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Figurehead of a Model Brig
F0006 Figureheads - Model Brig - FHD0065
basic info
FigID
F0006
InstID
FHD0065
Figurehead type
Figurehead
Title
Figurehead of a Model Brig
Vessel name
Model Brig
Type (Naval/Merchant)
Merchant
Copyright owner
© National Maritime Museum
Copyright notes
Photo: © National Maritime Museum
Current location
Kidbrooke Stores, National Maritime Museum
Location date
12/11/2012
physical info
Description
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.
Maker
Royal Naval Dockyards, Sheerness
Date made
1904
Place made
Sheerness
Size
H813 x W406 x D273 cms
Materials
Pine; Oil Paint; Gilt
Object history
Presented to the NMM by Paymaster Admiral H. Harriman in 1938.
Vessel history
Bibliography
Royal Yachts, Paymaster Commander C.M. Gavin, pp. 113
Ownership info
Owner type
Public Institution
Owner name
National Maritime Museum
Contact details
Royal Museums Greenwich, London SE10 9NF
Ownership can be cited online
Yes
Accessible to public
By appointment
Data verified by owner
Yes
Date verified