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    Dornier Flying Boat Model, ca. 1929

    Appraised Value:

    $6,000 - $8,000

    Appraised on: July 24, 2010

    Appraised in: Biloxi, Mississippi

    Appraised by: Noel Barrett

    Category: Toys & Games

    Episode Info: Biloxi, Hour 3 (#1515)

    Originally Aired: May 16, 2011

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    Form: Model
    Material: Metal
    Period / Style: 20th Century
    Value Range: $6,000 - $8,000

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    Appraisal Video: (2:08)


    Appraised By:

    Noel Barrett
    Toys & Games
    Noel Barrett Antiques & Auctions Ltd.

    Appraisal Transcript:
    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.

    GUEST: Yes.

    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.

    GUEST: Wow.

    APPRAISER: So I would say it's worth, at auction, at least $6,000 to $8,000.

    GUEST: Awesome.

    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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