This blog discusses old toys from the early 1920's to the end of the 1950's. All kinds of topics are discussed.
The time span was the greatest period for "hands-on" toys, where a young child could actually go outside and play for hours at a time.
You can see the elegance but simple design of these toys. It was a time when huge machines, and people made and finished toys by hand.
The era has long passed, but many of the toys are still around, and that is what I would like to share.
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Great Resources for Toy Collectors and Others
Sunday, November 11, 2011
Great Resources for Toy Collectors
and Other types of Collectors
I received a call yesterday from a reader by the name of Mr. Dave Bernstein. He started to collect Hubley toys about a year ago, but has learned that many toy manufacturers of the cast iromn era did not press their names into the mould. So how was he to know the real one form a "reproduction", or to put that in blunter language - a "fake"!
I've written about 2 "reproductions" before on this block. One recent one was about a respected antique furniture dealer who sold a Hubley (or Arcade) casr iron taxt toy to a lady. She read my post on the same subject, and she determined that here was a "reproduction". I couldn't help the dealer out, but found some real photos from another highly reputable seller (of old toys) and asked him to compare. The trouble was that the "reproductions" look exactly like the real thing!
Returning to Dave, who had phoned me from New York (Staton Island), I then decided to give him a list of references to help him out. And from that, I decided to share the same references with you. Some of the references I've recently written about, but if you're new to this blog, this post will be of great benefit to you.
Bertoia is a well established, and highly-respected auction house of antique toys. I have been granted permission to use their high-quality photos to write about toys on my blog. Their photos are large-sized, and professionally photographed. As well, they have very good descriptions of their toys.
This is where you want to go when you want to see "toys".
James D. Julia is a well established, and highly-respected auction house of antique toys. I have been granted permission to use their high-quality photos to write about toys on my blog. Their photos are large-sized, and professionally photographed. As well, they have very good descriptions of their toys. They have 4 divisions of saleable merchandise, with toys being 1 of them. Also a place to see "toys". If you're a gun collector, their photos are even better than than the toys, and the history of the guns is even more fascinating!
Dan Morphy's name seemed familiar to me, but I couldn't recall how. I was looking at my old e-mails and up popped his name. I had asked a question on his "please contact us" page, and he wrote me back personally. I then asked another question, and he answered me as well. Mr. Morphy is also very professional and has sold lots of high-end toys. As for the photography, it's also excellent!
Glenn and Terry Ralston now run the fine company that their late father started. They also allowed me to use their fine-quality photos. They are located in Connecticut (USA), and also have sold fantastic trains - both as individual pieces and as sets.
Liveauctioneers is a site that invites auctioneers and auction houses or companies to link up with them. What emerges is an encyclopaedic resource for researching old toys or any other collectible. It also has international companies which makes this all the more interesting.
Jim Sneed and his wife Judy sell fine toys at their site, as well as repair toys. I discovered a contributor to their site by the name of Richard Mueller. He's added lots of scanned old catalogue pages of old toys. That resource is fantastic in terms of looking at prices and lisitngs of old toyts form so long ago! http://www.thomastoysantiquetoyparts.com
Julian Thomas is a successful old toy parts seller. He's also an expert about old toys,and has even produced reproductions of old toys (and of course marked them as such. His "repros" are so good, that they are in demand,and periodically show up on E-Bay. Both his daughter Julie, and son work with their father, and are very nice, friendly, and supportive of their customers.