This good sized early whale trade sign (40 3/4" long, 11 1/2" tall and 7/8" thick) is scroll cut from a single board of soft wood, likely pine. The teeth are hand wrought square nails. The well aged dry blue paint surface is original.
There is some paint loss consistent with age and a number of small through holes suggesting the whale was nailed to something at some time.
We love the form of this whale and all signals point to a late 18th Century beginning. We found him in Massachusetts and believe he is originally from Cape Cod.