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.
Yesterday, I was searching out new potential material for posts,
when I came across the current RSL Auction Company's website.
I had written recently (January 2018) about this great company and had returned
to see what's up. Sure enough, the website had been updated. Perhaps I
hadn't been attentive enough before, but the new component
was in being able to download old and new catalogue auctions.
This is great, because I can search through their catalogues
on my computer without using up too much download data on my Internet supplier.
Also, I could see many toys on one page.
Below are the latest 3 auctions scheduled for June 2018
Today's post is about the Tom and Lori Sage auction.
Below is a screen-capture from the very large auction website liveAuctioneers.
liveAuctioneers is a company that manages the presentation and bidding for auctioneers.
It's one of the largest types of these company's in the world! You register yourself on this website and bid for merchandise. The actual merchandise delivery is handled by the auction company (e.g. RSL Auction Company) which then ships the winning merchandise to your home or office.
The owners of the RSL Auction Company have known Tom and Lori Sage for a long time, and have become friends with them. As such, the Sages had selected RSL to be their auctioneer.
Below is a screen-capture of the liveAuctioneers website.
Below is a well-written introduction about the collectors, Tom and Lori Sage.
When you visit the RSL Auction Company, you'll find a web page that
allows you to download the 3 auctions coming up in the beginning of June 2018.
Below is the download place for the Sage collection.
Below is the most expensive mechanical bank in the Sage Collection.
It's called The Mikado Bank.
The next mechanical bank is called the Merry-Go-Round. It also is very expensive.
Interestingly, it was selected for the cover of one of my reference books-
A History of Antique Mechanical Toy Banks. It was published byLong's American,
and the author is Mr. Al Davidson.
The final bank for today's post is titled "Clown, Harlequin, and Columbine".
I only selected the three most-expensive mechanical banks for this post.
As you can see and read, Both liveAuctioneers and the RSL Auction Company
are excellent websites to research mechanical banks and toys.
Some people write to me and ask if I can identify a toy for them.
If you ask me to identify a toy, please send accompanying photos of the toy.
The photos should include different angles of the toy, and if there is
any writing on the toy that also.
This helps la lot in helping me help you. The photos should be taken from skylight
entering through your window. Sun is too harsh and contrasty.
Also, a white reflector opposite the toy and the skylight will reflect
light into the shadows of the toy.
The size of the photos should be at least 4" x 6"
and about 144 dpi (dots per inch),
or about 4 MB.
So that's it for today.
Thanks for coming by,
And as always,
Have a great part of the day or night,
Wherever you may be.
he skylight will help to add light into the shadow areas.