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Historic Ship Models of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries (Kindle)

in the Kriegstein Collection

Seaforth Naval Photographic eBooks 18th Century 17th Century

By Arnold Kriegstein, Henry Kriegstein
Seaforth Publishing
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Illustrations: 350 colour
ISBN: 9781399009799
eBook Released: 28th April 2021

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In terms of quality, historical significance and sheer numbers, the Kriegstein family’s ship model collection in the United States is the finest in private hands anywhere in the world. Principally made up of official 17th- and 18th-century models in the Admiralty or Navy Board style, the collection is unrivalled by any museum outside the British national collection at Greenwich.

As the models are not on public display, this book fills the need for a detailed catalogue and visual reference with superb colour photos of all the models, both overall portraits and multiple close-ups. Apart from lengthy descriptions of these magnificent artefacts, space is devoted to how they were identified, and the valuable research done by Arnold and Henry Kriegstein, the identical twins whose shared passion brought this all together. Beyond the technicalities of the ships, the story has a human dimension in the brothers’ adventures in pursuit of every model and their dogged determination to secure them against official obstruction and dubious antiques-trade practices.

This is an entirely new and revised edition of Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Ship Models first published in 2007, now expanded to include the additions to the collection since that date.

"The authors of this outstanding book, both highly skilled medical practitioners, gratefully acknowledge the assistance, guidance and/or advice from several modern model makers and historians. These include Frank Fox, Donald McNarry and John Franklin, the latter two having demonstrated through their own lifetimes that the art and skill of ship model making survived into the twentieth century on a level that was comparable to many of the beautiful examples illustrated in this first-class, highly recommended book"

Michael Leek, The Mariner's Mirror February 2022

The authors' interest in and love for their subject is evident throughout and even for those without a particular interest in the topic the overall quality of the production makes it a pleasure to read.

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ARRSE (Army Rumour Service)

I can never pass by a museum that houses a ship model collection without spending considerable time admiring these intricate works of art. The authors of this incomparably superb book, identical twins, have amassed a ship model collection that is recognised as the finest in private hands anywhere in the world, principally made up of official 17th- and 18th-century models in the Admiralty or Navy Board style. As well as lengthy descriptions of these magnificent artefacts, there is background information on how they were identified, and details of the research done by the Kriegsteins. Beyond the technicalities of the ships, readers will be fascinated by the brothers’ adventures in pursuit of every model and their dogged determination to secure them against official obstruction and dubious antiques-trade practices. The book also includes a chapter on the intricate bone PoW ship models of the Napoleonic era in the collection. One of my favourite, albeit humble, models is that of a ship’s boat c. 1750. In a similar craft in 1789, Bligh completed a heroic 4000-mile journey across the open ocean. Sadly, the Kriegstein models are not on public display but this book, a fully revised edition of a 2007 tome of the same name is an invaluable guide to the skills and dedication of the Golden Age of Sail model makers – and would make a treasured gift to any with an interest in this art form.

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Julian Stockwin

Seeing the detail and indeed both the skilled workmanship and beauty of these models is a great opportunity, and I am so pleased that the brothers have opened up their collection to us. The skill of the modellers demonstrated in this amazing collection really can't fail to impress. These show the real history of the naval ships, both large and small, from the Royal Navy, both before and during the time of Nelson and the famous Victory.

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Military Model Scene

Overall, I completely and highly recommend this book to everyone who is interested in English ships of the period and their ship models. Even if you already have the first book, this one is worth acquiring for the new models, the additional discussions, and the quality of the production. Congratulations to the Kriegsteins and Seaforth Books.

Nautical Research Journal

About Arnold Kriegstein

Arnold and Henry Kriegstein are identical twins who share a love of naval history and have been collecting maritime art for forty years. ARNOLD KRIEGSTIEN is the John G Bowes Distinguished Professor of Stem Cell and Tissue Biology and Director of the Institute for Regeneration Medicine at the University of California. HENRY KRIEGSTEIN is an ophthalmologist who practices in Massachusetts, and his other interests include astronomy and palaeontology.


About Henry Kriegstein

Arnold and Henry Kriegstein are identical twins who share a love of naval history and have been collecting maritime art for forty years. ARNOLD KRIEGSTIEN is the John G Bowes Distinguished Professor of Stem Cell and Tissue Biology and Director of the Institute for Regeneration Medicine at the University of California. HENRY KRIEGSTEIN is an ophthalmologist who practices in Massachusetts, and his other interests include astronomy and palaeontology.

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