Gilt and painted zinc eagle with patriotic theme, American, circa 1880.  The eagle is hollow and has a very dramatic form.  The eagle's head is very realistic and has a proud appearance and is turned to the right.  The eagle's wings are up and outstretched.  The eagle has well articulated talons, each talon clutching a ball-like base. The talons are pierced to allow an arrow to pass through each talon.  The eagle's tail is resting on a gilt heart shaped bracket which attaches to the sculptured backplate.  Draped from the eagle's right talon is a green and red painted holly branch.  The backplate has a wonderful display of patriotic symbols.  Slightly above the eagle is an American shield with gold stars.  Flanking the shield left and right is a pair of American flags with gilt spade finials and gilt rope with tassels.  Mounted on a rod above the flags and centered between them is a red painted and gilt decorated Liberty cap.  Below the flags is a left and right mounted cannon.  Below the eagle bracket mount is a silvered leaf above a gilt five pointed star. (FA-597) 
Condition:  There are a few small separations and stress cracks to the zinc parts.  There is minor scattered surface loss to the paint and gilt.  The figure is in excellent and stable condition. 
Dimensions:  Width 21 3/4 inches; Height 30 inches; Depth 18 1/2 inches.