Tobacconist's Carved Signboard

Date

1850-1900

GUSN

GUSN-3264

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

Descriptive Terms

signboards
carving (processes)
oil paint (paint)
painting (coating)
pine (wood)
Native American
pine (wood)
Pine
Oil
Painted
Carved
Classical Figure
Native American
SYMBOL, TRADE

Inscription

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.),

Additional Identification Number

1991.1151

Maker

Unknown

Object Type

Advertising Medium

Dimensions

78 x 25.75 x 1 (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little

Accession Number

1991.1048

Places

New York state (United States)