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Mechanical banks will be sold in Friday and Saturday’s sessions and feature plenty of choices, both in rarity and condition grades for collectors of all levels. Some of the choices are simply stunning examples worthy of upgrade potential. Examples from A to Z, the April sale is one not to be missed for an opportunity to bid on outstanding selection and quality.
Early American toy entries from the Arnie Hed collection. This picture is a portrayal of toy satire and clockwork ingenuity far exceeding anything made in the twentieth century. Rare and elusive, it was this grouping that helped Arnie with the sale’s billing, Rare Fun.
Mickey Mouse in good company, shown here with some of the sale’s highlights. The collection, built by Mel Feldman, is simply loaded with unbelievable examples and many with boxes. The fabulous Mickey Circus Train set by Lionel with Tent comes with Mickey the Barker, and he welcomes all collectors to the Vineland, NJ Gallery.
Cast Iron Cars and Trucks and assorted examples from the Ray Burgess collection are one of the sale’s featured sessions, as condition conscious collectors will be pleasantly surprised at the offering. The grouping is reminiscent of the Dick Ford collection, which fed the cast iron market an abundance of unexpected toy gems. Expect the same quality, and expect some of the best show stoppers of the year, all in one weekend.
Doorstops again weight their turn to demonstrate why they are so popular among collectors today. Great molding effects and truly artistic toy forms in a variety of themes and paint schemes. The large Bear at center appears to have left all doors open for collectors to come and view Bertoia’s April auction.
The rarely seen Buddy ‘L’ Red Tugboat will be sold in April… just one of the many elusive finds from the Burgess collection.
Horse drawn, another glimpse into the early years of cast iron horse drawn toys and Ives creations with Ives animals shown on Welker Crosby’s and Ives’ delivery wagons. The Hansom cab at top features clockwork mechanism, as does the magnificent Ives walking horse at center. The line-up will include over 200 horse drawn examples…what a sale!
Hand painted tin toys from Europe will include Guntherman entries such as the musicians, dancers, and many circus theme varieties. Arnie Hed was drawn to these very detailed tin toys, and his selection brings a fresh grouping to the marketplace. Roundabouts, Ferris wheels, and exceptional carousels will be offered from the shelves.
A line-up of Harper Still Banks will please collectors waiting years to build or complete a collection. Arnie’s pride and joy was showing off these rare Safe banks which are almost impossible to find today. Billy Possum, another in the distinguished Harper line, is shown at center, and comes in absolute pristine condition to head an incredible list of banks from one of the most elusive and little known of the money saver makers.
Farm toys a plenty, naturally from a certified Midwest collector, and add Vindex to the list, and you have a spectacular opportunity to fill some shelf voids. Arnie’s knowledge of farm toys is very evident in his collection, and his grouping demonstrates an advanced eye for the hard to find in cast iron miniature farming.
Comic character toys from the Feldman collection are as diverse as possible with many entries making a podium debut at Bertoia Auctions. From Popeye favorites to some uncommon character figures to popular character mobiles in pristine shape, the collection has the right stuff. This is going to be an exciting session for anyone with an interest in TV, movie or comic strip character interests.
The cover shot for the catalog just about says it all…fabulous. The three headliners have combined their respective collections and are ready to share some truly rare finds with all toy enthusiasts. The April weekend sale at Bertoias will certainly be talked about for some time, all from three very appreciative and humble giants of collecting. They have each expressed an incredible urge to please the collecting world, and we are sure they will.
Pressed Steel Trucks from all the famous makers line the walls and showcases and promise to deliver the goods in April. Previewing the extensive selection is recommended and welcomed by the auction house. The diversity is simply overwhelming, and choice upon choice examples are ready for some real toy tire kicks of approval.
Buddy 'L' Express Truck with Doors; another interesting choice for collectors.
Boy Fishing pull toy will join a number of bell toys from the Hed Collection.
The Early American toy session contains a few classic nineteenth century examples by famous makers. Picture here is a beautiful Girl Skipping Toy by Automatic Toy Works, circa 1875.
If you have been waiting for some truly rare and exciting toy choices and looking for a special, maybe an incredible line-up of toys, then get ready to head east this spring and look no further then to Bertoia Auction’s Vineland New Jersey Gallery. April 29, and 30 promises to fill toy wants with outstanding examples from not one or two, but three, very important collections culled over many years of travel and searches. Billed as the “Rare Fun” sale, the name aptly describes the contents of the auction’s full color catalog, which is loaded with page after page of unexpected toy collecting surprises, all to be sold in two-days starting Friday 29, and Saturday the 30, 2005, with a week long preview prior to auction time.
