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Sign for Baker's Inn
1820-1838
Paint on pine board, ash or chestnut posts
Primary Dimensions (height x width including hardware): 29 3/4 x 22 3/4in. (75.6 x 57.8cm) Other (height x width of sign only): 29 1/2 x 22 1/2in. (74.9 x 57.2cm)
Credit Line: Collection of Morgan B. Brainard, Gift of Mrs. Morgan B. Brainard
Gallery Copy: Although conventional in form, Baker’s sign is almost modernist in its use of geometrical forms, reduction of color, and random division of a word to fit into a vertical format. In contrast to some other simple signs, the lettering has been measured and arranged carefully.
Description: Images: None Text: on both sides: "ENTERTAI / MENT / BY/ C. BAKER."; no underlying text Construction: Single board, grain oriented vertically; single, square rails; turned, columnar posts. A one-inch wide strip has been nailed to one vertical edge of the board, evidently to widen it. Board is joined to each rail with three through tenons set into open mortices. Rails have single, shouldered tenons mortised through posts, wedged and single pinned. No pediment or skirt.
Technique Note: The lettering displays a rust-colored staining, evidently a chemical reaction and possibly related to a salt air environment. Historical Note: Original location. Located in New London County, in southeastern Connecticut, probably on one of the roads between New London and Colchester. The relative frequency of contemporary notices suggests that Baker's inn was not as well-frequented as the other Montville inn, Houghton's, which was located a mile north of Uncasville and prospered as the half-way stop between New London and Norwich.
Object Number: 1961.63.5
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