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Friday, 16 September 2011

Toy Museum auctions the largest private collection of antique toys

Park house Toy Museum, Stow-on-the-Wold
Barbara and George Sutton founded the Park House Toy & Collectors museum in Stow-on-the-Wold in 1987 after they started dealing and selling toys in their antique shop. After nearly 25 years, they are retiring to Berkshire, and selling all but a few of their huge collection of Victorian, Edwardian and vintage toys, which include thousands of antique teddy bears, dolls, puppets, train sets, model cars and tin soldiers.
Barbara & George Sutton, Founders of the Park House Toy Museum
 The auction will be help at the salerooms at Norcote, Cirencester, on Thursday, September 29th, with a chance to view the toys there the day before.

One of the highlights of the auction will be four cased Pelham Puppet theatres shown here, with automated mechanisms to make the puppets dance on their strings. These are expected to collect between £500 - £1,200 each.

Other lots include Merrythought, Deans Ragbook & Norah Wellings  dolls, some beautiful dolls prams and dolls houses, a huge collection of teddy bears and plush toys, some Victorian tin-plated toys right through to 1970's action men, annuals and die-cast cars. Many of the toys have been bundled into lots valued at around £100 - £150 each.

Heubach Koppelsdorf bisque doll
All the details on the lots and guide price can be viewed here and all the auctions can be seen at the pre-sale viewing event at the salerooms at Norcote, Cirencester, on Wednesday, September 28, the day before the auction.
Merrythought Old Mother Hubbard bears
collectors tin toys

Although I am extremely tempted to go off and get a nice big loan and turn the basement in Totnes into a Toy musuem, I think we better find a new home for the internet operations first, which isn't going to happen before the end of the month!

Wishing Barbara and George a very happy retirement, and hoping that this fantastic toy collection will go into the best hands possible, to preserve the history of these wonderful collectors pieces.

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