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The Captain John Crowder Maritime Collection

The upcoming auction of the John Crowder Maritime Collection is already stirring great interest amongst both specialist nautical dealers and private collectors. One of the items sure to fly at the sale is the wonderful antique Weather Vane; with bronzed arms and letters and a copper sailing boat to the top, a great size with wonderful patination and it just has the look that is very much on trend at the moment and will appeal to several collecting fields from nautical and shipping to salvage, industrial and antique as well as specialist collectors of weather canes and pardon the pun, is sure to fly on the day. 

Illustrated lot: 254 Antique Marine Copper & Brass Weather Vane Sailing Boat
Est $1,000 - $2,000


Condition reports & additional images are available on request as public viewing is not available for this auction.

Anthony Gallagher
0274 713 667 •


The sale features over 290 lots of all thing maritime including original art works, prints, bookplates, maps, large collection of books, Sunderland Lustre Ceramics, Collectable Curios, Scientific Instruments, Furnishings, Diorama's & Model Ships, Half Hull Models


John Crowder was born in Portsmouth, UK in 1936 and has since spent a lifetime on the sea. He trained as a cadet with the NZ shipping company and became a Foreign-going Master mariner in the late 1960s. While he was self-employed as a pilot for the Port of Southampton he was licensed by Trinity House and appointed to the order of Younger Brethren, a position he has held for life. His love of anything maritime is life long and has been actively curated by his sharp eye. It was after a chance conversation on a train ride one day in 1968 that he began collecting. Buying both from auction houses and privately he has since accrued one of the largest maritime collections in New Zealand. Crowder has spent the last thirty years living above Waikawa Bay in a nautically themed house amongst this wonderful collection.