Painted and carved wood, Red pine (by microanalysis)
Overall: 25 1/2 x 13 x 23 in. ( 64.8 x 33 x 58.4 cm )
Incised under scroll: "J. Bowers 1861".
Carved wooden eagle in striding position with wings drawn back, mounted on ornate scrolling base, with traces of gold paint on wings and body.
The inscription "J. Bowers 1861" on the underside of the scroll was previously believed to relate to a ship carver of that name. It is more likely the name of a former owner, Jonathan Bowers (1825-1894), of Lowell, Massachusetts. In 1857, Bowers developed Willow Dale Park near Lowell, a lakeside retreat for boating, picnicking, and other pleasure activities. Bowers was a collector of ship carvings, which he displayed throughout the park. He is known to have purchased the figurehead of Andrew Jackson that once adorned the "Constitution" in 1861.
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
Possibly collection of Jonathan Bowers (1825-1894), Willow Dale Park, Lowell, Mass; probably purchased at auction by collector/dealer Max Williams, 1925; acquired by Elie Nadelman (1882-1946) prior to 1929; purchased by N-YHS 1937.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.