Sold for £37,000
Model is in exceptionally fine original condition. The only flaws discovered are two pieces of sprung stringing and a loose window chain to the stern.
We are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of this property. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Charles Miller Ltd is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD “AS IS” IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE.
A FINE AND HIGHLY ORIGINAL 1:48 SCALE BUILDER'S MODEL FOR THE LINER S.S. MEXICO, BUILT FOR THE CIA. MEXICANA TRASATLÂNTICA BY ROBERT NAPIER & SONS, GLASGOW, 1884
the 104in. hull carved from laminated pine with Plimsoll marks, oxidised brass anchors with stocks and studded chain, hinged port lids with raising chains, oxidised brass propeller with bolted blades, and finely carved decorative boxwood stern mouldings incorporating company name, the lined boxwood and white decks complete with silvered, gilt and oxidised metal fittings including bitts, bollards, anchor winch, capstan, wood capped and metal deck rails with chains over, wash screen, carved wooden ventilators, coal chute covers, companionways, spare anchors, raised superstructure with open bridge with helm, binnacle, telegraphs, lamps, fire buckets, panelled passenger accommodation, twin raked funnels with stays, safety valve extension pipes and whistle, covered lifeboats in davits, one fully-fitted with cross boards, thwarts and oars, engine room lights, two cranes with weighted chain hooks, a pair of signalling cannons mounted amidships with one further, possibly for life-lines, aft, raked masts the fore and main with yards, standing and running rigging with blocks and tackle, cleats and belaying pins, and many other fine details, mounted on launching blocks within original glazed wooden case with twin builder's plates, mounted on table stand with six turned legs. Overall measurements -- 78 x 116 x 27½in. (198 x 295 x 70cm.); Table -- 29in. (74cm.) high; together with a letter from William Beardmore to J.M. Bowker, dated 3rd September 1925 confirming the model's availability for sale from their premises at £50.
Auction: Maritime and Scientific Models, Instruments & Art ('Hesperus'), Tue, 30th Apr 2019
Pictures and Naval - 1-61
Sailor Art - 65-97
Shipwreck and East India Co. - 100-125
Collectables inc. Rowing, Liner and Fittings - 128-167
Ship Models - 250-287
Saturday, 27th April
(12noon - 5pm)
Sunday, 28th April
(12noon - 5pm)
Monday, 29th April
(10am - 5pm)
Tuesday, 30th April
(10am - 11am (limited view only))