Intriguing clockwork boat made by Greyhound (Germany) c1920-30. Originally I thought this was all repainted but upon closer inspection – the paint is original with some overpaint below the waterline. However when one is aware that the colour is original – the overpaint is not so bothersome. Although the boat is wood – the paint is undoubtedly done to make it look like Aluminium, which would have been a rare and expensive material in the late 20s. In fact I can only find that the earliest successful all – aluminium boat’Diana 11′ was made in 1931. (and is still going) So Aluminium would have been a revelation when this toy was produced. Indeed Stephan Bing did make an aluminium hulled clockwork boat about 1930 – but paradoxically, painted it white. Of even more interest is the electrical mechanism fitted. I don’t know what it’s for. One connection rubs against the shaft of the motor as it rotates whilst another would have put a voltage (when a battery is connected) through an inductance coil via a needle like protruberance which almost touches another connector. The motor – looks like its made by Kellner judging by the connections to the hull. A very interesting boat – which I’ve never seen before. (The rudder and cockpit seat is missing). Intriguing Aluminium Greyhound clockwork / electric speed boat kellner Germany. Intriguing clockwork boat – 24 inch – made by Greyhound (Germany) c1920-30. However when one is aware that the silver colour is original – the overpaint is not so bothersome. See my other listing – (interestingly -that boat would have a claim to being the first successful Aluminium boat – albeit a toy – nevertheless it might have a claim to being the first commercially successful aluminium boat of any kind) Of even more interest is the electrical mechanism fitted. One connection rubs against the shaft of the motor periodically, as it rotates, whilst another would have put a voltage (when a battery is connected) through an inductance coil via a needle like. Which almost touches another copper strip – passing a spark to it when I connected a battery either side.. The motor is made bespoke and integral to this electrical system as the rod through the winding shaft – which operates the electrical system as it rotates – switching it on and off, would require a wider winding shaft than standard. I wonder if its some early form of radio control to brake the motor? Is the needle like thing a crystal??? The cork bung looks original – its top is hard – probably Bakelite or similar. I have unscrewed the mechanism to photograph it and have reattached it. Auctiva offers Free Image Hosting and Editing. Auctiva gets you noticed! Track Page Views With. Auctiva’s FREE Counter. The item “Intriguing Aluminium clockwork / electric boat kellner Germany Radio Control” is in sale since Thursday, September 30, 2021. This item is in the category “Toys & Games\Vintage & Classic Toys\Clockwork/Wind-Up”. The seller is “greenergates” and is located in Stockport. This item can be shipped to North, South, or Latin America, all countries in Europe, all countries in continental Asia, Australia.
- Country/Region of Manufacture: Germany
- Subtype: Clockwork/ Wind-Up
- Vintage: Yes