By Lloyd McCaffery
American Schooner Yacht of 1885 Full-hull model built in 1987-88; Glazed case with an oak burl wood veneer
This gorgeous two masted schooner yacht of the late 19th century seems to radiate all the classic elements of the grand ‘royal’ Victorian era, as well as the equally matched period of brilliant American naval architecture. Coronet exudes a classic presence of an exceptional yacht with its tall almost perfectly vertical masts, plum stem bow, long spike bowsprit and boom, with a graceful sheer line and functional stern over-hang. The replication of the vessel’s beautifully designed bright-work deck furnishings are stunning with the numerous rounded skylights and comparably sculpted companionways. The application of glistening copper sheathing, clean ultra-white hull topsides, interior bulwarks, and over-turned life boats seem to add radiance, as well as contrast to the natural woodwork of the deck arrangement. The elegant display of rigging with fore and aft gaffs raised, and fore square sail yard conveys an outline of its enormous sail area.
This full hull model is constructed on the plank-on-frame method with its starboard side fully planked-in, painted and individually copper sheathed, while the portside is almost entirely planked with natural finish, except for two areas where frames have been cut to open up an interior view of the galley and forecastle as well as the main salon areas below deck. At amidships visible built-up hull frames are evident demonstrating the strength of the hull’s construction. Most all hull planking has treenail fastenings, while the deck planks are laid and nibbed into a king plank along the centerline. The careful construction of the eight pieces of deck furniture emulates the original Victorian design; even the skylights have curved windows with brass trim hardware. Several figures are placed on-board to lend a relationship of scale. There are two life boats on deck, one a small gig (starboard side) and the other a large Whitehall (port side). The model’s rigging exemplifies the classic schooner fore and aft rig employed during this era.
Model type: Extreme Miniature, Cut-away
Scale: 1/16" = 1'
Size: 14 1/2” L x 12” H x 8 1/4” W
Code: IYRS 3809