miniature to large scale versions. The quantity and selection of Christmas goodies to be offered will assuredly bring a glow to all Christmas collectors.
All mediums of toys including Schoenhuts are but a part of a grouping of circus themed toys which feature a Doll Co. Ferris Wheel found in near mint condition, and sure to cause some heads to turn, a 35” clown trade stimulator in full outfit, together with Gunthermans depicting performers of varied talents, and yet more choices by way of roundabouts. Lehmans join in the fun and help bring light entertainment to the assorted clockwork entries. The early representations from American toy giant entries include the very elusive Goat drawn Santa in Sleigh toy made by Althof Bergman in the late 1800’s, a boxed preacher in the Pulpit with box, recently found by attic discovery, a boxed preacher, and the only known example of the Dancing Couple on Stage toy. A few early American tin toys, Noah’s Arks, and early composition toys give the grouping a nice touch of importance. Composition figures, including a large Clown Trade Stimulator, performing clowns with chair props, blend in the bidding activity with an extensive assortment of Schoenhut toys. The grouping highlights ringmasters, acrobats, whimsical figures, reduced sized figures, two tents, boxed sets, and some very endangered species of Schoenhut animals. Expect choices to please all levels, from clowns to Mary’s Lamb on a Roly Poly, to wild animals and much, much, more.
Were still only circling the tree skirt, as Mechanical Banks, from the collection of former Mechanical Banker editor Farrell Shoffeit, hit the Bertoia shelves. Over 100 examples are to be sold from a collection that was carefully culled with originality as the key to the search and keep. Farrell traveled extensively in pursuit of his collecting wants, visible at all of the big shows and conventions, and he very smartly collected banks that were in as original condition as possible. He very humbly gave hours of his time to the bank club, always in support of new collectors, and he now shares a final tribute with all the friends he made along the way in the best way he knows how… with his collection. A popular Girl Skipping on Rope, Horse Race bank, and other favorites from beginning to end, including a few rare wooden gems, are waiting for a place under someone’s tree, in a wish list of opportunity. Farrell readily admits that most of his banks were picked privately without that shopped around tag on its neck, and for him as a collector, the fun was always being able to add an original example to the shelf knowing maybe thirty other collectors did not have the chance to approve, disapprove, or upgrade before his own opportunity. We all thank Farrell for his loyalty and years to the art of bank collecting, and for all the time he spent wearing the editor’s cap with unheralded praise, and collectors should gladly welcome a nice grouping of banks to the small pool of market availability.
Still banks number over 200 in depth and the variety is just as Holiday toy spirited. Almost every category of still banks made is represented, and collectors will have a good time sorting through the generous choices to be offered. Cast iron, wood, and pottery creations each make an important slot in the auction. The shelves literally cannot hold too many more examples, making this a good sale to earn a penny saver. Buildings, animals, birth banks, monuments, whimsical, people, and people made to look like something else await the still bank collectors, and they are all part of the presents from a Christmas past.
Disney toys will help bring in a big Holiday smile with a private collection containing a wild mix of character favorites. From the popular Merry Makers Band toy, to scarce celluloid rattles, to fine hand painted bisque figures, the assortment and selection numbers over 200 examples and items of interest. A view of the culled items will indicate immediately that there are plenty of examples to help round out any collection. The former collector was attracted to pieces not readily found in the marketplace, and this includes the very desirable Donald Whirligig, Roly Poly, and Waddler. Steiff dolls, an incredible Charlotte Clark Mickey Mouse, and other rag dolls are to be featured among a fantastic quantity of bisque and porcelain figures and Disney creations. Mickey and Donald tin toys make their presence known along with a variety of popular characters from comic strip glory and television fame.
The real anchors in the sale come by way of doorstops, and the grouping is as impressive as a huddle of unwrapped gift boxes under anyone’s tree. Famous designers such as Taylor and Cook, Bradley and Hubbard, and Fish forge the visual senses with Hubley and others. Floral depictions, landscaped abodes, an array of people, a good portion of the animal kingdom, and the whimsical, all in hand painted detail with casting effects, are ready to capture a new corner of someone’s house this December 3rd and 4th. The collection was primarily culled by a Midwest couple that has years of experience in a quest for iron majesty, and the examples attest to their talents. Having been collectors of cast iron beauties for some time, the previous owners really deserve an applaud for having put together a well thought out doorstop grouping with plenty of diversity and condition to match.
The sale developed into an eclectic mix of collectibles with cast iron, tin, composition, and other toy mediums. Robots, military toys, autos, and a large offering of pressed steel toys, simply nip the toy bud. Sand chutes from Buddy ‘L,’ Tonka toy trucks and work vehicles, Keystone Moving Vans, trains, a collection of boxed horse race games, whimsical tin toys, early American toys, Schucco toys, horse drawn and boxed plastic examples.
And what could be better then a trolley ride in the pre- winter months? Well, a small fleet of early trolley toys, perhaps... The auction will feature the trolley collection of Courtney Booth of San Francisco, an apparent heir to the collecting genes passed on by her parents, Dr. and Mrs. Booth, both known for their folk art interests. The transportation themed items are truly wonderful representations of travel once popular on the streets of America, and the history they carry in toy scale makes for a great visual experience.
For collectors in search of something different… something just a bit special… something not easily found… then this sale is for you. The Holiday session is going to be one of the most example packed sales held at the site…ever. Full color, hard cover catalogs will display each lot, and serve as valuable reference for years to come. They may be ordered by calling the office with credit card, or by sending a check. Bertoia Auctions will hold a customary week-long preview prior to the sale, and for those who cannot attend but wish a private screening of the items, simply call the office to arrange a convenient time. Dining and lodging are located within minutes of the Gallery, and feel free to call Bertoia’s for further information on this or any future sales. Bidding options for this auction include absentee, phone line requests, live bidding, and internet bidding on www.ebayliveauctions.com and www.liveauctioneers.com.
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Banks from the Farrell Shoffeit collection. The green dressed Mammy is a former Sax/ Perelman entry, and it is fabulous. As shown, the rest of the mechanical grouping looks pretty good, and no trick photography present. Original as possible, as much paint as possible, this was Farrell’s objective when collecting, and he did a fine job, at that. Look at the well conditioned faces, outfits, and bases, let’s all give Farrell a round of applause.
A touch of Christmas décor featuring cotton ornaments, glass, stamped cardboard, celluloid and fabric, is there anything left? Wooden displays with intense detail, soldier themed ornaments, hand-blown animals, even a desirable Bliss sleigh holds an exceptionally large Dresden Battleship, including an annealed legs Poncho Villa example, reportedly a solo survivor, the choices will amaze even the most seasoned of collectors.
No need to join the circus, just attend the sale and join in the circus toy fun. A great depiction of toy performers at their best, and always a crowd pleaser among them. It might be this fantastic Ferris Wheel, originally clothed clown musician, clockwork clown acrobats, or a simple roundabout, but all will take center ring and corral a host of Schoenhut performers to the applaud of collectors. The sale will feature some scarce animals, bisque head performers, whimsical items, and, ok, some surprises