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  • 08/02/15 - Costea's Auction Gallery...   08/02/15 - J. Levine Auction & Appraisal...   08/02/15 - Chris Doerner...   08/02/15 - Cordier Auctions & Appraisals...   08/02/15 - Gallery at Knotty Pine Auction Service...   08/02/15 - Cochran Auctions...   08/01-02/15 - Morphy Auctions Las Vegas...   08/03/15 - Toomey Auction Service, Inc....   08/04/15 - William Bunch Auctions...   08/04/15 - Uniques & Antiques Auction Sales...   08/05/15 - Diefenderfer Auction Co. LLC...   08/05/15 - Sellersville Auction LLC...   08/05/15 - Wilsons Auction...   08/06/15 - Alderfer Auction & Appraisers...   08/06/15 - Zettlemoyer Auction Co. LLC...   08/08/15 - M.J. Stasak, Jr., Michael Stasak III, Laurel Fox...   08/08/15 - Kravetz Auctions, LLC...   08/08/15 - Adams Auction Sales Service, LLC...   08/08/15 - Horst Auctioneers...   08/08/15 - Howard B Parzow...   08/08/15 - Maurer's Auctions...   08/09/15 - Kravetz Auctions, LLC...   08/09/15 - Morphy Auctions...   08/09/15 - Cordier Auctions & Appraisals...   08/08-09/15 - Tom Hall Auctions, Inc....   08/11/15 - Sellersville Auction LLC...   08/12/15 - Ken Reed Auction Company...   08/12/15 - Ike Eichelberger...   08/12/15 - Sellersville Auction LLC...   08/12/15 - Embassy Auctions International...   08/13/15 Online Only Auction Closes - Alderfer Auction & Appraisal...   08/15/15 - Gateway Gallery Auction, Inc....   08/15/15 - Dockey Auction Services, LLC...   08/14-15/15 - Conestoga Auction Co. a division of Hess Auction...   08/15/15 - Probst Family Auctions...   08/15-16/15 - Cordier Auctions & Appraisals...   08/21-22/15 - Tim Weaver Auction Service...   08/22/15 - Arthur Auctioneering...   08/25-28/15 - James D. Julia...   08/29/15 - Concepts 1 Auction House...   
  • 08/02/15 - Costea's Auction Gallery...   08/02/15 - J. Levine Auction & Appraisal...   08/02/15 - Chris Doerner...   08/02/15 - Cordier Auctions & Appraisals...   08/02/15 - Gallery at Knotty Pine Auction Service...   08/02/15 - Cochran Auctions...   08/01-02/15 - Morphy Auctions Las Vegas...   08/03/15 - Toomey Auction Service, Inc....   08/04/15 - William Bunch Auctions...   08/04/15 - Uniques & Antiques Auction Sales...   08/05/15 - Diefenderfer Auction Co. LLC...   08/05/15 - Sellersville Auction LLC...   08/05/15 - Wilsons Auction...   08/06/15 - Alderfer Auction & Appraisers...   08/06/15 - Zettlemoyer Auction Co. LLC...   08/08/15 - M.J. Stasak, Jr., Michael Stasak III, Laurel Fox...   08/08/15 - Kravetz Auctions, LLC...   08/08/15 - Adams Auction Sales Service, LLC...   08/08/15 - Horst Auctioneers...   08/08/15 - Howard B Parzow...   08/08/15 - Maurer's Auctions...   08/09/15 - Kravetz Auctions, LLC...   08/09/15 - Morphy Auctions...   08/09/15 - Cordier Auctions & Appraisals...   08/08-09/15 - Tom Hall Auctions, Inc....   08/11/15 - Sellersville Auction LLC...   08/12/15 - Ken Reed Auction Company...   08/12/15 - Ike Eichelberger...   08/12/15 - Sellersville Auction LLC...   08/12/15 - Embassy Auctions International...   08/13/15 Online Only Auction Closes - Alderfer Auction & Appraisal...   08/15/15 - Gateway Gallery Auction, Inc....   08/15/15 - Dockey Auction Services, LLC...   08/14-15/15 - Conestoga Auction Co. a division of Hess Auction...   08/15/15 - Probst Family Auctions...   08/15-16/15 - Cordier Auctions & Appraisals...   08/21-22/15 - Tim Weaver Auction Service...   08/22/15 - Arthur Auctioneering...   08/25-28/15 - James D. Julia...   08/29/15 - Concepts 1 Auction House...   
