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Lot #48
Sold For$5,000.00(hammer price)
 $6,000.00(price including buyer's premium)
Last UpdatedJuly 14, 2019


By Joseph Seela (United States, 1929-2016). Class A" model scratch-built in " scale. Hull built up from the solid, the bottom coppered in individual copper plates and the topsides painted black with carved pearwood trailboards. Deck planked in holly and detailed with bowsprit brace, anchor windlass, anchor davit and anchor, pin and fife rails, hexagonal skylight, stove pipe, forward deck hatch, capstan, boat swung out on davits, deckhouse, companionway, circular cockpit, tiller, etc. Rigged as a schooner with standing and running rigging, with an oversize burgee for the New York Yacht Club. Displayed in a glass case with mahogany base and a raised plinth. Height 33". Length 42.5". Width 12".
The history of the America is well known. She was designed by George Steers for John Cox Stevens and was the first winner of the America's Cup, besting the British fleet by more than 18 minutes.
This model is based on Seela's research, plans drawn by Johan F. Andersen, and later plans drafted for a proposed restoration of the schooner prior to her demise at the U.S. Naval Academy shipyard in Annapolis, Maryland


Both appear to be in excellent condition. I know the model is all original with no restorations or repair. The case is the same except two small plugs on the base board which need to be stained to match the base color.

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