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.
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.
Female bust, reputedly a portrait of a woman of the Hay family.
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.
Three-quarter-length female figure wearing a dress with full blue skirt, red and blue bodice, short puffed sleeves and a round white collar. She wears a red beaded necklace. She has long fair hair and a white turban-style head-dress. The figure is clutching a blue posy to her chest.
Three-quarter-length, female figure wearing dress with white bodice with dropped waistline, blue skirt, blue collar and matching scalloped cuffs. She has yellow hair, coiled up to frame her face.
A full-length, male figure clad in contemporary dress, possibly a portrait of the owner. Show stepping forward, he wears trousers, a cravat and a blue double-breasted tail coat. His right hand is in the breast of his coat, the left is held clenched by his side.
A full-length female figure in contemporary dress. She wears a blue dress with a bustle over a red petticoat. The sleeves are gathered at the elbow and then tight to the wrist. The front is decorated with lace ruffles and it has a lace collar and cuff. The figure has long hair with locks falling in front of the shoulders. She holds a bunch of red roses in her right hand.
Half-length female bust, wearing a tight bodice dress with v-neck and a full skirt. A cross on a string of large beads adorns her neck. She wears a diadem on her head.
Three-quarter-length, female figure. She wears an off-the-shoulder, short sleeved dress with bows at the top of the sleeves. The bodice is tight and pointed at the lower, front edge, the skirt is full. The figure has short, swept-back hair, with roses placed in the back. She holds a rose in her right hand which is placed across the body.
Figurehead carved and painted with the words 'Soli Deo' which translates 'For God Alone'.
This small female figure wears a tight bodice in blue and cream with a blue and gold hat. At the opening of her blouse a red rose is carved. The bust figure is leaning forward with her skirt falling over the base of the carving, a navy blue and gold scroll. In the Fire-Engine House of Devonport Dockyard recording she is described as ‘Bust of a young woman inclining forward, very pretty face. Brown Bodice with red rose at breast opening’. This description shows that she was repainted at some point.
A large full-length female figurehead. She wears a white skirt with light blue and gold detail on hem. She also wears a dark blue and white bodice with gold edging, matching waistband, fur-trimmed purple cloak, tall white turban with gold jewellery at front, and white pearl necklace and golden bracelets.
She has dark skin and long black hair. Her left arm is across her breast and the right arm held forward holding a flower.
It represents a gannet with its wings folded, simply but realistically painted, and standing on a scroll head.
Polychrome figurehead of 19th-century collier brig, in the form of a half-length male figure in contemporary civilian dress of a red coat and black cravat/ bow-tie, with a high shirt collar. He is carved with a directness which gives him charm and vitality. As with some of the female figures of small ships there is a resemblance to Staffordshire Pottery. The ship from which this comes is not known but the portrait figure - of a long-nosed man with short hair and long sideburns - is probably that of its owner or someone in a related family.
This is a full length female figurehead on a black pedestal with yellow scrollwork. She is wearing a green dress with white trim, collar and cuffs. There is red detail on the front of the dress. Her left arm is at her side, and the right arm is across the breast. She has light brown hair which is tied back into a bun at the back of her head. She is looking up and slightly left, and has blue eyes.
This is a small half-length female figure wearing a light blue dress with white frilly collar and cuffs.
She has a thin gold waistband on her dress and a heavy gold necklace. Her blonde hair is pulled back into a bun at the top of her head. She is looking forward and has blue eyes.
It is a full-length male figure without feet but with the right leg shown as if stepping forward. He wears white trousers and shirt, a black tailcoat, and a yellow waistcoat, also a black bowtie. His left hand is in the pocket of the trousers and there is a flattened top hat under his left arm. His right hand is tucked inside the front of the coat but may be missing as a vague outline of fingers can be seen on the jacket. He has thick black hair,beard and black eyes.
Replica of the figurehead of a merchantman in the form of a half-length male figure in uniform.
