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Figurehead of the Volunteer
F0095 A Figurehead - Volunteer - FHD0041
basic info
FigID
F0095
InstID
FHD0041
Figurehead type
Figurehead
Title
Figurehead of the Volunteer
Vessel name
Volunteer
Type (Naval/Merchant)
Merchant
Copyright owner
© National Maritime Museum
Copyright notes
Photo: © National Maritime Museum
Current location
Tresco
Location date
12/02/2013
physical info
Description
Figurehead from the wooden ketch 'Volunteer', in the form of a small half-kneeling polychrome uniformed figure of a military volunteer, complete with hat and rifle. It is supported by a green scroll carving below.
Maker
Unknown
Date made
Unknown
Place made
Unknown
Size
H122 x W40.6 x D54.6 cms
Materials
Wood
Object history
Accepted by HM Treasury in lieu of Estate Duty in 1979 from Robert Arthur Dorien-Smith. The collection was begun by Augustus Smith (1806-72) who leased the islands from the Duchy of Cornwall. The figureheads in the Valhalla Collection came from vessels wrecked on Scilly.
Vessel history
The vessel was an old coasting ketch that supplied the Isles of Scilly with coal. She had been built and owned in Aberystwyth and in 1908 came to Scilly, already 47 years old. Three years later she foundered on Culver Sands in the Bristol Channel and her owners then had the figurehead brought back to Tresco for the ‘Valhalla’ collection there.
Bibliography
‘Valhalla’ The Tresco Ships’ Figurehead Collection (NMM, 1984)
Ownership info
Owner type
Public Institution
Owner name
National Maritime Museum
Contact details
Royal Museums Greenwich, Park Row, London SE10 9NF
Ownership can be cited online
Yes
Accessible to public
Yes
Data verified by owner
Yes
Date verified