The collections come by way of Michigan resident Ray Burgess, who presents his years of pressed steel and cast iron toy finds, together with Arnie Hed of Minnesota, another in the company of seasoned collectors who readies to share his Early American toys, rare still banks, tin selection and extensive array of horse drawn toys, and one of the years most important Disney and comic character collections from the New Jersey shelves of Mel Feldman. These three groupings make the claim for a Rare Fun sale, and collectors should plan to attend this exceptional mixture of select fields of collecting, certain to create a stir in the enthusiastic world of toy collecting for some time. Bertoia Auctions has been working through the winter months in preparation of this sale, and the entire staff is ready and eager to present this very promising toy gathering to the entire toy community.
Collectors will marvel at the quantity, while raising some eyebrows at the quality. These collections were culled over a long period of time with lots of care by some very discriminating collecting tastes. The former shelves, once proud displays of toy collecting at its best, now makes an unequalled chance to be shared for yet more prominent displays. The sale will give collectors a boost of toy morale, knowing great things still come out once in a great while for sale. Choices upon choices should meet all collector’s criteria, and the 1200 plus lots will certainly cause a stir in the toy world… long overdue. Those with advanced toy interests will be in good company with those in search of familiar and popular examples. It’s a mixed cast of toy fields which include pressed steel, cast iron, lithographed and hand painted tin choices, together with early American toys crafted from wood, cloth, and cast figures. The preview shelves contain a visual history of predominantly American toys, from early American creations with satire in figural form, to the first forms of horse drawn toys, to the well built, and made to last that way, designs in pressed steel, to the coveted Mickey and Minnie on Motorcycle toy, sure to please even the most condition conscious collector out there. Each of the groupings has a surprise or two, or more, for collectors in search of the elusive, and nearly impossible to find. Bertoia Auctions is very proud and pleased to offer such a treasure chest of toy greats, and encourages anyone with a genuine interest in the world of toy collecting to take part in this much awaited event.
Friday night’s session will greet collectors with a well sorted offering of mechanical banks setting the stage for a second session of mechanical banks on Saturday as well. The collection numbers well near the 100 example mark with plenty of buyer opportunity and selection. The mechanicals join with stationary siblings, still banks, which feature one of the most important line-ups of Harper examples offered at one time. Arnie Hed, who incidentally billed the sale’s name, has prided in his life long quest to find a complete as possible grouping of famed Harper Safe examples… he did very well we might add. Saturday’s mechanicals head a lengthy list of condition first quality, and be prepared for some very pristine entries to fill a shelf craving or two. The sale features a poster size image of the highlight toys, and the gleaming colors of Punch and Judy, or Mule entering Barn are accurate to real life colors, simply bright.
Pressed steel toys from the Burgess shelves equal the original brightness of some of the banks, and collectors will be amazed at the quality of finds offered. In addition to some very unique and scarce examples such as several, that’s several, cab with doors examples, which include the coveted Red Baby, and a great line-up of Junior models in absolute clean condition, notables will mix well with Buddy ‘L’ Tugboat in gray, and even the rumored… and now offered, red Tugboat. If size matters, then Ray’s American National Packards fit the bill, with two examples to choose from including the brown Coupe, and the red Fire Chief’s car. Coal cars, delivery trucks, express trucks, incredible selection of fire trucks, and not one, but two, Outdoor Railroad sets with plenty of construction cars following, will be sold to the luckiest bidder. The collection numbering over 200 pressed steel entries will contain Flivvers, Metalcraft, and the best of the best from the pressed steel toy makers. One look at the collection and obvious importance becomes a separate tag, as Ray Burgess, known by many in the collecting hobby for great toy tastes, has built a truly show stopping collection. This sale promises to deliver the right stuff, and all are encouraged to participate in this sure to be landmark sale.
