Ship Model of the Frigate "Melpomene"

MO 79.190
Ship Model of the Frigate "Melpomene"
Maker unknown
bone, wood
18 "x 29 1/2" x 17"
Ship model of the 44 gun French frigate of the line "Melpomene." This model was crafted by a prisoner of war during the French Revolutionary or Napoleonic wars. The bow has a warrior figurehead.
This ship model was part of President Kennedy's personal model collection. It was given to him by Aristotle Onassis, through his sister-in-law Princess Lee Radziwell during the President's State Visit to Germany.
Aristotle Onassis
Donated to the United States