A good 19th century sailor-made model of the East Indiaman Thomas Coutts 1817. 49x44x19ins. (125x112x48cm)
Lot 55W
A good 19th century sailor-made model of the East Indiaman Thomas Coutts 1817. 49x44x19ins. (125x112x48cm)
Sold for £1,375 (US$ 2,136) inc. premium

Lot Details
A good 19th century sailor-made model of the East Indiaman Thomas Coutts 1817.
Hull from solid timber, painted black to the waterline, with painted port line and red wale. Gilded figurehead and decorated trail boards and stern. Varnished decks, with eleven brass cannon on wooden carriages. Other details include anchors, cable and windlass, ship's boats on deck and davits, wheel and binnacle. Wooden spars with detailed running and standing rigging. On a stand. 49x44x19ins. (125x112x48cm)

Footnotes

  • The East Indiaman Thomas Coutts was built by Green's at Blackwall and launched in 1817. A 1200 ton vessel, built to the highest specification, she was chartered by Thomas Coutts the Banker, to the Honourable East India Company for voyages to India and China. In 1826/27 she made a record breaking trip to China via India in 11 months and 12 days. With the loss of the Chinese monopoly in 1833, she was sold to the Merchant Joseph Somes and continued in the China Trade. In 1839 she was instrumental in triggering the 1st Opium War when she sailed into Kowloon harbour and signed a private treaty with the Chinese.

    The proportions of the hull and metal ballast keel suggest that this might have originally been intended as a pond model.
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