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Figurehead of the Sovereign
Sovereign
basic info
FigID
F0147
InstID
Figurehead type
Figurehead
Title
Figurehead of the Sovereign
Vessel name
Sovereign
Type (Naval/Merchant)
Merchant
Copyright owner
© Cutty Sark Trust Copyright
Copyright notes
Photo: © Cutty Sark Trust Copyright
Current location
Cutty Sark
Location date
04/03/2013
physical info
Description
A small, full-length male figurehead in gold chain mail and wearing a gold/red crown. The figure wears a red tunic under the mail. He has a brown belt and brown cross gartering on the legs. His right arm is held forward and is detachable. His left arm is at his side with a dagger in the hand. He is looking forward, and his left leg is shown stepping forward. He stands on a small gold pedestal with ornate green detail.
Maker
Unknown
Date made
Unknown
Place made
Unknown
Size
H104 x W35 x D43 cms
Materials
Object history
The figurehead is part of a collection assembled by Sydney Cumbers and known as 'The Long John Silver Collection'. It is from a brig of the same name, but nothing else is recorded about it. The figurehead represents a Saxon king, and the right arm is detachable so that it could be unshipped in heavy weather.
Vessel history
The "Royal Sovereign," a mail packet built at Rotherhithe in 1821. Her name was afterwards changed to "Monkey" and she became a tug at Chatham.
Bibliography
Admiralty Catalogue (1911) No 536.
Ownership info
Owner type
Public Institution
Owner name
The 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