Figurehead - unidentified (Golden Eagle)
Unidentified (possibly Golden Eagle)
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Photo: © National Maritime Museum
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.
H469.9 x W37.5 cms
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.
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.
‘Valhalla’ – The Tresco Ships’ Figurehead Collection (NMM, 1984)
National Maritime Museum
Royal Museums Greenwich, London SE10 9NF
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