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Sign for Bement's Inn
about 1786-1810
Original Owner:Originally owned by Deodate Bement , American, 1751 - 1836
Maker:Maker Unknown
Paint (traces remaining) on yellow or tulip poplar board, iron hardware
Primary Dimensions (height x width including hardware): 62 1/8 x 27 1/2in. (157.8 x 69.9cm) Other (height x width of sign only): 55 7/8 x 27 1/2in. (141.9 x 69.9cm)
Credit Line: Collection of Morgan B. Brainard. Gift of Mrs. Morgan B. Brainard
Gallery Copy: According to family history, Deodate Bement’s brother was a saddle maker, which may explain the images of saddles on this sign. The side on view shows a sidesaddle, generally used by women; the opposite side depicts a man’s saddle. The tulip poplar wood used for this signboard was apparently a poor choice, as it did not hold the paint as well as the more common pine signboards. The same process of weathering that wore away the paint, however, created in its place the low-relief surface that we see today.
Description: Images: both sides display images of saddles on saddle blankets; the more elaborately ornamented saddle, on side 1, is a sidesaddle, with double horns to facilitate riding aside; no underlying images. Construction: Single board with applied moldings; no structural frame. Board is oriented vertically and hand-sawn at top and bottom to create decorative pediment and skirt profiles. Applied moldings, mitered in corners, are nailed to front and back faces. Wood is Liriodendron tulipifera, yellow or tulip poplar, identified by analysis (Hoadley, March 2000). Surface: Traces of original black paint survive on the lettering of one side; the Prussian blue visible on pediment and skirt may or may not be original.
Historical Note: Original location. Bement owned several properties in Wallingford; his tavern was probably located on his earliest acquistion, deeded 1780 and 1783: a one-acre house lot, near the church in the center of Wallingford, along the post road from Hartford to New Haven.
Inscription: On both sides, below image, "Entertainment / Deot. Bement"; no underlying text.
Object Number: 1961.63.12
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