Past Sales

On this page is a small sampling of items that we’ve sold.

Toys

Yellow Kid on goat cart toy

Yellow Kid on Goat Cart Comic Toy

Circa 1910 Yellow Kid comic toy cast iron goat cart. This toy was made by the Kenton Toy Company of Kenton, Ohio. The Yellow Kid figure & the goat & the wheels are all cast iron & the cart is tin. The toy measures 7 1/4 inches long by 4 1/2 inches tall by 2 3/8 inches across the cart & wheels at the center of the cart from left to right. The toy weighs 13.6 ounces.

The toy shows honest wear from play use. Otherwise, the toy is complete with all original components as made. The paint is all original & there are no touch-ups to the paint. The goat is gold, the wheels are red, the cart is green. The Yellow Kid has a bright yellow outfit & a flesh colored head with details on eyes & mouth. There are no chips, no cracks, no repairs, & no replaced components to the iron or to the tin.

Ives Clockwork Dancers Toy

Ives Clockwork Dancers Toy

Circa 1870's-1890's double black Americana dancers clockwork toy. This classic clockwork toy was made by the famous Ives Toy Co. Of Bridgeport, Connecticut.

The toy is in superb working order. When the clockwork is wound & the activating lever is pushed down the figures dance around in very rapid motion for a good amount of time. They tap their feet on the top of the wooden box in a pleasing rhythm. One figure which is wearing pants would have originally had a cloth upper garment. The other is wearing a dress with the black section of the cloth somewhat worn. This figure would have originally had more cloth on the dress over what is currently present. All of the cloth clothing currently present on both figures is entirely original. Both figures would possibly have originally had small cloth hats.

Chinese Must Go Cap Pistol

"Chinese Must Go" Cap Pistol

Original 1879-1890’s “Chinese Must Go” iron toy cap pistol. This toy was issued by the Ives Toy Company of Bridgeport, Connecticut & was covered by a patent issued on September 2, 1879. 

Three of the rivets were taken out to fix the toy. Two of the original rivets were reused. One of the rivets was not able to be reused & was replaced with an antique rivet of the same period. This toy has the original string queue in the Chinaman’s head. The Chinaman had a thin hairline separation crack on his ankle which was very expertly repaired (welded). This resulted in a little bit of loss to a small area of the finish around this.

So, there are just a few minor insignificant touchups to the ends of three rivets & slight touch up to the finish on small parts on the lower area of the Chinaman where the crack was fixed.

The patent date is especially sharp in the casting. The toy cap pistol still has the vast majority of the original transparent brown varnish like finish intact as well as the original queue.

Tin Toy Windup Sedan Touring Car

Tin Toy Windup Sedan Touring Car c. 1930’s

Original circa 1930's tin toy windup sedan touring car. We are thinking that this toy may possibly have been made by Wells, England? But, we are not certain as to the maker. The car is marked "Made In England" at the bottom edges of the front doors. The wheels are marked "Dunlop '90' 150 17". The car has a nice trunk on the back which has a lid that opens. The car measures 10 3/4 inches long by 3 1/8 inches tall by 4 1/2 inches across (including the attached key).

Freidag Iron Toy Bus

1920's Freidag Iron Toy Bus

Original & quite rare 1920's cast iron double decker toy bus. This toy was made by the Freidag Toy Company in Illinois. The Freidag Company was only in business for a few years & the company produced a relatively small number of toys. This toy has the interesting feature of four figures being cast in one piece showing in the windows on one side & six figures being cast in one piece showing in the windows on the other side (as is the case with the few other known examples of this toy bus).

Some of the Freidag toys are quite rare, including this one, which is very illusive to find (especially in this all original condition). In over 50 years of buying old toys this is the only example of a Freidag bus that we have ever owned. The toy measures 9 inches long by 4 1/4 inches tall by 3 3/4 inches wide across the back wheels. The toy weighs in at 3 pounds 9 ounces.

This toy is in pleasing original condition & has lots of original paint. There is some wear from use especially on the wheels. There are no chips, no cracks, no repairs, & no replaced components. The toy is just like we found it years ago & has not been cleaned. So, there is some minor dirt & dust on the toy. We would say that the toy was played with moderately but well cared for. The toy is original in all respects.

Tin Penny Toy Girl in Highchair

Tin Penny Toy Girl in Highchair

Original circa 1910-1920's tin penny toy of a girl sitting in a highchair. The top section of the chair folds down to sit behind the bottom section. This toy has a height fully extended of 4 1/8 inches. The width from front to back across the bottom legs when fully extended is 1 5/16 inches. The length when folded down is 2 5/8 inches from front to back & the height is 2 3/4 inches. The weight of this charming miniature tin toy is a mere 3/10 of an ounce.

