Aircraft recognition models set for takeoff at Affiliated Auctions' July 9 sale The GR Webster collection of aircraft recognition training models is a featured highlight of Affiliated Auctions' July 9 Military and Firearms auction.
News-Antique.com - Jun 30,2012 - TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Friend or foe? Survival in combat often depends on quickly recognizing the combatants. Aircraft recognition or identification training models, visual aids in identifying aircraft, were widely used during World War II and into the jet-age. Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC , a Tallahassee-based auction company, will sell a single-owner collection of approximately 40 lots of recognition models at their Military and Firearms auction on Sunday, July 8.
LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding for the 450-lot auction, which begins at 12:00 noon EDT.
The rare and valuable recognition models are part of a 3,500-piece aircraft toy and model collection amassed over 30 years by Capt. Geoffrey Randolph “GR” Webster. A distinguished wartime pilot and retired businessman who divides his time between Florida and the French Riviera, Webster is in the process of dispersing his unique collections at auctions.
The recognition models have lot numbers ranging from 1047 to 1086 and will sell within the first hour of the auction.
Most of the models carry estimates ranging from $250-$400. A few are in the $600-$700 range.
High in the auction stratosphere is a World War II USA B-29 Liberator bomber in scale 1/72. The black model made of acetate measures 16 1/2 inches long and has a wingspan of 23 1/4 inches. It carries a $550-$650 estimate.
Sets of aircraft models in the sale are estimated at $700-$900.
Also included is a rare set of World War II British Royal Navy metal ship models in 1/1200 scale. The miniature fleet of approximately 28 ships, manufactured by H.A. Framburg & Co., Chicago, is contained in a folding carrying case. Original and in near-mint condition, the set has a $900-$1,400 estimate.
A sampling of additional lots in the auctions includes a 1916 Prussia Kaiser period Garde du Corps officer helmet (estimate: $17,000-$18,000), a 43-inch-long model of the heavy cruiser HMS Dorsetshire by John Ficklen III (estimate: $3,000-$5,000), a Colt Single Action Army revolver manufactured in 1888 (estimate: $800-$1,000), and 19-inch-tall bronze statue of Adolf Hitler by Kurt Schmidt Ehmen ($3,000-$4,000).
For details about the auction email Stephen Pike at email@example.com or phone 850-445-3212. View the fully illustrated catalog and sign up to bid absentee or live via the Internet at www.LiveAuctioneers.com.