Articles Figurehead & Maritime Articles

Over the following pages you will find various articles that I’ve have written and publishedArticles by Richard Hunter on the subject of Figureheads and Maritime Carving.  If you would like hard copy of any of these articles please contact me.

I’ve also reviewed a number of books on the subject of Ships Figureheads and Martime Carvings which you will find here, also further reading on this captivating subject can be found here.

Charles Miller Ltd

Auctioneer of fine figureheads and other nautical treasures,

Charles Miller Ltd
Charles Miller
2008 saw the establishment in London of a new independent auction house specializing in the maritime world: from paintings, ship models and artefacts to Navigation and Scientific instruments, Charles Miller Ltd is situated in Blythe Road near the large Olympia complex at Kensington. Charles Miller is very much the Figurehead of this new company, the former head of the Maritime Objects department at Christies South Kensington with twelve years experience, his department set a number of world records most notable being that of an Admiralty Board Model of the 1703 Establishment which achieved £663,730 in the November 2003 sale.

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Naval Figureheads - Lost but not Forgotton

female figureheadVery little is know as to the name of this massive female figurehead, for many years she stood in the Yard of Hughes Bolkow at Battleship Wharf in Blyth, and may well have been taken from a vessel broken up by this company, in time she was moved over to stand outside the main office until the company was closed in the 1970’s, sold she has now been moved to a private collection in the Far East.

female figurehead2A second view of the mystery lady at Hughes Bolkow of Blyth, this time she is seen with items of furniture made from the timbers obtained from broken up obsolete warships, also on her right stands a bow carving from one of the Victorian Royal Yachts.

The original Figurehead of HMS WARRIOR, seen just inside the entrance to the Royal Dockyard at Portsmouth, Hampshire, in the early 1900’s the size of hms warriorhe two Dockyard Police man make the figurehead look larger that it was, at just under 12 feet high it was still one of the largest in the Navy, it survived until the 1960’s until it was destroyed due to rot and neglect, a modern replica Figurehead is now on the bows of the restored WARRIOR down in Portsmouth Dockyard, carved the well know team of Jack Whitehead and Norman Gaches.

hms marsFigurehead of HMS MARS shown in the Sheffield Head Officer yard of TW WARD and company, just before the last War, this Figurehead was to find it’s way over to New York, and may well still survive in private hands.

hms royal adelaideThe beautiful and magnificent Figurehead from HMS ROYAL ADELAIDE seen just inside the entrance of the Royal Naval Barracks at Chatham in Kent, she was not to survive and was lost some time during the second World War, a sad and tragic loss.hms royal adelaide2



The Tradition Lives On

With a painted Smile & a wooden heart, a tradition of Ships Figureheads.
By Richard Hunter.

Sal Polisis, Woodcarver in residence.
Looking out from the windows of his workshop, under the bows of two historic Museums ships “WAVERTREE” and “PEKING” in New York South Street Seaport district, Sal Polisis woodcarver in residence to the Museum, is in an ideal position to study one of his most challenging and interesting commissions to date. A full size replacement Figurehead for the Square-rigged sailing ship “WAVERTREE”, now part of the Museums fleet of historic vessels.

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