A female head which is mounted on a black circular plaque. She is wearing a purple hat with a large white curled feather. She has black hair which is tied back and has blue eyes. She wears large gold earrings.
A male head which is mounted on a black circular plaque, possibly representing Robert Burns. He has black and grey wavy hair with long sideburn and grey eyes.
A half-length, armless male figurehead. There is brown and gold scrollwork on pedestal. He is wearing a red toga, draped over right shoulder, and red and gold crown. He has curly brown hair and beard.
A female head which is unmounted. She has black wavy hair pulled back with red roses and green leaves on both sides of the head. She wears a gold tiara on top of the head which is red at the centre, and she wears one ringlet which hangs down the right side of her neck. She has brown eyes and is looking forward.
A male head which is unmounted. He has black curly hair, very long sideburns and blue eyes. He wears a high white neckcloth tied in a bow at front. The high blue collar of of his coat shows at the back. He is looking to the right.
A female head which is unmounted. She has blond hair tied up. She is wearing a large wreath of pink and red flowers around the head. She has light blue eyes shadowed in blue.
This is a wooden carving of a small crouching dog which has long hair and a curled tail. It was mostly painted in white, but there are brown/black patches on the head, back and a section on the left side. The mount and pedestal are painted in black.
This is a female bust wearing a light blue bodice, white ruffled collar, and a bow at the neck. There are red buttons and detail on the collar and black ribbon around the neck and collar. She has yellow hair which is plaited and coiled around the head and down her back. The hair is tied with a dark green ribbon. She has blue eyes and is looking forward.
A large female half-figure on a brown pedestal with yellow scrollwork. She is wearing a light blue bodice with dark blue trim, a pointed collar and red drapery. There is red decoration at the waist. Her right arm is across the breast, and the left arm is at her side. She has light brown hair and blue eyes. She is looking up and slightly right.
This is a half-length female figure on a gold pedestal. She is wearing a black bodice with gold detail and white trim at waist and a blue skirt. She has blue eyes and brown hair which is loosely tied back in a bun at the back of the head, with a single tress hanging down on either side of the head. There is a gold leaf in the hair on the right side of the head. She has no arms. She is looking up and right.
A small half-length female figure on a black pedestal with green scrollwork. It has no arms. The figure is wearing a light blue dress which has a silver/red brooch at the centre of the chest and a red drapery. There is a necklace of oval and diamond shapes and the colours are gold, blue, and silver/red. She has blonde hair, some is worn loose at the sides of the head and some gathered in a bun at back. She is looking forward and has blue eyes.
This is a small half-length female figure on a brown pedestal with gold scrollwork. She is wearing a green/yellow dress and a yellow shawl with gold trim. She has brown hair with a bun at the back of the head. There are yellow flowers and green leaves on both sides of the head. She has light green eyes and is looking forward.
A half-length female figurehead. She has blonde hair, a single tress of hair down on her left shoulder. She is wearing a flimsy blue/grey dress with single strap over the right shoulder, and both breasts are exposed. She has blue eyes and is looking left.
This is a flat carving of tanned male figure looking left and seated on a stool with legs crossed. He is wearing a white gown with a red sash (around the waist and across the right shoulder) and sandals. He has long black hair tied at the back of his head and a beard. He is wearing a small red hat. The figure has no arms.
This is a gold and green fiddlehead. There are two large oval discs on both sides painted with St. George’s cross - white background and red cross.
This is a yellow, white and light blue billethead. It has ornate decoration with green leaves and small red flowers at sides. It is mounted on square black wooden stand.
This is a three-quarter-length female figure on a black pedestal with gold scrollwork. She is wearing a light blue dress with gold trim. The sleeves are rolled up to the elbows. Her left arm is at her side, and the right arm is across her breast. She has brown hair with two tresses worn down and a bun at the back of the head. There is a wreath of white/pink/yellow flowers around her head. She is looking up and slightly right. She has blue eyes and pink nails.
