All aboard for Stephenson’s summer toys and trains auction, July 17

1930s Lionel standard-gauge steam engine #385 with #384-T tender. G to VG condition. Est. $250-$500. Image courtesy of Stephenson’s Auction

1930s Lionel standard-gauge steam engine #385 with #384-T tender. G to VG condition. Est. $250-$500. Image courtesy of Stephenson’s Auction

SOUTHAMPTON, Pa. – On Sunday, July 17, Stephenson’s Auctioneers will conduct the 2022 edition of its popular Summer Trains & Toys Auction, featuring antique and vintage items from collections and estates through the Mid-Atlantic region. The sale will take place at the company’s spacious Bucks County gallery, with bidding available live online through LiveAuctioneers.

Made for rough-touch play, Buddy L vehicles were favorites in their day and remain high on the list of must-haves with today’s collectors of pressed-steel toys. Measuring more than two feet in length, a Buddy L #201 open-cab ratchet dump truck made between 1923 and 1929 is hard to beat for size and heft. It comes to auction with a $200-$400 estimate.

1920s Buddy L #201 ratchet dump truck, 25in long, manufactured between 1923-29. Est. $200-$400. Image courtesy of Stephenson’s Auction


1920s Buddy L #201 ratchet dump truck, 25in long, manufactured between 1923-29. Est. $200-$400. Image courtesy of Stephenson’s Auction

In the late 1920s, the Moline, Illinois company also produced a 21in-long steam shovel. The example in Stephenson’s sale is in VG to Excellent condition and is estimated at $200-$400. Also from the 1920s, a Buddy L aerial fire truck will be offered with a $300-$600 estimate.

Late-1920s Buddy L 21in-long steam shovel in VG to Excellent condition. Est. $200-$400. Image courtesy of Stephenson’s Auction

Late-1920s Buddy L 21in-long steam shovel in VG to Excellent condition. Est. $200-$400. Image courtesy of Stephenson’s Auction

The name Lionel is synonymous with American toy trains. For many decades, children have been entertained by Lionel trains in shop windows, hoping Santa would leave a set for them beneath the Christmas tree. Among the Lionel sets in the July 17 auction are a 1920s Lionel maroon standard-gauge passenger set consisting of a #380 0-4-0 electric locomotive, a #319 Pullman car and a #322 observation car. The engine paint appears original, and the set is in overall VG condition. It is estimated at $400-$800. Dating to the 1930s is a Lionel standard-gauge steam engine #385 paired with a #384-T tender in Good to VG condition. Its estimate is $250-$500.

1920s Lionel standard-gauge passenger set. Engine paint appears original. VG condition overall. Est. $400-$800. Image courtesy of Stephenson’s Auction

1920s Lionel standard-gauge passenger set. Engine paint appears original. VG condition overall. Est. $400-$800. Image courtesy of Stephenson’s Auction

A novel item from Lionel is its 1930s Peter Rabbit wind-up handcar in pastel colors, with the popular storybook character at one end and an Easter basket as cargo. All original and in working order with a wind-up key, this charming holiday crossover toy is estimated at $300-$600.

A 1950s unpainted 0-gauge brass steam engine and tender was most likely made as a kit, possibly by the brand All Nation. Its wheel alignment is 4-8-2 and the total length is 22in. The tender appears to have a whistle or sound system built into its design. In VG to Excellent condition, it is estimated at $500-$800.

1990s motorized T-Reproduction of Buddy L steam engine and tender, accompanied by what appear to be original boxes. Complete and like new condition. Est. $500-$1,000. Image courtesy of Stephenson’s Auction

1990s motorized T-Reproduction of a Buddy L steam engine and tender, accompanied by what appear to be original boxes. Complete and like new condition. Est. $500-$1,000. Image courtesy of Stephenson’s Auction

Manufactured in the 1990s, a motorized T-Reproduction of a Buddy L steam engine and tender have a combined length of 44in. Both are of black-painted steel, with the engine numbered 963 and having a 4-6-2 alignment, and the tender labeled “Buddy L Outdoor Railway.” Each is complete, in like-new condition and accompanied by its own original box. Together they carry an estimate of $500-$1,000.

1960s or 1970s Murray Airflow Air Pursuit pedal airplane, 47in long with a 36in wingspan, tip to tip. Complete and in working order. Est. $250-$500. Image courtesy of Stephenson’s Auction

1960s or 1970s Murray Airflow Air Pursuit pedal airplane, 47in long with a 36in wingspan, tip to tip. Complete and in working order. Est. $250-$500. Image courtesy of Stephenson’s Auction

If imagining what it would be like to be the driver of a toy vehicle wasn’t enough, children of pre- and postwar America had another option: pedal cars. But pedal vehicles came in other forms, as well. Stephenson’s will offer as one of its sale highlights a 1960s or 1970s Murray Airflow Air Pursuit pedal airplane. Finished in a spiffy silver and red motif with blue US Army Air Corps-style decals, it measures 47in long and has a 36in wingspan, tip to tip. Complete and in working order, it’s in VG condition with a few small exceptions and will roll across the auction block with a $250-$500 estimate. Also, a Blue Diamond Classics pedal car replicating a pink and white 1955 Chevy convertible presents in Excellent condition and is expected to achieve a $200-$400 winning bid.

Two dozen French-made Napoleonic War lead figures. Est. $120-$250. Image courtesy of Stephenson’s Auction

Two dozen French-made Napoleonic War lead figures. Est. $120-$250. Image courtesy of Stephenson’s Auction

The charm of early European toys is seen in a lot containing 24 French-made Napoleonic War lead figures. The grouping consists of a commander and 20 marching riflemen with bayonets on their weapons, a flag bearer and a drummer. The lot is graded VG to Excellent, and the estimate is $120-$250.

For additional information on any lot in the sale, call Cindy Stephenson at 215-322-6182 or e-mail info@stephensonsauction.com. Visit Stephenson’s Auctioneers online at www.stephensonsauction.com.

 

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