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Fleischmann "Cap Polonio" Ocean Liner Illuminated Display Germany, circa 1930
Estimate
20,00030,000
LOT SOLD. 17,500 USD
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48
Fleischmann "Cap Polonio" Ocean Liner Illuminated Display Germany, circa 1930
Estimate
20,00030,000
LOT SOLD. 17,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Fleischmann "Cap Polonio" Ocean Liner Illuminated Display Germany, circa 1930

A rare and handsome boat that appears to be a store window display or a Fleischmann factory office display.  It comes with a plaque marked "Ausgeführt von Gebr. Fleischmann Metallwaaren-Fabrik, Nürnburg" which loosely translates to "executed or carried out by Fleischmann Metalworks factory."

 

It features three tall funnels, atop a superstructure integrated into the hull and packed with details including 16 lifeboats and four additional lifeboats fore and aft.  First class cabins are fitted with "glazed" windows as are the portholes below allowing attractive illumination. It is fitted on an oak base with innovative shipyard style pylons cradle.  The bottom of the hull has a brass fitting for wiring the interior.

 

Length: 40 inches

 


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Literature

In The Allure of Toy Ships by Richard T. Claus, on page 109 the author discusses Fleischmann's big boat production. Referring to the 24-inch and 30-inch liners produced from 1930 to 1936 the author states "these sizes were discontinued after 1938. The Kronprinzessin Cecile of 1907 was larger at 80",  but rather than being a toy it was a 1:100 scale model. The 'Spezial Katalog' shows a 40-inch size but does not list its price."

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