Early Carved Gilded Eagle

Very early carved and gilded eagle found in Pennsylvania. This eagle reportedly was removed and saved from the wall of the Berks County courthouse in Reading, Pennsylvania, in 1931 by a previous owner prior to a demolition project to make way for a new courthouse. That courthouse, the third and last one, was completed in 1932 and remains standing. The original Berks County courthouse was built in 1761 and was replaced by a second one in 1840. This carving could have been installed on the courthouse wall in either the 18th or 19th century. At some point in its lengthy history, the wings had breaks which are only really noticeable from the back. Both wings are now quite stable. Apprx. 15"T x 10"W. More photos available upon request. (CJ-17)

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