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Figurehead of the Golden Cherubs
Golden Cherubs
basic info
FigID
F0126
InstID
Figurehead type
Figurehead
Title
Figurehead of the Golden Cherubs
Vessel name
Golden Cherubs
Type (Naval/Merchant)
Merchant
Copyright owner
© Cutty Sark Trust Copyright
Copyright notes
Photo: © Cutty Sark Trust Copyright
Current location
Cutty Sark
Location date
12/02/2013
physical info
Description
The figurehead has two gold cherubs either side of blue oval plaque. The plaque has carving of a ship, flying St. George's flags. There are flowers, fruit and leaves carved below the plaque and cherubs. There is a scrollwork at the top of the plaque, and black grapes and leaves on the top of the scrollwork. The right hand of the cherub on the right and the left hand of the cherub on the left rest on the grapes.
Maker
Unknown
Date made
Unknown
Place made
Unknown
Size
H62 x W42 x D33 cms
Materials
Wood
Object history
The figurehead is part of a collection assembled by Sydney Cumbers and known as 'The Long John Silver Collection'. The figurehead was thought by Cumbers to be in the style of Grinling Gibbons. Unfortunately there is no evidence to verify this claim and the carving in all probability dates from a much later period. .
Vessel history
The previous owner of this figurehead, Sydney Cumbers, believed the figurehead came from a ship owned by Cornish Smuggler and wrecker Thomas Jacobs, who had her built about 1660. He and his gang used the ship for smuggling until they and the ship were lost in a storm off Tintagel in 1703. However, Sydney Cumbers’ information is believed to be incorrect and therefore the vessel this figurehead adorned is likely to date from a later period.

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Ownership info
Owner type
Public Institution
Owner name
Cutty Sark Trust
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