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Shelburne County Museum

Sign, Trade

Accession number: 1968.02.01
Object type: Sign, trade
Date: 1795 – 1810
Materials: Wood
Description: Wooden sign in frame.  Sign is made of two boards attached lengthwise, painted dark blue.  The sign has been divided into four quadrants, with a different design in each.  In the upper right corner are three yellow fleurs-de-lis.  Beneath, in the lower right of the sign, is a red parallelogram broken into four areas.  In the upper left are two brown or yellow lions; in the upper right, on a yellow background, is a lion rampant surrounded by hearts; at the bottom a brown horse; in the middle a yellow crown.  In the lower left is an anthropomorphic Celtic harp.  In the upper left quadrant is a parallelogram divided in half.  In the red left half are three yellow lions; in the yellow right half is a red lion rampant.  Written across the top of the sign is "British S--------"; across the bottom of the sign is "Jams. Hamilton".  
History of Use: James Hamilton was granted a license to keep a ferry on the Clyde River in 1795, at which time he opened his house to travelers.  He was granted a tavern license in 1802.