Joining the rare fun toys of Ray Burgess are the toys and banks from Arnie Hed of Minnesota. Known as a serious collector for many years, Arnie brings his cast iron horse drawn, still banks, and European tin toy collection for a large toy sharing event. The Gallery shelves are literally crammed with exceptional early cast iron toys, and one entire showcase highlights Arnie’s early American selection, which is full of rarity and turn of the century toy satire. Collectors familiar with Ives early creations will certainly have desirable choices, not readily available in today’s toy market. European hand painted entries include many of Guntherman’s inventive toy genius, together with roundabouts, and carousels with open gondolas. His collection is vast and diversive with many fields of interest for the choosing. Tin, wood, and cast iron, and all predominantly from the late 1800’s to the early twenties was Arnie’s main toy attraction, and the representation is commendable. For the horse drawn enthusiast, prepare for a stunning selection of work, pleasure and whimsical examples from many makers. Fire toys from pumpers to ladder wagons, some clockwork examples in between, and a Carpenter Burning building readies to deliver some action to the already enormous grouping of pre-auto toy examples. Expect surprises, those that rate that special extended look of approval, as Arnie took collecting very seriously even during the days of toy peak infancy. There will be a few examples that rarely exchange hands these days, making the catalog a great reference, and highly recommended reading.
And if you are looking for more great reading, then you will be delighted at the Disney selection in the April offering, all from the Mel Feldman Disney and comic character collection. Important pieces line the glass shelves in a way that looks like a parade of the who’s who in Mickey Mouse fame. Heading the distinguished list to be offered is the very desirable Mickey and Minnie Riding Motorcycle by Tippco of Germany in absolutely striking condition. Considered by many, one of the most important of the Disney toys, it falls in good company with a Distler Walking Mickey, and an Isla Minnie with caged Felix clockwork toy. These prime examples join in great company of celluloid Mickey Rider, Mickey Mouse Humming toy in original box, Isla made Oliver Hardy Sparkler, and many others. Mel’s comic character collection also has plenty of important toy character with a super line-up of notables and popular entries. Felix, Popeye, Donald Duck, Hi Way Henry, Blondie, Charlie McCarthy and others will take center stage for the all important Saturday session. The collection was culled with condition as a guide, and rarity as a measure. Loaded with pristine lithography and originality, most of the examples fall into a no-excuses necessary category.
The diversity of Disney, pressed steel, horse drawn, early American, mechanicals, tin, and still banks is overwhelming at one glare into the Bertoia preview room, and collectors will enjoy the chance to bid on items rarely offered, or rarely to be offered at public auction again. The Gallery expects a lot of attention from collectors of all levels and has prepared their largest catalog to date for maximum photo exposure of each item. The hard-cover, full color catalog will serve well as a future reference guide, and collectors will enjoy the user friendly format providing as accurate as possible condition reports.
Preview times for this important sale begin a full week prior to the sale, and as always, Bertoia’s staff welcomes early previewing by appointment in order to accommodate busy schedules. It is highly advised to join in the preview for this sale, as the quantity mandates allowing extra time.
For the rest of the story, the shelves will display a selection of doorstops which include a super standing Bear, Bathing Beauties, Taylor and Cook Penguin, and others. Popular themes from flowers to houses to the whimsical will entertain collector’s wants and keep the strong interest in this exciting field climbing. Collectors can expect several fields of toy interests such as Keystone wooden boats and rare boxed sets, Smith Millers and Fred Thompson renditions, wooden sleds, pedal cars, and always an added specialty item or two in the sale. Collectors of all levels should attend this highly anticipated sale, and plan to share in the rare fun with others also interested in the pursuit of toy happiness.
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Mickey Mouse takes Minnie for a ride on a beautiful Tippco. motorcycle in enviable condition. This example was obviously garage ‘shelf kept,’ as the lithography is bright and full of luster.
Just one of the many cast iron buses that fall into the desirable category and to be offered at no reserve during the April 29, 30 sale. The larger scale pieces are true finds, and Ray decided long ago to go after the best that was available… we are so glad!
This Ferris Wheel is elegant and striking in size, and built with detail in mind. Bertoia Auctions is proud and pleased to offer this and a host of other German tin gems to the public.
Known as a giant in the development of American toys, this Ives Hansom Cab with Walking Horse exemplifies the companies toy ingenuity and progressive attention to detail. The casting effects are perfect, and the visual presentation is a marvel in toy production.
Some of the other great toys to be auctioned...
Three Seat Brake will park at the Bertoia podium and ride with a new owner who appreciates the detail and styling of early luxury travel.
This Packard straight Eight Sedan model by Hubley highlight the outstanding auto collection culled by long-time collector, Ray Burgess.
For rarity and condition look at the White '6' Bus by Arcarde scarce both in example and condition, and just one of the many desirable buses to be offered.
Smith Millers by the well-known Fred Thompson should create some attention with nearly 50, mostly boxed examples from the Burgess archives.