King Alfred (1905); Passenger vessel; Paddle steamer

Scale: Unknown. A full hull model of the paddle steamer King Alfred (1905) made entirely in silver with enamelling. Fittings include a guard rail encircling the decks with a number of life rings attached to them, Union flag flying at the bow and red ensign flying from the stern, a single tall funnel with black-painted top, open bridge with telegraph, wheel, binnacle and other equipment, and an awing that covers the entire aft section of deck. The model is mounted on a pair of turned silver supports and displayed on a decoratively shaped black painted or lacquered plinth baseboard which probably once had a case cover. On port and starboard bows ‘King Alfred’. On stern ‘King Alfred London’. On paddle boxes ‘L.C.C.’ The model is stamped with maker's and mint marks. The makers mark 'IMS' is that of Spink & Son (John Marshall Spink) (registered Oct 1894). The lion passant sterling mark certifies that the silver content is .925 (925/1000) and the leopard's head town mark indicates that the piece was verified by the London Assay Office.

Object Details

ID: SLR1361
Collection: Ship models
Type: Full hull model
Display location: Not on display
Vessels: King Alfred (1905)
Date made: About 1905
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London. Caird Fund.
Measurements: Overall model and original case: 232 x 658 x 247 mm
Parts: King Alfred (1905); Passenger vessel; Paddle steamer

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