Pond yachts are model wooden sailboats that became popular during the 19th Century in small clubs in London. Many times, racing was intense among competitors and large sums were wagered. During the height of their popularity, they were a common sight in public parks and even were raced in the 1936 Olympics.
This is a handmade pond yacht made of the highest quality and finest craftsmanship. There are seven canvas sails, composed of a mainsail, a jib, and multiple sheets. Attached to the sails are an intricate “fixed” and “running” rigging, used to help support the masts, bowsprit, and sails. There are even ratlines, which would be used for climbing the rigging, like rungs on a ladder. The “running” rigging, includes upper and lower topsail braces as well as a boom brace.
There is a simulated plank decking for the upper, main, and poop deck. On the main deck, there are four handcrafted rowboats as well as multiple hatches. The steering wheel is on the poop deck since there are fewer pulleys and ropes needed. On the opposite side of the ship, there are miniature cleats, rope, and chain.
This pond yacht is incredibly detailed and even comes with a miniature anchor that hangs gracefully off the side. The model stands on a full keel, which prevents the vessel from being blown sideways and keeps the boat’s right side up. A rudder is attached to the keel, which helps to steer the boat. A plaque on the side of the boat reads “Bob O Link II”. An oak stand is included.
This piece was made in meticulous detail, giving it character and authenticity. It is also a rare piece and in recent years pond yachts have become highly collectible. This piece is the perfect collector’s item. But
as a functional sculpture, it would bring a nautical element on top of any mantel or console table.