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Sign for Lewis's Inn
about 1805-1820
Maker:Maker Unknown
Paint on pine board, posts and bottom rail are chestnut or ash (replaced), gold leaf, iron hardware
Primary Dimensions (height x width of sign): 56 x 30in. (142.2 x 76.2cm)
Credit Line: Collection of Morgan B. Brainard. Gift of Mrs. Morgan B. Brainard
Gallery Copy: This sign’s swinging oval signboard, upper rail, and pediment are original, as is the painted eagle. The bottom rail, however, is a later replacement, as are the posts on the side, which appear to be recycled wheel barrow handles.
Description: Images: On both sides, the United States seal. No underlying imagery. Construction: Single board, suspended from top rail; square stiles and bottom rail (replaced). Board is cut into an oval shape with scalloped edge; oriented vertically. Rails are tenoned through stiles and pinned. Top rail, or header, has applied moldings, mitered in the corners, nailed to each face. Pediment is applied to the top edge of the header. Surface: Edges of the oval show evidence of gilding. The eagle is raised above the surface of the background, possibly by relief carving. The use of a sans serif alphabet suggests a later date for the lettering in "C.B.LEWIS".
Inscription: On both sides, in a name band on the upper rail, "C.B. LEWIS.", on the banner held by the eagle, "E. PLURIBUS UNUM". No underlying text.
Object Number: 1961.63.33
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