Auntique & Uncle Tony

Sellers of Antique Bookends, Vintage Glass, & Collectibles

Pompeian Bronze

Circa 1924

“ The Chinese Ship Amoy”


“The Chinese Ship Amoy” Bookends  -  Pompeian Bronze, Circa 1924.  Bronze-clad.   Measures  5” high x 4” wide x 2-1/2” deep. Weighs just over 3 lbs. the pair.  Original polychrome paint.  Inscribed on back: Chinese Ship Amoy.  Artist’s name on back is illegible.  Minor age related wear but overall great condition.  Extremely rare.            

# 1092

image - The Chinese Ship Amoy bookends by Pompeian Bronze

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History of the Chinese Junk Amoy

(from Bob Nilson who grew up aboard the Amoy)


In 1922 the Amoy, a 19th century Chinese Junk, sailed across the Pacific Ocean from China to Victoria, British Columbia in 87 days.  Aboard her were her Dutch Captain, George Waard, his Chinese wife, Choyee, their 10 year old son, and three Chinese crewmen.  (The crew returned to China shortly after their arrival on the West Coast.)

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Amoy arriving in Victoria, British Columbia, 1922.


When the Amoy reached San Francisco, Alfred Nilson joined the family as crew.  He sailed with them down to South America, through the Panama Canal and up the East Coast.  In New York City he met married Rita Bauer.  They bought the Amoy and raised 3 sons aboard her.  The boat  was a colorful, floating art museum that Captain Waard and later the Nilson family exhibited to thousands of visitors.  Admission price was 25 cents  from 1922 to 1961.  In 1961 the Nilsons sold the Amoy.  That same year she was lost in a storm near Cape Hatteras.

image - House with Red Sails childrens book

“The House with Red Sails” by Leone Adelson is a popular childrens book based on the adventures of the Nilson family that lived for many years on the Chinese Junk called the Amoy.















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Amoy moored at Echo Bay,

New Rochelle, NY

Amoy moored in Richardsons Bay, Sausalito, CA