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Auction: Auction 10.02.2004
was auctioned on: 10 February 2004
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An exceptional miniature scale model of the Confederate Blockade Runner C.S.S. Colonel Lamb of 1864

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Estimate: US$30,000 - US$50,000
Price realised:  US$41,825
Lot number 81, Views: 182

An exceptional miniature scale model of the Confederate Blockade Runner C.S.S. Colonel Lamb of 1864 Donald McNarry, FRSA (British, B. 1921) This museum quality model, in diorama format, depicts the C.S.S. Lamb at anchor waiting to load supplies. The model is built up, completely from scratch, and using detailed plans and reference material to build this model in 32':1" scale. The hull of the model is built up from wood and painted with a red bottom and grey topsides. On the hull of the model are port holes at the bow and stern, as well as draft markings at both the bow and stern. The hull has a couple of bands and some faint lines which represent the hull plating. The decks of the model are in veneer which has had very fine lines drawn in to represent the deck planking. The deck of the model has an extraordinary amount of detail, all modeled to scale, which includes: anchor chain, anchor windlass, hawse pipes, sky light, bollards, companion ways, forward hatch which is open (and a glimpse of interior details is evident), coils of line, canvas covered hatches, five ships boats rigged on davits and fully detailed, another boat tied up alongside the gangway, main cabin with doors and windows, ventilators, funnels (painted white), stove pipe, fire buckets, paddle wheels on the port and starboard sides enclosed in wheel houses which are pierced to show the interior top with stepped covers and hand railings, deck plates, binnacle, ship's wheel, among numerous other details. The model is rigged with two masts, standing and running rigging, deadeyes, turning blocks, gaffs, stays, halyards, flag halyards, etc. all modeled to scale. The model flys a name pennant on the aft mast, and the Confederate naval ensign on the flagstaff. Sailing past the C.S.S. Lamb is a small commercial sailing vessel which may be bringing supplies to the Confederate blockade runner. Both models are set in a carved and painted sea which has been finished with a gloss finish. The model is displayed in a glass and bird's eye maple framed display case. 15½ x 6¾ x 6¾ in. (39.3 x 17.1 x 17.1 cm.) cased dimensions. Built ca. 1968.

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Christie's
Title: Auction 10.02.2004
Date of the auction: 10 Feb 2004
Address: Christie's
New York, Rockefeller Center