Figurehead collection

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National Maritime Museum, Ground floor

From the heroic to the bizarre (with a few animals thrown in for good measure). A selection of our 230+ strong collection of figureheads.

Our collection traces the development of ornamental carving from the late 17th century until the early 20th century. It encompasses a wide range of materials from examples of simple scrollwork and ships' badges to very large items such as the figurehead and even the stern gallery of HMS Implacable.

While Cutty Sark displays the world's largest collection of Merchant Navy figureheads, a few Royal Navy examples are on display here.