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Coat of Arms

1993.142 (RS32525)

Description

Made for Thomas (1724-1805) and Sarah Hubbard Fayerweather (1730-1804). The beaver with a fish in its mouth at the top of the shield may be a play on the family's name-based on the belief that “the beaver is out in fair weather.”

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Label
"Cherished Possessions": Coats of arms were a popular form of decoration in America from the years leading up to the Revolution and into the first decades of the nineteenth century. While the rights to coats of arms were officially controlled by the Royal College of Arms, many people simply appropriated one that they liked.<br/> Such was the case for this version, which was made for Thomas (1724-1805) and Sarah Hubbard Fayerweather (1730-1804). The beaver with a fish in its mouth at the top of the shield may be a play on the family's name-based on the belief that “the beaver is out in fair weather.”
Maker
Attributed to Welch, John, 1711-1789
Date
1760
circa
Material
painting (coating)
wood (plant material)
Object type
Personal Symbols; Status Symbols
Descriptive terms
Coat of Arms
coat of arms elements
Insignia
painting (coating)
wood (plant material)
Accession Number
1993.142
Credit Line
Estate of Eleanor Fayerweather
GUSN
190780

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