Date Added: 22 August 2014
This is an nicely detailed war diorama. In the scene is a truly impressive ship model in a bottle, circa 1940's, depicting a battleship. This is an extremely well-made ship about 5 1/2" long sailing on a choppy sea of deep blue/green near to land masses. The ship's hull and deck sides are painted gray. On the stern of the hull is the name "Rita," perhaps the wife or girlfriend of the maker. The decks are painted in a red/rust color. The main deck has four large guns; two guns have three cannons and two have two. The ship has two main smokestacks painted gray and highlighted in gold. White smoke made from cotton rises from each stack. On the deck and between the stacks is mounted a biplane. The ship flies a British flag from the main tower and a long banner or pennant, as well as another flag from the rigging and a British flag suspended from a pole on the stern of the ship. Alongside the stern of the battleship is a small escort ship with a single gun. Behind the ship are two separate land masses. There are eight buildings on the land to the front of the bottle and seven buildings on the other island. All the buildings are white with red roofs and many windows drawn on the buildings. There is a hand-painted background depicting a dark blue sky with clouds. On this background is paper cut of an American passenger airplane. The bottle is a London Winery Limited, London, Canada and is sealed with a black metal screw cap. This bottle was made by an unidentified POW who was held in a POW camp in Gravenhurst, Ontario. This person also made Bottle ID 477 and 611.
|Type:||WW2 British Battleship in a Bottle||Maker's Name:||Unidentified POW|
|Category:||Military||Made Where:||Gravenhurst, Ontario, Canada|
|Bottle Size:||9 1/2" x 4 1/8"||Year Made:||1940 - 1945|
|Bottle Type:||London Winery Unlimited, London, Canada|