Julia's Conducts Its Final Antique Advertising,Toy And Doll Auction

July 7, 2015 Updated July 21, 2015

Julia's Conducts Its Final Antique Advertising, Toy And Doll Auction

For over 30 years, Julia's has been a major force in the antique advertising, toy and doll world, but their June 19 sale represented the last such auction to be conducted by the firm. "Andrew Truman, the department head, has done a great job. He has been a hard worker throughout his 15-year tenure and during that time continually received accolades from the clients that he worked with. However, there is tremendous competition in this field, and everyone is struggling for market share. The profits for some time now have been marginal in this department, despite Andrew's tremendous efforts. On the other hand, there are wonderful opportunities in other areas of the antique world for our company which we have considered for some time now,” said Jim Julia, owner and president of James D. Julia Auctioneers. “Just prior to my June 19 auction, I received an offer to sell this division, which was, as the Godfather said, ‘an offer I could not refuse,’ continued Julia.
Julia further explained that they have sold the division to Dan Morphy of Dan Morphy Auctions LLC of Denver, Pa. The Julia Company will take care of all details associated with this recent auction and any prior auctions, but going forward it will not be taking consignments for future auctions of this type.
"The move is a tremendous opportunity for our company to expand in other areas, and we are immediately doing so in our Firearms Division by starting a new Sporting and Collectibles Auction. While this deal creates a great opportunity, it is also a sad time for me. One of my first loves when I entered the antiques business in the late 1960s was antique advertising. In the 1970s, my wife and I decided to sell our collection and at the time produced a catalog; a first for us and a rarity within that auction world at the time. The sale was an extraordinary success, and the result of this eventually precipitated Julia's to hold catalog auctions for antique advertising, toys and dolls. Over the years I have met terrific people in this field, made a lot of good friends, and it has been a great ride, but this change was necessitated and makes all the sense in the world,” said Julia.
The gross of the June 19 auction was well beyond the low estimate, and as usual there were a number of pleasant surprises. Department Head Andrew Truman, along with Chief Doll and Toy consultant Jay Lowe, assembled an exciting array of goods from collections from across the United States and beyond. Julia's renowned catalogs, with their brilliant photography and honest descriptions, allow for the greatest level of confidence by bidders, many of whom never see the items beforehand. With most auction business around the world being conducted via the Internet and over the phone, the live attendee is becoming an endangered species, hence, making a professional catalog is all the more important. And this bidder confidence resulted in some serious prices achieved.
The sale was chock full of fun from start to finish, starting off with selections from the collection of the late Laurence Hapgood. Hapgood was an avid traveler and collector whose penchant for top-shelf cast-iron and tin plate toys was well known in the field. Highlights included an extraordinary all-original 1930s Arcade Buick sedan in extremely fine condition right down to its white rubber tires. Estimated at $2,000-$4,000, it sold for $6,682. In equally strong original condition was his Dent Public Service bus enameled in brilliant orange with raised black louvered roof that boasted like new paint with hardly a scratch on it. Considered one of the greatest cast-iron toy buses ever manufactured, it sold for $5,771 against a $3,000-$6,000 estimate. An Arcade Mack gas truck in red with gilt highlighting exceeded its $800-$1,200 estimate to bring $2,065.
From other collections, cast-iron toys included a lot of five near mint miniature cars by Arcade along with a small Kilgore truck finishing up at $2,673, surpassing expectations of $750-$1,250. A rare Ives japanned penny candy scale depicting a young lady holding a basket at one end of a seesaw with a man at the center and a simulated woven basket at the other end doubled as a toy and a functional scale. Found in candy shops of the period, this rarity seldom comes to market, and even less frequently complete and in good condition. This example, formerly of the Bob and Jackie Stewart collection, sold for $3,037 against an estimate of $1,000-$1,500.
The selection of toys continued with a variety of German toys, and once again condition was king. From the Hapgood collection, a classic early German tin windup plane with flapping wings and spinning propeller modeled after Bleriot's craft that made a historic flight from France to England (complete with its original box) sold for $6,075 against a $2,000-$3,000 estimate.
