An exceptional Dockyard Ship Half-Model in a classic hardwood and glass half-round display case. Built circa 1875 in the Wear Dockyard by S.P. Austin & Hunter, this renowned firm began in the Sunderland region in 1826 and built ships well into the 1960s. While the Austin family were associated with this yard for this entire span, James Hunter was a partner only from 1874 to 1879 before striking out to establish his own shipbuilding and repair yard.
This model of the Iron Composition Three Masted Bark is highly detailed and set on a mirror backing, creating the illusion of a full ship model in half the space. Clean woodwork, from posted lifeboats and capped rails, to the carved and gilded male figurehead are all well done. The deck is ink lined and hatches are painted, and there is an unusual small staging platform at the genesis of the bowsprit, rising above the trailing scrollwork. DONNYBROOK was used as a multi-purpose vessel, carrying cargoes throughout the British Empire. A fine quality period builders model in exceptional condition.
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