The toy has no maker's mark. This toy was made in Germany circa 1910-1920's & was probably by the Fischer Toy Company. Refer to "The Penny Toy Book" by David Pressland page # 97 item # 288 which pictures an identical example of this toy with an attribution to Fischer as the maker.

The toy is complete & all original with no repairs, no replacement components, & no touch ups. The toy is in superb near mint condition showing only the slightest tiny bit of wear. A delightful little item.

Tin Penny Toy Turtle on wheels

Tin Penny Toy Turtle c. 1910-1920’s

Original circa 1910-1920's tin penny toy turtle on wheels. The legs/head & the legs/tail sections of the body move back & forth when the turtle rolls on the four wheels. This toy has a length of 3 inches & a width across the back legs of 1 7/8 inches. The weight of this charming miniature tin toy is a mere 3/10 of an ounce. The toy is marked "Germany" on the top center of the front legs. This marking is not visible until the front legs section is moved significantly at an angle to view it.

The toy is all original with no repairs, no replacement components, & no touch ups. The four wheels have gray oxidation mixed with some of the original bright silver tone. The turtle's body is in superb near mint condition showing only the slightest tiny bit of wear.

Tin Penny Toy Alligator on wheels

Tin Penny Toy Alligator c. 1910-1920’s

Original circa 1910-1920's tin penny toy alligator on wheels. The legs/head & the legs/tail sections of the body move back & forth when the alligator rolls on the four wheels. This toy has a length of 4 3/4 inches & a width across the back legs of 2 inches. The weight of this charming miniature tin toy is a mere 3/10 of an ounce. The toy is marked "Germany" on the top center of the front legs. This marking is not visible until the front legs section is moved significantly to one side or the other.

The toy is all original with no repairs, no replacement components, & no touch ups. The four wheels have gray oxidation mixed with some of the original bright silver tone. The alligator's body is in superb near mint condition showing only the slightest tiny bit of wear.

A.C. Williams Toy Cast Iron Gasoline Truck

A.C. Williams Cast Iron Toy Gasoline Truck

Original circa 1936 red cast iron toy “Gasoline” truck made by the A. C. Williams Toy Company of Ravenna, Ohio. This toy gas truck has all original rich red paint with original gold highlights to the details & is in excellent condition.

The four original red wood hubs are present. The four original rubber tires present & have some thin age cracks. The front metal axle is original & has the correct A.C. Williams peens at both ends ends. The back axle was replaced at some time in the past with a nail. A subtle point, not immediately evident, is that when this nail was used for the back axle one of the original wheels with wood hub was put on facing in the wrong direction.

There are no chips & no cracks & no repairs to the iron.The toy measures 6 7/8 inches long by 3 inches tall by 2 5/8 inches across the widest point. The toy has a weight of 1 pound 4 ounces.

Tin Toy Friction Buick Convertible c. 1953

Tin Toy Friction Buick Convertible c. 1953

Original circa 1953 model tin toy friction Buick four door convertible. This toy was made in Japan in the 1950's. There is no maker's marking on the car. This is a Buick Special model "fat car". This configuration of car has a very pudgy look & for this reason in collector's circles it is sometimes referred to as a "fat car".

The car color is a bright blazing rich knock dead red. There are a few small & very minor areas of spidering to the surface of the red paint. There is absolutely no wear, no oxidation, & no fading to the red. The red is as visually powerful as it was when the car was originally made. It is immediately evident upon examination of this car that it was never played with. It would certainly seem reasonable to call the car near mint. This car was probably stored in its original box all of its life.

The front of the car has a Buick insignia. The back license plate has the number "6812". Interestingly, both the sedan model & the convertible model of this toy were issued by the same Japanese company with the same number "6812" on the license plate.

The toy has never been cleaned or tampered with in any way. This toy with box is entirely 100% original & is exactly as we found it fresh out of the original estate. Also, the friction mechanism is in sound working condition.

Diecast Necco Candies Chevrolet Panel Truck

Diecast NECCO Candies Chevrolet Panel Truck

A circa 1970’s diecast Chevrolet Panel Truck with “NECCO Candies” on the side. The style is circa 1926. The truck was likely made in the 1970’s. We have had several diecast trucks that are similar that are all clearly made by the same hand. The others have impressed in the metal inside the hood the letters: “R.P.O.P.A.C.”. This truck is not marked with the letters. The maker appears to have been inspired by the Tootsietoy Chevy delivery vans of the mid-1920’s.

This truck and the others differ from the Tootsietoy trucks in that they are made with headlamps and have thin black rubber tires. The specific advertising on the side of this and the others probably would not have been on the original Tootsietoy trucks.

German Bing Tin Windup Toy Touring Car

German Bing Tin Windup Toy Touring Car

Original Bing German long tin toy windup touring car. This toy is circa 1910-1916 or so & was made by the Bing Toy Company in Germany. The toy has the maker's marking on the back end which is "G B N" in a rectangle with rays which is the marking of Gebruder Bing of Nurnberg, Germany.

