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Lot #104
Sold For$25,000.00(hammer price)
 $30,000.00(price including buyer's premium)
Last UpdatedSeptember 6, 2019


Hull built up from the solid and planked in bone, with an inset horn waistband and applied horn bands between the gunports. Detailed with blackened brass cannons, chain plates and dead-eyes, carved bone figurehead, carved and pierced stern and quarter galleries, metal anchors, head rails, bone veneer planked decks, water barrels, capstan, pin and fife rails, belfry, stovepipes, well deck with railings and ship's boat mounted across the opening, hatch gratings, guns on carriages, ladders, taff rail, etc. Numerous delicately carved elements on the hull, stem, railings and other areas of the ship. Rigged with masts, yards, standing and running rigging with bone blocks, spars, wood stun'sail booms, etc. Displayed on a pair of mahogany cradles in a glass and mahogany case with an inlaid star pattern on base. Central bone support leads the gun pulls out the bottom of the case and to pulls on either side (not tested). Case height 14.25. Length 20". Width 8".
William Blair Ltd., Bethesda, Maryland, 1977.

Purchased from the above by Richard H. Strauss, DDS, and thence by descent to the current owners.


Overall the model is in excellent condition. The hull is all original, including the cannons, figurehead, quarter and stern galleries, deck details, and the lower masts with gold mast bands. As with most Napoleonic POW models, the model has been re-rigged probably some time in the late 19th or early 20th centuries, and it appears that some of the upper masts and spars are later replacements as well. The cannon pulls have been re-rigged to come out through the center keel (rather than the stern), and through a stanchion to pulls on either side of the case. These have not been tested out of caution, and in our experience the springs are probably frozen. In general, the model would benefit from a light cleaning, some minor upgrading to the rigging, and straightening of the spars. Otherwise the model is ready to be displayed.

The description of the item above may not be the final version used in the catalog. The descriptions are as yet unedited and may contain mistakes. The description, estimates and photos could all be wrong. In rare cases they may not end up in this sale. Once the items have received their lot number the descriptions will have been changed if needed.

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