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Lot #102
DepartmentModels
Low Estimate$6,000.00
High Estimate$8,000.00
Last UpdatedMay 22, 2019

Description

EXHIBITION STANDARD DIORAMA OF THE ACTION BETWEEN THE U.S.S. CONSTITUTION AND THE H.M.S. JAVA, DECEMBER 29, 1812 Circa 1975
By Ken Britten (Great Britain, 1928-2013). Each model finely detailed, with built-up hulls, standing and running rigging, sails, flags, numerous figures on deck and in the rigging, etc. Set in a modeled sea with debris and swell authentically depicted. Case height 17.75. Length 28". Width 15".
Provenance:
Parker Gallery, London.
William Blair Ltd, Bethesda, Maryland, 1980.
Purchased from the above by Richard H. Strauss, DDS, and thence by descent to the current owner
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The U.S.S. Constitution's dominance over her opponents in battle is legendary, and the battle against the H.M.S. Java was no different. The Constitution's accuracy of fire and the greater weight of her broadside put the smaller Java at a disadvantage. Within one hour, after several close encounters involving the rigging of each ship getting entangled, Java's masts collapsed. During this encounter a sharpshooter aloft in Constitution mortally wounded Java's Captain Lambert. Bainbridge used this opportunity to distance Constitution so as to make repairs, however, Java could not clear her fallen masts and rigging and when Constitution returned and took a raking position, Java could not defend herself. This left Lieutenant Chads no choice but to surrender Java. In the battle, Java suffered 22 men killed, including Lambert, and 102 wounded. Constitution lost nine men initially and 57 wounded, including Bainbridge. On New Year's Day 1813, two days after the engagement, Bainbridge gave the order to set Java ablaze and she subsequently blew up."

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