HM Revenue Cutter Ship Model (1790's GB)

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HM Revenue Cutter Ship Model (1790's GB)

Overall size: 64 cm (L) x 56 cm (H)

SKU: 192

British cutter model HM Revenue

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Overall dimensions:

Length: 25" (64 cm)
Width: 9.25" (23.5 cm)
Height: 22" (56 cm)

Introducing one of our best model wooden ship, HM Revenue Cutter is a hand built ship model only available as a unique collector’s item. It has taken us many hours of manual work to complete. A lot of attention has been given to replicating the deck details accurately. 


  • This British cutter model is fully handmade and hand painted from start to finish.

  • The model wooden ship of HMS Swan has a hand decorated stern bearing an emblem of the Dorset mute swan.

  • This detailed model cutter ship displays a diorama of a working ship crew.

  • Deck details are all assembled by hand.

  • British Navy crew figurines are hand painted.

  • Swivel guns and deck pumps are also available in black.

  • Silver carved name plate with HM Revenue Cutter.

  • This fully built wooden model sailing ship flies the HM Revenue flags of circa 1790’s.

  • Not a kit.

  • Dispatched from Bristol or free Click & Collect.

Models are shipped via DHL and shipping costs are as follows:

UK mainland and Northern Ireland @ £10.50
The Scottish Highlands & Channel Islands @ £35.10
The USA @ £159.00

Please email us to request a delivery charge to your country.

Shipping cost doesn't include customs clearance, import taxes, duty or VAT. The buyer will be liable for payment of all import charges applicable in their respective country. Each country has a different tax rate. We advise buyers to check their government website for further information.

There are no extra charges to be paid for deliveries to Northern Ireland.

Armed cutter ships were used in the 19th century by the Royal Navy and HM Customs to locate and intercept smugglers off the coast of Britain. They were very effective due to their speed and manoeuvrability. This model of HMS Swan is a representation of the typical armed cutter ship.

Examples of this type of ship are available in the following references:

King's Cutters and Smugglers 1700-1855, by E. Keble Chatterton
Plan showing the framing profile for Cutters
English cutter Swan taken by French privateers La Reciprocite and Le Voltigeur

The story goes that this ship was built as a 14-gun Mutin class type cutter in Cherbourg similar to French cutters such as the Mutin 1779, Pandour 1795, Fulminante 1798, Entreprenante 1799 to be used by French privateers. Many of these ships were captured by the Royal Navy and refitted as Navy armed cutters or revenue cutters. She was captured in the Bay of Biscay by HMS Anson in 1799 and sent to Plymouth where she was refitted and renamed HMS Swan by the Admiralty and lent to HM Customs to fulfil her duty in Cowes where HM Customs fleet was stationed.

Further links to references used during the creation of our model can be found below:

Smugglers and Revenue Cutters
Naval Cutter
Lieutenant Gabriel Bray R.N.

The Armed Cutter Swan is named after the mute swans which populate much of the West Dorset Heritage Coast. On this coast lies the Abbotsbury swannery, the town of Swanage and many other places which have adopted this famous bird as symbol or mascot. This part of the British coast line provided ideal locations for smugglers to drop their illegal goods. Armed cutters of HM Revenue and Customs were the ideal ships to track, chase and capture smugglers vessels as they were fast, manoeuvrable and able to sail into the wind's eye.

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