01 November 2010
Between 800-900 lots of the Old Salem Toy Museum and Thomas A Gray antique toy collection will be sold by Noel Barrett on the 19th and 20th of November. ...
Between 800-900 lots of the Old Salem Toy Museum and Thomas A Gray antique toy collection will be sold by Noel Barrett on the 19th and 20th of November.
The Old Salem Toy Museum based in North Carolina, USA, was closed in May after eight years of operation. The collection was built over many years by businessman Thomas A Gray and his mother Anne P Gray, members of a highly respected family of North Carolina philanthropists.
The main categories of the collection include early European and American toys, Erzgebirge carved-wood figures and sets, beautifully outfitted rooms and shops, Christmas and other holiday antiques, desirable German-made miniatures, and doll’s houses.
A highlight of the auction is a cigar shop/tobacconist room box, believed to be the only one. It features faux-marble columns, a Schweitzer chandelier, glass-topped cigar display box full of miniature faux cigars and two finely dressed circa-1880 Simon & Halbig gentlemen dolls. It has an estimate of $8,000-12,000.
All forms of bidding will be available, including live via the Internet. Proceeds from the auction will be used to acquire and conserve Moravian and Southern decorative art objects for the Old Salem Museum & Gardens.