The first written records of humankind provide evidence for the existence of toys as children's playthings back to prehistoric times. The earliest toys were made of basic materials, such as wooden sticks, clay, terracotta and rocks; since the 20th century, toys have widely been produced using plastic. Although the materials used for toys have drastically changed over thousands of years, the trend for toys imitating adult life has remained a constant. This is demonstrated by the popularity of model cars from the 1900s onwards, corresponding with the rise of the automobile, which brought success to brands such as Dinky Toys and Corgi Toys. Since the launch of the iconic Barbie in 1959, toy dolls have dominated the market, with original models becoming collectors' items. Undoubtedly, the Star Wars franchise released some of the most covetable and collectibly toys during the 1970s and 1980s, with some items being sold for thousands by dealers and at auction.
Various Toy Catalogues including examples from Scalextric, Bayko, Triang/Minic, Britains, Frog and others (qty) Condition Report: ARR: Categories: General & Miscellaneous, Lot Description:, Various Toy Catalogues, Condition Report:, Condition Report:, ARR:, Categories:, General & Miscellaneous
Collection of various books relating to Toys comprising of titles; The War Toys, The Collectors Book of Dolls by Coleman, Toy Boats (Miller & Forbes), Collecting Toy Trains (Pearce Calson) Matchbox price Guide (Frank Thompson), etc
Toy Dragon - an expressionist oil in muted pastel colours highlighted with gold leaf. A subtle work from this well collected artist. Contemporary Oil Painting Abstract Abstract Other Abstract Interior Design Large Works Gallery Favourites
Chinese mid 18th century porcelain miniature lozenge shaped spoon tray made during the reign of the Emperor Qianlong as export ware for Europe. Miniature pieces like this were usually made as toys for Dolls Houses or tea services. Painted in Pink enamel and heightened in gilt it reflects the European designs that were being developed by the early English and European Porcelain factories with European flowers as decoration. In good condition although the gilt is a little worn from use
SECOND IMPRESSION 1867 (first published 1866), 4to, 253 x 185 mm, 10 x 7¼ inches, red cloth, gilt title panel, gilt illustrations with 1 vignette for each of 6 stories to upper cover, blind stamping to corners, gilt titled spine, all edges gilt, (96) pages. 48 pages of large bold lively coloured illustrations printed on black background, 8 per story. Plates signed AAB or ANB. Contents: Little Red Riding Hood; Old Mother Hubbard; Horses; Cock Robin's Death and Burial; Book of Trades; Dogs. Horses
A charming 19th century Nuremberg wooden 'Toy" chess set one side partially stained black, the other side left natural, kings, queens and bishops with painted faces, the king 5.5cm high, the pawn 2.5cm high, in the accompanying 19th century box with sliding drawer to the front and blue and white chess board in glass to the top, 26cm wide, 7.5cm high.
FIRST EDITION (No. 17 in list of 17 on lower cover), circa 1868, small 4to, 266 x 230 mm, 10½ x 9 inches, pink card covers colour decorated, adverts to lower cover. 6 colour plates printed by Kronheim and Co., 6 pages of story in quatrains, all printed 1 side only. 1 of 4 brave St Bernard dogs meets his death on a rescue mission Christmas eve in the mountains with the monks. Spine expertly repaired, restitched, top corner of upper cover slightly scuffed, margins slightly fingermarked, occasional