Examples of Nautical and Maritime Antiques for Research and Education

Large Half Hull Sailing Yacht Model "Merkur" from Europe, 1920s - the working model has been constructed with 8 layers of pitchpine in a sandwich construction, including a hardwood piece for the keel and plus an additional hardwood piece for the rudder. The upper sign part has been worked out with hardwood veneer. There are several layers of old varnish on the wood and the hull shows a nice surface with patina. Surface is light glossy. This builder`s model is mounted on a period veneered Oak backboard - dimensions of the model are 85 x 15 x 9 cm (33 1/2 x 6 in) and with the backboard 109 x 33,5 cm (43 x 13 inch) - Private Collection Sweden

Provenance: This impressive sailing yacht model comes from a wealthy Anglo-German family and has been designed either in Germany or Great Britain.

European Yacht Half Hull Model
Vintage - 1920s
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Note: this is a model of the quite large Racing Yacht "Merkur" of the early 1920s, a vessel that was approx. 80 feet long (24 Meter) long overall with bowsprit or 60 feet (18 Meter) for the hull alone. This was a boat sailed by a wealthy sportsman and used for Regatta purpose. As the name of the vessel suggests the owner was a successful Merchant and Trader. This original period model is a desirable addition to a nautical, maritime or yachting collection or a prestigious item to decorate a home, office or yacht with the "real thing".

Vintage Half Hull Sailing Yacht Model (Europe, 1920s) - a Pitchpine and Hardwood half block builder`s model
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Following are shown some more photos of the model:

Photos have been taken at sunshine weather outside.

The writing Merkur has been renewed, because it was hardly visible before. See following the backboard from behind with new hanging mounted for safety reasons:

See here the upper side with the attractive hardwood veneer: