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  1. JerseyCity Frankie, That's good information... thank you. If it is an A.J. Fisher model I've found adds for their Sovereign kits dating as far back as 1933. I sent an email to the current owner of A.J. Fisher, but haven't heard back yet. I'll update the post as more information comes in. Thanks, Ed
  2. Bob, Thank you for the lead. I see that AJ Fisher is still in business, so I'll contact them to see whether the Sovereign I have is one of their kits. Ed
  3. I figured it out... more photos attached. I mentioned cast parts such as the anchor & bell, but there are other metal parts such as the pumps, stair railing stanchions and probably some others that slip my mind. If these parts were from a kit or catalog, I would think they could help date the model.
  4. The posted pictures are mixed up a bit. The bottom picture is of a model of Sovereign of the Seas. The first and third pictures are of a boat with no name, at least that I've been able to find. And yes, it's a shame it was given to a young child to play with. The neighbor had given me Sovereign already and when he saw what the 2-year-old had done to the other model he took it back and gave that one to me as well. The no-name model was almost certainly hand-built by somebody with modest skills, but the details of Sovereign lead me to believe it must have been a kit. That said, I've been unable to find on the internet any reference to kits for these models. Perhaps my neighbor is mistaken about their age - he's in his late 70s and he said his uncle told him they were built circa 1900 - but you'd think there would be a brochure or some other reference on the internet, if not to a kit specifically for the Sovereign then at least to a catalog of generic ship parts for modelers. I was going to post a couple more photos showing some of the cast metal parts (I find it hard to believe that somebody went to the trouble of casting these themselves for this one model) but I'm not seeing the paperclip anywhere...
  5. A neighbor recently gave me two antique wooden ship models. They belonged to his uncle and he believes they were built circa 1900. One has no name and was badly damaged when it was given briefly to a 2-year-old to play with. It appears to be completely hand made and the hull appears to be carved from a solid block of wood. The second is a model of Sovereign of The Seas. It is complete with very little damage, but is still in need of a fair amount of work. The detail on this model is far greater and many components appear to be cast metal, suggesting that it was perhaps built from a kit. I've attached photos. Any help identifying the unnamed ship, kit manufacturer(s) or possibly ship builders would be greatly appreciated. Thank you, Ed

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