Ship Figureheads and Stern Pieces
from
The Treasury of American Design
 
Eagles
The most popular 19th-century stern pieces depicted the American eagle. The eagle appeared alone or with crossed flags or shields. Ship owners also placed eagles on ships' pilothouses; these emblems were replaced by the electric searchlight in the 20th century.
Eagle Head
Pine Eagle Head
Eagle Stern Piece
Eagle Head
Eagle Stern Piece
Eagle Stern Piece

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Created by Kay Davis for the Treasury of American Design Web Exhibition
American Studies Master's Degree Program, University of Virginia
Fall 2000