CASED MODEL OF THE BRITISH 74-GUN SHIP-OF-THE-LINE “H.M.S. HERCULE.”Est. $15,000-$25,000
Sold: $20,400 ($17,000)
Intricately carved bone ship made by a French prisoner of war during the Napoleonic Conflict with three square rigged masts, outfitted decks, and a figurehead in the form of King George III standing on the neck of a medieval dragon. Wooden anchors hang on either side of the bow while a bone lifeboat hangs over the carved stern, depicting figures and lions above the windows and cherubs holding a banner inscribed “Hercule.” A black painted plague in front of the model states, “H.M.S. HERCULE British 74-Gun Third Rate Ship-of-the-Line c. 1800 Antique Bone and Wood Model.” Height of case 21 ¼ inches, width of case 22 ¼ inches.
Provenance: Henry A. Colgate; Richard M. Colgate by decent to current owner.