OUTSTANDING EARLY CARVED FIGUREHEAD IN THE FORM OF AN AMERICAN EAGLE Circa 1815
A larger-than-life-size Federal-period eagle, the earliest example of an American carved eagle figurehead we have examined. Strong facial features, including a high brow, well-defined eyes and nostrils, a sharp open beak with visible tongue, taut extended neck, and the head positioned so the eye is centered at the front of the figurehead. Beautifully carved and incised feather details on neck, chest and upper portion of legs. Carved wings, tucked in close to the body, have some carved feather details but were probably intentionally more modestly carved to help minimize damage while the figurehead was at sea. Finely detailed talons clutch rocks at the base. Back of eagle with typical carved scrolls. Flat unfinished pine backboard. Mounted on a contemporary metal base. Height 41.5". Width 16". Depth 16".