I have recently purchased two models described as circa 1930. The owner died some years ago. The models , and their associated bits wrapped in a local newspaper from 1979, were consigned to the cellar. His widow died earlier this year and the models were destined for the skip, when one of the sons, now in his sixties remembers sailing these models ,as a young boy, with his father. Photos exist and are being searched out.
One model was identified as soon as I returned home. A model Sharpie ,therefore 1950 or later , identical to the one on your site at this moment, even to the colour of the different timbers, lining on the deck and steering gear,except that I have a set of sails.
I have not seen anything like the other model however in my searches to date. I hope you or other website browsers can shed some light on it.
I am can not sure of the construction , unless, until or IF I remove the deck.
Length 29½", bowsprit adds another 8", Beam 7" ,
Bottom of keel to deck 9 ½" , Weight 4.2lbs. ( 1.88 kgs. ) Bottom 1 ½" of the keel is cast lead screwed up into the timber
A professional looking weighted rudder is attached. Pic. 3 shows a 42" mast with a full set of sails. Pic.4 shows a 33" mast with no jib . Pic. 5, 25" mast with full set. Pic 8 another 25" mast no jib. And finally Pic. 9 a 16" mast with full set of sails. Pictures 5,8 & 9appear to me as Gaff ? Rigs.. All the masts are prepared at the foot in the same way suggesting that they all belong with this model. I apologise for my ignorance of the nomenclature, but I am a new boy at this There is a good reason for starting with these older models, but that is an even longer story.