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

in the Kriegstein Collection

Seaforth Naval Photographic Books 18th Century 17th Century

By Arnold Kriegstein, Henry Kriegstein
Seaforth Publishing
Pages: 288
Illustrations: 350 colour
ISBN: 9781399009775
Published: 23rd September 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.

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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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.

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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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