NANTUCKET CARVING AND FOLK ART




Quarterboards

* Authentic NANTUCKET QUARTERBOARDS. 
Made here on Nantucket. Signed by Paul McCarthy & Jean Petty,
Nantucket, & year carved on back and documented.

History of Quarterboards

In 1815 maritime law made it a requisite that every ship have its name affixed to its stern. In 1815, the law also required that name boards or quarterboards be placed on the ships' bows or quarter panel. The figurehead carver was often called upon to provide them. The result has been a collection of such quarter boards which shows the endless variety of decorative carvings at the board-ends as well as the carefully incised letter on the boards themselves, many of which were carefully cut and filled with gold leaf so as to show the name clearly at some distance.
"Figureheads & Ship Carvings" at Mystic Seaport by Edouard A. Stackpole


Custom Carved Quarterboard Ends
quarter board end eagle carved frog end Quarterboard end designed by Paul McCarthy carved violin whale tail quarterboard end
Carved wave end Quarterboard and House number add-ons Quarterboard traditional ends

These traditional hand carved quarterboards are carved from native eastern white pine. Finished with two coats of primer and three coats of finish color for lasting durability.
Hand lettered and outlined for the sharpest contrast. On average about 14 years before need repainting.
Once used to identify early sailing ships, the QUARTERBOARD is now a distinctive decor which adorn many homes on Nantucket & New England.

 
quarterboard incised pea quarterboard
carved clam shell carved quarterboard
 scallop shellcarved shell with pearl
carved clam shell endcarved pinecone end
   
  Doc's place
  quarterboard  

carved quarterboard

Custom Carved House Numbers
Carved house number Quarterboard and House number add-ons carved scallop shell house number Carved house number with scallop shell Whale house number


   
   
   

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Nantucket quarterboards