Carlisle & Finch train set from Ward Kimball collection commanded $30K at Harris

Carlisle & Finch Pennsylvania Railroad passenger set, which sold for $25,000 ($30,750 with buyer’s premium) at Harris.

RENO, Nev. — A big, 564-lot sale of vintage electric trains was dominated by big hammer prices for antique and prewar items from prominent historic collections at Harris Toy Train Auctions March 1. Complete results are available at LiveAuctioneers.

Collectors showed determination to win, with upwards of 60 bids for many items. The sale’s lead lot was a circa-1914 Carlisle & Finch Pennsylvania Railroad passenger set in 2-inch gauge. Originally part of Disney animation legend Ward Kimball’s collection, the item hammered for $25,000 ($30,750 with buyer’s premium).

When the pioneering model train brand Voltamp went under in 1922, Boucher Manufacturing snapped it up and went into the toy train business, competing against Lionel and American Flyer in the Standard Gauge space. This Boucher no. 2222 Pennsylvania Railroad steam locomotive garnered more than two dozen bids before finally selling for $6,400 ($7,872 with buyer’s premium).

Speaking of Voltamp, this 2-inch gauge no. 2115 interurban also performed admirably, hammering for $7,800 ($9,594 with buyer’s premium). This example has changed hands numerous times in the past, and has been featured in books discussing Voltamp.

Chuck Brasher had an amazing Standard Gauge layout display that was featured in Classic Toy Trains magazine in the early 1990s. This one-year-only (1928) American Flyer no. 108 Union Station was a central element in his display for more than four decades. Bidding opened at $20 and jumped to $3,200 before finally hitting $5,000 ($6,150 with buyer’s premium).

Bertoia’s Spring Signature Sale of American and European antique toys tops $1.8M

Ives (USA) Uncle Sam clockwork perambulator, believed to be one of only two known examples, the other being the example depicted in Blair Whitton’s 1981 reference book ‘American Clockwork Toys 1862-1900.’ Sold for $72,000 against an estimate of $20,000-$40,000

VINELAND, N.J. – Bertoia Auctions welcomed spring with a beautiful selection of rare American and European antique toys and banks at their March 24-25 Signature Sale, which exceeded $1.8 million. The 708-lot event was highlighted by fine mechanical banks and bell toys from the renowned Rudd Trowbridge collection, Phil and Joan Steel’s prize collection of French-made Martin windup toys, and additional high-quality consignments. Absentee and Internet live bidding was provided by LiveAuctioneers.

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Antique toy & bank collections ready to frolic at Bertoia’s, Mar. 24-25


Ives Uncle Sam clockwork perambulator. Based upon their research, Bertoia’s believes it is one of only two known examples, the other being the one depicted in Blair Whitton’s book. Perhaps a once-in-a-lifetime buying opportunity. Estimate $20,000-$40,000

VINELAND, N.J. – Say hello to spring with the most anticipated auction of the season: Bertoia’s March 24-25 Signature Sale featuring two blockbuster collections and many additional high-end toy consignments. Rows of gleaming showcases at Bertoia’s New Jersey gallery are filled to capacity with exceptional mechanical banks and bell toys from the Rudd Trowbridge collection, and Phil and Joan Steel’s wonderful collection of French Martins and other tin windups. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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