A fine brass model in realistic detail of a single propeller military airplane. Its shape and features suggest that it is a Supermarine Spitfire fighter plane, a popular single-seat British World War II fighter, interceptor and reconnaissance aircraft, produced starting in 1936. It was flown by the RAF and other Allied forces before and after the war. The well-cast plane model has a free-spinning propeller, and is mounted on mahogany base chamfered on top and trimmed in brass, with a green felt rectangle in the center.
Vintage photographs of Supermarine Spitfires show the same distinctive tail as in the offered brass model — a rounded profile on which the two fins (as seen from the top view) curve inward at the back creating a small v-shaped notch, rather than being straight across. Like this model, Spitfires also have a three-bladed propeller and the cockpit on top slopes at the back into the body of the plane. Some have one cannon armament on each wing, but others have two apiece, as here (see References below). The front wheel covers and other details of this model, although generalized due to its small size, also resemble the Spitfire.
Condition: Generally good, the original lacquer finish to the plane with wear and minor scattered abrasions and handling. Base very good, probably original to the plane, also with the usual wear to finish, handling, etc.
Saranga, Dan. “Supermarine Spitfire PR Mk.XIX.” The Blueprints Database. http://www.the-blueprints.com/blueprints/ww2planes/ww2-supermarine/42625/view/supermarine_spitfire_pr_mk_xix/ (18 May 2015).
“Supermarine Spitfire.” Wikipedia. 16 May 2015. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supermarine_Spitfire (18 May 2015).
“Supermarine Spitfire 1936.” Virtual Aircraft Museum. http://www.aviastar.org/air/england/vickers_spitfire.php (18 May 2015).