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Figurehead of a Collier Brig
F0011 Figureheads - Collier Brig - FHD0070
basic info
FigID
F0011
InstID
FHD0070
Figurehead type
Figurehead
Title
Figurehead of a Collier Brig
Vessel name
Unidentified
Type (Naval/Merchant)
Merchant
Copyright owner
© National Maritime Museum
Copyright notes
Photo: © National Maritime Museum
Current location
On loan to Bembridge Maritime Museum, Isle of Wight
Location date
physical info
Description
Polychrome figurehead of 19th-century collier brig, in the form of a half-length male figure in contemporary civilian dress of a red coat and black cravat/ bow-tie, with a high shirt collar. He is carved with a directness which gives him charm and vitality. As with some of the female figures of small ships there is a resemblance to Staffordshire Pottery. The ship from which this comes is not known but the portrait figure - of a long-nosed man with short hair and long sideburns - is probably that of its owner or someone in a related family.
Maker
Unknown
Date made
Unknown
Place made
Unknown
Size
H86.4 x W55.9 x D40.6 cms
Materials
wood: pine
Object history
Purchased on behalf of the NMM by Sir James Caird from Mr. H. Le Ney, 109 Cromwell Road, Whitstable, Kent for £15 in 1947 who said it had been washed ashore from a wreck. The nose was restored in 1951 in the museum workshops, modelled by the craftsman, Mr Barnes, who copied his own nose, looking into a mirror.
Vessel history
It is said to be from a north-eastern collier brig, which were typically of around 250 tons and carried about 20 keels (424 tons) of coal from the Tyne to London. The length of such ships was typically about 100 feet.
Bibliography
Peter Norton 'Figureheads' p.20
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
Yes
Data verified by owner
Yes
Date verified