Nautical and Maritime Antiques for Research and Education
High Quality Half Hull Steamer Model
from Russia, early 20th Century (before 1917) - the
working model has been constructed with a 13-layer lamination
of medium and dark colour Hardwoods (Sandwich Construction). The
wood has been carved very carefully and using highest standards.
It was fitted for direct hanging on the wall. - dimensions of
the model are 120 x 19,5 cm (47 1/4 x 7 3/4 in) and about
11,5 cm (4 1/2 in) deep, weight ca. 10 Kilo - marked on the backside
with the Imperial Russian Eagle and the letters "R.
N." and no. 12 - cleaned, small areas of wear, light scratches
in a few places, small (old) repairs - in good condition and with
original patina - Oporto Collection Portugal
Note: This is a typical "pre-construction
model" or so called "dockyard model" with was for
internal use of the ship designers and builders. This excellent
and well crafted Russian model is supposed to be from the St.
Petersburg Dockyard, the Eagle with the double head and crown
was the sign of Tsar Alexander III and pre-Revolution Russia (before
1917). Unfortunately most of such models got lost or destroyed
during the 20th Century, because in earlier times (until ca. 1970)
they were often not - as today - considered as interesting and
valuable Nautical Artifacts from the Maritime Heritage.
Half Hull Shipmodel
Imperial Russian Dockyard c. 1910
* Photo Copyright *
by the FineArtEmporium in Hamburg.
Provenance: Private Collection of an old Hanseatic Family
Following are shown some more photos of the model (taken in full sunshine):
and some more photos:
See here the Imperial Russian sign on the backside. This is a
very well done model - as it can be expected from a piece done in an Imperial
Dockyard which had to be suitable for presentation and discussion of building
with the Admirals and/or Tsar Alexander.
Please note the elegant lines (form / design) of the vessel which
can be seen best on this photo.