This is a stunning early to mid 20th century hand-carved bald eagle. The eagle is carved out of one large piece of wood, making the intricate detailing on the feathers and beak that much more impressive. The eagle is displayed with both wings stretched out, as if in mid-flight, with the head turned to the left. The eagle is accented with white paint, to highlight the head and tail feathers.
The bald eagle is both the national bird and the national animal of the United States. The eagle motif has been widely used throughout our nation's history, most notably as part of our Great Seal. The founders of the United States were fond of comparing their new republic with the Roman Republic, in which eagle imagery, usually the golden eagle, was prominent. On June 20, 1782, the Continental Congress adopted the design for the Great Seal of the United States depicting a bald eagle grasping 13 arrows and an olive branch with its talons.
Good condition overall, considering age. Wooden construction intact and structurally sound. Hand-painted elements are slightly faded, with occasional chips in paint. Small repairs to bottom, to stabilize the eagle. Eagle Dimensions: 33 1/4" wingspan, 3lbs.