LARGE BUILDER’S MOTOR SHIP

HALF HULL Ca 1880
 

Presented is a large builder’s presentation half hull of an
early motor vessel. It is comprised of 7 lifts. A “lift” is one plank. It has a plumb bow with a hollowed forefoot
and fantail stern. There is no evidence of a  shaft tunnel, but then model’s lines have more resemblance to a motor
vessel than to a sailing ship. The backboard is a thick 1″ plank that is 57″ long, and finished in black. The board has
been cut in the silhouette of the model which is recessed. This is only the second time we have seen this treatment.
The recessed model in the cutout is held in position by glue. There are some drilled holes with screws
that indicate the hull may have been screwed to the board at one time.
 
 
This model was never intended to come apart. Therefore, it was used by
the builder either as a record of their work or given as a gift to the owner. If the vessel was used in commercial service
as this one likely was, it may have been used for promotion.
The name of the ship it represents is unfortunately
unknown, but the shape of the hull is from just before the turn of the 20th Century, say Ca 1880.
 
CONDITION: This is an antique half hull so expect to seem some
marks of age. The is one small gouge on the counter, and some dings elsewhere. The varnish is old with crackling and a patina
of age which varies from dark to light. 
 
PROVENANCE:  It was comes from the estate of a “merchant
sea captain” though his niece in Florida.  There is no maker’s mark or vessel name.
 
                          
Bow view
                            
Stern view
                         
Fantail stern 
Plumb bow and hollowed forefoot
 
DIMENSIONS:
 
Backboard:  57″ L x 12″ H x 1″ T
Hull:             48 1/2″
L x 6 1/2″ Depth x 4 3/4″ (1/2) Beam