Carved and panted model of the famed America Cup 1920 successful Defender "Resolute" American, circa 1914. The model has a beautifully shaped and painted hull which accurately represents the lines of Resolute. The bottom of the keel is lead and it is possible that this model once sailed. The model retains its white painted spars and beautifully hand-sewn sails. It retains its original rigging. The deck fittings are well detailed are accurate recreations of the actrual boat. The Resolute had two mast steps which show on the original Herreshoff plans. The mast steps on the model show the mast steps as they appeared on the plans. The transom is hand-painted "Resolute N.Y.Y.C." as it was on the actual yacht. The model has a new walnut base with wood ways simulating the yacht's appearance when she was in dry dock. (SM-672)
Note : The Resolute was the last America's Cup defender designed and built by Nathanael Greene Herreshoff. Owned by a syndicate of New York Yacht Club members, she was christened by Grace Vanderbilt and launched April 25, 1914. In Defender Selection Trials that spring and summer she beat both the Vanitie and Defiance and set a course record off Sandy Hook.
After the outbreak of World War I in August of 1914, the America's Cup races were postponed. When racing commenced in 1920, the Resolute prevailed in the trials and successfully defended the Cup in July against the Shamrock IV.
Provenance: The previous owner purchased this model directly from a Wharton family descendant. The Whartons were a Philadelphia family with longtime ties to Jamestown, Rhode Island and founers of the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
Condition: The model has a few minor stains on the hull and original sails. The Walnut base is new.
Dimensions: Height 62 1/4, Width 11, Length 48 1/2, Inches