More antique boats and nautical toys at Bertoia

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2015-06-26 10:41:09

Bertoia Auctions have begun the long awaited countdown to their auction of the second part of the Dick Claus collection of antique boats and nautical toys, to be held on November 10th.

Dick Claus penned the definitive reference work ‘The Allure of Toy Ships: American & European Nautical Toys from the 19th and 20th Centuries’ (2005). Many collectors who have read his book flocked to the auction of the first half of his own personal collection, which totalled an impressive $1.8 million. They are likely to come back for more, as Claus’ revered collection displays some of the finest examples of model ships from these eras.

The second part includes around 350 lots, and will encompass penny toys, trolleys, Heyde sailor figures and sets, and comic character toys.

The lot exciting bidders is a Marklin Chicago clockwork paddle wheeler. Marklin boats often modelled themselves on real ships of the time, and this is thought to rival the Marklin Providence that set a world record of $247,250 at the May sale of Part I of the Dick Claus collection.

Other Marklin highlights include a 16 inch luxury yacht, the Jolanda, manufactured between 1915 and 1925 and valued at $25,000-$30,000. A selection of Marklin ram-bough battleships, the Mexico, the Olympia and the New York.

A series of ocean liners, astonishing true scale models of 36 to 39 inches long, are expected to do well. Replicas of the Kron Prinz Wilhelm, the Rhein, and the Columbus will be offered, as well as a 27 inch liner made by Bassett-Lowke, a model of a boat that transported British passengers to the Channel Islands.

The earliest toys are two 19th century Rock & Graner riverboats, The Ocean and The Rhein. German submarines feature, including one that submerges when squeezed – a scientific amusement toy, valued at $3,000-$4,000.

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