The toy measures 9 inches long by 3 15/16 inches wide (not counting counting key) & 4 1/2 inches wide (counting key) by 4 inches tall. The litho finish is very bright, lustrous, & fresh looking! An exceptional example far superior to the normal condition that this sort of early German tin toy car is usually found in! There is no wear whatsoever to the exterior edges of the wheels. So, it is our thought that the toy was probably never played with.

The toy still retains all of its original components. This toy is entirely original in all respects. The windup is in sound operational condition. We tested the windup mechanism while holding the car in our hands so as not to put any wear on the wheels. There are no repairs of any kind to any of the components of the car.  We have left the toy just like we found it fresh out of an old Lancaster County, Pa. estate. This toy has never been tampered with in any way.

Arthur A-Go-Go Battery Op Toy

1960’s Arthur A-Go-Go Battery Op Toy

Original 1960's Arthur A-Go-Go battery operated toy. The toy was made in Japan & has the marking "Trade Mark Alps Made In Japan" next to the on off switch on the side. The toy was issued to represent Ringo Starr of the famous Beatles. But, as the Japanese maker did not want to pay royalties to the Beatles they gave the toy the name of "Arthur A-Go-Go".

As can easily seen the face of the man on this toy really does not look at all like Ringo Starr. However, if you have ever been lucky enough to see the rare box to this scarce toy it becomes obvious that the toy was intended to represent Ringo Starr. On the box (WE DID NOT HAVE THE BOX) there is, indeed, shown a drummer who looks very much like Ringo Starr.

Japanese Marusan Tin Panoramic Overland Bus

1950’s Japanese Marusan Tin Panoramic Overland Bus

1950’s tin “Panoramic Overland Bus” with working friction drive. Marked on one side is the Marusan Trademark “San” and “Made in Japan”. On the other side there is a capital “H” mark surrounded by diagonal arrows.

The lithography is done in shades of yellow, red, orange, blue and red. On the front roof above the windshield is the word “WORLD”. Below the windshield is the image of a red eagle astride a globe. The word “EAGLE” appears in white capital letters on the eagle.

Seen through the bus windows are 2 dimensional tin lithographed passengers including an African American and driver.

The bus measures 12 1/2 inches long by 3 1/2 inches wide by 5 3/16 inches high.

1 3/16 Diameter German Solid Core Marble

1890’s-1910 German Yellow & White Solid Core Marble

Original 1890's-1910 German toy glass swirl marble with a yellow & white solid core. The marble has a solid core with alternating thick chunks or yellow & white.

There are alternating thin bands of red (three), blue (three), around the exterior with a thin strip of white running through each blue band.

The diameter of the marble ranges from 1 1/8 inch to 1 3/16 inch depending on which directions it is measured. The marble is in fresh clear superb condition. 

German End of Day 2 Lobed Onionskin Marble

German End of Day 2 Lobed Onionskin Marble

Original 1890's-1910 German toy glass end of the day two lobed onionskin marble. This marble has nicely distributed & well balanced areas of color. Interestingly, there is a thin green latticino strand shaped like a "V" located in the clear bubbly core. A very appealing & rare form.

The diameter of the marble is 1 9/16 inch. The marble is in superb condition.

Jonah & the Whale Mechanical Bank

Jonah & the Whale Mechanical Bank

An all original Jonah and the Whale Bank made by the Shepard Hardware Company of Buffalo, New York. This large & impressive bank was designed by Peter Adams & has an incised patent marking of July 15, 1890 under the base.

This example is entirely original in all respects. There are no breaks, no chips, & no repairs. Even the original interior baffle in the mechanism (which is usually missing) is present in this bank. Also, the original trap is present.

The bank is in smooth, superb, & correct operational condition. The figures move brusquely & smoothly when the lever is pressed. The lower jaw of the whale keeps moving for a considerable amount of time after the money has been deposited in the bank.

There is no touchup to the bank. This example is way above the average example found of this bank which often turns up with repairs & much less paint. The waves on this example have lots more white highlights than usual which makes the bank appear a bit more dramatic.

Much of the bank has a beautiful sheen to the paint. A very attractive example!

Photography

CDV Photo of President Jefferson Davis in Women’s Clothing

CDV Photo of President Jefferson Davis in Women’s Clothing

Circa 1860's Civil War cdv photo of Confederate States President Jefferson Davis trying to escape at the end of the war through the Union lines in a women's dress.

This photo is taken from an engraving as are all variants of this theme that we have seen. There is some wording at the bottom which is partly hard to read. Part of it appears to read ".....Your Government...... Down Women". But, we cannot make out the rest. A fascinating image of a supposed occurrence which may or may not have actually occurred in real life.

