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The E-Sylum:  Volume 11, Number 3, January 20, 2008, Article 19

QUERY: CERAMIC EAGLES AND THE GREAT SEAL OF THE UNITED STATES

Philip Mernick writes: "I would like to call on the
assistance of E-Sylum readers with a cross over between
my ceramics and coins collecting interests.  The two
attached images are mouldings that appear beneath the
handles of two jugs made in Derbyshire, presumably for
export to the USA and it has been suggested that I write
them up for the journal Ceramics in America.

"I would, however, like to confirm the iconography (they
both date from the middle of the 19th century by the way).
The first one is clearly based on the Great Seal of the
United States but seems closest to the design used on US
silver and gold coins designed by Robert Scott and used
only during the first decade of the 19th century (the
wreath and arrows are the wrong way round on my example!).
Is it known where Scott got his design from because it
does not seem to exactly match the great seal dies of
1782 and 1841?

Derbyshire Jug Eagle Moulding #1
Moulding #1

Derbyshire Jug Eagle Moulding #2
Moulding #2

Official Dies of the Great Seal of the United States
Great Seal of the United States

In addition, if you have any thoughts on the other
(almost sleeping) eagle I would be very interested to hear."

[I'll forward any questions or comments to Philip.
-Editor]

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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