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Tobacconist's Carved Signboard

1991.1048 (RS25703)

Description

Tobacconist's figure, in silhouette, cut from a 1" board. Painted red on both sides, with features in black, ornaments and feathers in white, and wearing a feather headress. One arm is added separately to the body, and it holds an upraised iron tomahawk. On the reverse the arm holds the hilt of a wooden sword (now missing). The front of one foot is missing as well. It is mounted on an iron rod, and has two iron pintals for support, and it was probably a shop sign.

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
1850-1900
Inscriptions
In white paint on the lower half of the Indian's tunic is the word: MOHAWK . On a jelly label on the back of the right foot, written in blue is: Found in/a cellar/in New/York State.
Associated Building
Original to Cogswell's Grant (Essex, Mass.).
Material
carving (processes)
oil paint (paint)
painting (coating)
pine (wood)
Object type
Advertising Medium
Places
New York state (United States)
Descriptive terms
Carved
carving (processes)
Classical Figure
Native American
Oil
oil paint (paint)
Painted
painting (coating)
Pine
pine (wood)
signboards
SYMBOL, TRADE
Dimensions
78 x 25.75 x 1 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1991.1048
Credit Line
Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little
GUSN
3264

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