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Wood carved American eagles are an Americana art form unto themselves.  The form of the American eagle, popularized during the American Federal Period of the early 1800's, has evolved over time, and carvings and wooden inlays in furniture that reflect the evolving style of the eagles of their time.  Carved eagles by famous American carvers, such as John Haley Bellamy of Kittery-Portsmouth New Hampshire represent the American spirit and are highly sought after and cherished by private collectors and institutions that specialize in early Americana.

This beautiful carved eagle dates to the 20th century.  Specific details about its maker are not known, but the story that accompanied the eagle is that its original owner commissioned its carving to resemble a Union breastplate that the owner dug from the battlefield at Petersburg, Virginia.  The irregularities in the wooden plaque's shape and surface are intentional, to mimic the condition of the breastplate, which had been buried since the Civil War.  That the maker of this eagle was a master carver is unquestionable.  The bold carving, exceptional detail on the eagle's talons and feathers, and the exceptional workmanship of the gilding come together in a masterpiece of American carving and a true folk art treasure. 


 
A masterpiece carved American eagle designed after a dug Union breastplate from the American Civil War.   Media:  Carved Wood and Gilt Surface

Dates:  Second Half, 20th Century

War:  None

Type:  Wood Carving

Catalog Number:  IAS-00020


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