Dornier Flying Boat Model, ca. 1929
Appraised Value: $6,000 - $8,000
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Appraisal Video: (2:08)
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Noel Barrett Antiques & Auctions Ltd.
GUEST: This airplane was given to my great-grandfather in 1929 after the first flight of this ship, which was called the Dornier Do X. It's a flying airship, a luftship. It was made in Switzerland to circumvent the Treaty of Versailles.
APPRAISER: Did he work on this plane?
GUEST: Yes, he worked on, I believe, the design.
APPRAISER: And this is his name down here on it?
GUEST: His name was Harvey Brewton.
APPRAISER: There are many toy versions of this plane. When you do the history of this airplane, it was made in 1929, there were only two others made. It was a total failure economically. But at the time it was the heaviest, biggest flying boat ever made. For that reason it has a lot of mystique.
GUEST: And what I think's amazing about this, too, is that this ship went to the German Museum of History, and was destroyed in an air raid by the Royal Air Force.
APPRAISER: So it's no longer in existence. And what's interesting to me as a toy person is that it existed for such a short period of time, it really must have captured a lot of attention. Because there are at least a half a dozen American cast iron toy planes based on this.
GUEST: I did not know that. I didn't know there was a toy market.
APPRAISER: So what's exciting is to see this incredible scale model. It's made out of a cast metal alloy. There's not many times you can say something's unique, and this apparently is unique. There might be a few other models that were made as presentation pieces. My research has not turned up any. I saw a carved wooden... not the flying boat, but another Dornier seaplane, and it was a rather crude rendition, and it sold for over $4,000.
APPRAISER: So I would say it's worth, at auction, at least $6,000 to $8,000.
APPRAISER: And who knows? It could double that. Because it is a magic, magic piece of aviation history.
GUEST: It's a wonderful piece of history.
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