Authentic NANTUCKET QUARTERBOARDS. Signed Paul McCarthy & Jean Petty, Nantucket, & year carved on back and documented.
In 1815 maritime law made it a requisite that every ship have its name affixed to its stern. 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
Once used to identify early sailing ships, the QUARTERBOARD is now a distinctive decor which adorn many homes on Nantucket & New England.
Traditional hand carved quarterboards are carved from native eastern white pine. Finished with 2 coats of primer and 3 coats of finish color
for lasting durability. Hand lettered and outlined for the sharpest contrast. On average about 10 to 15 years before need repainting.
Custom Carved House Numbers
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