Tue, 1st May 2018 11:00

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

 
  Lot 351
 

351

AN ATTRACTIVE MIRROR-BACK HALF MODEL FOR THE...

Sold for £2,480
Estimated at £700 - £900

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


 
AN ATTRACTIVE MIRROR-BACK HALF MODEL FOR THE R.M.S. MAURETANIA, CIRCA 1910
the hull carved from the solid with red below the waterline and black with blued and gilt portholes, lined deck with detailed fittings including winches, capstan, ventilators, etc., covered lifeboats in davits, stayed funnels with safety values and pipes, masts with rigging and radio aerial and Cunard flag, mounted on mirror with two faux supports within fully glazed case with taped sides -- 9 x 29½ x 3in. (23 x 75 x 7.5cm.)

During work to correct a cracked side panel, the backing board was found to have a newspaper liner between the backing board and mirror reporting the trial of Dr Crippen in 1910 (this has now been pasted to the reverse); it has been suggested that this unusually detailed yet small model may have been one of the more expensive items available from the Mauretania's barber's shop where souvenirs could be purchased.