Toys and Carousels
not including Doll
Jonah by Stevens
2007 SOLD for $ 414K by Morphy
On this idea, toy manufacturers have invented two product lines. The still bank, fixed, is close to the piggy bank but uses many other themes to attract the attention of the child.
The mechanical bank is more interesting. The introduction of a coin releases a lever, which introduces a more or less complex movement. They are most often in cast iron. The subjects are often friendly.
A company of Connecticut, J. & E. Stevens, produced dozens of models of mechanical banks between 1869 and 1928.
Sold by Morphy on October 27, 2007, the Steckbeck collection realized $ 7.7M in 492 lots. The top result, $ 414K, rewarded Jonah emerging out of the whale, made by Stevens. This model is extremely rare in its original configuration.
1879-1884 Kyser and Rex
2007 SOLD for $ 290K by Morphy
The Kyser and Rex Mikado from the Steckbeck collection, on the theme of the illusionist, was sold for $ 290K by Morphy on October 27, 2007.
2012 SOLD for $ 200K by Morphy
The Mikado was sold for $ 200K ($ 160K before fees) from a lower estimate of $ 100K. The Steckbeck copy, sold by Morphy in 2007, was in another color.
The Merry Go Round was sold for $ 89K before fees. It once belonged to Steckbeck, but this one is not the bank sold for $ 172K by Morphy in 2007. The colors of the canopy are different.
Roller Skating was sold for $ 74K before fees.
2007 SOLD for $ 195K by Morphy
1893 Sleigh by Ives
2014 SOLD for $ 234K by Bertoia
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 passenger. Fortunately, it is in very good condition. The collector Max Berry called it his Rosebud.
With that provenance, it was sold for $ 234K from a lower estimate of $ 100K by Bertoia on November 15, 2014, lot 230 here linked in the LiveAuctioneers bidding platform. It was sold for $ 144K by the same auction house on September 22, 2018, lot 296.
Please watch the video shared by LiveAuctioneers before the 2014 sale, also featuring a Monkey Wagon made by Hubley around 1920, lot 275, that sold for $ 95K.
Ives horse-drawn cutter sleigh, circa 1893, sold for $144,000 at @bertoiaauctions. It is the only known example with an original seated passenge. The clockwork toy measures 19½" long https://t.co/lxbQGg9UBL #toy #toys #sleigh #antiques #antique #Ives #auction #horse #horses #art pic.twitter.com/tqFN5tt1Tg— Maine Antique Digest (@AntiqueDigest) December 10, 2018
2012 SOLD for $ 265K by Bertoia
The Chicago was the favorite piece from the collection of Dick Claus and illustrated the cover jacket of his book "The allure of toy ships", published in 2005. It was sold for $ 265K by Bertoia on November 10, 2012, lot 387 here linked on the bidding platform LiveAuctioneers.
Executed by Märklin at the same time as the Providence, circa 1900-1902, the Chicago is also a paddle wheeler, but it is distinguished by some unique characteristics.
With this model populated by passengers, Märklin has managed to recreate the atmosphere of luxury boats. Details are extremely careful and this example is in very good condition. This large toy 79 cm long was offered with a box.
2012 SOLD for $ 247K by Bertoia
Made in 1900-1902 by Märklin, the Providence is a steamboat equipped with paddle wheels. 66 cm long, it is replicating a 1866 boat. It was sold for $ 247K from a lower estimate of $ 110K, lot 79.
Launched in 1906, the Kaiserin Augusta Victoria was then the largest steam liner in the world. The toy, probably contemporary of the launching, is also the largest of the Märklin fleet, 1.17 m long. It was sold for $ 138K, lot 108.
The Maryland, a battleship made by Märklin around 1915, was sold for $ 144K, lot 48.
2010 SOLD for $ 195K by Sotheby's
Around 1912, Märklin realizes the model toy of the Lusitania. This very big piece nearly 1 m long is meticulously reproducing the details of the ship.
The Lusitania from the Forbes collection was sold for $ 195M from a lower estimate of $ 100K by Sotheby's on December 17, 2010. It is illustrated in the post shared by Bloomberg.
The sinking of the Lusitania Cunard liner by a German submarine in 1915 is one of the major events of the First World War.
1970 The Duchess of Buccleuch
2012 SOLD for £ 170K by Dreweatts
The locomotives in 4-6-2 wheel configurations meet this request. Introduced in 1933 with LMS serial numbers 62** later renumbered 462** by the British Railways, these machines were replaced in 1964 by electric locomotives.
The first series form the Princess Royal Class. From 1937 they are joined by the Coronation Class offering some performance and productivity improvements. The third batch of the Coronation Class is composed of numbers 6230 to 6234. In 1939 the Duchess of Abercorn, number 6234, sets the definitive power record for British rail steam while hauling a train of 20 coaches. The Duchess of Sutherland, number 6233, is one of three preserved Coronations and is maintained operational.
Harry Powell spent his entire career as a coppersmith at the Crewe factory. To satisfy a demanding customer, he made a 1/8 scale model of the Duchess of Buccleuch, number 6230, and of its tender by reusing the works drawings.
This 7 1/4 inch gauge 2.87 m long model is accurate in every detail including crimson exterior color, maroon livery, inscriptions, wooden floor, sliding door, copper boiler and all pieces of equipment. This realization, delivered around 1970, required 18,000 hours of work over ten years. The commissioned model of the 6230 was sold for £ 170K by Dreweatts on April 25, 2012.
Another identical model of the Duchess of Buccleuch had been prepared at the same time by Powell, probably for his personal use. It passed at Dreweatts on March 12, 2019, lot 23.
1998 The Carousel of Milhous Brothers
2012 SOLD for $ 1.2M by RM Auctions
One of the top pieces is the most personal : a carousel made for them according to their specifications, installed in 1998. Please watch the video shared by the auction house.
This spectacular machine, sold for $ 1.2M, is 16 m in diameter. It includes 42 wooden animals and two chariots in three rows, and the sound is provided by an original Wurlitzer 153 band organ. This organ of the early twentieth century was one of the most popular. Not being the biggest, it could be transported from one ballroom to another. The wooden horses are replicas of old models.