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Figurehead of the HMS Espiegle
Espiegle large
basic info
FigID
F0211
InstID
Figurehead type
Figurehead
Title
Figurehead of the HMS Espiegle
Vessel name
HMS Espiegle
Type (Naval/Merchant)
Naval
Copyright owner
© National Museum of the Royal Navy
Copyright notes
Photo: © National Museum of the Royal Navy
Current location
National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth
Location date
physical info
Description
HMS 'Espiegle’s' name takes its origins from the french, L’Espiègle meaning ‘frolicsome’. The female, three-quarter-length figure wears a green full length dress with blue and gold details. On her wrists are carved gold, jewel encrusted bangles. She also wears a domino mask, the type worn for masquerades.
Maker
Unknown
Date made
Unknown
Place made
Unknown
Size
Materials
Wood
Object history
Vessel history
HMS 'Espiegle' was built and launched at Sheerness Dockyard in 1900. One of the last Royal Naval ships designed to carry sail and have a figurehead. Between 1902 and 1904 she served on the China Station. In 1905-1910 she became a training ship at Dartmouth. In 1914 she saw service in the Persian Gulf, gaining a battle honour for Mesopotamia. In 1923 she was sold in Bombay.
Bibliography
David Pulvertaft ‘The Warship Figureheads of Portsmouth’ (Stroud, 2009) p.94
Ownership info
Owner type
Public Institution
Owner name
National Museum of the Royal Navy
Contact details
National Museum of the Royal Navy, HM Naval Base (PP66), Portsmouth PO1 3NH
Ownership can be cited online
Yes
Accessible to public
Yes
Data verified by owner
No
Date verified