Votive ship model in St. Petri-Dom zu Schleswig / Slesvig Domkirke

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    Frank Scott
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    These photos are of the votive ship model in St. Petri-Dom zu Schleswig / Slesvig Domkirke (Schleswig Cathedral – depending whether you are German or Danish), which is down on the floor in a case while they are doing restoration work on the Cathedral. Big model – could not measure it but must be at least a metre long.
    Not often you can take close ups of votive ship models, so this was a great opportunity. Nothing about the ship on their website – anyone know anything about her.

    PS: Apologies for the odd cropping of the photos – but had to keep within 512KB file limit, which is hard!

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    #17068
    Frank Scott
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    one extra photo

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    #17070
    Malcolm Lewis
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    Thank you, Frank, for sharing this historic model with us. I can find no reference to this particular model in Schleswig Cathedral but referring to E.H.H. Archibald’s Dictionary of Sea Painters (Antique Collectors’ Club Ltd pub 1980), the sprit topsail with its yard, as shown on this model, first appeared in paintings in the early-mid 17th century. He cites a painting of a French ship c.1620 (page 40).
    The votive or “church” models date back many centuries and were often donated by ship builders and owners intended to ensure the vessel’s safe return from distant and often perilous voyages.
    The church of All Hallows by the Tower, adjacent to the Tower of London and the Pool of London, has a fine collection of votive models and is well worth a visit.

    #17089
    Frank Scott
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    Although it is quite easy to date the period which the ship model is intended to represent, that is no help at all in dating when it was actually made, or by whom, or how much it has been restored (altered) since it was made. Provenance is all!

    #17125
    Richard S
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    I found the ensign on this link, https://www.crwflags.com/fotw/flags/de-sh_hi.html#flu

    The ensign was apparently in use from 1696-1720, not sure if the one in your photo is swallow tailed or not. I have been told that a swallow tailed ensign denotes a naval ship or at least one that is armed. Your photos of the votive model do not show any cannons

    #17127
    Frank Scott
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    Thanks for that info. I can confirm that the model had no armament

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