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c1800 Napoleonic Prisoner of War Model Ship Bellone
  • c1800 Napoleonic Prisoner of War Model Ship Bellone
  • c1800 Napoleonic Prisoner of War Model Ship Bellone
  • c1800 Napoleonic Prisoner of War Model Ship Bellone
  • c1800 Napoleonic Prisoner of War Model Ship Bellone
  • c1800 Napoleonic Prisoner of War Model Ship Bellone
  • c1800 Napoleonic Prisoner of War Model Ship Bellone
  • c1800 Napoleonic Prisoner of War Model Ship Bellone
  • c1800 Napoleonic Prisoner of War Model Ship Bellone
  • c1800 Napoleonic Prisoner of War Model Ship Bellone
  • c1800 Napoleonic Prisoner of War Model Ship Bellone
  • c1800 Napoleonic Prisoner of War Model Ship Bellone
  • c1800 Napoleonic Prisoner of War Model Ship Bellone
  • c1800 Napoleonic Prisoner of War Model Ship Bellone
  • c1800 Napoleonic Prisoner of War Model Ship Bellone
  • c1800 Napoleonic Prisoner of War Model Ship Bellone
  • c1800 Napoleonic Prisoner of War Model Ship Bellone
  • c1800 Napoleonic Prisoner of War Model Ship Bellone
  • c1800 Napoleonic Prisoner of War Model Ship Bellone

c1800 Napoleonic Prisoner of War Model Ship Bellone

Price:

£5,000.00


Product Description

An absolutely stunning c1800 French Napoleonic Prisoner of War built model of the French Frigate Bellone, later renamed HMS Proserpine.

Given the ship, it was made by a French prisoner in Plymouth, either at Dartmoor Prison or Drake’s Island. The extremely detailed ship is made entirely out of bone, the material that was available to the prisoners, from their diet. The rigging has been made from the thread of the prisoner’s uniform. The ship has been mounted in a Georgian walnut display case, decorated with veneer marquetry. The label in bone has the ship’s name ‘La Bellone’ written. These models were made by prisoners to while away the time and to barter for better rations, with their captors. Condition of the ship is extremely good and comparing the model with period images of it, shows how accurately it was reproduced.


La Bellone was an Iphigénie-class 32-gun frigate of the French Navy. She was built in St Malo, Brittany, in 1778 and commissioned the next year. She had a displacement of 1150 tonnes and measured 44 x 11 x 5 metres. She carried 28 x 18 pounder long guns and 4 x 6 pounders.

In 1782, she fought against HMS Coventry. In June she captured a ship that the French took into service as Negapatnam. Bellone took part in the Glorious First of June (1794) and in the Expédition d'Irlande (1796). She was captured on 12 October 1798 at the Battle of Tory Island by HMS Melampus and HMS Ethalion, and was commissioned in to the Royal Navy as HMS Proserpine. Although officially 'under repair' at Plymouth, she was never more than a hulk, and in 1806 she was broken up.

A fine piece of Napoleonic Wars history.

Size ship: 35 x 10 x 27 cm (13 ¾ x 4 x 10 5/8 inches)
Size cabinet: 47 x 21 x 35 cm (18 ½ x 8 ¼ x 13 ¾ inches)
Weight: 4556 g

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