Mermaid Model Figurehead
More than a
year ago I was commissioned by some eccentric old Earl
lived in one of those old castles with a moat), in England
to carve a ship's figurehead. He paid a deposit and I started right away
carving a desk-top model mermaid figurehead.
During the first few weeks I emailed him as to discuss some details of
the carving......there was no reply.
I emailed him
and tried other means of contact on numerous occasions within the course
of a year, but still no reply. My agreement by then after a few months,
had expired with him and I was left with an unfinished desk-top ship's
figurehead model..what to do?? He had
literally disappeared. I shelved the mermaid carving and started and
finished quite a few other figurehead jobs.
In these last
few months, when I was carving the full-size-pirate figurehead (which is
now in the Seychelle Islands), I picked up the mermaid and was somehow
strangely compelled to finish her in between carving the pirate. Usually
I wouldn't touch another carving until the current job was finished.
A few days
ago I finished her completely. It has taken me over a year on and
off to complete.
(The mermaids dimensions are.......From tip of bowsprit to back
20" From tip of bowsprit to front of base...18"
Width of model composite...................8"
Weight of Model.................................11
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However, I since have been paid for nearly half of this carving (thanks
to the Earl's quite strange....maybe foolish generosity who knows
where he resides now ) and therefore my conscience
dictates and think it only fair, that I can only offer it now for 50%
off my original agreed price.
Well all said and done, I'm sure it would make a wonderful
showcase on some desk or large maritime book shelf. A rare
opportunity to own a piece of this rare and dying art.
I've carved her
and the bow of the ship from one piece of Island Beech timber. The base
and back from Brazilian Mahogany and the bowsprit separately. In her
left hand she is holding a large conch shell and in her right is a
front base there is a gold plaque with the inscription....'Ship's
figurehead carved by Martin Jeffery'..........
She has been treated and painted to withstand any weathers (if she was
to be placed outside - heaven forbid!) and sealed with a special
The mahogany is polished with pure bees wax.
This is a folk art and I have carved her all by hand, no machinery .
Many many hours and weeks of work.
me if interested for price and insured air shipping - anywhere in the world.