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Auction: Auction 29.07.2004
was auctioned on: 29 July 2004
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A very fine scale model of the American Frigate U.S.S. Essex

Estimate: US$8,000 - US$12,000
Price realised:  US$7,170
Lot number 232, Views: 139

A very fine scale model of the American Frigate U.S.S. Essex ** Charles O. MacDonald (Scottish/American 20th century), 1985 a fine scale model in 1/8" to 1' scale model with the hull built up in the solid and planked over in ivory, with the planking held in place with brass pins. The bottom of the hull has been copper plated over the ivory planking, the waist of the ship is in ebony, and the top rail below the coaming is cherry. At the bow is a carved wooden figurehead holding a staff. The quarter galleries and the transom of the model are of ebony and inlaid with ivory. The decks of the model are planked in ivory and the planking is held in place with wooden pins. The decks of the model are well detailed which include: anchors, pin and fife rails, stove pipe, brass bell in an ivory belfry, brass cannons rigged on wooden carriages, capstans, companionway, brass railing posts, ships boats lashed amidships and on davits at the stern, ship's wheel, buckets, and many other details. The model is well rigged with three masts, a bowsprit, standing and running rigging which includes ratlines, stays, halyards, bracing lines, trees, tops, cross spars and other rigging details. The model is mounted on a pair of turned wooden pedestals and displayed in a brass bound mahogany case with an inlaid mahogany base 36 x 14 x 24½ in. (91.4 x 35.6 x 62.2 cm.) cased

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Christie's
Title: Auction 29.07.2004
Date of the auction: 29 Jul 2004
Address: Christie's
New York, Rockefeller Center