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Merry

Buckler's Hard Maritime Museum

Roseau

De Bradelei Wharf Shopping Outlet

Full-length female figure, wearing a broad-brimmed hat trimmed with feathers, a long skirt and a jacket with a fitted waist, edged with large buttons. The sleeves are shown cut with fullness at the elbows. She wears gloves and holds a rose in her left hand.

Prospero

Jersey Maritime Museum

A full-length figure of a child, wearing a short skirt over pantaloons and a short jacket with three-quarter length sleeves over a tight bodice. The figure has short hair tucked behind its ears.

The Seaford Lady

Seaford Museum and Heritage Society, East Sussex

HMS Warrior, 1781

National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth

This figurehead was once full length so it was presumably made before the Navy Board cut costs and busts became the most usual type. All that is left now is a bearded head wearing a helmet wreathed with laurels. The contemporary model of the ship at the Science Museum, London, shows a full-length figure straddling the bow, holding a buckler and what is probably a sword and is dressed in a suit of roman armour.

HMS Goliath

The Historic Dockyard, Chatham

Semi-nude bust, half-length with shaggy hair and beard.

HMS Bellerophon, 1786

National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth

Stern carvings of the greek god Atlas from the captain's stern gallery.

HMS Defiance

Plymouth Naval Base Museum

The bust of a bearded, classical warrior in scaled armour and plumed helmet.

Male figurehead – unidentified

Shetland Museum

Wooden figurehead, head and neck only, possibly a saracen with black moustache, black hair, a white lambswool cap and gold circlet.

Nor

Shetland Museum

A large wooden figurehead, depicting a man with a beard and moustache, naked to the waist, with a painted grey, draped cloth below. At the bottom, around waist level, is an ornate scrolled finial. The arms are missing as is the nose.

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