This is a gilt wood hand-carved American eagle, circa mid 19th-century. The eagle is depicted with its wings fully spread, and its feathers have been carved in fine detail. The eagle arches off of the wall mount, outreaching its head and wings as if in mid-flight. Its tail is splayed out to the right side. 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 American history, most notably as part of the Great Seal. The founders of the United States often compared 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.
Repaired splits at neck, both wings and tail. Old brace mount on the back. Newer gold paint.
Dimensions: 20" H x 36" W x 9" D.
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