Lot 68: Maritime Nautical Female Figurehead or Figural Sculpture from the Dow Museum, St Augustine, FL
October 22, 2016
St. Augustine, FL, USALive Auction
Description: This is an what we believe to be, an Antique Maritime Nautical Female Figurehead or Figural Sculpture from the Dow Museum, St Augustine, FL. This lovely lady measures approximately 53” x 15” x 15”. The base appears to be missing as shown and has chipped wood from sitting. The patina and drift wood appearance is very appealing with average wear, natural imperfections, etc…. The woman’s nose is missing and appears to have been replaced, however the replacement is now missing as shown with the 3 early period nails. This is a wonderful display or maritime architectural piece for any collector. Includes original receipt, purchased for $1500 “Throughout the history of wooden ship building, ships' bows were fitted with figureheads to act as lookouts and to lead sailors safely on their way. Animals were the first subject of choice for figurehead design, but by the mid-1700s, human-design figureheads became the new style. Later, mermaids and women were popular figurehead choices despite the superstitious beliefs that sailors held regarding women and their adverse effects on a ship's voyage” Please view the photos, or in person carefully to determine the age, condition, and quality of this lot. Please Note: All items are sold As-is, Where-is, with no warranties or guarantees, expressed or implied. We DO NOT offer Refunds, Returns or Exchanges. All sales are Final. We want you to be happy with your purchases, so please preview the items carefully before bidding. We do our best to describe items, but it is your responsibility to determine accuracy, authenticity, condition, age, quality, etc. If you are not certain about an item, please do not Bid without satisfying your concerns beforehand.