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Lot #64
DepartmentModels
Low Estimate$30,000.00
High Estimate$50,000.00
Last UpdatedJune 7, 2019

Description

EXHIBITION STANDARD MODEL OF THE 24-GUN SHIP H.M.S. BOSTON OF 1748 Circa 1984
By Lloyd McCaffery (United States, b. 1949). Modeled in 1/16 scale. Hull is built up in plank-on-frame construction with the starboard side planked and fastened with treenails. The port bottom is unplanked and shows hull framing, while the topsides are planked. Fitted with a black waistband. Bow with a delicately carved lion figurehead and beakhead scrollwork; the quarter badge windows and stern are given the same detailed treatment. The deck is fitted and detailed with anchor arms fitted with catheads, belaying posts, pin and fife rails, stovepipe, belfry with bell, a long boat straddled over an open waist, ladders, capstan, rail guns, several figures on deck, cut and pierced with 24 gunports and cannons, etc. Rigged as a ship with a bowsprit, three masts with cross spars, lateen rigged mizzen and standing and running rigging, per the practices of the period. Displayed within a brass-framed glass case on a pair of wood pedestals that rest on an inset beveled mirror panel on the walnut veneer base. Case height 12.125". Length 16.25". Width 7.25".
The H.M.S. Boston was an American-built British frigate built in Boston in 1748 and broken up in 1752.
Provenance:
The Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport Museum, circa 1980.
William H. Combs Collection, New York.
Bequeathed to the International Yacht Restoration School, Newport, Rhode Island, 2006.

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