Figurehead - unidentified (Golden Eagle)

Basic Information

FigID
F0089
InstID
FHD0031
Figurehead type
Figurehead
Title
Figurehead - unidentified (Golden Eagle)
Vessel name
Unidentified (possibly Golden Eagle)
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
Nothing definite is known about this very skilfully carved and gilded eagle figurehead, with a resisting snake held between its beak and right talons. It is traditionally said to be a Mexican eagle from a French wreck of before 1850.
Maker
Unknown
Date made
Unknown
Place made
Unknown
Size
H469.9 x W37.5 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
It is traditionally said to be a Mexican eagle from a French wreck of before 1850, but this is only speculation and no other information is availlable.
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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