A Rail Yard Full Mint Toy Trains Highlights Upcoming Philip Weiss Auctions

OCEANSIDE, N.Y. – Some 1,200 lots in a wide array of categories—to include toy trains, transportation, advertising, militaria, ocean liner, World’s Fair, railroadiana, automotive, Hollywood memorabilia, historical items and more—will be sold at a three-day event slated for July 31-Aug. 2.

“We had several well-attended and successful sales in the first half of 2009, and now we’ll continue in the July 31-Aug. 2 auction with some of the best collections we’ve ever offered,” said Philip Weiss, whose Philip Weiss Auctions will host the event. Previews will be held on July 29-31, and online bidding will be facilitated by Proxibid.

The Friday, July 31 session (starting at 4 p.m.), will be dedicated to toy trains—about 450 lots, 95 percent of them mint in the box. Featured will be an important attic find of 1940s-60s Lionel trains (most with original boxes and many outfit boxes), group lots of 1970s-80s mint-in-the-box Lionel and other makers’ trains and accessories, modern Lionel trains, Rail King, MTH, K-Line, Weaver and more.

The Saturday, Aug. 1 session (with a 10 a.m. start time) will feature transportation items, advertising memorabilia and militaria, plus some 150 lots from the estate of Ken Schultz, a dedicated collector of ocean liner, World’s Fair and Hollywood collectibles. Ocean liner china and silver from other collections will be included as well. Also to be sold will be about 100 antique advertising signs.

Genuine life ring from the RMS Queen Elizabeth, from the estate of Ken Schultz.

Genuine life ring from the RMS Queen Elizabeth, from the estate of Ken Schultz.

Saturday’s session will continue with a selection of railroading items and automotive material, to include a run of vintage Pennsylvania Railroad calendars, lanterns, an original lamp from Grand Central Station in New York, stock certificates, plus more than 100 lots of vintage advertising agricultural signs, vintage soap advertising and other related material. Additional items are being regularly added.

The Sunday, Aug. 2 session (also with a 10 a.m. start time) will feature 500 lots including Hollywood memorabilia such as celebrity-worn items, movie props and posters, autographed photos, a collection of Clarence Bull photos, and photos from the “LOOK” magazine archives. Historical items will include the lock box belonging to Maj. Gustavus S. Dana (an organizer of Lincoln’s Honor Guard).

Historical items belonging to G. S. Dana, one of the organizers of President Lincoln's Honor Guard.

Historical items belonging to G. S. Dana, one of the organizers of President Lincoln's Honor Guard.

Also to cross the block on Sunday: a selection of authenticated Civil War-era carte-de-visites (early photographic images), and an important archive of material pertaining to Charles J. Guiteau—the assassin of President James A. Garfield in 1881 (to include two actual pieces of the rope used to hang Guiteau, a cabinet card of Guiteau, letters written to him while he was in prison, an archive of Garfield photos (to include the earliest known daguerreotypes of him), illustrations, a strong box and more. Also to be offered: an original Apollo 10 flag and patch flown to the moon during an historic lunar mission.

Actual pieces of rope used to hang Charles Guiteau, President Garfield's assassin, will cross the block.

Actual pieces of rope used to hang Charles Guiteau, President Garfield's assassin, will cross the block.

Military material to be sold Aug. 2 includes a Thomas Griswold & Co. Confederate officer’s cavalry saber, an authentic Civil War bugle, a U.S. percussion musket, and more items a collection that includes all major wars, highlighted by both World Wars, posters from World War I & II, and more.

Early U.S. sword, one of many pieces of militaria to be sold.

Early U.S. sword, one of many pieces of militaria to be sold.

Vintage 1880s Springfield rifle, in excellent condition.

Vintage 1880s Springfield rifle, in excellent condition.

All purchases will be subject to a 13% buyer’s premium. Terms are cash, check and all major credit cards.

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