Object Place: Eastern United States
78.74 x 245.74 cm (31 x 96 3/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
Eagles were popular stern-board ornaments on nineteenth-century American sailing vessels. This emblem of national strength and pride grasps a laurel wreath in its claws and holds a banner in its beak. The banner may have borne the popular nationalistic motto “E Pluribus Unum” (“out of many, one”) or the name of the ship or its master. Originally, the stern board probably was gilded and painted.
Early history unknown; purchased from dealer Robert Carlen, 323 South 16th Street, Philadelphia, in 1958.
Gift of the Class of the Museum of Fine Arts in memory of Mrs. Francis B. Crowninshield