Mid 19th-Century Antique American Hand-Carved Eagle

This is a gilt wood hand-carved American eagle, circa mid 19th-century. Depicted with its wings fully spread and feathers carved in fine detail. The eagle's form is nearly in the round with its outreaching head turned to the right. Its tail is splayed out to the right side, mirroring the design of the head. The eagle is perched upon a base with its talon's grasping the edge. 

The eagle motif in décor and folk art 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.

CONDITION: Repaired splits at neck, both wings and tail. Old brace mount on the back. Gilded newer gold paint decoration. 

Eagle Dimensions: 20" H x 36"W x 9" D

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