Male Figurehead - unidentified (perhaps Chieftain)

Basic Information

FigID
F0101
InstID
FHD0050
Figurehead type
Figurehead
Title
Male Figurehead - unidentified (perhaps Chieftain)
Vessel name
Unidentified, perhaps Chieftain
Type (Naval/Merchant)
Unknown
Copyright owner
© National Maritime Museum
Copyright notes
Photo: © National Maritime Museum
Current location
Tresco
Location date
12/02/2013

Physical Information

Description
A bearded polychrome half-length male figure of a highlander in military uniform, with blue plaid over the left shoulder and a bonnet with a chequered band.
Maker
Unknown
Date made
Unknown
Place made
Unknown
Size
H107.9 x W54.6 x D47 cm
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
Before NMM acquired the 'Valhalla' collection this rather fine item was thought to have come from a vessel named ‘Chieftain’, wrecked on Hard Lewis in 1856. No records exist of such a wreck and at present, it is impossible to provide a firm identification.
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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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