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Anchor and cathead
Scale: Unknown. A model of a standard Admiralty pattern anchor, (1830), made entirely in iron. The anchor is shown suspended from a cathead, made in wood and stained a dark brown colour. The shank of the anchor is broadly round with flattened sides and bulges out at the top to accommodate a circular aperture. Through this aperture passes a rope-covered ring that appears to be varnished. The cathead is made from two pieces of wood, the main part of which curves through an angle of about 120 degrees. At the top of this are three sheaves. Below these, and set to one side, is a small iron ring and, attached to it is a short length of knotted rope which would have been used to secure the anchor to the cathead. The base of the cathead is made from a separate piece of wood, glued and dowelled to the top piece. The iron stock is square in section and has been roughly forged, and the crown is pointed. The arms are slightly bowed terminating in a pair of conventionally-shaped flukes with flat palms. A handwritten paper label is attached to the outer corner of the cathead marked: 'Sent from Admiralty Novem 1830'. Just below the label is attached a brass hook fixed to the cathead with two pins. One end of the base is decoratively finished off; the other end has been broken, exposing the dowel joint.
Original size: 178 mm x 112 mm x 132 mm
- Image reference: L1399
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London