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Noel Barrett Antiques and Auctions

P.O. Box 300

Carversville , Pennsylvania

USA   18913

Telephone : (215) 297 5109

Fax : (215) 297 0457

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  • "Toy collecting is the best anti-aging medicine I know." Noel Barrett

    If you’re like millions of other television viewers who’ve become addicted to the PBS series “Antiques Road Show”, you might recognize this mustachioed, pony-tailed, over-grown kid who offers his unusual brand of excitement, knowledge and expertise to the world of vintage toys.

    Noel was born on September 6, 1940 in Westerly, Rhode Island. He graduated from Columbia University in 1964 with a BS in American History.

    What started as an interest in antique toys and American cultural artifacts became a business. In 1986, after 20 years as a retail dealer, he broadened his business by becoming an auction promoter and has, in the last 7 or 8 years, devoted himself entirely to the auction business. He holds 2 to 3 auctions a year -- specializing in unusual and extraordinary collections.

    Among the collections that he has sold are the five sales it took to disperse the Toy Museum of Atlanta, the three sales it took to sell the landmark automotive toy collection of Bill and Lillian Gottschalk, the antique advertising collection of Peter Sidlow, the antique games collection of the pioneer collector: Herb Siegel, and the American tin toy collection of the late Bill Holland.

    Mr. Barrett is actively involved with historic preservation in Bucks County Pennsylvania including the historic County Theater of Doylestown, Pennsylvania -- a nonprofit film house in his county seat. In addition he is an active collector of optical and pre-cinema toys as well as lithographed paper and comic character toys. He is currently the vice president of the Antique Toy Collectors of America and has written numerous articles for various collector publications, particularly Antique Toy World.

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