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Finney's Auction Service will sell a massive single-owner collection Sat., Oct. 29, in New York
A massive single-owner collection consisting of hundreds of rare, vintage and hard-to-find items in a variety of categories will be sold on Saturday, Oct. 29, by Finney’s Auction Service in Schodack, N.Y., near Albany, beginning at 11 a.m. (EST).
Offered will be cast-iron toy stoves, trade cards, miniatures, photos, Disney collectibles, vintage Christmas and Halloween, vintage dolls and Steiff bears, antique gas pumps, advertising signs, old toys, vintage store advertising and more. Internet bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com. Many of the items may be viewed online, at www.finneysauction.com.
One lot expected to generate much bidder interest is rare Walt Disney Duckster award, bearing the earliest known Duckster date of 1952. The 9-inch bronze statuette features a figure of Donald Duck on a Bakelite base with a metal face plate and the engraved words, “Max Westebbe Best Personal Wishes Walt Disney 1952.” The inside base has a tag from the United Bronze Co.
Walt Disney personally presented fewer than two dozen Duckster awards, all to people who made significant contributions to the Walt Disney Studios (including Clarence Nash, the original voice of Donald Duck, and the famed illustrator Carl Banks). A few are in the Walt Disney archives. The one being sold by Finney’s is expected change hands for $3,000-$5,000.
Cast-iron toy stoves will feature a Buck’s Junior #2 cast-iron salesman’s sample toy stove in very good condition and marked on the top “Buck’s Junior #2”, 23 inches tall by 19 inches wide (est. $800-$1,200);
Also offered will be the pride of the owner’s collection: a rare and antique Reliable Parlor Stove clock and bank, 6 ½ inches tall and in remarkable condition (est. $350-$850). The clock is by Waterbury and the back is marked ‘Cleveland Ohio, The Schneider Trenkamp & Co.’
Toys to watch will include a Captain Marvel tin wind-up car made by the Automatic Toy Company (1947), 4 inches long, with rubber wheels (est. $75-$100); and a Drinking Captain battery-operated toy depicting a ship’s captain holding a bottle of Old Hooch, with a pack of Lucky Strikes laying buy his feet. The box says it emits smoke when he drinks (est. $75-$100),
Holiday offerings will feature a Santa Claus roly-poly toy made circa 1915 by Schoenhut Toys (Philadelphia)
Fans of petroliana will be treated to lots such as a Pure Oil Tokheim gas pump, model #39, 75 inches tall, partially restored with the top globe light replaced and marked ‘1987’ (est. $800-$1,200);
Dolls will include an unmarked bisque shoulder head doll with kid body and stationary eyes, a beautiful face with closed mouth, 14 inches tall and in good condition but with repair needed to the body (est. $175-$300); and a large, 22-inch Simon & Halbig bisque head doll with composition jointed body, sleep glass eyes and open mouth and original clothes (est. $150-$250).
Steiff bears will feature a Disney Convention “The Sea Bear” teddy bear (#651380), with grey curly mohair and an anchor on the foot, in very good condition (est. 175-$350). Speaking of Disney, one lot of note promises to be a colorful unsigned graphic painting of Mickey Mouse and Pluto, measuring 35 inches by 23 inches and in very good condition (est. $250-$350).
Rounding out a short list of the day’s expected top lots are a Buddy L Express large 24-inch truck with swing-open back doors, in super condition (est. $450-$650); a large 12-inch Parrot cast-iron door stop with “Nekoosa Foundry & Mich Works” impressed on it (est. $175-$225); and an old photo of a group of men holding pictures of the Advance Stove (est. $35-$45).
Previews will be held Thursday and Friday, Oct. 27-28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, the day of sale, from 9-11 a.m. A 15 percent buyer’s premium will be applied to all purchases. Terms will be cash, known checks, and Visa and Master Card. Phone and absentee bids will be accepted. Finney’s gallery is located at 1568 Columbia Turnpike in Schodack, N.Y.
Finney’s Auction Service is a full-service, family-owned and operated business. The firm is always accepting quality consignments for future sales. To consign an item, an estate or a collection you may call them at (518) 479-4371 or e-mail them at finneysauction@
To learn more about Finney’s Auction Service and the upcoming auctions, please log on to www.finneysauction.com. Updates are posted frequently.
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Ken Hall writes pre-sale and post-sale press releases for auction houses, for a fee. He writes, submits and tracks stories for clients. Submissions are published in trade magazines, posted on industry websites and appear in local newspapers.