Lot 264: Model of the Beetle Whaleboat by Lt. Col. Colin B. Gray MBE of Nantucket (1915-1992)
January 11, 2017
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Model of the Beetle Whaleboat by Lt. Col. Colin B. Gray MBE of Nantucket (1915-1992)
Built to a scale of 1/36 to one foot, now in a glazed case. Length 14 5/8 inches (37.2 cm), height of case 7 ¾ inches (19.7 cm), width 23 ¼ inches (59 cm), depth 9 inches (22.8 cm).
The Beetle family was famous for the construction of whaleboats in the 19th century. The firm was founded by James Beetle who built over 1,000 whaleboats between 1834 and 1854 in New Bedford, many of which ended up on the Whale ship Charles W. Morgan. This model was built from plans by Willits Dyer Ansell that were published by the Mystic Seaport Museum.
C The Nelson Doubleday, Jr. Collection
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