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STEER HORN ENGRAVED WITH PORTRAIT OF THE S.S. GREAT EASTERN 19th Century
Obverse depicts the steamship Great Eastern. Reverse with a full-length portrait of Isambard Kingdom Brunel standing in front of hanging chains. Length 14.25".
The iron steam/sail vessel S.S. Great Eastern , by far the largest ship ever built at the time it launched in 1858, was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, considered one of the foremost engineers of his era and one of the most important figures of the Industrial Revolution in England. In addition to the Great Eastern , Brunel is known for having designed the Great Western Railway, the first tunnel under a navigable river and the first propeller-driven ocean-going iron ship. The portrait of Brunel seen here is inspired by a well-known photograph commissioned by the Illustrated London Times and taken during the Great Eastern''s launching. The ship, designed to carry 4,000 passengers from England to Australia without need of refueling, was a source of national pride, but it was damaged in an explosion during its maiden voyage. Brunel died in 1859, not long afterward. After being repaired, the Great Eastern served as a Transatlantic passenger ship, a cable-laying ship and a floating music hall. It was scrapped in 1889.


  • Condition: Small break with a chip missing at lower edge.


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