Probably New England, ca. 1800-1850. Pine. In high-relief, this primitive carving retains an untouched rich dry natural patina. In 1782 the eagle was first introduced into American design as a symbol of strength and independence. From that time onward renderings of the eagle flowed into decorative arts, signs, furniture, etc. This early carving was meant to hang, not stand, is sizable enough to have had use as a sign, yet its specific use is uncertain. It would highlight a collection of early furniture and accessories with the commonality of strong surface. About 20 1/2 inches across x 20 tall x 2 deep.
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