Friday, September 12, 2014

Some Fine Items Up For Auction at Fontaine's Auction Gallery

Saturday, September 13, 2014
                 Cloudy and much colder

Some Fine Items up for Auction at
Fontaine's Auction Gallery

   I recently wrote about two very nice Hubley racers  that were to be sold by Fontaine Auctions Gallery . However, I remembered many more nice toys, and decided to revisit. Coincidentally, their auction is today Saturday. I sometimes post in advance, so if you are reading this on Friday, I hope you will not be confused as to the dates.

   I especially like Fontaine's Auction Gallery because they take excellent detailed photographs (and lots of them), and write nice descriptions of their items. I don't do too much with their photos, and that's another reason that I like them - my work (if I can call this work!) is much easier, and takes less time.

I only selected four toys to present since Fontaine's provides so many photos for each listed item.

The horse-drawn ice wagon is called a "pull toy" for those who don't know. A string (cord) would be attached to the front of the pair of horses, and a young child would pull the toy behind him. Notice the small whees  attached to the front right hoof of the right horse, and the left horse.

Personally, I like to see lots of photos for an auction listing, although to many collectors it may not be necessary. Also, I would;d have to say that auctioneers and toy sellers are an honest group, and having less photos is not any indication of a lesser-respected auctioneer.

The age of the toys below were not provided. Nevertheless, I always like fragile toys or what I perceive to be fragile. How can papier mache toys, paper toys, or wood toys past so long and not be torn or broken?

Once again, you can see how this auctioneer has made the extra effort 
to present his items to the viewer to look at.

What I especially like from the photographs of this toy , is how the toy actually works. 
In the pair of photos below, you see the wind-up mechanism, a brass or yellow metal rod extending from the gears to the seat of the figure. In the second lower photo, you can see another brass or yellow metal rod extending out from the right kneecap of the figure.

These photos explain it all in terms of the movement of this nice toy.
I also like the shredded and individual threads of the jeans that the figure is wearing,
 and the nice lighting on the figure's head.

The head is papier maché, yet it appears like metal.

This is an interesting collectible that I haven't seen before.
I'm wondering if it was a stand-alone toy, or could it have been part of a doll house?

Can someone please help me out and explain what that green metal bucket is 
on the right side of this toy? It exists on the inside portion of the kitchen wall, as well as the outside.
Was it a bin for ashes that allowed smoke to escape to the outside?

You might want to take a look at Fontaine's  Auction Gallery website or Liveauctioneer's since tomorrow is the actual auction. If you sing up to Liveauctioneers, you can actually see live bidding, and eventually see what the items sold for later.

I seldom include the final pricing in my posts, since there are so many factors that can affect the final bidding price to an item. But it's always interesting to see what an item might have sold for.

Thankjs for dropping by to visit,
anmd as always,
have a great part of the day or night,
wherever you may be,


Amanda said...

Thank you for sharing this information.

toysearcher said...

Hi Amanda,

Thanks for dropping by and commenting.

stacey Bindman'