MODEL DIMENSIONS: 37" L x 30" H x 6" W WEIGHT 15
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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
OUR GUARANTEE OF SATISFACTION: If not completely satisfied
with your purchase it may be returned, if without damage, within three days of receipt in its original packaging. Return items
must be insured for their full value. A prior email authorization by us for the return is required. Unfortunately, no refund
can be made for the cost of shipping, packaging and handling. International buyers welcome, but inquire first.
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.
buyers welcome, but contact us first. We have customers in Australia, Austria,
Belgium, Canada, Chile, England, France, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Italy, Kuwait, Mexico, New Zealand, Puerto Rico,
Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Spain, USVI and the Eastern Caribbean. The list is growing weekly.
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.