Auctions — April 1, 2012 at 1:01 pm

The Model Railway System of Josué Droz

FOR CENTURIES, La Chaux-de-Fonds in the Swiss Neuchâtel Jura has been regarded as an instrument-making center of excellence, producing precision engineering, clocks, toys and musical boxes of the highest quality, some of which are now exhibited in the famous horology museum in La Chaux-de-Fonds.

The La Chaux-de-Fonds district is also the birthplace of the renowned horologist Pierre Jaquet-Droz, whose three ‘androids’ can be seen in nearby Neuchâtel.

It is not by chance, then, that the name of the maker of this unique model railway system now offered for sale, is Josué Droz, a citizen of La Chaux-de-Fonds. Although we do not know the precise family connection between the two Droz engineers, the spirit of the master is evident in this remarkable model railway!

Estimate: $ 80,000 – 130,000 (€ 50.000 – 100.000).
The official auction catalogue will be available end of April against prepayment of € 28,00
(Europe) or € 37,- (Overseas airmail).
Sale is on May 26, 2012 at Auction Team Breker, The Specialists for “Fine Toys & Automata.”
Otto-Hahn-Str. 10, 50997 Köln (Godorf), Germany. Tel: 02236-38 43 40, Fax: 02236-38 43 430, Highlights, e-mail:

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