A simply marvelous hand painted wooden Folk Art Sign which advertises a tourist attraction… the Indian Kettles of the Lake George area. A first rate piece of Americana.
The deep smooth holes, known as ‘Indian Kettles’ are craters in the bedrock which folklore says the Indians used for cooking, but are actually created by the swirling action of water, small rocks, and pebbles over stone for many years. I Googled the name and found an interesting 1899 article from the NY Times.
The arrow shape of this piece is fantastically graphic, and the hand painted lettering is charming, with the "F" displaying a quirky flourish. And I must say, the green and white is so very Adirondack, reminds me of summers I spent at Lake Paradox where the wonderful old commodious Adirondack furniture was always painted just this green and white.
CONDITION is as you see it, the sign is worn, one side more so as is always the case with double sided signs like this where one side gets the brunt of the prevailing weather - good, honest patina. This was a ‘working sign’ and you can see some repaints over its many years. Please take a look at the photographs. Measures 11 1/2" x 40" x 3/4" thick. Full 3/4" lumber is not a modern milling standard.
A terrific piece for your personal retreat, be it a country cabin or a rustic urban hideaway. Enjoy!
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