The Art of Collectibles™

Mary Campbell

Collector, collectographs

Mary Campbell

In the latter part of the 1960s, Mary began collecting when a friend

introduced her to an old country auction house that actually held

its auctions in a barn. She liked the look of the Victorian items her friend collected

and started her own collection with Flow Blue China. Mary later

added a sofa, balloon back chairs and marble topped tables, all

with a Victorian theme. In the mid 1970s she became interested in tobacco

tins and advertising, picking up several nice examples of Huntly and

Palmer tins while on one of her trips to England and Portobello Road.

Soon her eyes were opened to decorating with a continental theme

and Mary began collecting decorative bronzes, miniature paintings,

and old leather books with colorful bindings. She discovered paper

toys in the 1980s and 1990s like the ones made famous by the New York

game maker McLoughlin Brothers. The larger “Game of Base Ball”

with the lead figurines was one of the first sports games Mary purchased.

She continued collecting various games from dealers and auctions in

Pennsylvania and Connecticut, some for a very fair price! She is now

more interested in folk items such as painted game boards, hand

painted trade signs, certain types of stoneware jugs and crocks

incised with blue decoration. One thing Mary is keeping her eye out for

is another tin toy train like the one she is holding.


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