Scrollhead from Eliza
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A brightly decorated polychrome scrollhead with flowers and bunches of grapes.
H142.2 x W33 x D35.6 cm
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.
By tradition this scrollhead comes from a vessel stationed as a coal hulk off Nut Rock, south of Tresco. According to the 'Valhalla' collection notes made by Charlotte Dorrien-Smith of Tresco Abbey it was wrecked in 1867, but nothing further is known of its origins.
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