David Pulvertaft has a new book out which has just been released in hardcover in the UK, Figureheads of the Royal Navy. it will be available in the US on 15 October 2011 and can be pre-ordered.
The first figureheads that were carved to represent the names of British warships appeared during the reign of Henry VIII; the last ones were carved in the early years of the twentieth century. During the intervening three hundred and fifty years it is estimated that some 5000 ships of the Royal Navy carried a figurehead of some description. This book follows the development of these diverse carvings, examining how the figurehead carvers interpreted the names and the symbolism incorporated in their designs.
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