American Hand-Carved Eagle Clutching Arrows & Union Shield

This is an antique hand-carved and painted American eagle. A striking eagle with wings spread, the carving is hand painted and gilded. The claws of the eagle clutch a bunch of arrows in one talon and a Union shield in the other.

When Charles Thomson put together the final design for the Great Seal, he placed a bundle of thirteen arrows in the eagle's left (sinister) talon. The official description specifies the bald eagle holding "in his sinister a bundle of thirteen arrows." The thirteen arrows are tightly aligned – a symbol of "strength in unity" that's found in the traditional cultures everywhere, from the Romans to the Iroquois— in this case a nod to the unity of the original 13 colonies.

The clutched shield has a blue chief, with gold stars. Nine red and white stripes complete the shield design.

This is an extremely unique piece of Americana.

Dimensions: 9" H x 24 1/4" wingspan x 3" D


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