This is a small half-length female figure on a black pedestal with gold scrollwork. She is wearing a dark green dress with cream edging, a gold brooch at the centre of the chest. She has dark brown hair and blue eyes which are looking forward, but no arms. There are ringlets at the side of her head and a bun at the back.
A large bust of woman on a black pedestal with green leaf decoration and gold/white scrollwork. She has no arms. She is wearing a light blue dress with a frilly pink/white collar, and light blue drapery. She has black hair tied back in a bun. There are two tiaras on the head, one is gold and the other is red. She has blue eyes and is looking forward.
This is a full length female armless figurehead on a black pedestal. Her right leg is stepping forwards. She is wearing a green dress, yellow pointed collar, gold necklace, yellow waistband and button detail above right knee. She has black hair tied back in a bun, pink and red flowers and leaves in her hair. She is looking forward and has brown eyes.
This is a half-length female figurehead on a black pedestal and gold scrollwork. She is wearing a blue dress, white collar, gold brooch at centre of chest,large black earrings and brown drapery with white trim. She has black hair tied back into a bun. She has brown eyes and is looking slightly right. A piece is missing from her left shoulder.
A small full-length female figurehead shown with the right leg stepping forward on a small black pedestal. She is wearing a brown top which is V-necked and off the shoulders, and a long yellow skirt. Her right arm is across the breast, and the left hand is holding a cornucopia (gold with flowers and fruits inside). She is looking up to the right. She has black hair, tied back with a yellow hair band and she has blue eyes.
A half-length female figurehead on a black pedestal with yellow scrollwork. She is wearing a green dress with dark red/yellow collar, waistband, and dark red drapery. She also wears a yellow undergarment, and there is a gold brooch at the centre of her chest. She has grey hair which curls at the side of the head, blue eyes and is looking forward.
A three-quarter length female figure with no arms. She is wearing a white dress which has a gold waistband and buttons. She wears a gold necklace and a wreath around her head. There is a cream-coloured pedestal which matches the figurehead and gold scrollwork. She has long hair which is worn loose, and is looking right.
This is a full-length female figurehead. She is wearing a green turban and looking slightly to the left. She also wears a yellow garment covering a green skirt to the base of the object. Her left fore arm is raised towards the neck, holding a flower.
This is a large curved fiddlehead. From a small scroll at the top, it widens to the base. It is painted mostly white with yellow curly decoration, green leaves, red flowers and red fleur-de-lis on the front. There are red beads running around the centre of the scroll.
It is a full-length female figure cradling dog in left hand. She wears a pink jacket, white blouse, full green skirt, and white gloves. Her blonde hair is tied up under her hat which has a pink rim, white feathers, and a green bow at the front. She has blue eyes and is looking up and to the right. She also wears long gold earrings and her dog has dark brown coat and a red collar.
A full-length female quarter gallery support. She is wearing a blue scaly leotard with dark green seaweed hanging down her legs and arms and on top of head. Her right arm is held across the breast holding the end of a net slung over her left shoulder. Her left arm is down by her side holding two fish in her hand. She has long dark brown hair worn loose and blue eyes. Her left leg is slightly bent and her feet and legs are bare. She is looking forward.
This is a small half-length female figurehead on a brown pedestal with gold scrollwork. She wears a cream dress, the collar and front section of dress painted red with red trim and waistband. There are gold detail on clothing and yellow drapery. She has a pale skin and brown hair which curls at side of head and a bun at back wearing a gold/red crown. She has brown eyes and is looking up.
This is a large fiddlehead with oval cartouche on the front around which is written in red "General Steam Navigation Company 1824". It is mostly painted in white with light blue decoration and is surrounded by green leaves, red berries and gold scrollwork. It has a pedestal which has been painted black.
A large female bust wearing a dark red dress, ruffled collar, and white undergarment. She has no arms and black curly hair with two gold tiaras and red headscarf/head-band. She is looking slightly right. She has light brown eyes, but the pupils are missing from the eyes, leaving a hollow space, she may have had glass eyes previously.
