Dating from the end of the 19th century, this cute little boat was sold as a souvenir of a visit to Liverpool, as is printed on the mother of pearl sail; however, the underside of the shell ‘hull’ reveals that it was made in Germany. It sits on a prettily embossed metal base.
Near the bottom of the mast there is a curved metal prong onto which the thimble sits, and on the other side of this there is a circular metal loop into which the little glass scent bottle fits.
The gilt metal rudder has an eagle finial and there is a jaunty metal flag flying from the top of the masthead. One side of the hull has been pierced to allow 2 metal rings supporting a short chain to be inserted.
From one end of the rudder to the other, the boat measures about 4 ½ inches long.
The clear glass scent bottle measures around 1 ½ inches high; it has 8 sides and a frosted glass stopper. The little brass thimble is quite shabby and it has been stuffed with cork to make to stay in place on its prong.
Condition: the shell has some natural degradation that would have been present when the item was first made. Otherwise it is in good antique condition.
‘A Present From Liverpool’ Thimble & Scent Bottle Shell Boat