Thursday, July 17, 2014

Small Craft Model, c.1758

"Small craft; Service vessel," maker unknown, c.1758, National Maritime Museum.

In my last post, I questioned the dating of a model very similar to this one. Made by the same maker, both of these vessels use the same officer and sailor models. Interestingly, the first model uses marine grenadiers, while this vessel is clearly using infantry grenadiers. The cloth mitre caps are definitely in line with the Clothing Warrant of 1751, and help us more reliably date this model to the 1750's or 60's.

The sailors are still wearing the same outfits as in the last: colorful waistcoats, barge caps, and blue jackets with open slash cuffs.

Fascinating models!

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