Noah's Ark, Nicely Painted
Germany, Late 19th C.
A desirable display size with 75 passengers - SOLD
Sunday's in 19th Century America went much easier once the Noah's Ark Toy and
learning tool was accepted by the church elders as appropriate Sunday study for
children, Before this, Sunday could be a long, long day for the bored child, and even
more for the parent who was tasked to control the children's energy and movement.
The Noah's Ark teaching tool and toy was a savior to children and parents alike. After a
bible lesson of Noah and the Great Flood, any child could let their imagination run wild
while playing out the bible story, imagining the pairing of these great animals, many of
which just recently reached mainstream knowledge through Livingstone's mid-century
African Discoveries, and whatever else the imagination could conjure, and all with the
blessings of the adults.
This well played-with example features a late 19th Century 21" Ark with a storage
compartment accessed via a fold-up roof, where the animals, birds and humans were
meant to rest during play periods. This made a very convenient tool for both use and
storage. The Ark is nicely painted with a typical stenciled facade and is in excellent
shape. The total of 75 passengers includes 5 humans, 24 birds (in pairs), 32 animals
(in pairs), and 14 animals traveling without partners. These provide a nice display for
any country or religious presentation. Take a good look at the pictures and use your
Ark: 21.25" x 11" x 5" Humans: 3”; Elephant: h-2.5”; L-3.5”; w-1”: others sized by
Condition: Ark is nice with expected dings. Passengers are played with and some lost
an ear, leg, or whatever...better than drowning in the flood!! Overall a nice set for
Model Airplane, Army Biplane,
Carved and Painted,
Fine Original Condition
WWI US Army Air Corps Biplane - SOLD
Carved of wood, original paint, excellent original condition
Wingspan: 55"; height:12"; length: 39.5"
Noah's Ark, Shaped Hull
Germany, Late 19th C.
Nice display size with large passenger list - SOLD
Getting through a Sunday in 19th Century America could be quite a challenge for
children and parents alike. Between the solemn and formal Victorian Culture and
various constraints imposed on children by religion, Sunday could be a long, long day
for the bored child, and even more for the parent who was tasked to control the
children's energy and movement. The Noah's Ark teaching tool and toy was a savior to
children and parents alike. After a bible lesson of Noah and the Great Flood, any child
could let their imagination run wild while playing out the bible story, imagining the
pairing of these great animals, many of which just recently reached mainstream
knowledge through Livingstone's mid-century African Discoveries, and whatever else
the imagination could conjure, and all with the blessings of the adults.
Made primarily as cottage industry product of Germany, these ark sets were crafted by
family artisans, with different members each having a specialty, such as animal carving,
ark construction, ark paint decoration, animal painting and final shaping, etc. The output
was some of the most beautiful and thought-provoking toy sets, nicely filling the bill as a
"religious learning tool or toy". With late 19th C. Europe and America sharing many
common cultural traits, it is easy to understand how these sets found their way into the
American Culture, and into the lives of children and the Sunday routine.
An excellent display size, this 20" x 12" x 5.5" Ark has above average construction, with
the hull being hand shaped after joining, and is nicely hand painted in bold colors. The
ark has a sliding door allowing for storage of many animals and figures, which is the
common practice. A 20" Ark Set with a nice set of passengers was affordable to
America's Middle Class, but somewhat out of reach for the lesser financially
blessed. This set would be among the family's treasured possessions.
An impressive passenger list, 8 Humans, presumably Noah and wife, along with Noah's
three sons and their wives, the correct amount. 105 animals, mostly in pairs includes
some very nice elephants, 3"x 3.5" and others of various sizes. There are 63 birds on
hand to complete the list, making an overall number of 176 passengers. The colors,
carving, and finish detail make us believe these 176 passengers were made by the
same family, all at the time the ark was built. It is unusual to find this many passengers
of the same origin as these sets often lost and gained members along the way.
Condition: Ark has typical play wear. Sliding door is loose, but easily held with double
sided tape. Animals may have minor chips or maybe a missing ear, but they are in
overall excellent condition. Presents well. Impressive.