From a separate collection, a Gunthermann Tango dancing couple with paint that almost looked wet and complete with its original box sold above its $1,500-$2,500 estimate to bring $3,948. German tin continued with a last minute addition of a Lehmann Man-da-Rin. This scarce windup toy depicting two coolies carrying a Chinese nobleman in an enclosed sedan chair sold with its original box top for $2,794 against an estimate of $1,000-$1,500. Other German toys included a windup carousel toy attributed to Bing that featured early style automobiles suspended from the canopy atop a grain painted stepped metal base. This rare toy went out at $5,163, midway through its $4,000-$6,000 estimate. A German musical hand crank carousel with bisque headed dolls atop composition horses sold for $1,896 against an estimate of $1,000-$1,500.
German toys of a non-mechanical variety included a large 27-inch Santa candy container. With a well-defined composition face and painted features, bidders were not letting him go easily. He ultimately sold for $5,163, well above his estimate of $1,000-$2,000. A lot of German composition figures including an animated frog likewise met with a seemingly unending bidding battle. Surpassing an estimate of $600-$800, the lot sold for $3,888. A selection of Steiff animals included an early five-inch white rattle bear with glass eyes and its ear button that went out at $1,579, just above an $800-$1,200 estimate. A 19-inch 1907 Steiff apricot bear with his ear button sold at the upper end of his $1,000-$2,000 estimate for $1,944. A selection of Steiff ride-on animals was highlighted by a well-loved and oft used two-hump camel, also complete with his ear button, that sold for $1,458, exceeding an estimate of $750-$1,000.
Skipping ahead several decades, an offering of pressed steel trucks included a Buddy L opening door ice delivery truck with its original canvas top and dual rubber tires. It was joined by a nice example of a Buddy L bus. These perennial favorites brought $3,037 and $3,948, respectively, each meeting or beating pre-auction expectations. A Buddy L ladder and hose truck with all the bells and whistles went out at $2,126 against an estimate of $1,000-$1,500.
This auction continued with a diverse selection of quality dolls showcasing fine European artistry and craftsmanship. Running the gamut of genres and materials, bidders were pleased by the selection. Exquisite French dolls included a 26-inch EJA Jumeau. The doll's sublime expression highlighted by piercing blue eyes and realistic facial features and coloring helped her to achieve $10,327, within an estimate of $8,000-$12,000. On the other side of the size spectrum was a 10-inch cabinet size Bru Brevete 5/0. With pale bisque, blond mohair wig and deep blue eyes, the doll sold for $9,112. A scarce Jumeau phonograph doll that plays an interchangeable cylinder in her chest was an ingenious use of then-current technology combined with a stunning French bebe head, the package was irresistible. It sold for $4,556 against an estimate of $2,000-$2,500. Other highlights included a stately 18-inch French fashion doll that came with a wide selection of accessories including an etui with miniature toiletry items as well as diminutive corsets, gloves, clothing, etc. The lot sold within its $3,000-$5,000 estimate for $3,645.
Other dolls included a #1 Barbie. In outstanding original condition and complete with its original box, it sold for $5,467 against expectations of $2,000-$3,000, quite the markup on what originally sold for $3. A 1930s Kathe Kruse girl in near mint condition including its paper hangtag sold for $2,430, surpassing an estimate of $1,000-$1,500. Two separate lots, each containing five jointed posable Bucherer figures, performed well. These popular European lead and metal figures from the first third of the 20th century have an almost robotic look to them. Estimated for $500-$1,000 apiece, the lots brought $2,430 and $2,551, respectively.
The auction continued with a select grouping of quality coin-operated machinery. Of particular note was a rare Caille Busy Bee trade stimulator. This nickel-plated tombstone shaped machine with a central roulette wheel circumvented the gambling laws of the day by rewarding the winner with cigars instead of cash. The consignor remembers seeing this very machine as a child in the cigar store her grandfather would frequent, letting her tag along. When the store closed, the grandfather bought the machine, and she kept it as a memento of him until she consigned it to Julia's after seeing department head Andrew Truman on a recent episode of “Antiques Roadshow.” Estimated at $8,000-$12,000, it sold for $27,337. Another machine that was able to circumvent the gambling laws was a scarce Bicycle trade stimulator by Sun Manufacturing Co. When a nickel is inserted and the lever thrown, the wheels would spin. If the player's number came up, they won cigars. While there may have been side bets, at least the proprietor was legal on paper. This machine sold for $9,112, within expectations of $7,500-$9,500. One machine that couldn't navigate the laws by its sheer nature of being a payout gambling machine was a massive and rare Mills double Dewey slot machine. Allowing the player to play both nickels and quarters on the same unit, this impressive machine with elaborate castings, carvings and colorful roulette wheels sold within estimate for $41,310. On the other side of the size scale, a machine that was in no danger of breaking any laws but ran the risk of being pilfered because of its minuscule size was a Columbus Model 36 penny gum vendor. Standing only eight-inches tall, it would easily fit under someone's jacket, so few are in existence today. This example sold for $3,341 versus an estimate of $1,500-$2,500.
