A Napoleonic prisoner-of-war bone model of a 120-gun ship-of-the-line H.M.S. Caledonia
French/English, circa 1800
the hull built up from the solid and planked in bone, with an inset waist band delicately carved foliate motif in bone, and applied bands between the gun ports, red-painted gun port lids with blackend brass cannons, chain plates and dead-eyes, carved bone figurehead with residual polychroming, carved and pierced stern and quarter galleries, detailed with metal anchors, head rails, bone planked decks, capstan, pin and fife rails, belfry with palm-from caps, well deck with railings and bas-relief carved draperies, side boards with bas-relief carved neo-classical motifs, hatch gratings, guns on carriages, ladders, taff rail, and other details. Through out the entire model are numerous delicately carved elements on the hull, stem, railings and other areas of the ship. Rigged with masts, yards, standing and running rigging with bone blocks, spars, stun'sail booms, boat rigged out over the well deck, and other details. Displayed on a later marquetry board with a mahogany railing supported by baluster turned bone posts.
44 x 13 x 30-1/2 in. (111.7 x 33 x 77.4 cm.), model on stand.