A stunning pond yacht by Alexander, in excellent condition with aluminium covered mast and boom and lead keel. Mounted on a newly made wooden stand. Circa 1935.
Alexander of Preston started producing Pond Yachts just after the First World War. The company was started by John Alexander who, in the early years of the 20th century, had worked in the famous Fairlie boatyard of William Fife building some the finest yachts of all time.
In the next 40 years he, with his sons, made what are considered some of the most iconic and collectable yacht models of the 20th century. An Alexander pond yacht was not sold as a toy, instead it was an expensive competition model, made in the manner of a full sized racing yacht.
Alexander had a successful carpentry business. He brought-up his sons to be as skilled as he was, working with both wood and metal, and so began a model yacht making business that became internationally renowned. The lengthy attic of a rambling old house that John bought on Victoria Parade in Preston was used to establish the model yacht business. Most of the ten members of the Alexander family were involved in making the models. Sons Alan, Eric, William, Ernest and eldest son James. William and James had full time jobs elsewhere, but helped out with the yachts in the evenings. One of John's daughters, Mary, along with Alan's wife Barbara looked after the sail-making side of the business.
Alexanders are now accepted to have some of the best hull shapes of any commercially produced pond yachts.
Dimensions: 81.5 cm/32 inches (length) x 140 cm/55 inches (height).