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    A Presidential Steam Yacht Mayflower Model with Mahogany and Glass Case
    69 x 29-1/2 x 8-1/8 inches (175.3 x 74.9 x 20.6 cm) (model)
    74 x 38.25 x 17 inches (187.9 x 97.2 x 43.2 cm) (case)

    Property from the Estate of Kenneth Alan Hill, Sr., Fort Worth, Texas

    PROVENANCE:
    Vallejo Gallery, Newport Beach, California

    The Mayflower model shows the exacting detail that quality ship modelers strive to achieve in their representative works. The brass and silver-plated hardware is accurately scaled throughout, down to the precise grates, binnacles, ventilators and the vast amount of additional hardware. There are three life boats, a small dory, and the captain's steam jollyboat set on davits, over the walks where every stretch has a handrail. As the model shows, there were elaborate deck prisms allowing light below to the luxurious cabins and staterooms, as well as windows. The multi-tiered decks are covered with instrumentation, and the planking is hand-drawn in India ink, clearly leading between the primary bridge station and the stern bridge. The new mahogany & glass case complements the large ship model. Steam yachts are amongst the rarest of ship model types, coming available infrequently.

    An elegant steam yacht of importance, this fine model of the Presidential yacht Mayflower is by one of the world's premier contemporary ship model artisans, made directly after the original dockyard builders model which was undergoing restoration in England. The luxury steam yachts of the late 19th & early 20th centuries hold as much grace as any vehicle created, and Mayflower holds its ultimate pedigree from within American politics. Built to match the exacting standards of the original dockyard model, it features the detail and quality that only the best models possess, built up from the solid hull and displayed on turned brass keel pedestals.

    Mayflower was built in 1896-97 by J. & G. Thompson of Clydebank, Scotland from the design of George L. Watson, and she began her days as the yacht of New York real estate mogul Odgen Goelet. Following his death in 1897, the U.S. Navy purchased the yacht from the Goelet Estate in 1898, and put her in service as a gunboat during the Spanish-American War. Her political service began in 1905 under President Theodore Roosevelt, as the floating introduction place for the Russo-Japanese peace treaty in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. President Roosevelt won a Nobel Peace Prize as a result of this international conference, and kept the yacht in presidential service until President Herbert Hoover decommissioned Mayflower as an economic relief in 1929. In those 24 years, the yacht was the scene of numerous diplomatic and social events, including the British Royal Family and President Woodrow Wilson's courtship of Mrs. Edith Bolling Galt. Mayflower measured a very long 321 feet overall, 288 feet in waterline with a 37 foot of beam. She displaced 2,690 tons and was powered by dual triple-expansion four-cylinder steam engines driving twin propellers, capable of cruising 12 knots and reaching 16.5 when pushed.



    Condition Report*: In good condition with no visible damage, presents well
    *Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Some condition issues may not be noted in the condition report but are apparent in the provided photos which are considered part of the condition report. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. Heritage does not guarantee the condition of frames and shall not be liable for any damage/scratches to frames, glass/acrylic coverings, original boxes, display accessories, or art that has slipped in frames. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

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    Auction Dates
    May, 2021
    25th Tuesday
    Internet/Mail Bids: 16
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