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Lot #410
Sold For$9,000.00(hammer price)
 $10,800.00(price including buyer's premium)
Last UpdatedJuly 25, 2019


Hull built up in plank-on-frame construction, with the planking left off below the waist to show the construction. Topsides are planked in pear wood and the waistband in ebony. Gunports are cut and hinged and decorated with gilt gunport wreaths. Deck is partially planked in veneers, with some planking left off to show the deck framing. At the bow is a gilt figurehead of a lion, and there are numerous other carved gilt decorations at the bow, interior of the waist, quarter galleries and transom. The deck is well-detailed with anchors, pin and fife rails, belfry with bell, capstan, steps to the upper decks, etc. Displayed on a pair of contemporary carved wooden cradles on a contemporary base contained within a period case. Case with walnut and fruitwood diamond-pattern inlay at base. Case height 21.75. Length 27". Width 12.25".
Sir John D'Oyly, 6th Baronet (1790-1796), and thence by descent within his family.
William Blair, Ltd., Bethesda, Maryland, 1978.
Purchased from the above by Richard Strauss, DDS, and thence by descent to the current owners.

The H.M.S. Delight launched in 1709 and was sold in 1712. While we have catalogued this model as "Admiralty Style", meaning that it is later than the period, many of the details show the hull to be of the period, with some later additions (the masting and rigging), and later restorations that may have covered some of the original detail. Certainly, the provenance, which is documented from correspondence between Dr. Strauss and the dealer William Blair, leads one to believe the hull of the model is older.
See Navy Board Ship Models 1650-1750 by John Franklin (Naval Institute Press, 1989), p. 116-120 for a similar model to the H.M.S. Delight, the H.M.S. Lizard, a 6th rate of 24 guns from 1697."


Overall excellent condition; the hull, fittings and decorations are mostly original, the base and elevated cradles are new (20th century), the masting and rigging appear to be new (late 19th or early 20th century) but are very well done and in keeping with the rigging plan for the period. The base of the case appears to be original, as well as the diamond pattern on the base, with inlaid border, the outer base with age cracks and wear consistent with age.

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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