A GEORGE V SILVER MODEL OF A TUDOR STYLE GALLEON, WILLIAM COMYNS & SONS, LONDON, 1927
the fully rigged vessel with mainsail decorated with a cipher for Queen Elizabeth I below a flag embossed with her coat of arms, the deck with coils of rope and sailors at work, below with twenty-four cannon at the open gunports above the rippled sea, on an ebonised wood waisted plinth with inscribed silver plaque
53cm long, 49cm high overall, weighable silver 3216gr (103oz)
The inscription reads: Launch of S.S. "San Claudio" 23rd December 1927. The ceremony was performed by Mrs Andrew Agnew to whom this silver ship is presented by The Eagle Oil Transport Co. Ltd. as a memento of the occasion.
The S.S. San Claudio was a steam tanker of 3231 tons built by Sir W.G. Armstrong, Whitworth & Co. on the Tyne. She was one of twenty such vessels, all named after Spanish saints, ordered by Weetman Dickinson Pearson, Baron Cowdray of Midhurst, for Eagle Oil Transport; the first, the S.S. Dunstano was launched in 1912.
Comyns made a presentation galleon of this same pattern for the launch of each tanker from this series. The first model (for the S.S. San Dunstano) was sold in these rooms, 20 June 2015, lot 232, and another, the third, Neal Auction Company, New Orleans, 12/13 October 2002, lot 594.
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