The segue between coin-op and music came by way of a classic Wurlitzer 1015 jukebox. Its popularity from its initial release has hardly waned and continues to this day. Often found set for free play for home use, it's difficult to find with its coin mechanism still intact. This example was complete and found favor above its $3,000-$5,000 estimate to sell for $6,682. Music machines included a highly elaborate Symphonion Rococo disc playing music box carved with scenes of cherubs and courtly dancers. It went out at $3,341 against expectations of $2,000-$4,000. A tabletop Reginaphone was a transitional piece that had the ability to play both pierced metal discs and records with a quick attachment. The added versatility was a popular option in the day. It sold for $3,037, just inside its $3,000-$6,000 estimate.
The diversity of the sale continued with a varied grouping of quality antique advertising items. One of the earliest forms of advertising was the figural trade sign. This auction featured a wonderful dentist trade sign in the form of a gold capped molar. Handpainted and reading particular services such as "Artificial Teeth" and "Teeth Extracted" on the sides, it chewed through its $8,000-$10,000 estimate to sell for $10,935. Store advertising items included an exceptional John Hancock & Sons seven-bay spice bin. Tole painted and elaborately stenciled, the countertop bin was the nicest original condition example to hit the market in many years. It sold for $5,771, surpassing expectations of $3,000-$5,000.
Salesman samples, always a popular advertising collectible that Julia's specializes in, included two wood and brass Adriance Buckeye sickle bar mowers, each with their original carrying cases. They depicted slight variations of the company's evolving line and exceptional craftsmanship and detail. Both exceeded presale forecasts; the first lot, a chain driven example, went out at $6,682, while the other with the covered gearbox sold for $7,290. Also up for bid were two salesman sample Oliver chilled plows. Both were fresh to the market and otherwise nearly identical, but showed how important condition was. The lead example that boasted perhaps the finest original condition one could hope to find sold for $8,505 against a $5,000-$7,000 estimate. One that had seen a bit more weather and was estimated more conservatively at $2,500-$3,500 brought a respectable $2,733.
One of the genres that was most prolific in advertising was the soft drink market. In the decades from the late 1800s through the 1940s and ’50s, companies created countless artistic and creative signs, calendars, and other advertising premiums to promote their product, which today are highly sought after for their decorative qualities as well as their artistry and collectibility. An unusual die-cut cardboard shelf sitter shows a classic 1940s-50s young lady lying on her belly enjoying a bottle of Dr. Pepper. It sold for $1,822 against an estimate of $1,200-$1,800.
In addition to the two-dimensional, functional store items like syrup dispensers make for marvelous display items. Included in this auction was a massive marble counter dispenser for Hires root beer known as the Munimaker. Although a play on words, it ended up being a true statement at the Julia auction. It sold for $6,682 against a $2,500-$4,500 estimate. And a large wooden figural Moxie bottle cooler put its $1,500-$3,000 estimate on ice to bring $3,037.
The sale was rounded out by various miscellaneous treasures such as a vintage spring carbon broadcast microphone from the 1920s. Its nickel plating, an art deco styling, made it look straight out of a Frank Capra movie. It sold for $2,247 against an estimate of $800-$1,200.
Julia's upcoming auctions include their annual end-of-summer antiques and fine art auction in August, while the firearms and military memorabilia auction will be held in October. Julia's next rare lamp and glass auction will take place in November.
For additional information, call 207-453-7125 or email info@jamesdjulia.com.










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Julia's Conducts Its Final Antique Advertising,Toy And Doll Auction
Julia's Conducts Its Final Antique Advertising,Toy And Doll Auction
Julia's Conducts Its Final Antique Advertising,Toy And Doll Auction