The back of the mount has a 2 cent revenue stamp. The back has the photographer's mark of "A. M. Allen Photographer. Pottsville, Pa. "

The mat has had in period trim at the corners to expedite album insertion. There is a tiny chip off of the top left corner of the photo. There is a minute flaw at the top center at the edge which just barely touches the top center edge of the photo.

1860's CDV Photo of General U. S. Grant

1860’s CDV Photo of General U. S. Grant

An original circa 1860's cdv photo of General U.S. Grant's head (from life) mounted on an engraving of his body. There is no photographer's marking.

General William Tecumseh Sherman Signed CDV Photo

General William Tecumseh Sherman Signed CDV Photo

An original 1860's Civil War cdv sepia albumen photo of General William Tecumseh Sherman. This is considered, by most collectors, to be the all time classic & most appealing of all of the photos that were taken of Sherman. The autograph was signed in ink "W. T. Sherman" by General William T. Sherman on the front bottom of the matt.

This is an authentic autograph in the hand of General William T. Sherman & it is guaranteed entirely original in all respects. The back has the photographer's marking "Published by E. & H. T. Anthony, 501 Broadway, New York. from photographic negative in Brady's National Portrait Gallery".

This cdv is one part of a 98 piece collection of cdv photos that was formed during the Civil War and slightly after by General George Hampden Crosman & his wife. The Crosman album contained a number of scarce & elusive cdvs of Union generals as well as a number of cdvs of Union generals with original autographs. 

CDV Photo Man with Hat & Women with Fur Collars

CDV Photo Man with Hat & Women with Fur Collars

Nineteenth century carte de visite photograph showing a man and two women. The man wears an interesting hat that might be a clue to his profession. The women wear fancy hats, long capes, wide fur collars, and one woman carries a fur muff. They look like an interesting group. I wish I knew the rest of their stories!

Printed on the back is: "A. B. Miller, Photographist, 45 East Washington Street, Indianapolis. Negatives retained from which duplicates can be had." The cdv measures 3 15/16 inches by 2 7/16 inches. Other than some very faint soiling or browning of the mat due to age, this cdv is in excellent condition.

This cdv is one part of a 98 piece collection of cdv photos that was formed during the Civil War and slightly after by General George Hampden Crosman & his wife. The Crosman album contained a number of scarce & elusive cdvs of Union generals as well as a number of cdvs of Union generals with original autographs. 

CDV Photo of Boy Holding Toy Sailboat

CDV Photo of Boy Holding Toy Sailboat, English

Original circa 1880’s-1890’s English CDV photo of boy holding a two masted toy sailboat. The photographer has printed on the back that he was “For many years Chief Photographer to Elliott & Fry”. Elliott and Fry was an important English photographic business that made portraits of many significant persons in the 19th century.

Fisherman with Creel and Fish Cabinet Photo, Port Jervis, N.Y

Fisherman with Creel and Fish Cabinet Photo, Port Jervis, N.Y

Original cabinet photo showing a fisherman with his rod by his side & wearing his creel. Lined up in front of him are a dozen fish. He wears a pin of some sort on his lapel. The cabinet photo measures 6 7/8 inches by 4 7/16 inches. This is a silver bromide photo which dates circa 1895-1910 or so.

The bottom front has the imprint of the photographer "Masterson & Allerton, 69 Pike Street, Port Jervis, N. Y." There is, in period, irregular trim at the right, left, & top borders which was probably performed to expedite album insertion. There is some age soiling.

1860’s General George A. Custer Civil War Brady CDV Photo

1860’s General George A. Custer Civil War Brady CDV Photo

An original 1860's Civil War cdv sepia albumen photo of General George Armstrong. This Brady image was from a negative which combines of the head of Custer from life with his uniform from an engraving. The back has the photographer's marking "Published by E. & H. T. Anthony, 501 Broadway, New York. from photographic negative in Brady's National Portrait Gallery".

This cdv is one part of a 98 piece collection of cdv photos that was formed during the Civil War and slightly after by General George Hampden Crosman & his wife. The Crosman album contained a number of scarce & elusive cdvs of Union generals as well as a number of cdvs of Union generals with original autographs. 

General Alexander Hays Signed Civil War CDV Photo

General Alexander Hays Signed Civil War CDV Photo

An original 1860's Civil War cdv sepia albumen photo of General Alexander Hays. The photo is ink signed with rank on the bottom front "Alex Hays. Brig Genl Vols. U. S. A." This is an authentic autograph in the hand of General Alexander Hays & it is guaranteed entirely original in all respects. The back has the printed photographer's marking "Henry Ulke, 278 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D. C."

This cdv is one part of a 98 piece collection of cdv photos that was formed during the Civil War and slightly after by General George Hampden Crosman & his wife. The Crosman album contained a number of scarce & elusive cdvs of Union generals as well as a number of cdvs of Union generals with original autographs.