This is a small full-length female figurehead shown as if stepping forward with her left leg. Her right arm is extended forward and may origally have held something; the left arm is by the side but with the palm facing forward. She stands on a brown pedestal with gold scrollwork. She wears a long brown dress with gold belt and neck detail, under a long dark short-sleeved, green open robe with gold trim, collar and brooches. She has brown/red hair tied back, and wears a gold head-dress and headband. She has green eyes looking forward. She wears black shoes.
This is a three-quarter length male figure. He wears a black suit, yellow waistcoat, white shirt with high collar, and black bow tie. He has gold buttons and a watch-chain. His left hand is in his trouser pocket. The figure has dark brown hair, long sideburns, and brown eyes looking forward.
This figurehead is a bust of warrior with gold/silver helmet and large gold plume. He wears a brown cloak around his shoulders over armour, secured by a brooch on the right shoulder. He has thick black beard and moustache. He is looking down and slightly left. There is gold scrollwork and the figurehead was mounted as if on the bows of a ship.
A small full-length male figurehead with presumably missing feet. He wears a red hunting jacket with black trim, white shirt, white trousers, and black bow tie and black peaked cap. He also wears black/tan boots, and is stepping forward with his left leg. He is looking forward. His right arm is held across the chest holding a fox’s brush, and the left arm by his side holding a whip and cane. A hunting horn on a cord hangs by his left side. He has blue eyes and long grey sideburns.
A large three-quarter-length female figurehead. She wears a green dress with cream detail on the front and sleeves and cream trim. There are gold tassels on the bottom of her jacket which is green and cream and has a gold girdle. She has gold beads around her neck and in her hair, and a cream and gold veil hangs down at the back which is attached to a gold tiara on top of head. Her left arm is by her side, and the right arm is across her breast holding red apple and black grapes. She wears a blue/gold bracelet on left arm. She has light brown hair in two tresses worn down and the rest tied back. She has brown eyes shaded blue and red lips.
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.
A half-length female figurehead. She wears a red/white dress with a white shawl and gold collar. She has brown hair in a bun at the back and blue eyes looking right and slightly up.
A large full-length female figurehead in a cream dress with gold trim. It has a cream pedestal with gold scroll work. The left leg of the figure is shown as if stepping forward. She wears gold shoes. Her right arm is held across her body, and holds a yellow rose with green leaves. Her left arm is at her side. She has blond curly hair with the curls at the side of the head. She is has blue eyes and is looking to the right.
A half-length male figurehead with a brown pedestal and yellow scrollwork. He wears a black coat, yellow waistcoat, white shirt with yellow buttons (one missing), and a black necktie. He has light brown hair and brown glass eyes.
A half-length male figurehead. It is a representation of King Solomon with a gold crown and purple robe. He wears a dark red cloak around the neck and right shoulder, and a dark red belt with a gold buckle. He has black hair, thick beard and brown eyes..
A half-length male figurehead. He wears a blue military Turkish uniform with gold epaulettes and several medals. He has a red fez, brown beard, brown glass eyes, and is looking right.
This is a large full-length female figurehead with a gold pedestal and scrollwork. She wears a black dress with white collar and apron, a gold necklace, and a black purse tied with gold string to the waistband on her left side. She has blue eyes and light brown hair tied up at the back, and a red flower and green leaves in her hair. Some hair is worn down. Her right arm is across her breast, and she is looking forward.
A three-quarter-length female figurehead. She wears a cream blouse and skirt, and a lilac jacket with a blue collar and trim. Her left arm is missing, and her right hand is on her hip. Her blouse has a frilly collar and detail at the front. She has dark brown hair in a bun at the back with a light brown hairclip. She has has brown eyes looking slightly left.
