Figurehead of a Model Brig
© National Maritime Museum
Photo: © National Maritime Museum
Kidbrooke Stores, National Maritime Museum
Black-and-white painted and part-gilded figurehead in the form of a half-length bust of King Edward VII, in naval uniform with epaulettes, emerging from a foliate scroll head. It comes from a model brig built by Edward VII in 1904 for his grandchildren and sailed on Virginia Water. It was based on a 42-foot naval cutter, reconstructed and rigged as a 10-gun brig at Sheerness Dockyard. On completion it was towed up the Thames as far as Brentford then loaded onto road transport for the short journey to Virginia Water, where it was actively used by the royal children for 13 years. In 1919 it was condemned and broken up, the figurehead and stern nameboard (FHD0065.2) being saved.
Royal Naval Dockyards, Sheerness
H813 x W406 x D273 cms
Pine; Oil Paint; Gilt
Presented to the NMM by Paymaster Admiral H. Harriman in 1938.
Royal Yachts, Paymaster Commander C.M. Gavin, pp. 113
National Maritime Museum
Royal Museums Greenwich, London SE10 9NF
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