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Classic Quarterboard History

12 March 2011

Nineteenth-century sailing ships displayed their names on decoratively carved and painted wood signs called quarterboards. When a ship's captain retired and went ashore he would acquire the quarterboard and place it on his house for all to admire.

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12 March 2011

Classic Quarterboard History

Nineteenth-century sailing ships displayed their names on decoratively carved and painted wood signs called quarterboards. When a ship's captain retired and went ashore he would acquire the quarterboard and place it on his house for all to admire.

Back in the days of sunken ships and buried treasure it became fashionable to recover the wooden quarterboards from a wreck. The quarterboard hung from the quarter deck and proudly bore the name of the boat. Off the coast of Cape Cod there were as many as 300 wrecks a year. Residents of the cape salvaged items to sell or to decorate their homes. Often a ship had a beautiful sculpted figurehead at the bow and carved quarterboards with their ends sculpted as scallops. Quarterboards appeared over doorways of pubs and private homes. Soon enterprising people began to carve quarterboards to sell as house signs to tourists. They have been popular ever since!

Below are a few traditional and not-so-traditional quarterboard-style signs we've made over the years, many of them for customers in the Northeastern United States, where the carved quarterboard tradition originated .


A quarterboard sign in Canton, Massachusetts

quarterboard sign in Nantucket
Another quarterboard in Nantucket


A quarterboard in El Cerrito, California


Four quarterboards in Portsmouth, New Hampshire


Two quarterboards in Lake Leelanau, Michigan


A quarterboard in West Hartford, Connecticut

For more Danthonia House signs & quaterboards, browse our House Signs Portfolio. Or, design a quarterboard of your own here.

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