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Thank you for reaching out! I am very familiar with your blog, I have visited it many times. I really enjoy the photos and info that you give on these old toys, so thank you for the great site.
As far as permission to use my photos, you are more than welcome to use any photos/info that I provide.
I also use the George Brown Sketchbook to identify a lot of his toys, for example the tin cottage banks I have. Otherwise like you, auction houses like Bertoia, Morphy's and Lloyd Ralston's is where I will find a lot of my info. I actually live very close to Bertoia so they are my primary source.
Regarding this toy, I have had it for quite some time, so I am not 100% sure where I found the info on it. I really like this one so I have marked it's price really high because I am in no rush to sell it lol. If I have a toy that I can not find a reliable source on, I will just title it "early American tin" or early tin toy" etc. I am primarily a dealer but also collector, but not an appraiser. So I always rely on info from catalogs or auction houses that employ appraisers with the knowledge base.
A link/mention of my eBay page would be most appreciated, but I'm just happy to contribute to your great blog!
Thanks so much and please feel free to reach out anytime with questions or just to talk shop.