Figurehead of the Sovereign
© Cutty Sark Trust Copyright
Photo: © Cutty Sark Trust Copyright
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.
H104 x W35 x D43 cms
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.
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.
Admiralty Catalogue (1911) No 536.
The Cutty Sark Trust
Royal Museums Greenwich, London SE10 9NF
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