Reply To: Ship Model Collections
A few suggestions: –
National Marine Museum, Trocadero Gardens 75116, Paris. Wonderful large collection of fine models.
Ville de Lorient. Musee La Campagne des Indeses. Collection of East Indiamen models in the home of the French East India Company.
All Hallows by the Tower, London a collection of votive models hanging in the nave of this city church.
Many of the beautiful ship models had embellishments which were not replicated in the full-sized vessel possibly because they were too costly or time consuming to reproduce.
Bone models were made by French prisoners and whilst often very fine they are generally inaccurate as they were made from memory. The only model of HMS Temeraire, which is in the Southampton Maritime Museum, is a French prisoner’s bone model and is clearly not accurate but would have been very desirable for a collector.