Tue, 30th Apr 2019 11:00

Maritime and Scientific Models, Instruments & Art ('Hesperus')

 
  Lot 167
 

167

A FINELY MADE WOODEN MODEL FOR AN EARLY TWO-BLADED RETRACTABLE PROPELLER, CIRCA 1855

Sold for £174
Estimated at £250 - £350

(Please note the sold price includes buyer's premium at 24%)


Condition report

fine original condition; baise of display base worn.

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 FINELY MADE WOODEN MODEL FOR AN EARLY TWO-BLADED RETRACTABLE PROPELLER, CIRCA 1855
the blades with truncated tips bolted to boss with brass bolts, loosely fitted shaft and carved end bolt, mounted on plush base with dome cover, the propeller -- 8in. (20cm.) diameter

In the early days of propeller development, founders had trouble casting them in one piece and it was common to cast the blades and bosses separately and bolt them together. The unusual truncated tip on this model suggests that it was designed to retract when the vessel was under sail, a feature that remained almost until the end of the sailing navy in the 1870s.

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

Instruments 170-249

Ship Models - 250-287

 

Viewing

Saturday, 27th April 
(12noon - 5pm)

Sunday, 28th April
(12noon - 5pm)

Monday, 29th April
(10am - 5pm)

Tuesday, 30th April
(10am - 11am (limited view only))

View all lots in this sale