We have always considered and collected these commercial masks and helmets as industries tribal art. Examples can be elegant in their simplicity or bazaar and complex. They are always unique, suprising and filled with personality.
Kinner 5 – Radial Airplane Engine
I believe this engine was never flown. During the war it was donated to a training school for teaching. In fact what you see is the original factory paint. It comes with the wooden prop standing rack and steerable dolly. We have had this engine in our collection and on display for at least 20 years. This is the first time we are offering it for sale.
The Kinner 5-cylinder radial engine was the work of Bert Kinner in his Los Angeles design office in the 1920s. Kinner initially designed aircraft, but lacking a suitable engine constructed a lightweight reliable engine. The aircraft are now mostly forgotten, but his name is still associated with a successful line of radial aircraft engines. Amelia Earhart flew early models of Kinner aircraft and later became a sales representative for Kinner.
The Kinner B-5 was a popular engine for light general and sport aircraft. The B-5 was a development of the earlier K-5 with slightly greater cylinder bore and a corresponding increase in power. The B-5 was a rough running but reliable engine and the B-5 and its derivatives were produced in the thousands powering many World War II trainer aircraft…. $8500