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Lot 6016
Height: 82 in. (208.28 cm)
Width: 30 in. (76.20 cm)
Depth: 88 in. (223.52 cm)
Country of Origin: USA
Style: Victorian
Condition: Mint
Year: 19th C.

Description: Beautifully detailed model of the HMS Sovereign of the Seas. This massive museum quality ship model is over 6.5 feet high by over 7 feet long! This is a rare, hand-built wooden model ship that took hundreds of hours by a master craftsman to build. It also includes a certificate of authenticity.

This HMS Sovereign of the Seas model ship sits perfectly on the included base, which is made of high-quality hard wood, and has a brass name plate. This tall ship model is built from scratch by experienced master artisans and is not from any sort of kit. To create the subtle details and definitions of the deck and hull, the plank on frame method of construction is used, which requires hundreds of hours of pain-staking, detailed work.

This ship model is delivered fully assembled and ready for display, straight from the builder. She is the finest handcrafted ship available anywhere!

Construction: Months of research goes into the planning this model boat. Original plans and pictures are used for their design and realism. All natural hard woods are used including:

• Rosewood, Ebony, English Sycamore, Blackwood, Mahogany and Cherry wood
• Metal: cannons, muskets, anchors and other tiny details chrome plate, brass plate and gold plate
• Sails: and rigging are made of linen

This model was special designed by joining multiple small pieces of yellow and black wood together on the hull. The deck is designed to portray the original Sovereign of the Seas details. This task requires skilled craftsmen to work small detailed parts for many hours. Each model ship is examined during various stages of manufacturing and shipping to ensure the highest quality and accuracy possible for your investment.

HMS Sovereign of the Seas was a 17th century British Royal Navy first-rate ship of the line of 100 guns, later known as just Sovereign and then Royal Sovereign. She was also called “the man of war”. She was built by Peter Pett (later a Commissioner of the Navy), under the guidance of his father Phineas, the King's master shipwright, and was launched at Woolwich dockyard on October 13, 1637. As the second three-decked (the first three-decker being Prince Royal of 1610), she was the predecessor of Nelson's Victory, although Revenge, built in 1577 by Mathew Baker, was the inspiration providing the innovation of a single deck devoted entirely to broadside guns.

She was the most extravagantly decorated warship in the Royal Navy, and the money spent making her helped to create the financial crisis for Charles I that contributed to the English Civil War.” At the time of her construction she was considered to be a masterpiece. She was the largest, most powerful ship of the time. This truly opulent ship, built for the King of England in order to stroke his ego, was a massive undertaking by the shipbuilders of Britain. It took 1,000 craftsman three years to build her.

For 60 years she ruled the seas unmatched. Even today, she is renowned as one of the most beautiful vessels ever to sail the seas. Sovereign of the Seas is considered a true work of art.

The Sovereign of the Seas was not so much built because of tactical considerations, but as a deliberate attempt to bolster the reputation of the English crown. Her name was, in itself, a political statement as Charles tried to revive the perceived ancient right of the English kings to be recognized as the 'lords of the seas.' English ships demanded that other ships strike their flags in salute, even in foreign ports. The Dutch legal thinker Hugo Grotius had argued for a Mare Liberum, a sea free to be used by all. Such a concept was mainly favorable to Dutch trade; in reaction, John Selden and William Monson published the book Mare Clausum ("the Closed Sea") in 1635, with special permission of Charles, which attempted to prove that King Edgar had already been recognized as Rex Marium, or "sovereign of the seas" - this book had been previously repressed by James I. The name of the ship explicitly referred to this dispute; King Edgar was the central theme of the transom carvings.

Rear-Admiral Sir William Symonds noted that after the ship's launch she was "cut down" and made a safe and fast ship. In the time of the Commonwealth of England all ships named after royalty were renamed; it was first decided to change the name of the ship into Commonwealth, but in 1650 it became a simple Sovereign. In 1651 she was again made more maneuverable by reducing upperworks after which she was described as "a delicate frigate (I think the whole world hath not her like)". She served throughout the wars of the Commonwealth and became the flagship of General at Sea Robert Blake. She was involved in all of the great English naval conflicts fought against the United Provinces and France and was referred to as 'The Golden Devil' (den Gulden Duvel) by the Dutch.

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7557 Ship Model - The Sovereign of the Seas 1637

Auction ended on Wed, Jul 3, 2013
Estimate $7,200 - $7,500
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