An American bark and an Italian flag brigantine on a collision course across a blue sea. This tableau is contained in a 13-inch, 1.5 liter wine bottle.
The background for this little passenger steamer has the look of a North Mediterranean coastline. A painted sky and a sculpted series of hills, mountains and little buildings frame the ship as it navigates a green sea.
Very simple at first glance, but then you find yourself looking at the little village in the hills.
I made a simple stand to display the bottle which is 11.5 inches long. I think it was made in the 1930s or 40s.
A good buy and an older example of the sailor’s art.
This is one of the nicest ships in a bottle we’ve had in many a year, a genuinely old example of the art, probably made by a crewman or retired sailor from the actual ship.
Schooner with Tugboat. One of a kind, a nice example of a unique, hand-crafted ship-in-a-bottle at a reasonable price.
This well-made piece of nautical folk art features a four-masted bark, a little village and sea beneath a painted sky.
The ship has some standing and running rigging, as well as the deck arrangement of a late-period merchant vessel.
The bottle is a foot long, sealed and finished with a varnished turks head at the cap. The ship within it is five and a half inches long.
While not a very old model, it is true to traditional ships-in-a-bottle done by sailors for the last hundred-plus years. It is signed with the initials ER and I would guess it to be fifty years old.
It is certainly one of a kind, and would be a welcome addition to any folk or sailor’s art collection.
A wooden chain with 25 links and a box and ball on each end. The unit measures 39 inches (100 cm) long.
A nice addition to a collection.
The silk comes shrink wrapped on acid-free board, ready for the framer. It measures 18 by 21 inches.
It measures about 15 inches long and is 3.5 inches at its widest part.