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The National Maritime Museum in London, England has an extensive collection of bone ivory Prisoner of War model ships some of which are valued at over 40,000 GBP. See http://www.nmm.ac.uk/site/request/search:category/categoryId/002003017/searchType/nmm/startPosition/41
 
MODEL DIMENSIONS: 37" L x 30" H x 6" W   WEIGHT 15 lbs
PRICE:  $6,500.00       SHIPPING IS EXTRA 
 
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Presented for auction is a  model of a schooner made entirely from bone ivory, known as "Dieppe Ivory",  that is typical of a Privateer of the War of 1812 , and follows the original plank-on-frame method of construction. Individual bone strakes are used to plank the hull and deck just as the real ships were built. The model  comes complete with a full set of stitched sails and even a pulling boat hung from davits at its stern. Armed with eight cannons, four on each side, this handsome testament to the model maker's work of art stands ready to do battle.


 

 
The model's gear and fittings are true to the original ship's design and  include a working rudder, boom jaws, grating, dead eyes and all the little details that make for a museum quality recreation. The model mounts by two ivory finials to a bone ivory stand. It authentically replicates a War of 1812 Privateer as might have been crafted by a French Prisoner-of-War incarcerated by the British in Dartmoor Prison during the period 1775-1825. The planks or strakes, are secured using bone ivory pegs just as in the real craft. Every part and piece of gear is hand made from bone ivory, This includes bone ivory used for hull, masts, tiller, gaff and spar, cannons, and deck houses. Rigging is flax and cotton with stitched panels. The stitched sails are laced to the gaff and boom. Many hundreds, maybe thousands of hours, went into the making of this authentically crafted model which is complete in every respect.
 

DIMENSIONS: 37" L x 30" H x 6 W Inches          Weight 15 Lbs
 
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From 1803 to 1812, Britain and France seized almost 1,500 American vessels. The War was fought by merchant ships, because the U.S. had almost no Navy. The battle cry was; "Free Trade and Sailors' Rights!" During the War of 1812, the U.S. Navy and Privateers together captured 30,000 prisoners, while the American army captured 6,000 British prisoners. Privateers captured British prizes worth almost $40,000,000. American Privateers generally carried from six to ten guns, with a single long gun, called "Long Tom," mounted on a swivel in the centre. They were small in length, 70 to 90 feet, usually manned with fifty persons, besides officers, all armed with muskets, cutlasses, and boarding-pikes, commanded to "burn, sink, and destroy" the property of an enemy wherever it might be found, either on the high seas or in British ports.
 
HISTORY OF BONE ART: The art of French-Prisoner-of-War is best remembered for their model of sailing ships of war. But they also did other carvings to while a way the time. Models and items like this were made from dried and bleached mutton bones from their meals, whalebone ivory and ‘Dieppe Ivory’. Whalebone was a common commodity in England at the time it was a softer material to carve than bone it was used for corsetry and button manufacturer. Whalebone was introduced to the prisoners by the guards, who had a ready market for the finished models. HM Prison, Dartmoor was built at the time of the Napoleonic Wars, to house prisoners of war, it later became a convict prison - perhaps the most notorious the world. Disease was rampant often causing an early termination to the time served by the French sailors. The worst period of deaths was between November 1809 and April 1810 when 500 men died. The French section of Dartmoor Prison Cemetery held just under 2000 men. The men buried in shallow graves. After burial the wind and rain soon eroded the sodden peat and the animals grazing on the land, especially pigs began to expose the bones of the men buried there. The sun bleached their bones. These bones – called ‘Dieppe Ivory’ – were often used in the construction of ship models and other articles.
 
SCRIMSHAW: The etching on ivory or bone -- is one of only a few indigenous American crafts.   It was practiced for centuries by the Inuit and other native groups along the Northwest Coast. It was adopted by the Yankee whalemen of the early 1800's. Two- to five-year voyages quickly became monotonous, so the whalemen turned to working with baleen, whale teeth, and jawbones, all of which were in abundant supply -- in fact, on many ships, whale teeth were part of the pay, and were often traded to shopkeepers in port for goods or services.  Common subjects included whaling scenes, ships, women, and scenes copied from magazines of the day.  The origin of the word is obscure; one interesting etymology is a Dutch phrase meaning "to waste one's time!"   The term "scrimshaw" also applies to carved or pierced bone or ivory, since much of the whalemen's work was carved rather than etched.
 
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SHIPPING & PACKING: Due to the nature of this item, special protective packaging will be used for shipment.  The cost of shipping, packing, handling, and insurance to your destination, will be calculated after the auction and is an additional charge. You may email us to get these costs.
 
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