Sailing among the massive 100-plus Gun First Rates of the Napoleonic Sailing Warships, the French and British Navies were well represented by a vast number of capable vessels. The single classification that most belonged to would be the 72-to-82 Gun Ships that made up the French Standard and British Third-Rate classes. Considered to be both the ‘Backbone of the British Royal Navy’ and the French Admiralty’s most versatile warship, these Men-Of-War saw more of the naval combat in this era than any other type.
At the bow stands a figurehead of a Roman warrior with shield and sword surrounded by details of oak leaves on the bow and forward keel. The oak leaf motif continues on the sides and the finely carved stern which also includes a pair of mermaids surrounding symbols of Great Britain. The model sits on carved plinths and a wood and bone base, which itself sits on a wood base which holds a later period glass case, circa 1930, that is not seen in the photos but is included with the model.
This work of precise modelers art was made in a British wartime prison, and it records the French pride the skillful makers held for even their enemy's naval ships.
Model Dimensions: Length Overall 24 Inches, Depth 8 1/2 Inches, Hull 16 Inches, Height 20 1/4 Inches
Wood Base for Glass Case: 12.5 x 29.25 Inches, Overall Height 22 3/4Inches
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