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This is one page of many on this site devoted to identifying old toy boats
These images have been gathered
from many sources over a long period of time. To the best of my knowledge none of these
images are copyrighted and all are in the public domain. If any are not, please contact mailto:email@example.com
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Above - Lindstrom
Above - Libertania 28 inch wood and litho, maker unknown
ABOVE: Liberty, ?maker? Libertania, 27 inch.
Wolverine 13 inch Sub
ABOVE, BOUCHER 2 CYLINDER DOLPHIN LIVE STEAM
36" toy boat made by H. E.
Boucher, Inc., Madison Avenue, New
Above, Dent 20" Cast Iron Battleship
Above - Uebelacker 32" River Boat c.1890??
ORKIN PROTOTYPE CABIN CRUISER. 32 Inch length instead of 33 inch, 2 inches wider, different cabin doors than production model, clockwork mechanism. c. 1926-31, manufactured in Beverly Hills, Ca.
ABOVE: ORKIN 32" YACHT.
ABOVE: ORKIN. 22.5 inch
ABOVE: ORKIN 22 INCH RUNABOUT
ABOVE: The owner of the Orkin Battleship
shownabove has offered to respond to any questions about the boat.
ABOVE PHOTOS: ORKIN B2 BATTLESHIP. 37 1/2 inches. There is no motor but a large horn made by Racon of New York. The horn has two round prongs possibly for European power or a transformer??? Certainly an unusual interior for a toy boat. It looks as if the horn were made for the boat and installed before the braces for the deck were welded into the hull.
Additional information is needed on this boat. If you can supply any information about the above boat please contact me.
The following information has been supplied by a reader. Thank You.
There were a few different versions of this B2 Battleship (Believed to have been named USS New York) that were available way back when in the early 1900's. The one on your page was to be set on a mantle for display. It had no motor, just the horn. Another version of this Battleship had a clockwork motor that drove twin screws through a brass geared geared box. This version, is to me, the way to go. The run time in the water for this version is about 4 minutes of sluggish noisy mechanical sound.
Another reader says:
It looks to me like the horn in the B2
Battleship is a radio speaker from the 1920s. Although I have specialized in 1920s
radio speakers for many years, I have never heard of a radio horn speaker hidden in a
boat, such as this.
ANOTHER VIEWER SUPPLIED THIS INFORMATION:
The Collectors guide to American Transportation Toys" by Joe and Sharon Freed, on page 323 describe a Orkin B-2 Battleship with a loudspeaker built in to it.
ABOVE: Orkin 20.5 inch No. 74 Revenue Cutter.
ABOVE: Orkin Battleship Pennsylvania 29.5"
ABOVE: A viewer sent these photos of his very interesting Orkin B-2 Battleship with a clock mounted in the hull. Like the Orkin above with a speaker mounted inside we wonder what the purpose was. Are these one of a kind items? Were they produced in quantity? Any information on these unusual items would be appreciated.
ABOVE: Orkin, Double cockpit. Boat named Tender. 28"
ABOVE: Orkin 23" Revenue Cutter
ABOVE: Orkin 34" Battleship
ABOVE: Orkincraft 28"
ABOVE: Orkin 30" Water Taxi
ABOVE: Orkin 22" Runabout "Joker"
AB0VE THREE PHOTOS
This is a Strait boat made by Straits Toy
Corporation, a small company in
for the 1934 World Fair in
It has a battery operated reciprocal motor.
Some recent information... A boat identical to the one pictured but with no cabin has been reported. There is the same lip around the opening on the deck but no holes to attach a cabin. On the bow of the example with no cabin there is a decal above the one shown above as follows. "Sea Hawk" with a seagull flying over the water above that.
It is also reported that on a boxed example the second "s" in the spelling of the company name ... Straits Toy Corporation ... does not appear on the box. It is not clear which spelling is correct or if both were used.
Any information on these boats would be appreciated.
ABOVE: Additional photos kindly submitted by owner, thanks!
ABOVE FOUR PHOTOS:
Another example of a Straits Toy Corp. toy boat,
ABOVE: 15" Tin windup diorama. The two large boats rock as four smaller boats
pass by in front as bell rings. c. 1930
ARNOLD 14.5 INCH WIND UP LIGHT HOUSE
Above: Radiguet Battleship 31 Inch Live Steam
ABOVE: Radiguet 21" Live Steam, Zinc Hull,Wood Deck
RADIGUET: 19" Clockwork Ocean Liner, Wood decking, tin cabin.
Above : J & E Stevens Cast Iron Bank c. 1901
ABOVE: KEYSTONE "JACRIM" BOAT 27 INCH.
ABOVE SIX PHOTOS: Jacrim
Mfg. Co. 26 inch (about 29" with rudder) speedboat
KELLNER 16 INCH WOOD
ABOVE FIVE PHOTOGRAPHS:
A reader, Paul Stimmler, graciously offered the following information about the above boat. Thanks Paul:
I have a boat very similar to it ,
also with a more recently fabricated scalloped replacement awning.
Another reader offered the following informatin: I am the owner of the brass boat with the little hustler motor in your misc. section. I think I have found out who made it and another one I got from the same place. The son of man who owned them told me they were made by a man named Coen who work at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The new one named Margaret was given to his fathers sister, Mr Coen had a thing for her, she in turn gave it to my friends father who passed away in 2005 at age 96. See photographs below of Margaret who was kept in a trunk in the basement so the sons would not find it and play with. He said both were made in mid 1920's. Margaret is 44" in length.
SEE PHOTOGRAPHS BELOW OF THE SECOND BOAT.
ABOVE: Hand crafted boat "Margaret" See information above photos.
The following information on the U-25
(Above) was supplied courtesy of
I was going over the pictures on your
web site and saw you were looking
ABOVE: BLISS 42.5" Litho Paper over wood c.1880
ABOVE: JRD French? 20 inch. 1940's?
The following information was supplied by a viewer:
I wanted to give you some info on the
JRD boat displayed with its jeep on top of the box.
1950's toy, made by JRD a French toy
maker. existed in 3 colors, red
ABOVE: WEEDEN LIVE STEAM. 15 INCH.
ABOVE THREE PHOTOS: Buddy L Tugboat, 28" Scarce toy.
ABOVE: Staudt German14inch Battleship Circa1910 Restored
ABOVE: Joulet Gill. France. 21"
ABOVE FOUR PHOTOS: Reil & Co. Circa 1902. 11 inch. From the Sears Catalog
ABOVE: Reil & Co. # 207 Oceanliner.
ABOVE FOUR PHOTOS: 14.5" Lehmann clockwork floor battleship.
ABOVE: Schoener Steamer Aviso Greif. Circa1900 LiveSteam29inch
ABOVE: Hess German Armada c.1920.
ABOVE: Hess c.1925, flywheel motor, cardboard sails, 11 3/4" long, 11" tall, 2 1/4" wide.
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