Mirror Backed Builder’s Model
As you must know, ship’s hulls are bi-laterally symmetrical. Ergo it is typical that only a half-hull was carved to check the lines. Ditto with planking or plating models. All half hulls, since both sides had to be the same. What usually distinguished a builder’s model from a boardroom model, in the late 19th and early 20th century, is the builder’s model was half of the complete ship mounted on a mirror, giving the uncanny illusion of a complete ship. Only when you step to the end of the case, and carefully look, you’ll see that it’s only a half. Fantastic! Our very favorite optical delusion… The further advantage being half the width, and you may place the case against, or mount it on the wall, without losing any of the optics. Boardroom models usually sat on their own tables, in the middle of an expansive boardroom. (This model is quite large, so space matters).
Stunning, little British coastal freighter, built by John Crown & Sons Ltd., in Sunderland, 1905. She was a single screw steam-driven ship. Presented in a solid mahogany and glass case, hull is made of solid basswood, built-up superstructure, numerous solid brass fittings and equipment. Ivorine builder’s plaque for John Crown & Sons Ltd. Length 228’ 0”; Beam 32’ 0”; Draft 16’ 3”; Gross Tonnage 1143. The case measures 72” x 11” x 19”; the model is 57 ½” long. Weighs about 110 lbs, without crating…
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