Figurehead of the Golden Cherubs
© Cutty Sark Trust Copyright
Photo: © Cutty Sark Trust Copyright
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.
H62 x W42 x D33 cms
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. .
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.
Cutty Sark Trust
Royal Museums Greenwich, London, SE10 9NF
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