DescriptionKING FAROUK I OF EGYPT'S SILVER ASWAN DAM MODEL, Omar Ramsden, London, England, circa 1933
Marks: (lion passant), (leopard's head), (date mark), OR; OMAR RAMSDEN, ME. FECIT, MCMXXXIV
9-3/8 x 20-3/4 x 10-3/8 inches (23.8 x 52.7 x 26.4 cm)
The model presented to King Farouk I of Egypt on 25th January, 1939, representing the three stages of the Aswan dam heightening and thickening. The far left side depicting the original dam completed in 1902, the middle section representing the first heightening and thickening of the dam which was completed in 1912. The far right side represents the third heightening of the dam, inaugurated in 1939 by King Farouk I, who laid the final stone.
The realistic model at a 1/200 scale with accurate details of the dam's sluice gates and thickening of the dam with time, chased Egyptian Royal Emblem to center, to the left of the emblem, inscribed in Arabic:
In memory of the attendance of his Majesty King Farouk I
To lay the final stone in the second heightening of the Aswan Dam
From "Topham, Jones & Railton" and Abood Pasha
In 5 Dhul-Hi'jjah 1357-25th January 1939
The book The Kings Model of the Aswan Dam investigates the history of the dam through the expansion periods, and provided additional information about the ceremonial model.
With a missing screw and light scratching to the bottom plate of the model, missing bevel to the side of the wooden base, otherwise with surface scratches commensurate with age.
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