Figurehead - unidentified (Dolphin)
© National Maritime Museum
Image: © National Maritime Museum
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.
W122 x D57 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.
‘Valhalla’ The Tresco Ships’ Figurehead Collection (NMM, 1984)
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