Figurehead - unidentified (Golden Lion)

Basic Information

FigID
F0074
InstID
FHD0006
Figurehead type
Figurehead
Title
Figurehead - unidentified (Golden Lion)
Vessel name
Unknown
Type (Naval/Merchant)
Merchant
Copyright owner
© National Maritime Museum
Copyright notes
Photo: © National Maritime Museum
Current location
Tresco
Location date
11/02/2013

Physical Information

Description
Gilded and painted figurehead of a crouching and snarling lion, locally called 'Golden Lion', from an unidentified vessel.
Maker
Unknown
Date made
Unknown
Place made
Unknown
Size
H269.2 x W50.8 x D43.2 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
Nothing is definitely known of its origins, or how it arrived in the Valhalla Collection on Tresco, though there is a tradition that it came from a wreck off Land's End.
Bibliography
''Valhalla' The Tresco Ships' Figurehead Collection' (NMM, 1984)

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
Yes
Data verified by owner
Yes
Date verified

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