A full-length figure in American officer's uniform (the uniform is thought to date from the Civil War period i.e. the 1860s.) He wears a long blue coat, waistcoat with gold buttons, a white tie, trousers, and a blue hat, with a gold cap band. He has grey hair and long grey sideburns, but no left arm and a missing right hand. He is looking forward is shown with his left leg stepping forward. The figurehead has a brown pedestal with green leaf decoration by the right leg and gold scrollwork.
A large full-length female figure in classical attire. She is wearing a white tunic and skirt, both with red trim/hem. She has a gold collar, a belt, a long red cloak with gold trim, and gold brooches at the shoulders. She also wears a gold tiara, bracelets, and gold sandals. She has long black hair, partly tied up. Her right arm is across the breast, with the left arm at her side. She is looking slightly right and is placed on a brown pedestal with gold scrollwork.
A small, full-length female figurehead. She wears a green bodice, a yellow skirt, and a red/gold sash which crosses over her breast. Her right arm is holding the sash, and the left arm which acrosses the breast is holding a flower. Her left leg is shown as if stepping forward, and she looks up and slightly left. She wears a necklace, gold earrings, and gold/black bracelets on both wrists.The figure has blue eyes and brown hair gathered in a bun at the back of head, with some hair worn down at the back. There is a red rose with green leaves in her hair on top of the head.
A full-length male figurehead with silver armour and a helmet which has large white plume of feathers. It has red drapery, a black pedestal, and gold scrollwork. He wears brown gloves and has black hair and moustache, and blue eyes. His right arm is raised and stretched forward, the left arm is by his side. He is looking forward and slightly up.
A half-length female figurehead. She is wearing a dark red dress with white collar and cuffs, and a gold circular brooch at the centre of her collar. She has dark brown hair which is gathered into a bun at the back and decorated with yellow flowers and green leaves on both sides of her head. The figure has green eyes and is looking forward.
It is a large three-quarter lengthbearded male figurehead. It has a brown, gold and blue pedestal with gold scroll work and game birds on both sides of pedestal. The birds are incomplete where the figurehead has been cut from the ship.
The figure wears a dark green jacket with brown collar, cuffs and buttons, black hat, and red check shirt with black bow tie and kerchief. He is holding a gun in both hands and looking up.
The figurehead represents a large full-length female (or possibly male) figure in Native North American Indian dress. Her costume is decorated with blue feathers, colourful edging and a belt with long white feathers hanging down. Her right shoulder is exposed and there is a tan coloured cloak over her left shoulder. She is wearing an armband (gold, white feathers) on her right arm, gold bracelets on both wrists, and a purse on her belt on the left side. She holds a 'Pipe of Peace' in her right hand (a long brown pipe with feathers). She has a white and red feather headdress. She has long black hair, and is looking up with her left arm across the breast. The lower part of the figure is covered by red drapery. There is a brown pedestal with green leaf decoration.
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.
This is a full-length figurehead with a red umbrella in her right hand holding a black/gold book with her left arm. She is wearing a dark blue skirt, brown jacket with black buttons, and white frilly blouse. She has long dark brown hair, and is looking up and slightly left.
Large gold eagle with open wings perched on black pedestal. Black and gold scrollwork on pedestal.
A full-length female figure in the dress of the 1840’s. She wears a dress with a low-cut, tight-waisted bodice. Her hair is in long ringlets on either side of the head. There are slots for arms but these are missing.
A three-quarter-length female figure wearing a belted overdress. She holds a rose in her right hand. Her left hand is by her side.
A full-length female figure wearing a diadem and earrings, a loose belted dress and a cloak. The cloak is held across the body by the right hand.
A full-length female figure wearing a turban and Turkish trousers. She carries a feather fan in either hand.
A three-quarter-length figure of a nude woman, terminating in leaves, her hands behind her head.
Stern carving decorated with the coat of arms of Trinity House and bearing the name 'MERMAID', along with the Latin motto 'Trinitas in Unitate'. From a Trinity House vessel of the same name.
