Bertoia to sell impressive set of nautical toys



2015-06-26 11:20:06

Bertoia to sell impressive set of nautical toys

2 May 2012, 09:49 GMT+01

American toy auctioneer Bertoia Auctions are to sell the incredible 30-year nautical toy collection of Dick Claus.

Dick Claus’s antique model boats will be sold in two auctions, the first on Saturday May 12th, and the second in November. With an impressive array of Marklin ships, luxury toy craft, and clockwork boats, these two auctions will display the finest examples in two centuries of nautical toy history.

Dick Claus’s 2005 reference work The Allure of Toy Ships: American & European Nautical Toys from the 19th and 20th Centuries, has enchanted many a collector, all of whom are keen to see his personal assortment in the flesh, and thrilled to have the chance to purchase these fine miniature vessels for themselves.

Marklins usually model themselves on real seafaring ships at their time of production, such as the Maine, the Brooklyn, and the Olympia. They are impressive as toys, but even more so as depictions of history.

Highlights include a large scale Marklin ‘Kaiserin Augusta Victoria’ steam-powered ocean liner, German, 46”, which replicated the Hamburg America ship launched in 1905. It is estimated to sell for $90,000-$100,000. Additional items of note are a Gunthermann clockwork eight-man scull, German, 29”, valued at $10,000-£12,000, and a Marklin ‘Blenheim’ clockwork riverboat, German, 1909, 13”, expected to fetch £8,000-£9,000.

The auction will also include various accessories such as sailor figurines, U-boat submariner’s badges, navy recruitment posters, European trolleys, and several toy zeppelins. One zeppelin, a Marklin clockwork 17” German tin with celluloid rear propellers, is estimated to sell for $7,000-$9,000.

This is one of the most impressive collections of nautical toys to come to auction, a collection amassed over three decades of passion and fascination.

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