This is a hand-carved American folk eagle. This particular example is quite unique and depicts a spread wing eagle, head turned to right, with a distinctive beak. Wrapped around the eagle is a carved ribbon with the two stars and inscribed Latin letters "E Pluribus Unum".
Latin for "Out of many, one”, “E Pluribus Unum” is a 13-letter traditional motto of the United States of America, appearing on the Great Seal. The traditionally understood meaning of the phrase was that out of many states, or colonies, emerges a single nation. The 13-letter motto was suggested in 1776 by Pierre Eugene du Simitiere to the committee responsible for developing the seal. At the time of the American Revolution, the exact phrase appeared prominently on the title page of every issue of a popular periodical, The Gentleman's Magazine.
The eagle dates to the mid 20th century. Eagle measures: 6” H x 40” W x 3” D.
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