By Kelsey Williams, the Walt Disney Archives
Avast! In honor of the 15th anniversary of
, D23 takes a look at 15 pieces of glittering treasure from the Walt Disney Archives collection. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Superstitious pirates believed having wenches aboard was bad luck, the exception being decorative figureheads on the bow of their ships. The Black Pearl’s 13-foot prow sculpture shows a winged-woman releasing a bird.
An incredible amount of detail went into crafting the Black Pearl, including this fish carving that was removed from one of the rear railings of the ship.
Jack Sparrow and Hector Barbossa both stood behind this helm as captain of the Black Pearl.
Under the command of Commodore James Norrington, the HMS Dauntless was one of two British Royal Navy ships featured in the first film. This intricate miniature model of the ship features 100 small cannons.
Pintel and Ragetti, cursed members of Barbossa’s crew, dressed as women to serve as a distraction while on Isla de Muerta. These two parasols concealed their identities, “Just like what the Greeks done at Troy. Except they was in a horse instead of dresses.”
Not a conventional compass, but instead pointing to what the owner desires most, Captain Jack’s compass is one of the most iconic props from the film franchise. Featuring a domed top, the inner lid showcases a map of the heavens.
The cursed treasure of Hernando Cortès contained 882 identical pieces of gold in a stone chest. This gold Aztec medallion, worn around Elizabeth Swann’s neck, is embossed with intricate details including a skull.
Captain Jack Sparrow’s accessories tell stories of the adventures he’s been on. In the first film, he wears only one ring, second to the left with green stone and dragon detail. The other rings are gathered throughout his other filmic voyages.
Hector Barbossa uses this Aztec knife to cut Elizabeth’s hand when he believes she’s the daughter of “Bootstrap” Bill Turner at Isla de Muerta. The knife handle features a figure decorated with inlaid stones, while the top of the handle is wrapped with twine.
Unlike the decorative swords Will Turner’s character creates, his weapon is simple in appearance. It has a plain wooden grip and a half-basket hilt to protect his hand.
Designed by acclaimed costume designer Penny Rose, Captain Jack Sparrow’s costume helps the character come to life. Each element, down to the beads in his hair, knotted sash, and black tricorn battered hat, all help to tell a part of the character’s story.
Hector Barbossa charged a mutiny over Jack Sparrow to become Captain of the Black Pearl. This black velvet stunt hat utilized in the film features long feathers and a tattered brim.
Gifted by her father, Governor Weatherby Swann, Elizabeth wore this dress to Norrington’s promotion ceremony where the corset caused her to faint and fall into the watery depths below where she was standing.
Captain Jack Sparrow’s aren’t the only “Jack” costumes in the Archives collection. It also has the pint-sized costume worn by primate actors Tara and Levi in the first Pirates of the Caribbean film.
“It’s such a pretty boat. Ship.” At 23 feet tall, this “bigature”—the opposite of miniature—model of the Black Pearl is one of the largest artifacts in the Walt Disney Archives collection. The model was used for special effect shots in the first three Pirates of the Caribbean films.
If you’re seekin’ more pirate props, check out the
exhibit the Walt Disney Archives curated for D23 Expo 2017.