Figurehead of Queen Victoria
Type Street Furniture
Figurehead of Queen Victoria in coronation regalia. Painted white, blue and gold. Wearing crown, right arm flexed carrying orb with sceptre in left hand. Standing on a bracketed ledge.
Salvaged from the ship 'Victoria' in the breaker's yard in Aberystwyth. Probably carved in about 1838, soon after Victoria's coronation but before marriage. Transferred to The Victoria Tavern in the town around 1870. Building remained a tavern until 1920 and has since housed a number of different commercial offices. In August 1999 the building housed a restaurant. In 1989 the building was repainted and the figurehead was undercoated in black. It was restored in 1998 and during restoration it was found that it had been painted at least 20 times and at one stage, possibly on her death in 1901, in black.
Plaque fixed to wall of restaurant at eye-level below figurehead: VR / This merchantship's figurehead carved / about 1838 was the sign of the / Victoria Inn 1872 - 1920 / Restored in 1998
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