Sunday, February 14, 2016

A Trio of Cast Iron Toys at Bertoia Auctions

Sunday, February 14, 2016
Clear and sunny, extremely cold!

A Trio of Cast Iron Toys
at Bertoia Auctions

   Bertoia Auctions is starting their new year with an upcoming auction on March 12, 2016. I've already written about several toys in previous posts, but I found a nice trio of rarer cast iron toys from the first half of the 20th century.  I thought I'd share them with you.

circa 1930's, painted in stunning bright white body with gold highlights, cast iron wheels with red centers, cast driver, this white color bus has been known to vary from other Hubley white examples. Provenance: Bob Brady Collection. Length: 13"  (330 mm).

The interesting thing about the toy below is its' white colour. Since the Hubley company produced many toys, the white "colour" was sometimes known to deviate from the standard colour on file in the warehouse.  I don't know how "rare"that this factor made this particular toy, but some collectors might think so!

circa 1920's, classic cast iron toy bus, painted in green body overall, black fenders, silver grille and gold side trim, features pressed steel upper deck seating, rear stairway done in black, white rubber tires, stenciled "Yellow Coach," on front and sides. Provenance: Jay Schoedinger Collection. 13" l.

Color scheme of red and black, hood sides designed to lift allowing full engine reveal, features seated driver, rear spare wheel, nice detail to matching red painted disc centers, a well detailed classic and sought after toy example, one of two or three known. Provenance: Bob Brady Collection. 11 1/2" l. Spare wheel repainted, (Near Mint Cond.)

All 3 items are in very good shape considering how old they are.
 It will be interesting to see how high this fine set of toys yields at the auction coming in March.

I hope everyone living in the North (USA & Canada) 
are protecting themselves again this extreme cold wave. 

The good news is that there are only 37 more days to March 22, 2016 >>>> Spring!

Thanks for dropping by,
and as always,
have a great part of the day or night,
wherever you may be,

Stacey Bindman

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