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    Sale 2129

    Maritime Decorative Arts

    15 January 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 44

    A carpenter's chest from the 120-gun first rate ship of the line H.M.S. St. Vincent


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    A carpenter's chest from the 120-gun first rate ship of the line H.M.S. St. Vincent
    mid-19th century
    built from mahogany with reinforced top and bottom exterior framing, and rope beckets on either end. The interior fitted with an assortment of drawers, trays and storage compartments for various tools. The tools included are saws (2), mallet, hand drill, calibers, large dividers, carpenters squares (3), small dividers, trunnel drill, oversize chisel, block planes (2), oversize screw driver, parts trays, and a number of other tools numbering 29 in all. The exterior of the chest is painted black [the surface is worn with age] and decorated on the top with a portrait of a mermaid sitting by the sea with the wind blowing within a circular painted rope frame and a banner inscribed "HMS Vincent, the front further decorated with a painted square knot and "Carpenter/James Syme".
    39 x 24¾ x 24. 1/2 in.

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    H.M.S. St. Vincent was a British 120-gun first rate ship of the line laid down in 1810 at Plymouth Dockyard and launched on March 11, 1815. She was one of class of three, and the only one to see active service. In 1829 she was made flagship at Plymouth Dockyard and from 1831 until 1834 she served in the Mediterranean. From May 1847 until April 1849 she was the flagship of Rear-Admiral Sir Charles Napier, commanding the Channel Fleet, and then from July to September 1854, during the Crimean War, she was used to transport French troops to the Baltic. She was commissioned as a training ship in 1862, moored permanently at Haslar from 1870. The St. Vincent was sold out of the service in 1906 for breaking up.