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With standing and running hair rigging above a planked and pinned deck, horn gunwales, turned brass cannon finely carved quarter and stern galleries, the carved figurehead a roman centurion, symbolic of the god Mars. The arched curved and galleried transom decorated with carved angels, the windows dressed with gilt foil
Contemporary painted polychrome decoration to the mizzen, main and fore top, numerous carved fittings including capstan, water barrels, three long boats complete with oars, two bone and brass anchors and a painted Union Jack
The whole mounted on an original galleried carved bone and pinewood base Complete with an attached bone 10-inch scale rule
Excellent condition, contained in a later mahogany and glass display case
Circa 1810- 1815
Size: 35cm high, 46.5cm long, 13cm deep – 13¾ ins high, 18¼ ins long, 5 ins deep
Later 3rd Baronet of Nanau, Rector of Pontesbury, Hinton Hall
Pontesbury, County Salop
An inventory entry reads: … ‘Model of British Man-O’-War (c.1800) Made by French Prisoners of the Napoleonic Wars (From bones of their rations and their own hair), in Salop Gaol’
Thence by descent through the Vaughan Family, an inventory of 1958 lists the ship as no. 90. Sold by the Vaughans of Hengwrt and Rhug, Merionethshire, North Wales, at Auction 2008