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Folk Art Blacksmith Sign - Sold
Blacksmith Trade Sign for Merritt W. Dayton
Brookhaven, Suffolk County, New York, circa 1853
Inscribed in paint: "M. W. Dayton" and "S. A. Akerly"
Oil on pine, 29 3⁄4 x 66 1/8 inches

Folk Art Sign

This sign was made for the blacksmith shop of Merritt Woodhull Dayton (died October 7, 1853), who is listed in the 1850 United States Federal Census, age 43, a blacksmith, born in New York, and residing in Brookhaven, Suffolk County, New York.

This American Folk Art sign may have been painted by Samuel Akerly, when a teenage apprentice blacksmith to Werritt W. Dayton. Samuel Akerly is listed in the 1860 United States Federal Census, as age 23, apprentice blacksmith, born in New York, residing in Brookhaven, Suffolk County, New York.

The sign has an overall weathered appearance with allover surface wear and small areas of old loss to the wood panels and on the edges of the applied moldings. In 2007 at Williamstown Art Conservation Center the surface of the sign was cleaned and scattered areas of old over-paint were removed. This conservation treatment is fully documented in a treatment report from Williamstown Art Conservation Center dated December 7, 2007, and is accompanied by before and after treatment photographs.

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