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Tavern Sign

Object Number: 
1951.476
Date: 
ca. 1785
Medium: 
Wood, metal
Dimensions: 
Overall: 41 x 23 x 2 1/2 in. ( 104.1 x 58.4 x 6.4 cm )
Description: 
Rectangular wooden tavern sign with broken scroll top and shaped bottom; molded frame on both sides around blue ground and painted image in white medallion; one side has medallion with woman's profile and thirteen stars, inscribed "LIBERTY"; other side has medallion with spread eagle with arrows, thirteen stars and "UNITED STATESOF[sic] AMERICA" inscribed; top of earlier painted shield shows through eagle; "1800" painted over "1785" on both sides; "L TAYLOR/ TAVERN" painted on both sides, but later covered over by blue ground.
Gallery Label: 
According to the accession records, this sign hung in front of the Silver Dollar Tavern in Norwalk, Connecticut. A letter from the dealer from whom it was purchased, John K. Byard, explains that the person he purchased it from believed it to have come from Norwalk, Connecticut. A Levi Taylor is recorded in Connecticut tax records as keeping a tavern in Norwalk in 1798.
Credit Line: 
Purchase, Abbott Fund
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group