Offered by: Yew Tree House
PO box 5119 Greenwich, CT 06831 , United States Call Seller 212.249.6612 Showrooms


200 Lexington Ave
New York City, NY 10016
United States

Large Merchant Schooner

$ 24,000
  • Description
    Impressive and rare example of a model English merchant sailing vessel, circa 1860, that plied the China Trade from England to Hong Kong. The ship has the sail rig of the Sandy Hook pilot boats, of which the "America" was the most famous example. "In 1851 a radical looking schooner ghosted out of the afternoon mist and swiftly sailed past the Royal Yacht stationed in the Solent, between the Isle of Wight and the south coast of England, on an afternoon when Queen Victoria was watching a sailing race. As the schooner, named America, passed the Royal Yacht in first position, and saluted by dipping its ensign three times, Queen Victoria asked one of her attendants to tell her who was in second place.”Your Majesty, there is no second,” came the reply." After beating all comers, the America became the model on which English fast merchant ships were based. Previously property of the original ship owner who commissioned this replica of his schooner, which sailed from the Suffolk coast to Asia.
  • More Information
    Origin: England
    Period: 19th Century
    Materials: Linen, Wood.
    Condition: Good. Losses to rigging. Sails as found, with some tears, staining and losses. Amazing. Wear consistent with age and use.
    Creation Date: 1860
    Styles / Movements: Other, Traditional
    Incollect Reference #: 251461
  • Dimensions
    W. 128 in; H. 97 in; D. 18 in;
    W. 325.12 cm; H. 246.38 cm; D. 45.72 cm;
Message from Seller:

Yew Tree House Antiques was launched in 1991, fueled by a passion for collecting the unexpected. Kevin Kleinbardt and Ahna Petersen, with independent backgrounds in furniture and art history respectively, joined forces to focus on pieces with a “soulfulness of character,” as Ahna likes to say.

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