EARLY 19th C. AMERICAN

 CLIPPER SHIP MODEL

SAILOR MADE DIORAMA
 

 
S/V  Emilie Courlie
 
Presented is a skillfully handcrafted sailing
ship with three masts that was typical of the Clipper Ships that ruled the sea in the 1950’s. She was obviously made by a
very skilled crew member with the most detailed rigging we have ever seen in a model of this genre. The hull is carved
from a solid block of wood, with exceptional attention to detail and likely dates back to the middle of the 19th Century.
The model maker knew his ship and laid out her lines, rigging and fittings so perfectly as to compare
with paintings of similar vessels. Her sails are carved from thin metal bent to shape rather than being fashioned
out of stiff paper as was the more common fashion. 

The model is sailing on a plaster of Paris ocean that
that has rolling seas from her starboard quarter. She is approaching a pinnacle of land with a lighthouse and flagstaff flying
the American flag. There are age cracks that have been repaired and repainted many years ago, and are to be expected with
a model of this age. They do not distract.