Coat of Arms

Date

1760

GUSN

GUSN-190780

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.”

Details

Descriptive Terms

coat of arms elements
painting (coating)
wood (plant material)
Insignia
Coat of Arms
Coat of Arms

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.
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

Dimensions

34 1/2 x 34 1/2 x 3 (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Estate of Eleanor Fayerweather

Accession Number

1993.142

Date

1760 (circa)