sailing ships displayed their names on decoratively carved and painted signs
called quarterboards. When a ships captain retired and went ashore he’d
acquire the quarterboard and place it on his house for all to admire.
Many of the hundreds of quarterboards now gracing the homes on the
Once used to adorn our early sailing ships, the quarterboard is now a distinctive New England Tradition. All quarterboards are hand carved from Eastern White Pine or Mahogany. The finishing process which requires five coats of oil paint with lots of sanding and steel wooling is the secret to the smooth glossy finish. Then each quarterboard is gold leafed by hand and lined for the sharpest of contrast and lasting
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