Stephenson’s Brings Summer Fun With July 17 Toy and Train Auction
SOUTHAMPTON, Pa. – On Sunday, July 17, Stephenson’s Auctioneers of Southampton (suburb of Philadelphia), Pa., will hold the 2022 edition of their popular summer train and toy auction, featuring antique and vintage items from collections and estates in the mid-Atlantic region. The sale will take place in the company’s spacious Bucks County gallery, with remote bidding available by phone or live online via LiveAuctioneers.
Designed for rough, tactile play, Buddy ‘L’ vehicles were favorites in their day and remain high on the must-have list of stamped steel toy collectors today. Measuring over 2 feet long, a Buddy ‘L’ #201 Open Cab Ratchet Dump Truck manufactured between 1923 and 1929 is hard to beat for size and weight. It comes up for auction with an estimate of $200 to $400.
In the late 1920s, the Moline, Illinois company also produced a 21-inch-long steam shovel. The example from the Stephenson sale is in VG to excellent condition and is estimated at $200-$400. Also from the 1920s, a Buddy ‘L’ aerial fire truck will be offered with an estimate of $300 to $600.
The name “Lionel” is synonymous with small American trains. For many decades, children were entertained by Lionel trains in store windows, hoping that Santa Claus would leave them a scene under the Christmas tree. Among the Lionel sets in the July 17 auction is a brown 1920s Lionel standard gauge passenger set consisting of electric locomotive No. 380 0-4-0, Pullman car No. 319 and an observation car No. 322. The engine paint looks original and the assembly is in overall VG condition. Estimate: $400 to $800. A 1930’s Lionel #385 standard gauge steam engine paired with a #384-T tender is in good condition at VG. Its presale estimate is $250 to $500.
A new item from Lionel is their 1930s Peter Rabbit wind-up handcar in pastel colors, with the popular storybook character on one end and an Easter basket as cargo. All original and in working order with a wind-up key, this charming holiday crossover toy is estimated between $300 and $600.
An unpainted 1950s brass 0 gauge steam engine and tender were probably made as a kit, possibly by the All nation brand. Its wheel alignment is 4-8-2 and the overall length is 22 inches. The tender appears to have a whistle or sound system built into its design. From VG to Excellent condition, it is estimated between $500 and $800.
Manufactured in the 1990s, a motorized T-shaped reproduction of a Steam Engine and Buddy ‘L’ Tender has a combined length of 44 inches. Both are black painted steel, with the engine numbered 963 and having a 4-6-2 alignment, and the tender labeled “Buddy L Outdoor Railway”. Each is complete, in new condition and accompanied by its original box. Estimate: $500 to $1,000
If imagining what it would be like to drive a toy vehicle wasn’t enough, children in pre- and post-war America had another option: pedal cars. But pedal vehicles also came in other forms. Stephenson will be offering as one of its sale highlights a Murray Airflow Air Pursuit pedal plane from the 1960s/70s. Finished in a sleek silver and red pattern with US Army Air Corps style blue decals, it measures 47 inches long and has a wingspan of 36 inches, end to end. Complete and running, it is in VG condition with a few minor exceptions and will roll around the auction block with an estimate of $250-$500. A Blue Diamond Classics pedal car replica of a 1955 pink and white Chevy convertible comes in excellent condition and is expected to win a winning bid of $200-$400.
The charm of early European toys can be found in a set containing 24 French-made Napoleonic War lead figurines. The task force consists of a commander and 20 marching riflemen with bayonets on their arms, a standard bearer and a drummer. The lot is graded VG to Excellent and the estimate is $120 to $250.
From early games, robots and transformers to slot cars, boats and construction sets (Erector, Meccano), this auction has a great mix of vintage toys, with many discovery lots mixed in. Stephenson’s Friday, July 17, 2022 Summer Trains & Toys Auction will take place live at the Company Gallery, beginning at 2 p.m. ET. Remote bidders can participate by phone, live online through LiveAuctioneers or by leaving a mail-order bid. Goods can be inspected at the gallery on the day of the auction from noon to 2 p.m.
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About Stephenson’s Auctioneers and Appraisers
Since 1962, family-owned Stephenson’s Auctioneers and Appraisers has been the most trusted choice for appraising and selling estates, collections and real estate in the tri-state area and beyond. Located in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Stephenson’s is a full-service auction company. Our company has the unique ability to handle the sale of antiques, real estate and residential property and real estate, while additionally having the particular expertise to handle corporate and commercial liquidations at auction. We hold weekly auctions in our air-conditioned 5,000 square foot gallery and also hold on-site auctions of real estate and home or business contents. Once a season, Stephenson’s holds its popular Antiques and Decorative Arts auction. In addition, several times a year we hold specialist auctions that feature collections of, for example, dolls, toys, trains, guns, books and ephemera, and coins. Stephenson’s is licensed, bonded and insured. To learn more, visit www.stephensonsauction.com.