P.O. Box 6720 Incline Village, NV 89450 , United States Call Seller 510.414.4545


Very Rare Large Victorian Hand Carved Salesman Sample Skiff Boat American C 1865

$ 3,250
  • Description
    Very rare large size salesman sample skiff boat, circa 1865; hand carved out of a single piece of wood (perhaps maple) with Victorian period black print stenciling to the side in increments of "five" inches (five inches to thirty-five inches); to scale, of an inch equaling a foot; so sample boat being 35"; representing a 35 foot boat. Probably sold with different interior options and arrangements.

    In all original condition, this is a terrific piece of Americana, in super untouched surface and warm patina; shows tendon joins of bench to sides (see image) and sleek authentic bow to stern design. There are a number of age cracks to the rear of the bow; very sturdy and stable construction (see image). See close up image of beautiful surface which has the appropriate amount of craquelure to validate 150 plus years age and genesis.Comes with a custom made metal stand, specially designed for this boat; displays beautifully.

    This mid 19th century folk art boat was likely used as a salesman's sample by an itinerant sales person who traveled up and down East Coast seaports promoting his wares, usually by seeking out merchants to take orders based on this scaled down miniature version, or by leaving it on display in a merchant's establishment to take orders from that merchant's customers.

    Dimensions: 39" long x 5 1/4" high x 9" wide (on stand it is 10 1/4" high)

    Provenance: From my own personal collection of folk art; having been acquired nearly forty years ago from a prominent antique maritime and toy boat collection.
  • More Information
    Origin: United States
    Period: 19th Century
    Materials: Wood,Hand-Carved
    Condition: Good. Wear consistent with age and use.
    Styles / Movements: Folk Art, Traditional
    Incollect Reference #: 705873
  • Dimensions
    W. 9 in; H. 5.25 in; D. 39 in;
    W. 22.86 cm; H. 13.34 cm; D. 99.06 cm;
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