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THE RAREST OF MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL EARLY AMERICAN TIN...
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Perhaps the acme of clockwork American tin toys as well as holiday items, this toy would be the focal point of any collection. As pictured on page 149 in American Antique Toys by Bernard Barenholtz/Inez McClintock, unquestionably the most important American toy in the Barenholtz Collectoin and was one of Barney's favorite toys. It also became the centerpiece of Malcolm's collection. Of the three known existing examples (B. Barenholtz, Leon Perelman & Margaret Strong Museum), this is without a doubt the finest all original example. Upon examination one must wonder about the whimsy and fabrication combining painted American tin, goats with bells, a clockwork mechanism and a crepe dressed Santa...certainly an odd assortment effectively creating a spectacular toy. Excerpt from Barenholtz book American Antique Toys, page 15, "A New York City store featuring antique toys advertised the sale of a well-known collection; none were to be sold before the announced opening time, 9:30 A.M.; no wheeling and dealing in advance. Because the sale was so widely publicized it was certain that collectors from all over the country would be there. I had seen the collection and remembered one particular toy-one of the treasures over the hill that I had always hoped to find. Abruptly our initiation period was over. We knew that toy collecting was not just a hobby; it was a hard-nosed business. I had no choice, if I wanted this particular toy, but to be among the first arrivals at the sale. This meant leaving Princeton, New Jersey, by 5:30 A.M. I arrived at 7. I was the first in line and spotted Santa in the window. By 9:30 the queue was about one hundred collectors long. When the door opened I avoided the rush as best I could and went directly to the shelf in the window where I had seen Santa in Sleigh with Goats. As I examined it the details were not quite as I had remembered them and to myself I questioned the correctness of the toy. I was well aware of the rumors about this collection: the current owner had been known to repaint, to make repairs so skillfully as to be undetectable, even to own some toys that had been made of 'married parts,' the collectors' term for a toy made up of pieces that had not originally belonged together. So I deliberated: Where was a sleigh ever pulled by goats? Why not reindeer? The closest examination I could make revealed that the goats fitted perfectly on the shaft. The soldering was old; it did not appear to have been touched. But crepe paper clothes for Santa? I knew of some European toys that had figures dressed in crepe paper. The more closely I examined it, the more European the Santa figure began to look. The sleigh was definitely American: the type of paint and the technique of soldering on the goats were similar to work on toys attributed to Althof Bergmann, and since detachable figures are often missing or broken, it was possible that the Santa was not the original figure. Other collectors were eyeing the toy; a decision was imperative. It was such a rare toy, in such good condition, it would be worth having even if the Santa figure were a replacement. And so I made my purchase. The next step was researching the Santa figure. Catalogues were checked, collectors queried, all to no avail. The seller was positive it was the correct figure; at least, he claimed, 'That's what was there when I bought it.' Four years later we heard of a duplicate. On comparing this with ours we found that they were indeed identical-goats, crepe paper clothing, and all. This is a treasured toy in the collection and, in retrospect, I feel much better about having gotten up at 5:30 to be the first in line at a toy sale." If you desire the finest and most coveted pieces for your collection you will likely never do better for an early American tin toy. This is a truly extraordinary piece! SIZE: 20" l. PROVENANCE: Ex-Barenholtz Collection, Collection of Malcolm Deisenroth, Jr. CONDITION: Toy appears to be in untouched, original condition with light soiling, most notably to Santa's crepe paper outfit (minor tear/loss on Santa's hat). Some flaking to paint, but overall uniform. Bell stanchion on right goat has loose solder connection. 1-10205
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