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Figurehead - unidentified (Dolphin)
F0092 A Figurehead - Dolphin - FHD0038
basic info
FigID
F0092
InstID
FHD0038
Figurehead type
Figurehead
Title
Figurehead - unidentified (Dolphin)
Vessel name
Unidentified
Type (Naval/Merchant)
Merchant
Copyright owner
© National Maritime Museum
Copyright notes
Image: © National Maritime Museum
Current location
Tresco
Location date
11/02/2013
physical info
Description
This polychrome fish-head, protruding below a damaged scroll carving is traditionally known on Tresco as the ‘Dolphin’ and - despite its rather more 'fishy' appearance - may come from a vessel of that name, of which there were many in the 19th century. However nothing else has been recorded and no ‘Dolphin’ is known to have been wrecked on the Isles of Scilly.
Maker
Unknown
Date made
Unknown
Place made
Unknown
Size
W122 x D57 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
Unknown
Bibliography
‘Valhalla’ The Tresco Ships’ Figurehead Collection (NMM, 1984)
Ownership info
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