Two bow scrolls, each carved with a recumbrant mermaid holding a lyre and foliage scrolls. The carving is painted and gilded. From Trinity house vessel 'Mermaid'.
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.
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.
Unidentified full-length polychrome female figurehead, including both feet visible below the hem of the gown. The arms are cut off flush below the shoulders and it is not certain if they were originally complete. The figure wears a blue dress with red panels in the bodice, a gilded necklace and a curious cap on the back of the head. Her traditional local name is 'Spanish lady' because of her appearance, but there is in fact nothing specifically Spanish about the costume, which probably indicates a date in the early 1840s.
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.
Stern carvings made up of 111 separate parts.
Taffrail decoration (Hakkebord). A painted scene of three Dutch vessels - a ship and two smaller craft. This is set in a carved canopy with fringed curtains looped back with gilt curtains. The reverse depicts two coats of arms suspended on carved cords with tassels.
Unidentified figurehead depicting a half-length, female figure in Turkish dress. She wears a yellow bodice and a blue turban and holds a rose in her left hand.
The figurehead of the ship 'Lord Clyde' depicting a major in a Scottish regiment (formerly known as General Havelock). He holds a scroll in his right hand, his left on the hilt of a sword. A plaid is draped across the left shoulder. The figure has a moustache.
Figurehead of a merchantman, whose dress style is considered firm evidence of coming from a French ship though nothing more specific is known of it. It represents a three-quarter-length, polychrome-painted, female figure in mid-eighteenth century dress, holding a posy of flowers in her right hand, a closed fan in her left hand and pearls around her neck.
White-painted figurehead of the iron merchant sailing ship 'Coriolanus' , 1876, in the form of a male bust in armour and helmet, representing the Roman general Gaius Marcus Coriolanus (most familiar through Shakespeare's bloody tragedy based on him). The figure is supported by foliate carving. This figurehead is in fact a replacement, having been carved in 1902 after the original full-length one was lost when the ship went aground in Algoa Bay, South Africa, during a hurricane.
Cream or white-painted figurehead of the schooner 'Britannia', latterly of Littlehampton. It represents a three-quarter-length female figure of Britannia in a mail coat and helmet.The right arm is held across the breast, the left straight down the left side.
Polychrome-painted figurehead in the form of a half-length female figure holding flowers in the right hand, across the breast. She is clad in a mid ninteenth century costume.
This is a small female bust. She wears a red top and a silver helmet with a white plume. She has long blonde hair worn loose. There is a blue pedestal with white scrollwork and red detail at the bottom of pedestal. The figurehead has blue eyes and is looking forward.
This is a full-length male figurehead with a moustached face. He wears a tartan plaid over his uniform. The right arm is held across the chest, with the right hand holding a scroll. The figure is thought to depict Major-General Henry Havelock (1795-1857)
A half-length female figure wearing a pink dress with blue waistband and sash/wrap. She has brown eyes and black hair with green leaves/wreath on top of her head. There is a black scrollwork at the base.
A large full-length female figurehead having no arms or feet. She wears a dark blue dress with a single strap across her left (exposed) shoulder. The dress has a red waistband and hem. She has loose blonde wavy hair, some pulled back with a red headband and blue eyes. She is looking slightly right. Her left leg is shown stepping forward.
A three-quarter length female figure having no arms. She is wearing a yellow dress with white edging, and her right breast is exposed. She has light brown hair which is in a bun at the back with some hair worn down. There is a gold ornament in her hair, on top of the head. She has brown eyes, looking up and left.
A small three quarter length female figure wearing a blue skirt and light blue tunic. She has long blonde hair worn down and curls at her fringe. Her right arm is across the breast, and the left arm is down by side, both arms are very long. She has a very pale coloured skin, and blue eyes which are looking up.
A female head which is mounted on the black circular plaque. She has brown hair which has curls at the side of her head and is tied back into a bun at the back. Her eyes are brown.
A male head which is mounted on the black circular plaque. He has brown hair with sideburns and green eyes. He wears a high white collar and a black bow tie.
