Vintage Hand Carved American Federal Eagle Wall Hanging 34 approx Gorgeous. This is a hand carved wall hanging that was sculpted and carved by my late grandfather. This piece was originally done for a friend of his decades ago and presented to him upon his promotion to Colonel (O-6) in the US Army. The insignia for a colonel is a silver eagle which is a stylized representation of the eagle dominating the Great Seal of the United States (which is the coat of arms of the United States). As on the Great Seal, the eagle has a U.
Shield superimposed on its chest and is holding an olive branch and bundle of arrows in its talons. However, in simplification of the Great Seal image, the insignia lacks the scroll in the eagle's mouth and the rosette above its head. On the Great Seal, the olive branch is always clutched in the eagle's right-side talons, while the bundle of arrows is always clutched in the left-side talons. The head of the eagle faces towards the olive branch, rather than the arrows, advocating peace rather than war.
As a result, the head of the eagle always faces towards the viewer's left. Some colonel eagles from the 1920s to the 1950s faced the arrows, though this is no longer done.This piece measure 18" x 7.5" x 1. If you have any other questions feel free to ask.