Scrollhead from Eliza

Basic Information

FigID
F0103
InstID
FHD0052
Figurehead type
Bow Carving
Title
Scrollhead from Eliza
Vessel name
Eliza
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 brightly decorated polychrome scrollhead with flowers and bunches of grapes.
Maker
Unknown
Date made
Unknown
Place made
Unknown
Size
H142.2 x W33 x D35.6 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
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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Ownership Information

Owner type
Public Institution
Owner name
National Maritime Museum
Contact details
Royal Museums Greenwich, 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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