This blog discusses old toys from the early 1920's to the end of the 1950's. All kinds of topics are discussed.
The time span was the greatest period for "hands-on" toys, where a young child could actually go outside and play for hours at a time.
You can see the elegance but simple design of these toys. It was a time when huge machines, and people made and finished toys by hand.
The era has long passed, but many of the toys are still around, and that is what I would like to share.
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
A Trio of Sculls
Sunday October 10,2016 Clear Skies and Sunny 13 Celsius / 56 Fahrenheit
Bertoia Auction's nest auction will be from November 11-13, 2016.THere are a number of exceptional and rare toys, so I decided to write about them. For today, I selected a trio of sculls.
Sculling is the use of oarsto propel a boat by moving the oars through the water on both sides of the craft, or moving a single oar over the stern. By extension, the oars themselves are often referred to as sculls when used in this manner, and the boat itself may be referred to as a scull.*
If you watched the Olympics on television, eventually you would have seen the water events, on of which was "Sculls". A long time ago, probably when these toys were manufactured, sculling was a very popular leisure activity. On ant Saturday or Sunday, you would see lots of these "boats" moving up and down rivers or in lakes. Even today, near universities, you'll see athletes and their boats rowing. On the pairs and eights, the man at the back of the scull is called the coxswain. The job of the coxswain is to guide the boat, band to shout commands as to how fast the oarsmen should pull or how many strokes per minute.
Gunthermann Eight Man Scull
Germany, a very elusive offering done in lithographed tin, colored uniforms representing racing team colors of blue and white striped suits, skull done in light brown, clockwork driven, an impressive toy with the same synchronized rowing action as the real racing skull.
Ex. Dick Claus Collection.
28" ( 711.2 mm) length
It's very rare to see three different sculls at the same time in one auction, thus,
I decided to post them all by themselves.
Bing Two Man Scull
Germany, beautiful and extremely scarce example, hand painted and lithographed tin, depicts dual rowers at scull with clockwork action, coxswain sits at helm, painted hull simulates early wood finish, well designed, includes original oars, an absolutely spectacular auction offering.
One arm reattached, one arm replaced, rudder shows touch up, otherwise a magnificent toy in
30" (762 mm) l.
German Single Oarsman
Possibly Gunthermann, features single oarsman in red, white, and blue outfit, familiar clockwork toy design, when wound body rocks back and forth simulating rowing action, keywind appears behind man, otherwise familiar clockwork toy design. 19"( 482.6 mm) length.
Even in the fall season on nice autumn days, the diehard rowers will still be seen on the rivers rowing at their best. As for myself, we closed down our swimming pool - it was simply too cold, and leaves and tree berries were starting to become too cumbersome to clean each day!