A late 18th Century rigged model of the British East Indiaman Duke of Dorset
with masts, spars with foot ropes, standing and running rigging and some canvas sails, crowned lion figurehead, hair rails, gratings, bitts, anchors, catheads, belaying rails and pins, bell and canopy, main deck guns, companionways, hammock racks, capstan, balustrading, ships boat in chocks and other details. The hull, with carved stern and quarter detailing and glazed windows with stern lanterns and open gun ports is finished in red, black, white, yellow with 'gilded' decoration (some old damage, some restoration) -- 44 x 57in. (110.8 x 144.8cm.) Stand, brass plate with legend
ex National Maritime Museum Collection, thought to have been sailor built either for his own pleasure or as a 'votif' model. It has been rigged or re-rigged at some stage as there are features which date it towards the end of the 1790's. The hull decor is typical of the Indiamen of this period.