Auction on March 24 to present beautiful toys from private collections – Daily Local


Downingtown >> On Saturday March 24, Pook & Pook, Inc., Auctioneers and Appraisers with Noel Barrett Antiques and Auctions, Ltd., will hold their fourth joint auction. From 10 a.m., the sale of 400 lots includes a variety of watch and military toys, cast iron vehicles, advertising panels and a few other surprises.

Years of hunting and selling helped Noel Barrett gain both superior knowledge of his field and a loyal following, which made his eventual auction business a hotspot for collectors. Like Barrett, Ronald and Debra Pook started out as antique dealers and grew into a record-breaking auction house, handling some of the best antique furniture, works of art, and decorative accessories on the market.

Ron Pook is excited to continue expanding the reach of Pook & Pook to include more auctions of toys and related material. Noel Barrett’s decades of experience and reputation in the toy world are largely unmatched and form the backbone of this partnership. Likewise, Barrett’s smaller auction house benefits from Pook & Pook’s infrastructure and a strong online and media presence. The sale of spring toys is based on this ideal collaboration.

Saturday morning’s session begins with a large group of military figures from the collection of Jose Chase, from Portland, Oregon. An army of composition warriors will cross the block by manufacturers such as Lineol and Elastolin / Hausser. The soldiers represent the War of Independence, World War I and World War II. They represent soldiers in action, some with gas masks; figures sitting and standing with guns, binoculars, etc., and wounded men. Additional pieces include other essential war figures such as nurses, dogs, musicians and horses. Personalities, including many WWII “bad guys” (Hitler, Mussolini, Goebbels and Goering) are also included. There are many war accessories, such as trenches, bomb blasts, warships, fighters, tanks, flamethrowers, howitzers, and battery-powered searchlights. A considerable number of lots are delivered with their original boxes.

Next up will be a diverse selection of other toys, both European and American, including three Marklin toys in exceptional condition, including an electric streetcar cart, a train station and a double-globe street light from the traditional Christmas window of Owl’s Tale (Haddonfield, NJ) collection. An exceptional last minute addition to the sale is a rare pewter clockwork musical carousel painted by Marklin circa 1910 with an original fabric canopy edged with tassels. “It’s the only one Joe Freeman has ever seen, and in his many years as the best antique toy repair expert he’s seen just about every rare European production,” Noel Barrett said. Estimate: $ 30,000 to $ 40,000.

Saturday’s sale continues with other whimsical toys to delight bidders, including a collection of hand-painted sleds, slides, carts, pull toys, tricycles and sleds. Highlights include a hand-propelled, sculpted and painted circa 1870 horse velocipede, valued between $ 2,000 and $ 3,000, and a wide selection of recreational horses. Other nostalgic recreation essentials include a variety of painted action figures from the Philadelphia-based toy company Schoenhut. These lots will include a dollhouse with accessories and various animal figures, such as a kangaroo, an elephant and a zebra, among others. Also worth mentioning is the Schoenhut Jolly Jiggers dance toy from around 1903 in excellent condition, priced at $ 1,200 to $ 1,600. A French bisque-headed doll from Tete Jumeau comes complete with her original beaded outfit and leather shoes, ranging from $ 1,500 to $ 2,500.

Forty-five lots from the Bill & Stevie Weart collection are then presented. Most are sample books from the classic Wearts Cast Iron Automotive Toys reference. Bidders can expect rare items such as a Niederst Co. cast iron steam shovel, from $ 5,000 to $ 8,000; a nearly new cast iron police motorcycle, $ 1,000 to $ 1,500; and a cast-iron Buick formerly from the Perelman Toy Museum in Philadelphia, between $ 600 and $ 800. Other cast iron items in the Wear collection include buses, taxis, motorcycles, trucks, tractors, and even a hearse.

The sale will end with over 80 lots from the collection of David P. Merkel, a prominent local collector who ran a stall at the Renninger Antique Market in Adamstown, Lancaster County, for 25 years before his death in 2015. Iron and stamped steel vehicles make up the bulk of the Merkel collection, with a number of examples from Hubley and Buddy ‘L.’ Hubley items include a bank of large cast iron and pewter wheels, from $ 2,000 to $ 3,000, as well as a number of Hubley motorcycles, tractors and trucks.

For more information on the March 24, 2018 auction, contact Pook & Pook by emailing [email protected] or calling 610-269-4040. To purchase a printed catalog for the March 24th sale, email [email protected], or visit it online at For those who cannot attend in person or participate by phone, online auctions will be available through and A gallery exhibition is scheduled for Wednesday March 21 and Thursday March 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday March 23 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 24 from 8 a.m. until the auction begins at 10 a.m. The gallery is at 463 E. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown.


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