Vintage Eagle Steamship Painted Sign, 20th Century

Presented is an early 20th century American steamship sign. The arched wooden sign is painted a deep burgundy red. It advertises the Eagle Steamship Co. and boasts “1st & 2nd Class Berths to New York & Boston” in gold paint. At the center of the sign is a glorious carved wooden eagle. The eagle is carved with wings outstretched to the side. A patriotic U.S. shield rests on its chest, hand-painted in red, white, and blue. In one talon is a gold bell and in the other is a flag pole with a draped American flag. A scrolled banner weaves along the bell, with the words “Pre D’ Accomplir” hand-painted in black. Translated, this motto reads, “Ready to Accomplish.”


Overall good condition. Wooden sign with original hand-painting and later touch-up paint in some sections. Light chipping to paint at the edges of the sign. Hand-carved eagle affixed at center. Verso is not painted. Strung with wire on the back. Two holes on either side of the sign at center, from past display. Dimensions: 24” H x 17 7/8” W.