A fine and large prisoner-of-war bone model of the first-rate ship H.M.S. "Caledonia", French, early 19th century,
hull of finely-pinned bone planks on to a solid wooden core to the lower gun deck. Pierced with gun ports and open port lids for turned brass cannon, the upper deck guns on bone carriages. Raised carved bone topsides with foliate carved gunwales and open hammock rails to the waist. Beakhead with pierced trailboard and good carved figurehead of a Roman warrior with flowing cloak, carved catheads flanking seats of easement to port and starboard. Decks of laid bone planks, pierced for gratings at the waist and gangways. Delicately carved pin rails, capstan, belfry with brass bell, ladders and hatchways. Bone harness casks for Rum, water, salt beef & pork positioned at the waist and gangway. Quarter deck with cabin skylight, finely carved aft rail with ensign staff and carved polychome figure of a naval officer. Carefully carved and pierced stern and quarter galleries on three levels, the main stern decoration the Royal Arms flanked by supporting figures. A ship's boat, fitted with scale bone oars, is suspended from stern davits above. Beneath the transom are the two bone buttons for retracting the lower guns (not tested). Detailed and accurate masting, the lower spars composite with black/gold wolding. Bowsprit and jibboom with dolphin striker and jackstaff, fighting tops with brass treads and lantern, crosstrees and English-style caps. Fine bone yards, the lowers fitted with brass studding sail booms, well made bone blocks and euphroes. Scale cotton and linen rigging in accurate sizes, with detailed whipping and splicing, the main and fore stays rigged with preventers and bone spacers. Other details include brass and bone anchors with cables and buoys, silk flags and a pair of ship's boats slung between the fore and main yards in the waist. Mounted on crutches in a Museum quality bronze frame display case.
Model 39x14x29.5in(99x35.5x75cm). 48x22x67in(122x56x170cm)overall.