Great Lakes, 19th century. Gilt paint over gesso on carved pine, even the chain links are carved from pine. This trade sign was from a Lake Erie ships "chandlery", which was a supplier of goods for ships/boats. Note that every piece is carved, including the links. This sign may rest on a table or chest, or be hung from the links. Hanging would be easy as the sign is very lightweight. Exceptional condition with minor imperfections. Clearly made by an accomplished wood worker, note the smooth transitions and the crisp carving of the flukes. Not including the links it is about 25 1/2 inches long; 31 inches if hung from the links. Width about 20 inches tip to tip. Important provenance of Betty Doran and Bill Samaha, Milan, Ohio.
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