Favorite Playthings For Adults & Children – Bears, Dolls & Trains Come To Turner Auctions + Appraisals

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Over 230 Lots Go Up for Bid on Sunday, November 15

Vintage Steiff Limited Edition Teddy Bears
Vintage Steiff Limited Edition Teddy Bears

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, CA, October 27, 2020 – Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to offer Bears, Dolls & Trains on Sunday, November 15, 2020. The auction presents a wide selection of playthings or collectibles beloved by children of all ages from young to old. With over 230 lots, the sale features many vintage Steiff animals, including large store display models; a variety of vintage dolls; and an array of O and S gauge trains, mostly from American manufacturers, and related accessories and other items.

Vintage Cultural Ethnic Dolls
Vintage Cultural Ethnic Dolls

From the very popular Nancy Glenn estate, the Steiff offerings showcase a vast menagerie, including bears, rabbits, ponies, pumas, lions, monkeys, birds, and a bison, stork, and boar. In addition to many groupings, the sale includes vintage Steiff Limited Edition and Collectors Edition lots, and a number of Steiff hand puppets. There are also large store display animals from the fabled toy store FAO Schwarz – cheetah, puma, penguin, donkey, lion and more – and a very large giraffe and pig. Among the dolls are vintage porcelain and bisque head dolls, including some from Germany; Chinese and cultural ethnic dolls; and from Japan, geisha and Kyoto pottery dolls. A highlight is an antique JDK 221 Googly.

Sunset Models O Gauge North Shore Lines Electroliner 4 piece set
Sunset Models O Gauge North Shore Lines Electroliner 4 piece set

Many train lots are O gauge from diverse manufacturers: Lionel, Weaver, Williams, Western Hobbycraft, MTH, K-Line, Atlas, Sunset and Menards. S gauge trains include Lionel, Gilbert, and American Models. Among the train accessories are bascule and lift bridges, a fuel station, control tower, track gang, buildings and vehicles. The sale also offers an operating hobby shop, a Jim Beam Train with track, several framed train pictures, and train ephemera.

Turner Auctions + Appraisals begins its online auction on Sunday, November 15, 2020, at 10:30 am PST; sale items are available for preview and bidding now. The auction is featured live on multiple platforms: LiveAuctioneers, Invaluable, Bidsquare, iCollector, and Turner Auctions + Appraisals’ free mobile app, which can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Apps (“Turner Auctions”). All are easily accessed through ‘Upcoming Auctions’ at the company’s website: www.turnerauctionsonline.com/upcoming-auctions/. 2 Here are some highlights of the upcoming sale (see details in the online catalog):

Lot 7: Vintage Limited Edition Steiff and Suzanne Gibson, Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Unused condition in original box. Estimate $300 – $400. (Photo, top right)

Lot 107: Two Vintage German Bisque Head Dolls. One marked Handwerck; the other Armand Marseille. Largest example 21 1/2 inches in height (Handwerck doll). Estimate $200 – $400. (Photo, top left)

Lot 16: Large Steiff Stork with original tag and button. In very nice vintage condition. Largest measurement 21 inches high. Estimate $200 – $300. (Photo, middle right)

Lot 121: Lionel 6-18384 O Gauge Milwaukee Road Bipolar Electric in original box. Estimate $400 – $600. (Photo, lower right)

Lot 55: Vintage Steiff Hand Puppets, Lot of 7. Group of seven vintage Steiff hand puppets: dog, owl, tiger, monkey, fox, lion and an alligator. All retain original tag and button, except the dog. Largest measurement at 10 inches. Estimate $200 – $400. (Photo, lower left)

Lot 222: Lionel O Gauge Canadian Pacific SD90 Locomotive. 6-18271 Canadian Pacific SD90. Estimate $100 – $150. (Photo, top right)

Lot 149: Sunset Models O Gauge North Shore Lines Electroliner 4. Brass O Scale set with original box. Estimate $200 – $300. (Photo, top left)

Lot 4: Vintage Steiff Collector’s Limited Edition Original Teddy Bear Set. Very good condition. Estimate $200 – $300. (Photo, middle right)

Lot 99: Five Vintage Cultural Ethnic Dolls. Largest example: 13″. Estimate $80 – $120. (Photo, lower left) Lot 171: Lionel O Gauge Four-Piece Milwaukee Road Hiawatha 18. Hiawatha 18″ Aluminum Cars (4 car set), 153, Combination Dormitory/Lounge car; “437” Coach; “438” Coach; Observation; with add-on Diner “112” – all with original boxes. Estimate $200 – $300. (Photo, lower right)


Lot 81: Large-scale Vintage 1960’s Steiff Lion FAO Schwarz Store Display. With original tag and button, in good vintage condition. Largest measurement: 31 inches high. Estimate $400 – $600. (Photo, top right, page 1)

Lot 103: Antique JDK 221 Googly Doll. With red hair, side glancing German glass blue eyes. Fully jointed body, 12 inches high, comes with stand. Estimate $100 – $200. (Photo, lower left, page 1)



Based in South San Francisco, Turner Auctions + Appraisals was founded by Stephen Turner to expand and complement the capabilities of Stephen G. Turner Associates, an auction and appraisal consulting firm founded in 2004. Turner Auctions + Appraisals presents online auctions in diverse categories of personal property (www.turnerauctionsonline.com). Among them are Fine Arts, Decorative Arts, Asian Arts, Toys, Jewelry, Militaria, Ethnic Arts, and others. The company offers a range of auction and appraisal services for buyers, sellers, and collectors. Online auctions are held several times a month. Working with leading live and online auction houses on the West Coast since 1991, Turner is a professional appraiser of personal property and seasoned auctioneer. His areas of expertise include fine art, decorative arts, antiques & residential contents. The company welcomes consignments and appraisals.

For more information about the company, please contact:

Stephen Turner, President, Turner Auctions + Appraisals, 461 Littlefield Avenue, South San Francisco, CA 94080 415-964-5250 / [email protected] / www.turnerauctionsonline.com

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Jill Turner, Rodin & Shelley Associates / [email protected] / 707-944-2433

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