This is a full-length male figure without feet, representing Guiseppe Garibaldi (1807-1882), the Italian mercenary and patriot who played a critical role in the founding of the united Italian state. He is wearing a loose blue tunic, cream trousers, red neckscarf and white collar, and brown belt. He has black beard and hair, and brown eyes.
The figurehead is a passable representation of William Ewart Gladstone in his middle years. It shows a half-length male figure with black jacket, red waistcoat with gold spots, black buttons, purple collar, white shirt with black bow tie. He has receding grey hair, long sideburns, and grey eyes. He is facing forward and holding a white scroll.
A half-length male figurehead on a brown pedestal with gold scrollwork. He is wearing a white coat with gold buttons, a high gold/red collar, with a brown strap across the right shoulder, a belt and drapery. He wears a tall red fez (no tassell) and has black hair and moustache, but no left arm or shoulder.
Half-size female figurehead. She wears blue dress, red jacket with white belt, collar and sleeves, and red head-dress with white and blue detail (a Phrygian hat or cap of liberty).
She has a brown pedestal, gold and white scrollwork, and has long black hair worn down at the back. A section of the hair is missing-right at the side of the head. She has blue eyes and is looking left.
'Nannie' is a white female figure with left arm held forward and holding a genuine horse's tail. In the days when she was still sailing, the tail used to be made out of old rope, teased out by the apprentices on board.
She is wearing a loose-fitting garment with gold trim. It slips off her right shoulder leaving both breasts exposed. She has long hair and her mouth is slightly opened. The figurehead has a small black pedestal and gold scrollwork.
A half-length female figurehead with black pedestal and gold scrollwork. She wears a blue/green dress with dark red detail and gold buttons which run down the front and along the arms. The figure has dark hair tied in a plait down the back. She has dark brown eyes and is looking forward.
Half-length (probably female) figure without arms, the figurehead terminating in scroll work. She wears a helmet and scaled breast plate.
Three-quarter-length portrait of Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield (1804- 1881), with a goatee beard, and side whiskers, and wearing a coat, waistcoat, shirt with stand-up collar and a bow tie.
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.
Model figurehead of the barque 'Durban', 1870, representing the half (almost three-quarter) length figure of a bearded Zulu warrior with a shield on his left arm. The right arm is missing.
Rudder head in the form of a warrior's head carved in the baroque style. The warrior wears a peaked, winged helmet, the top of the helmet in the form of an animal head. The figure has a hooked nose and a moustache with two locks of long hair falling down his back. He wears scaled armour and a ruffled neck-cloth. The carving terminates in two spirals at the sides.
Stern badge from the Greenwich Hospital barge. On a cartouche, the Greenwich Hospital crest of crossed Union flags with white staffs above a gold naval crown on a red ground), with two 'cherubs' which act as supporters and gilded and painted scrollwork below. The two putti, in light blue costume appear, in fact, to be in the early to mid-18th-century dress of boys of the Hospital School and are perhaps more properly described as such. The painting of this item does not appear to be original and while it can reasonably be assumed the colours follow the first scheme, it would require specialist examination to confirm this.
Black-and-white painted and part-gilded figurehead in the form of a half-length bust of King Edward VII, in naval uniform with epaulettes, emerging from a foliate scroll head. It comes from a model brig built by Edward VII in 1904 for his grandchildren and sailed on Virginia Water. It was based on a 42-foot naval cutter, reconstructed and rigged as a 10-gun brig at Sheerness Dockyard. On completion it was towed up the Thames as far as Brentford then loaded onto road transport for the short journey to Virginia Water, where it was actively used by the royal children for 13 years. In 1919 it was condemned and broken up, the figurehead and stern nameboard (FHD0065.2) being saved.
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).
The bust of a woman holding a wreath of flowers.
Wooden figurehead, head and neck only, possibly a saracen with black moustache, black hair, a white lambswool cap and gold circlet.