Toys Dolls and Textiles!

10/12/2012     Chiswick Curates

Next week we have the Christmas Toy, Doll & Textile Extravaganza on Tuesday 11th December at 11am UK.

In this sale we have an attic find, lot 190, a rare and beautiful all original Grodner Tal wooden doll circa 1810 – 1830 made in Germany standing at 27 ½ inches she would be the centre piece to any collection wearing her original dress with leg of mutton sleeves and velvet bonnet. Keeping up with her we have lot 167, a magnificent English George III wooden doll circa 1790 – 1820 also 27 ½ inches tall with piercing blue enamel eyes, carved ears, finely carved, gesso and painted features with fine dot eyebrows and eyelashes, wearing a Queen Anne style dress with boned bodice and a very delicate blue silk skirt, she has carved hands with individual finger s. Lot 180, is a more diminutive cabinet size George III circa 1800 with a quirky but appealing features.  The sale has Kathe Kruse, Jumeau, Kammer & Reinhardt, Barbie, English Sindy & Patch dolls and more, no era of doll collector need miss out this Christmas.

There are lots of toys, many are clockwork and mechanical, the earliest is lot 187, a rare and desirable Vichy Automaton French circa 1870, a French fashionable lady playing the violin, with head and arm movements playing two musical aires, wearing very eye catching crimson satin, her head is porcelain with beautiful cobalt blue paper weight eyes, while her hands are painted lead typical of the important automaton maker Vichy.  Many other clockwork toys include makers such as Schuco, Marklin and Bing, and there are multi lots of amusing 1960’s and later Foreign, Japanese and unmarked boxed and played with tinplate toys. Lot 174, is a rare Marklin TWE 700 Diesel Rail Car found in a granddad’s old box in the garden shed and in need of some TLC.

Diecast vehicles are the backbone of each toy auction including favourite makers such as Dinky, Corgi and Matchbox.

The sale wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the vast collections of early antique and later hand and machine made lace, ribbons, materials, and costumes that collectors and dealers enjoy. These quantity lots are there to sort and treasure, many are collected and others are used for the all important restoration process enjoyed by many. Fabrics and textiles of all ages and countries attract much attention from the more known tapestries to Indian Pichwais.

Throughout the year we sell all sorts of vintage fashion popular with the fashionable fashionista’s, collectors and film props buyers, but it wouldn’t be a Christmas sale if we forgot to mention the vintage furs from stoles to full length Mink coats, Ermines and Natural Racoons; it will be cold this winter without them.

Toy, Doll and Textile Specialist Tracie Vallis is always available to assist collectors with further information, advice and condition reports prior to the sale. Tracie gathers for the auctions all year round and is available each Wednesday in house for walk in free valuations or send photographs through email to

Tracie says “The Toy, Doll and Textile sales are fun sales with the wonderful array and eclectic mix of bygone items that evoke the sentimentality that only childhood toys can. Handling the old fur coats and gentleman’s Top Hats, evening pumps and ball gowns brings to mind the glamorous and enchanting good times that must have been had by all who preciously kept these clothes safe over generations. Wherever possible I recommend you attend the view and enjoy finding treasures among the large multi item lots.” 

The Specialists of Chiswick Auctions are always accepting quality consignments for future sales. To consign an item, estate or collection:

Telephone: UK 011 44 (0)20 8992 4442


Or for valuations from photographs:
Address: 1 Colville Road, (off Bollo Lane), London W3 8BL, UK


Viewing times for this auction:

Sunday 9th December from 12 noon to 6 pm

Monday 10th December from 10 am to 6 pm

Tuesday 11th December from 10am to 10.45am