Large Half Hull Builder’s Model
of 19th Century Steamship
Model: 45 1/2″L x 3″ Beam x 4 3/4″ deck to keel
Backboard: 49 1/2″ x 8 3/4″ x 1/2″
Weight: 12 Lbs.
Presented is an interesting Builder’s Half Hull model of what we believe to be a Steamship of the period. It was done with 8 lifts, with the bottom using a “buttocks” style piece from bow to stern. It also appears to have been done in two separate pieces dividing the model in half. The lifts are held together with 7 screw fittings.
Close up Stern Section Close up Bow Section
This type of model was made to establish the shape of the vessel and was constructed out of a series of planks called “lifts” which were joined together using dowels prior to 1820, or by screws afterward. When disassembled, the individual lifts were laid on the floor
and expanded to full size in a process called “lofting”. From these shapes, timbers were cut, and frames and strakes were assembled
to build the full-size vessel.
Shows Screw Fittings Holding Lifts together
Builder’s construction models are rare, old, varnished rather
than painted, and devoid of detail. They are one-off, large rather than medium to small sizes, and they always can be taken
The varnished wood has generally mellowed with age and
has a rich dark patina.
This fine builder’s Half Hull model will make a stunning addition to any nautical or maritime decor
Back of Backboard