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Book Reviews

Toy Boat For Sale– Where do they go?

Paging through my reference books like The Forbes Collection- Toy Boats and The Allure of Toy Ships I’ve been realizing the obvious– boat collecting is rarified air.  Unfortunately the 19th and 20th century toy boats just weren’t made in large numbers.   Prices have always been astronomical.  Then of course, they were used to death.  These days, one…

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J. Chein & Co. A Collector’s Guide Toy Book Reivew

In the toy collecting heyday of 1997, Alan Jaffe and Schiffer Books partnered to make J. Chein & co. A Collector’s Guide to an American Toymaker.  The results are quite spectacular and  illuminating for modern collectors that appreciate history.  The book helps piece together the innumerable Chein toy details and production history.  This guide is a beautiful…

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Fernand Martin Toymaker in Paris Book Review

Wine and beer are acquired tastes that only strenghen with age.  So it goes with toys from the French toymaker Fernand Martin.  Oft broken and disrobed on the current market, these historic toys deserve to be seen in new old stock condition to appreciate the genius.  So when J. Arthur Verdoorn, Fernand Martin & Lourens…

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