But that's just the beginning. There are a lot of other collectable boat cushions floating around out there. Here are two 1929 Sears & Roebuck models with leaping fish that sold for about $10 each--a bargain!
Here's one that just showed up on eBay and that I would not be shocked to find is also an Elgin/Sears & Roebuck product:
Sometimes these vintage boat cushions cross into other collectable categories. Here are two racially-tinged and nautical themed vintage boat cushions:
Here is the same theme without the racist undertones:
This set of three nautical boat cushions sold for $50 each.
Here is one showing a variety of seafaring knots.
There are a lot of less flashy vintage life preservers for sale. Here are four that sold from $10-$20 each:
That's just the tip of the ice berg. I started following vintage boat cushions about a year ago when this baby showed up on eBay:
Maybe the only difference between a $20 vintage boat cushion and a $200 one is a picture of a pinup on the front of a cushion!
All in all, vintage boat cushions would make for an interesting and colorful display, and I suspect they often go for high prices to decorate summer homes and cottages. I'll keep my eye out for any new ones and update them on the blog when I get enough information.
-- Dr. Todd
As I was writing this, the following two cushions were just added up on eBay: