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.

Female Figurehead For Sale

The “Hunter Figurehead Archives” offer visitors to it’s website a wonderful opportunity to buy a fine looking figurehead in the form of a young woman in a traditional costume of the nineteenth century, skilfully carved in sold mahogany, 90cm in height and 40 x 40cm with a weight of approximately 22.5 kg, (49.6 lbs)   she was originally bought by the present owners father in Bremen Germany in the early 1970’s and is now offered for sale for the first time.

She would make an ideal wall decoration for a working office or coastal summer house, we are looking for a price in the region of £5,000 for this wonder carving however this is negotiable.

For more details or additional photos please e-mail me direct at
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(Shipping of this figurehead can also be arranged by the present owner )


Two unique replica Figureheads carved by
The well respected Charles Moore

Finding an authentic Ships Figurehead in today’s Antiques market is becoming extremely difficult, and if you do find one in an antique shop or auction the prices can be  prohibitive, modern day fibreglass replicas lack the appeal and weight of real wood, over 50 years ago Charles Moore gave up a well established clock making business in Clerkenwell London and moved lock stock and barrel to the beautiful Cornish coastal village of St Just-in-Roseland, finding a set of old woodcarvers chisels, and with a love or the sea and all things nautical,  Charles began to carve small copies of original Figureheads that could still be found in the local harbours and villages around the coast, the local Isles of Scilly  and the magnificent collection on Tresco served as inspiration in those early days.

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New Nelson Figurehead

New_Nelson_FigureheadThis years London Boat show held at the ExCel Centre in the London Docklands between the 8th and 12th January saw the first public appearance of the Hampshire based carver Glyn Foulkes new figurehead of the iconic British Naval hero Horatio Lord Nelson.

Well known for his original three dimensional artwork across a wide range of media and styles,for the unique carving Glyn has spent a considerable amount of time in the galleries of the Royal Naval Museum in Portsmouth researching the numerous images of Nelson, from the museums major collection of related  paintings, decorative arts to the evocative life and death masks, building up a feel of  how the real Nelson looked, the man behind the legend, once this essential research was completed a half size clay model of the figurehead was made, historically cavers of such an important and significant commission produced a small Maquette for the client  showing how they hoped the  finished carving would look,  these models also served as a three-dimensional  guide for the finished carving with a number of minor changes.

Read more: New Nelson Figurehead