This small half-length figurehead of a young girl from the wooden barque 'Rosa Tacchini' may be a portrait connected with the owners of the ship. It has been deliberately kept in its unrestored condition as an example of the state some items were originally in, washed up after some time in the sea.
Polychrome figurehead which (though not completely certain) appears to represent St Bernard of Clairvaux at half-length, with a crown in the form of a building - presumably his abbey - holding a pastoral staff in the right hand, and set within the scroll of a billet-head.
A brightly decorated polychrome scrollhead with flowers and bunches of grapes.
Polychrome and gilded waist-length female bust figurehead, from an unknown vessel. The figure may be a portrait and is in a low-cut blue evening gown, with a white panel at the breast, a gold belt and gold necklace. The hair is dressed in ringlets over the ears, with gold hair clips. The dress style is about 1828 and suggests British origin.
A bearded polychrome half-length male figure of a highlander in military uniform, with blue plaid over the left shoulder and a bonnet with a chequered band.
Three-quarter length polychrome female figurehead, in a blue day dress with 'engageant' sleeves over a white chemise with a wide collar. The chemise bears a gold brooch at the breast just above the right hand, which is across the body below and holds a pink rose. The left arm is by the side and the hair simply gathered over the ears. This item's traditional local name of 'Puritan lady' is based on its appearance, but it is clearly a 19th-century piece in characteristic early 1860s dress that suggests British origin. The plain but distinctive features also strongly suggest it is a specific portrait, but nothing else is known about it.
Small three-quarter length polychrome female figurehead from the wooden schooner 'Jane Owen'. This pretty little figure is in a blue evening dress of a style about 1850-55, with a low-cut top that conceals the absence of arms on the figure and bears a red rose at the breast.
Finely carved long-bust-length polychrome figurehead from the wooden brig or brigantine 'Rosherville' of London, representing a gentleman in dress of about 1837 with a jewelled pin in his cravat.
Half-length polychrome female figurehead, wearing a blue cloak framing her two-tone brown dress with a white trim and a gilt cameo at the breast. The cloak also neatly conceals the lack of arms. The hair is dark, centrally parted and gathered at the sides. The plain strong facial features suggest it is a specific portrait but nothing else is known of the ship. The style of dress indicates British origin around 1850.
Figurehead from the wooden ketch 'Volunteer', in the form of a small half-kneeling polychrome uniformed figure of a military volunteer, complete with hat and rifle. It is supported by a green scroll carving below.
Elegant white and gilded half-length female figurehead, apparently in an evening gown with a high waistband and shawl,the hair dressed high, supported on a black and gilded scroll.
A long bust-length polychrome male figurehead apparently in the form of a Roman soldier, with a cloak draped over armour. The costume suggests it came from a vessel whose name had some association with ancient Rome, but no other information is recorded about its origins.
This polychrome fish-head, protruding below a damaged scroll carving is traditionally known on Tresco as the ‘Dolphin’ and - despite its rather more 'fishy' appearance - may come from a vessel of that name, of which there were many in the 19th century. However nothing else has been recorded and no ‘Dolphin’ is known to have been wrecked on the Isles of Scilly.
A full-length polychrome female figurehead, including the feet, dressed in a ‘shepherdess’ or pastoral style in a blue tunic over a white undergarment, and a red skirt, both with gold edging. The left arm is crossed over the breast. The extended right arm is missing but was clearly detachable at sea, since the shoulder has the vertical 'female' groove into which it slotted. Unfortunately nothing else is known about it.
Figurehead of the barque 'Palinurus', in the form of a full-length polychrome painted male figure, including feet, in formal dress of about 1830. He holds a hunting-sword or cutlass transversely above his head with his extended right arm, as if parrying a blow.
Nothing definite is known about this very skilfully carved and gilded eagle figurehead, with a resisting snake held between its beak and right talons. It is traditionally said to be a Mexican eagle from a French wreck of before 1850.
