Stern badge of the Greenwich Hospital Barge

Basic Information

FigID
F0065
InstID
EQA0655
Figurehead type
Stern Carving
Title
Stern badge of the Greenwich Hospital Barge
Vessel name
Unknown
Type (Naval/Merchant)
Merchant
Copyright owner
© National Maritime Museum
Copyright notes
Photo: © National Maritime Museum
Current location
Kidbrooke Stores, NMM
Location date
07/02/2013

Physical Information

Description
Stern badge from the Greenwich Hospital barge. On a cartouche, the Greenwich Hospital crest of crossed Union flags with white staffs above a gold naval crown on a red ground), with two 'cherubs' which act as supporters and gilded and painted scrollwork below. The two putti, in light blue costume appear, in fact, to be in the early to mid-18th-century dress of boys of the Hospital School and are perhaps more properly described as such. The painting of this item does not appear to be original and while it can reasonably be assumed the colours follow the first scheme, it would require specialist examination to confirm this.
Maker
Unknown
Date made
Unknown
Place made
Unknown
Size
H38.5 x W50 x D8.5 cms
Materials
wood
Object history
Vessel history
There is also a plan of the next and - if built - undoubtedly final Hospital barge, dated 1838 (ZAZ7166): that includes a plainer oval stern-badge, which also suggests this is from its predecessor.
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Ownership Information

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

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