This tall ship diorama was made by an actual Viking descendant for the 1893 Columbian exposition in Chicago. It was made by Iver Aaseby who lived from 1845 - 1900. He and his wife Katrina lived in Pennington Minnesota. Their family moved from Norway to Minnesota in the mid 1800's. The Aaseby name dates to the 1600's in Norway. Many Viking descendants moved from Norway to Minnesota during this time period. The ship model ship was taken to the expo in 1893 which celebrated the 400th anniversary of Columbus arrival to the new world. An exact replica of the " Gokstad ship " called the " Viking " was on display at the expo. The Gokstad was found in a burial mound in Norway in 1880. The picture in the back of the diorama frame is the " Viking ". It shows it crossing the Atlantic sound for the worlds Columbian expedition - Chicago 1893. The ship model hull is carved from one single piece of wood and the sails are all hand carved wood. There are fancy metalic appliques on the front and back. Highly detailed sail rigging with hand carved blocks. Look very closely at all the pictures to see the wonderful craftsmanship of all the hand carving. The wooden case is made of old pine boards and measures - 21 3/4" tall - 27 1/2" wide - 8 3/4" deep. Very old wavy glass makes the front of the case. I do not know if this model was entered in a competition or if it was just put on display for the expo. I am very lucky to have all the family history that I do for this wonderful piece of maritime art. Other pictures are available upon request. Serious inquiries welcome.
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