Builders Dockyard Model Of The 1st Class Armored Cruiser H.M.S. Leviathan
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Dated 1901
Overall -- 95 x 159 x 45½in.
 
   

Builders Dockyard Model Of The 1st Class Armored Cruiser H.M.S. Leviathan
 
(By John Brown & Co., Clydebank for the Royal Navy)
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Dated 1901
Overall -- 95 x 159 x 45½in.
 
   

It is rare to find a Royal Naval Dockyard model of this size and quality. Displaying its four stacks, the model is as much a spectacle as the original gigantic vessel. Highly detailed and very impressive in person. The model is in its original carved mahogany glazed case and stand, with ivorine builder's plates and bow/stern name plates on green plush display board.

The model features a laminated and carved hull with ram bow, bilge keels, twin propeller shafts on 'A'-brackets with carved and gilt wood propellers, rudder, portholes, kedge and main anchors on studded cable, sponson booms with Jacobs ladders, sponson guns in casemates; the lined and lacquered deck and superstructure with a multitude of fittings finished in gilt and silvering and including deck rails, bitts, bollards, covered hatches, ventilators, glazed bridge with wood and brass binnacles, telegraphs, search lights, masts with yards, standing and running rigging, signal lanyards, four stayed funnels with mesh tops, safety valve extension pipes, main and secondary armament with ammunition supply tracks with buckets, seven assorted and fully-fitted boats rigged in davits with a further five on deck including three steam pinnaces, aft bridge and mast with telegraphic signal arms, and many other details.

Condition:
The model has been cleaned and restored to museum quality. The case has two replacement glass panels and has also undergone restoration.

This is the companion to a model in the collection of the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, UK.

History of the Vessel:
Despite the common practice of using certain ships' names repeatedly over the centuries, only three vessels have carried the ... Read More