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Jim Goodwin

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Jim Goodwin last won the day on March 20 2018

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    Charlotte, NC
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    Model building-maritime, science (retired geologist), family, reading, our cat, art, & rum

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  1. Jim Goodwin

    Ship in bottle Valuation

    With Napoleonic POW bone ship models...essentially one prisoner started making a model ship. A French guard saw the piece, then told his officer. The officer informed someone higher up, then formed sweat shops to produce models for the elites ( that were not suppose to exist with the Equality, Fraternity, & Liberty movement ). Very detailed pieces many of the models are. Most made by seamen. In some, one could see the furniture and guns through the aft cabin windows. Most hulls were about 18" (+/-) long. Most of the rigging was originally done with horse hair. Have thought that nice subplot in a Napoleonic War era novel would have a POW model ship used to deliver messages and battle plans.
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    Ship in Bottle info Request

    Couldn't tell if it is faded blue or faded black...though the bar color sequence was the key. Thanks for sharing this unique piece. May want to investigate German-built clippers, though as mentioned, many were purchased from other countries.
  3. Jim Goodwin

    Ship in Bottle info Request

    The black white red flag looks like the German merchant used from 1860-1900 (Wikipedia search ) . Russian for that period is white blue red. The bottle looks like an old wine based on the large punt for collecting sediment...though late 1800 scotch bottles had a minor punt. With the air bubbles in the glass, bottle is most likely late-1800's. Historically, numerous clipper ships for Hamburg-based companies were built in England and Scotland with many having iron hulls. In addition to trade, many Hamburg vessels were immigrant ships to America. A very old piece, Daniel , probably made pre-1900. WOW !!!
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    Ship in bottle Valuation

    My generalization of cork-type bottles is perhaps erroneous, though based on the POW samples that I have viewed. Certainly any bottle available would had been used. Thanks for supplying the beautiful example of a mid-20th century European-style bottle. Like the high luster glaze on the mountain. The bottle looks like a medicine or extract bottle. Unlike the POW's of the Napoleonic Wars who made bone ship models in French prison sweatshops, the WWI & WWII POW sibs were made by individuals.
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    Ship in bottle Valuation

    To add some items to Daniel's post... 1) Early to Mid-20th Century European Style: Most of these are dioramas with village and seaside scenes. There are very detailed. Also, some European artists painted the inside of the bottle with sky and clouds. Often these were painted with an egg-base medium which will flake over time & UV exposure. 2) Prisoner of War bottles: Axis power prisoners camped in England, Canada, and the US often made bottled art for luxury items exchange. These pieces were often done in the European style mentioned above. The bottles used were mainly corked so no screw top threading. Often the artist would inscribe them...where they were, and who they were. If it is documented, the POW bottles are very valuable...have seen a few ranging from $600 - $1000. 3) String work and rope work: This enhances the piece/value. The header bottle is a great example of a macramé weave graced with a turk's knot. Some string work, like the coach whip handle weave, is very time consuming ( personal testimony), though the chevron pattern looks great on the neck. The cord can also be used to date the piece. Polyester came into main use during the mid 1940's. 4) Right handed verses left-handed artists: ( "He has a sinister hand"...Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet ). Right-handed artist will have the vessel sailing to the bottle neck to the right. For left-handed artists, it is to the left. I have encounter a few pieces that were made by a left-handed artists. It is open to debate it the value of a left-handed artist is more/equal to a right-handed person. Though in appraising a bottle, it should be noted.
  6. Started making plastic models as a kid. The silver age types...Aurora, Pyro, & Airfix were my favorite. My sketchbook was filled with ships and seascapes. At Boy Scout camp, got into wood carving with the handi-dandi-cut-yourself multi-bladed knife I got at the trading post. Shortly after that, I acquired the First Aid Merit Badge. Got out of models in high school then picked up wooden kits while in the oil field...worked on RC sailing schooners & some static pieces. Launched my first RC schooner in an Oklahoma cow pond where dozens of water snakes came up from the deep to see what was on the surface. Took a break from ships & carved about 100 decoys which I sold. Returned to making ships & one, the 1807 Hornet, was accepted into the 200th Constitution model show. Have made several models for museums since then. An artist friend suggested that I try a ship in bottle, so I read two books and got hooked. Sold to a gallery on the Outer Banks and then discovered art shows & maritime festivals. Am thankful for the various museums support over the years. In preserving this art, one has to learn glass. That in itself is just a interesting. The ions in the silica mixture will give the glass color, and Uranium will yield yellow to orange...and it is still hot ! Am slowing down now due to family genes ( if Mom & Dad wanted to give me something, a T-shirt would had been dandy !!! ). Still have numerous vessels to build both in and out of the bottle. Often I ponder, as perhaps others have, if the affinity with ships and sailing is a past-life carryover. Cheers & Fair Winds, Jim
  7. Jim Goodwin

    Plastic kit with Jaws scene

    WOW ! Really neat. Just looked this up on Ebay. Lowest is $100. Addar Productions, former Aurora, came out with several bottled scene of The Planet of the Apes as well as some ships.
  8. Greetings All, I was just contacted by an individual whose company makes Lift Boats in Southern Louisiana. He is looking for a person to make 1:175 scale models for a customer in North Africa. Talking about 25-30 of them. Detail is needed on these commissions. Plans will be provided So what is a lift boat? It is like an oil field platform...three legs, cranes, helipad, bridge/crew quarters. Worked on some back in my younger days. If anyone is interested, just personal message me. This looks like a long time commission where good money will be made.
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    Very nice model of the Bluenose. If you can find a Canadian dime, mount that on the mouth of the bottle...it has the Bluenose on the tail's side.
  10. Jim Goodwin

    Charles W Morgan

    Marvelous work, Frankie !. Love your display stand too. Wonderful build log. Best to you in the New Year !
  11. Cool. Like that bottle. One can do a lot with the jug container.
  12. Looks great, Daniel. Was wondering how this was going. Like your choice of bottle. Twas just too busy to work on this. Glad you could do it. Cheers, Shipmates !
  13. Thanks Daniel for the referral. Got the message on the FB business page & will call them today. Fortunately my holiday orders are nearing completion, so I could have time to work on this. Shouldn't take too long, though the bow & aft scrolls/head will have to be added after the hull is in the bottle. Shall keep you informed. Have recently completed some for the program The Magicians. Will be shown in near the end of the forthcoming 2nd season. They wanted human figures with rabbit heads on the deck & rigging. Called it the Bunny Boat. Figures were 9mm tall. Got railroad figures & rabbit figures, cut the heads off & attached, and mounted them on a topsail schooner ( Pride of Baltimore-type). The prop folks were happy with it. Cheers & thanks again.
  14. Alas, not in UK. Maybe after this mayhem election we may be moving. Just completed a two sib's project for a Canadian tv production company to be used in their series on 20-somethings in a Hogwarts-type school. ( can't say the program name yet until episode is aired. Will post photos then).
  15. Jim Goodwin

    Western River

    What type of bottle are you using ? Volume ? 1 liter ?