This large majestic 19th century American Eagle architectural element is made of zinc. It is marked M. J. Frand Manufacturers from Camden, New Jersey. Eagles were popular architectural elements usually found at government buildings and banks, which this one was reported to be from a bank building in Iowa.
This large full bodied Eagle with outstretched wings is really well made and beautifully detailed. The well defined feathers with bold legs and talons show the craftsmanship used to make this figure. The Eagle is a hollow body form made of several pieces of heavy gauge zinc and is perched on a rock form base that is weighted. With his wide spread wings, fearless eyes and open mouth, this figure was made to be symbolic and show the strength of the American Eagle.
MAKER: M. J. Frand Manufacturers, Camden N.J.
PERIOD: 19th Century
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United States
MATERIALS: Cast Zinc
HEIGHT: 17.5 in. (44 cm)
WIDTH: 34.75 in. (88 cm)
DEPTH: 16.75 in. (43 cm)
CONDITION: Overall very good condition with wear consistent with age and use. Wings have some old damage and paint loss, but otherwise in very sound condition. Paint is not original. See photos for more details.