Stern Fines for Racing your Horse or Wagon Across this Bridge

Bridge Sign, American, ca. 1840-1890. Original paint on pine ground, with picture frame molding joined by large square nails. The bridge must have been fragile, and to protect it horses and wagons had to be made to pass over it slowly. If we assume the center of the dating range, say 1870, then $5 to $50 then would translate to $105 to $1050 in 2021! Imagine the sounds of the horses hoofs and wagon wheels creaking across the rickety planks. The sign retains its white paint in strong lettering, while the ground, unprotected from paint, has worn so deeply that the lettering now stands proud. Nice small size at about 33 ½ inches long x 15 ¼ tall. Ready and easy to hang.  Provenance: private Northeast collection; Stephen-Douglas.

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