Among the toys to pull along, a piece in cast iron 50 cm long made by the Ives company in Bridgeport CT around 1893 is noteworthy for the quality of its realization. It takes the form of a snow cutter sleigh pulled by a harnessed horse.
The details are exquisite. The horse is articulated. The sled has two almost invisible small wheels that reduce friction when the toy is moved. The seated woman is holding a rein in each hand.
Time passed and it remains only a single specimen that has retained its original driving woman. Fortunately, it is in very good condition. The collector Max Berry called it his Rosebud. This toy is part of the sale of his collection by Bertoia in Vineland NJ on November 15, lot 230 estimated $ 100K (link goes to LiveAuctioneers bidding platform).
An example without the doll and the reins was sold for $ 86K including premium on March 25-26, 2011, also by Bertoia.
I invite you to play the video shared by LiveAuctioneers to preview the next sale. It also includes a Monkey Wagon made by Hubley around 1920, lot 275 estimated $ 75K. Another copy of this highly rare and ingenious toy was discussed in this column. It was sold for $ 98K including premium on March 19, 2009, also by Bertoia.
RESULTS BEFORE FEES
Hubley monkey wagon : $ 95K
(results caught live on LiveAuctioneers)