USS Essex of 1799, one of the first American frigates
The USS Essex was built in Salem, Massachusetts and launched on 30 September 1799. She got fitted with forty 32-pounder carronades and six 12-pounder guns. Her crew consisted of 154 men.
She served in the war against the North African Barbary pirates 1801 - 1806 and in the War of 1812 with England. On 28 March 1813 she was captured by the English frigate HMS Phoebe and the sloop HMS Cherub, after suffering heavy losses in a fight at the Chilean coast just north of Valparaiso.
The Admiralty had her repaired and took her into the Royal Navy as HMS Essex until 1837.
There is more information on the ship and her history in an Wikipedia article on USS Essex.
The USS Essex model, photos, description and dimensions
The ship model was built without sails to allow for a better view on the very detailed, impressive rigging.
The finely worked, detailed ship model is 1 : 64 scale. Length is 102 cm, width 36 cm, height 84 cm.