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The Golden Coursier, a fictional French galleon which I have modeled here based on such ships of the 17th century. She is shown with several "firsts" for me: my first ship with "guns" mounted along her hull (brass tubes, polished and sealed), three ship's lanterns at her stern (tiny orange glass beads mounted on brass pins), and a pennant made of brass sheet flying from her main mast (see picture!). I have used tiny black glass beads as pulleys for her block and tackle. Her rigging lines are all black silk threads, masts and yards are made from a series of carbon fiber rods each of which tapers slightly at the ends, and her hull is made of wood veneer sheets connected tab-and-slot and secured with the highest quality wood glue.

Also, note her figurehead: this ship sports a tiny golden horse on her prow, just below her boom-- front legs rearing up, mane all curls. From beaten brass pins that I bent and soldered together, then made the mane by curling extremely fine brass wire around a pin, then cutting it off, crushing it flat, and soldering it onto the head of the piece. Took several tries to get it right. What you see here is the idealized outcome of all that experimentation.

The vessel flies the French royal naval ensign from her spritsail mast, fleurs de lis on a blue background, and has a nameplate in 3-point font along her port stern (you'll have to look for it!). Note that she has a total of nine silk square-rigged sails on her three+ masts (including two on the mizzen mast), and has a characteristic "spritsail top" on the tip of her bowsprit. These tops sticking out on the end of a bowsprit are extremely difficult to engineer in miniature, and must have been nightmares to construct and operate in the 17th century. I have only ever attempted two in my career making ships— here you see the second, and it took me over an hour just to make and finally secure this one element.

Guns, sails, masts, figurehead, sprit top— this ship was a great deal of work.

Total height: 3 3/8"
Total length stem-to-stern: 2 1/2"

Le Coursier Doré: 17th Century Miniature French Galleon


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: wood, carbon fiber, silk, brass, glass
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