Arthur Janetzki's "Red Baron"

Item TB56 

This Item was Sold for $116

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The Janetzki brothers (Les & Arthur) made some of the finest competition and sporting boomerangs in the 20th Century. Les & Arthur made very few boomerangs and they were almost never sold. Instead, they were given away as gifts to other throwers that they met at tournaments. Les & Arthur Janetzki wereVaudeville performers in the early 1900s. After they retired in the1960s, they started making and throwing boomerangs at their home in the town of Albury, Australia. They were senior citizens when they started to make and throw boomerangs and they continued with their boomerang hobby until their death nearly three decades later. Les would construct his own plywood by laminating packing box boards together, shaping the airfoils and sanding them smooth. Arthur would apply the art work. When they were done, they had a wonderful flying piece of art with legendary performance in events such as Accuracy, Consecutive Catch and Australian Round. These boomerangs worked so well that they were nicknamed the "Rolls Royce" of all boomerangs and upon the suggestion of Brother Brian Thomas, they started painting the initials "RJR" on the reverse side of the elbows in the 1980s with "RR" representing "Rolls Royce" and "J" representing "Janetzki". Owners of these fine boomerangs have been reluctant to sell them. Janetzki boomerangs can still be found in the throw kits of the most seasoned competitors as well as in the best collections. Premium Janetzki boomerangs can sell for hundreds of dollars and some of the finest examples have sold for more than $1,000!

The Red Baron is a light weight omega that was made solely by Arthur Janetzki after the death of his older brother Les. This boomerang does not have the "RJR", but it does have Aboriginal style art and it is one of the prettiest Red Baron boomerangs ever made. Arthur added his initials with the date 1989 on the underside. This model is lighter that the earlier Janetzki boomerang models. Arthur was near 90 years old when he made Red Baron boomerangs because he lacked the strength to throw his heavier boomerangs. This boomerang is made out of plywood and stained red brown. This boomerang is in excellent condition, a terrific flyer and an very unique collectable.

This boomerang is from the estate of Brother Brian Thomas. This is one boomerang that he would never let out of his hands until after his death. The sales of this boomerang will benefit one or more charities that provide relief to the victims of the 2004 Tsunami Disaster in South-East Asia.

Specifications: Right Handed ; Tip-to-tip Span = 32 cm ; Weight = 44 gm

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