This is a superb solid silver galleon ship (traditionally known as a Nef), intricately modelled and shown in full sail. Excellent size and quality throughout. The top section of the Neff can be removed from the hull revealing an open compartment or space. The hull is finely chased with cherubs and leaves, flowers and scrolls. The ship stands on four dolphin mounted wheels.
The 3 tall masts have billowing, multi section sails with full rigging and lookout crow’s nests accessed by men climbing up ladders. The deck is arranged on 4 levels accessed by step ladders, the captain is standing to the fore while the sailors attend to their duties. The double anchor hangs below. The crenelated battlement gallery, with simulated wood effect, is furnished with turrets and below, the port holes have their cannons ready for battle.
Weight 2445 grams, 78.6 troy ounces.
Height 48cm. Spread 34cm. Width of large sail 20cm. Hull measures 30.5 x 11.5cm.
Dutch silver stamps. London import marks for 1891.
Importer Samuel Boyce Landeck.
Marks. Stamped with a full set of London import hallmarks on the side of the hull and on the lower rim of the top section. The hull is stamped with Dutch silver marks on a bar underneath.
SAMUEL BOYCE LANDECK
Samuel Boyce (Boaz) Landeck, Campden Square, London. Master Silversmith from the Netherlands. Importer of fine continental silverware, Mark SBL into a rectangle.