Around 1400 lots were offered in Bertoia’s mammoth auction of vintage toys in Vineland, New Jersey, including seasonal playthings for Halloween and Christmas.
Extracted from Antiques Trade Gazette | Anne Crane
Many of them were of American manufacture, including a large section devoted to mechanical money banks, but pictured here are four of the more popular European examples from the three-day sale which was held from November 9-11.
The buyer’s premium was 20%.
1. French roller-skater
This French, Fernand Martin, clockwork roller-skater dates from c.1912 and is in pristine condition with just minor restoration to the cheeks and under the chin.
The 8.5in (21.5cm) high toy sold for a hammer price of $11,000 (£8460) at the Bertoia auction.
2. Tinplate toy carriage
This early German tinplate toy carriage made by Buchner c.1870 features a composition driver and passengers and is drawn by two wooden horses.
It is in pristine original condition, with just minor touching up to the red on the handrail and side of the front seat, measures 12in (30cm) in length.
It sold for $6500 (£5000) at the Bertoia auction.
3. German skittles set
This unusual German skittles set made from composition and papier mâché with pull-along dachshund container has repairs to the front legs, holds nine skittle ‘puppies’ of different breeds and colours (two of them replacements).
It measures 21in (53cm) high and realised $10,000 (£7690) at the Bertoia auction.
4. Seasonal offering
Bertoia’s sale also included a number of seasonal vintage Christmas toys, among them this Father Christmas sporting a red coat, rabbit fur beard and a feather tree riding on a wheeled polar bear equipped with a lever to activate its growl.
The 17in (43cm) high German toy, which is dated to c.1915, realised $8500 (£6540).