A little bit of off-topic already, but for the completeness I want to show you the plates mentioned before. From my copa of LG Carr Laughton´s book "Old Ship Figureheads and Stern"I found another very interesting information given by David Pulvertaft
1765: Her original figurehead, carved by Richard Crichley and William Savage. This was a complicated carving including a bust of George III, supported by Britannia and Victory with figures of Peace and Fame and others representing the continents. The carvers’ model is in the National Maritime Museum and a half-size model is at the entrance to the Victory Gallery at the Royal Naval Museum. A detailed specification was printed in Appendix II to HMS Victory – Building, Restoration and Repair by Arthur Bugler, HMSO 1966 [and a photograph of the half-size model was printed on the dust-jacket of the 2005 Anniversary issue of Mariner’s Mirror, May 2005. Ed.]
I came across a website for Franklyn Cards which refers to cigarette cards relating to Nelson's Victory. It states that Victory had four figureheads in her history. These included a figurehead with crown, shield and the figures of a marine to port and a sailor to starboard "as at the Battle of...snr.org.uk
there is a sketch of the figurehead of Balchen’s Victory on page 74 of L G Carr Laughton’s Old Ship Figureheads and Sterns [London and New York, 1925, republished in facsimile New York 2001]. Fig 17 features photos of Victory‘s figureheads in 1765 and 1815.
I think, that I have this book, so I could take a photo of this mentioned page, if it of some interest.....
Sorry @CAFmodel for being somehow off topic.....
Very interesting news about the Bellona - Many thanks for the update!
Back to the Topic: One question related to the carvings you showed us here......from which ship is this the figurehead - a highly complicated figurine?
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Sometimes you wrote to which ship the carving belongs - maybe you could edit the others and tell us from which ship