Noah's Ark, 19th Century, Noah and Wife, Animals and Birds
Large Hand Painted Ark Featuring 200+ Animals, Birds and Figures - SOLD
Ark roof is two tone with olive branch and dove; sliding door allows for internal storage. 73 pairs animals including major pairs; 25 pairs of birds and 5 loose critters; Noah, his wife, and 2 others. The large amount of figures makes for an impressive presentation
(Condition; normal wear to paint, most figures complete; 26" L by 12" D by 7.5" H)
127-16 - SOLD
Toy, Noah's Ark
Massive Ark with an Exceptional Passenger List - SOLD
This Beautifully hand painted Ark originated in the Erzebirge region of Southeastern Germany in the mid 19th Century, at a time when detail was everything. At 26-inches long by 16-inches high by 6.5-inches wide, this imposing structure houses some of the best turned out and oversized animals we've seen in a long while. The Ark itself is a boat style structure with a high carved hull, which atop sits a fixed house, and a painted frieze that adds contrast and punch. 43 Pairs of animals with a pair of antlered Moose, fabulous seated monkeys or apes, large 5-inch giraffes, and imposing 4-inch elephants, wide body hippo, and so many creatures with grins and smirks that you feel you're engaged in a conversation. 12 pairs of birds, including extraordinary swans and geese with attitudes. Add 24 solo animals to the mix, 8 dramatically dressed people with that extra detail rarely found, and you have that one Noah's Ark to keep you smiling for years to come.
ACD - SOLD
Antique Rocking Horse, Shoofly, Horse Head, Original Paint, Windsor Style Seat
Pennsylvania, Circa 1860 - SOLD
(Very good original condition as depicted; H: 21.5", L: 45", W: 14.25")
This item just in, more information to follow, please call if interested.
606-93 - SOLD
Noah's Ark, Composition Painted Animals, Vibrant Paint and Detail, Large
24 Pairs of Animals, 6 Singles, and Noah - SOLD
(L: 28", D: 12", H: 20")
1064-1 - SOLD
Childs, Goat Drawn Farm Wagon, Original Paint and Removable Buckboard Seat
Unknown Maker, HARVARD JUNIOR
Later 19th to Early 20th Century
Polychrome wagon and seat on red undercarriage - SOLD
(The platform board is original and has been repaired; H: 28.5"; W: 45"; D: 26")
958-17 - SOLD
Christmas House, Doll House, Four Story, Windows, Doors and Balustrade
Circa 1920 to 1940
Unknown Maker - SOLD
A charming architectural effort featuring pierced moldings, working doors, glazed widows; tin can clock, and wired for Christmas lights. The house is painted with pigment mixed with glitter which would catch light and sparkle near the family tree delighting children. Very minor imperfections consistent with age, wired for Christmas lights.
(H: 53.5", W: 24", D: 14")
1052-1 - SOLD
Rocking Horse on Glider
With Hair Mane and Tail - SOLD
Glider rocking horse on a red wooden frame. The dapple-gray horse has a leather saddle and tack, and a hair mane and tail. There are some breaks in the leather, some paint scratches, one rail has fallen out, and the saddle may be a replacement. All of these are noted for accuracy. Measures 26-inches in height, 32-inches in length and 13-inches in width.
514-114 - SOLD
Painted Sled - SOLD
Late 19th to early 20th century all original paint decorated sled.
The end of the sled runners feature the best cast iron painted swan's heads.
Dimensions: 34-inches long, 36-inches high to top of handle, 15-inches wide.
687-1 - SOLD
Doll House, Original Condition
New York State
As found, abandoned, with a few accessories as shown - SOLD
(H: 32.25"; W: 31.25"; D: 24.25"; D (with porch): 33.25")
144-18 - SOLD
Grain Painted Empire Style Doll's Chest - SOLD
This four-drawer empire style 19th Century doll's chest is grain painted, with brass ring handles. Measures 11.25-inches in height, 10.5-inches in width and 6.75-inches in depth.
514-60 - SOLD
19th Century - SOLD
Hand painted brickface doll house with wallpapered interior.
Over 50 years ago there was a bit of trim replacement.
Dimensions: 17.25" H, 12.5" W, 10" D.
1032-9 - SOLD
Toy, Noah's Ark, Hand Painted
19th Century - SOLD
Vibrant blue flat bottom Noah's Ark with hand carved and painted figures. 32 pairs of animals, 12 single animals, 18 pairs of birds and Mr. and Mrs. Noah.
Dimensions: 9.25" ark H, 21" ark W, 6.25" ark D, 12" stand H, 23.5" stand D, 23" stand W. Stand not included.
876-1 - SOLD
19th Century - SOLD
Large colorful barge style ark at 12.25" H by 22" L by 6 1/8" W, with eight people and 181 animals. Included is a great wall mounted display piece made especially for this set.
Dimensions of people: approximately 4" H each. Animals range from 1" H to 5 1/8" H.
608-12 - SOLD
Large 19th Century Painted Doll House - SOLD
Two-story dollhouse with painted brick facade and five arched windows. Included are two adult dollhouse figures as well as miniature Frozen Charlottes and house accessories. The dollhouse measures 31-inches in height, 15-inches in width and 10-inches in depth.
514-54 - SOLD