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$ 7,500

British Sailor's Woolwork of the Barque Named Polly

Origin England
Period 19th Century
Materials Berlin Wool
W. 31 in; H. 26.25 in;
W. 78.74 cm; H. 66.68 cm;
Condition Good.
Creation Date 1875
Description Large British Sailor's Woolwork of the Barque Polly,
Circa 1875
(Ref: NY9399-niam)

A large sailor's woolie or woolwork of a port side view of a ship named "Polly" under full sail. The ship is rigged as a barque.

The name "Polly" can be seen on a banner flying from the mainmast and on the front of the bow. The sails are trapunto creating a three-dimensional look of the sails full of wind. The sea is depicted is rippling bands of green and white.

Dimensions: 26 1/4 inches high x 31 inches wide x 2 inches

A barque has three or four masts. The fore and mainmast are square-rigged, and the mizzen fore-and-aft, usually gaff-rigged. Carries a mainsail on each mast, but the mainsail shape differs per mast (square or gaff). Barques were built with up to five masts. Four-masted barques were quite common.

Barques were a good alternative to full-rigged ships because they require a lot fewer sailors. But they were also slower. Very popular rig for ocean crossings, so a great rig for merchants who travel long distances and don't want 30 - 50 sailors to run their ship.
Styles / Movements Americana, Traditional, Victorian
Dealer Reference Number NY9399-niam
Incollect Reference Number 404093
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