The Antique Toy Archive

Jeffrey Levy buys the Alexander Acevedo collection

Collectors Gazette, Sep. 1990

Mint & Boxed of London have recently purchased what is believed to be the single largest collection of antique toys ever acquired in on transaction.

Comprising over 1,000 pieces, the high quality collection was the combined property of the Alexander Gallery in New York and its owner, Alexander Acevedo.

According to Jeffrey Levy, chairman of Mint & Boxed, many of the individual items are not only ‘extremely rare’ but the range is so extensive we can categorically say “many have never been for public sale before!”

The collection will be offered by Mint & Boxed at their London showroom as well as the new three-storey gallery which will open on September 12th in New York.

Located at Madison Avenue, at 84th Street, the forthcoming facility will bring the burgeoning field of antique toy collecting to broad new audiences that will not only include collectors, but interior designers, architects, museum and corporate curators.

Roughly two thirds of the market for the new pieces is comprised of American works created from 1855 through the 1930’s, featured are tin toys including those of George Brown, Alshof Bergmann and Merriam Toys. A vast number of fire engines of cast iron and tin plate by Marklin, Bing and Carette are also included. Another collection highlight is the Lionel trains of 2-7/8 gauge.

To permanently showcase and enhance the value of the collection, Mint & Boxed are publishing a hardcover art book “The World of Antique Toys” for worldwide distribution. The majority of the 1,000 items are expected to be illustrated in full colour.

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