Figurehead of the Diana, Cutty Sark Collection- Believed to be from a ship built at Pitcher's Dockyard, Northfleet, Kent in 1799. She went to the Arctic to search for Sir John Franklin's North West Passage expedition. She was lost in 1848. The figurehead was found in a garden at Bean, Kent.
A Unicorn is not simply a horse with a single horn. The mythical Unicorn had the legs and beard of a goat, and the figurehead therefore has cloven hooves. Had his hindquarters been carved, he would have had a lion’s tail!
The figurehead 'Jenny Lind' from The USS Nightingale (1851), originally a tea clipper & slave ship. Christened in honour of Jenny Lind, 'The Swedish Nightingale', a famous soprano, the figurehead ended up in the hands of a Swedish antique dealer in 1994. He spent 13 years researching its history. The Nightingale had undergone repairs in Norway in 1885, during which time the figurehead had been removed. The ship foundered in the North Atlantic in 1893.