Will pull toy pull in bucks at auction?

Published: Saturday, January 22, 2011 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 20, 2011 at 3:20 p.m.

Q: I have this Pratt & Letchworth open phaeton pull toy from, I believe, around 1883. It has all original parts and paint and is in very good condition for its age. Though it does not have the driver figurine, I am guessing that it has a similar value to one I saw online that sold at auction for $850. My problem is that I am afraid to put it up for auction for fear that it would sell for a price far below its value. Can you offer me any advice on its current value or an auction house that would be likely to obtain the best price?

S.F., Gainesville

A: There is no intrinsic dollar value for your pull toy. Dollar values for collectibles are based on supply and demand. Current dollar values are due to considerable collector interest in 19th century cast-iron toys. Without the driver for your toy phaeton, I doubt it would sell higher than $500. One of the big boys on the auction block for 19th century cast iron toys is Bertoia Auctions, See what they think it might sell for through one of their specialty auctions.

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Q: I have an oil painting by Charles Huntley that my great-aunt brought back from Europe in the 1930s. The painting, in its original 30-by- 40-inch frame, measures 24-by-34 inches. I have researched this artist on the Internet and cannot find out very much information about him except that a couple of auction houses had sold his paintings. Not being a member of these auction sites, I could not determine what those other paintings sold for. Could you provide me with information regarding the value of this painting?

J.C., Ocala

A: I was not able to find any biographical informa­tion about Charles Huntley. The winter land­scape that is signed in the lower right “Chas. Hunt­ley” has a very commercial-grade quality look. I think it would sell in the $100 to $200 range.

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Q: I have recently come across some old records including Dick Todd & the Eddie Miller Orches­tra, also Buddy Clark & the Ray Noble Orchestra, Columbia Records. They seem to be in really good shape and some even have the original sleeves. Some are from Bluebird records, the Rainbow Recording Group. I was just wondering if you might know whether or not they have any value and, if they do, what that value would be.

M.T., Internet

A: I was not able to find any collector interest in the records you mentioned. To be sure, contact a record specialist with a full inventory list. In Gainesville, contact Sharpe's Music at 377-1363.

John Sikorski is an Ocala antiques dealer. He hosts a call-in radio show, ‘'Sikorski's Attic,'' on WUFT-FM (89.1 FM). It can be heard each Saturday from noon to 1 p.m. Send your questions to Sikorski's Attic, c/o Gainesville Sun, 2700 SW 13th St., Gainesville, FL 32608, or e-mail absantique@aol.

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