Sternboard from the 74-gun ship 'Colossus', a third-rate built in 1787. It comprises an elongated black-painted lozenge-shaped panel, with a gilded raised edge and mirror image foliate decoration either side of a central crown with a red cap lining.
White and gilded three-quarter length figurehead from the Liverpool tea clipper 'Friar Tuck' ,1856. It represents the fictitious friar from the English legend of Robin Hood, with a crucifix on a staff in his half-extended right hand.
The white and gilded female head and left shoulder only, with indications of classical dress, broken off from what was probably a full-length figurehead.
Polychrome painted and gilded half-length figurehead of a girl with long, flowing red hair, in a blue dress and holding a golden rose at her breast in her right hand. This example and that of the ‘Bernardo’ (FHD0053) show a variation on the usual form, in which a figure is designed to sit within a modified billet-bead. Unfortunately nothing is known of the ship from which this comes, though the dress is consistent with a British origin in the mid-1850s.
Polychrome and gilded bust-length figurehead from the wooden brig 'Alessandro il Grande' of Venice (an Austrian city at the time it was probably made). It is a portrait of Tsar Alexander I of Russia (reigned 1801-25) shown in black military dress, with epaulettes, decorations and a red sash.
Elaborately carved black and gilded billethead from the ‘Award’. For notes see her trail board, FHD0001.
Ten-foot wide sternboard with white and gilded foliate decoration on blue, from an unknown vessel. The form and somewhat neo-classical 'Adam' style suggests it is from a prestigious sailing vessel of the late-18th or early 19th century.
It shows a presumably Turkish bearded figure in a jewelled turban round a red cap and wearing a cloak over a blue tunic with gilded tassel fastenings.
The fine standard of carving of the intertwined cornucopia and foliage on this sternboard indicates a vessel of quality, but from which ship and how the board arrived at the Tresco ‘Valhalla’ is unknown. It probably dates from the early to mid-19th century.
Dark green-painted and gilded billethead from the Neapolitian barque 'Lofaro'.
A fine three-quarter length female figurehead from the iron barque ‘River Lune’, in white and gilded classical-style dress with green trim and a green cloak. The hair is long and flowing with a gold headdress and the left arm holds the cloak across the lower breast.
A fine three-quarter length, white-painted female figurehead, with gilded decoration. The dress is essentially 19th-century but classicized and the figure wears a small gold crown or tiara. The right arm is across the breast and the left by the figure's side holds a fold of the gown.
Gilded and painted figurehead of a crouching and snarling lion, locally called 'Golden Lion', from an unidentified vessel.
White-painted and gilded three-quarter-length figurehead of a woman in classical-style dress wearing a small crown, her right arm across her body.
Figurehead in the form of a small polychrome bust of a young woman, possibly a personal portrait. The figure's hair is braided in side ringlets and the collar of the dress has a distinctive floral incised pattern.
Figurehead in the form of a fish. The finish in 2011 was gold.
Six-piece polychrome and gilded stern decoration, traditionally said to be from the 'Boreas', a French East Indiaman wrecked on Annet, Isles of Scilly, date unknown, in the 17th century. The carving is traditionally said to be the work of French marine carver, Pierre Puget, who died in 1695 but this is probably wishful thinking since it is not up to Puget's known quality and there is no objective evidence for it. The pieces have been arranged on a flat backboard, not as they would have been on the ship, where the two winged zephyr figures on either side were probably quarter decorations and the whole spaced further apart. The long upper piece bearing a design of fire and lightning bolts is probably a stern board. Locally the whole ensemble has long been known as 'the Puffers', for obvious reasons.
Half-length polychrome bust figurehead depicting a fashionable gentleman in a double-breasted blue coat, with a rolled collar and high-collared cravat. The figure may, however, be a personal portrait, and possibly of a so-far-unidentified public figure (as was the case until the late 1970s with FHD0023, of Tsar Alexander I).