British 84 gun Ship-of-the line miniature model 14”(35.5 cm) long overall.
Prisoner of War Boxwood ship model circa 1800 -1810.
This and similar
models were constructed by French prisoners in British prisons during the Napoleonic Wars (1793-1815).
Model made of boxwood, copper bottom (one piece metal sheet), figurehead of Roman warrior (boxwood), double quarter gallery, open stern gallery with balustrade, two boats, turned brass guns and 4 carronades on the quarterdeck, 3 flags,
neo-classic style décor painted or carved throughout the ship .
Case has oval black japanned wooden base, covered with blue velvet
inside. Original glass dome-shaped cover encloses and protects the model. Model displays on cradles ornamented with 4 plaster
Size: Model- length overall 14”, hull between stern and figurehead
11”. Case - L17”x W7”x H14”.
condition: Model was built in early years of
19 century and now about 200 years old.
of the model and case is excellent. There is some minor damage to the rigging. Flags are most likely later additions. Domed glass case with japanned black base is characteristic for Victorian times
and more than 100 years old itself.
Value this model
represents rarest and most desirable type of prisoner of war models. Boxwood models were made in smaller numbers and much
more historically accurate than their bone counterparts. Models of this type can be seen in the United States Naval Academy Museum (
The Rogers Collection ), Science Museum
in London, Museum of Transport
in Glasgow, National Maritime Museum in Greenwich etc. Miniature
size, outstanding degree of preservation, graceful lines of the hull, artistic ornaments, intricate details, beautiful case
make this particular model truly museum level item.
- Ewart C. Freeston, Prisoner-of-War Ship Models
1775 – 1825
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