BROOKLYN, N.Y. – SJ Auctioneers’ first major event of 2023 will be an online-only sale titled Winter Watch for Wanted Collectibles, slated for Sunday, January 29 and beginning at 4 pm Eastern time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers. Of the 244 lots, two stand out: a 1930 Popeye the Pilot tin wind-up toy plane and a 1934 Popeye pocket watch in excellent working condition.
The cartoon character Popeye, created by Elzie Crisler Segar, first appeared in a King Features comic strip in 1929 and has been beloved by millions ever since. Collectibles relating to Popeye are a multi-million-dollar industry. The Popeye the Pilot tin wind-up toy plane was made by Marx and has an estimate of $1,000-$1,500.
The Popeye pocket watch was made for only one year – 1934 – by the New Haven Watch Co. of Connecticut. It has a nickel finish and a colorful and detailed dial, picturing many characters from the strip and the Thimble Theatre Players, where Popeye originated. Popeye’s die-cut arms tell the time, while a second wheel shows Wimpy chasing a hamburger. The watch is estimated at $1,000-$5,000.
Collectors of Disney items will delight in the Mickey and Minnie Mouse puppets in their original boxes, made by Pelham Puppets and estimated at $250-$500.
The selection of tin friction toys will feature a Japanese Ichiko Mercedes-Benz 330 extra-long tin friction vehicle with box, estimated at $1,000-$2,500; a Japanese 1950s Marusan tin friction jet car with a working mechanism, estimated at $500-$1,000; and a Japanese SAN Marusan Champion 2-J battery-operated tin toy speed boat with driver in the original box, in good working condition, model 3811, estimated at $250-$500.
Another clear winner among the toys is a group of three 1947 Captain Marvel automatic tin wind-up vehicles with keys included: #2 orange, #4 blue and #1 olive, produced by Fawcett Publications and estimated at $750-$1,000.
The sterling silver category is led by a 60-piece Reed & Barton flatware set in the Francis 1st pattern, in a green zip-up box. The flatware is free of monograms and is in excellent condition. Its estimate is $3,500-$8,000.
Equally worthy of mention is a Gorham mixed metals Y50 sterling silver copper jardiniere vase with applied strawberry plant and spider motifs. It has never been polished, sports its original patina, and is marked on the bottom “Y50” and “O” (“O” is the Gorham date mark for 1882). It has an estimate of $2,500-$5,000. There is also a pair of Tiffany & Co. sterling silver owl-form salt and pepper shakers with an estimate of $1,000-$3,500.
Two beautiful vases have identical estimates of $1,000-$5,000. One is a signed Daum pate-de-verre fig leaves lizard art glass vase, purple-green in color. The other is a signed Edward Hald fish design cased glass vase made by Orrefors, approximately 5 ½in tall and weighing about seven pounds, in excellent condition. Also having the same estimate is a signed 1414 Steuben blue aurene perfume bottle with stopper.
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