Carved and Painted Wooden Pond Boat with Carrying Case, c. 1884, the two-masted schooner ESCARGOT, with carved eagle-head figurehead, scribed deck, and hewn weighted hull, comes equipped with sails, lifeboats, anchors, rigging, detailed metal and wood fittings, the hull painted black above the water line and olive green below, the stern inscribed "ESCARGOT PARIS" in gilt lettering, the oak carrying case with hinged sides has painted lettering on the front "L'ESCARGOT" and two crossed red pennants, one painted with a snail and the other a cipher, the interior is padded and lined with green felt and fitted with four canvas bags to hold the various sails, a small parts box affixed to the front panel is inscribed "L'ESCARGOT. Paris, 1884.," and gives some measurements of the ship; a black painted wooden stand is included, (imperfections), ht. 51 1/2, lg. from bow to stern 32 5/8, case ht. 13 1/2, wd. 35 5/8, dp. 9 1/4 in.
Provenance: Skinner, June 8, 2003, Lot 128.
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