The June 15th toy sale here at Pook and Pook Auction in association with Noel Barrett Auctions has too many neat things to just pick one! My first pick was a salesman sample so I didn’t use up my toy pick of the week. My second pick for this week is lot 419 the European butcher shop diorama. This particular lot I don’t consider a toy either – it’s a diorama. The definition of a diorama is: a noun – a scene often in miniature, reproduced in three dimensions by placing objects, figures, etc. in front of a painted background. (Thanks dictionary.com). I see no mention of the word toy in the definition so this one doesn’t count as a toy pick either! This particular replica I can envision on any street at the turn of the century. This could just as easily be Haupstrasse in Munich as it could be Main street in Philadelphia. Imagine the banter between these two butchers each with a heavy German accent. I can picture a husband and wife going to get dinner and picking the exact cut of meat for a special evening. The gentleman wanting a cut with extra fat and the wife searching for that perfect lean example. I am sure they were greeted with a smile and hello and a question about the job or the family. That personal contact is something that is missing in today’s society. This particular piece brings back a time when things were simpler. So, keep on bidding or you will get nothing for supper!
by: Jamie Shearer