Does your home have a name? Giving your house a name gives it extra personality! Quarter boards are a great way to make it official. The Cozy House is the name of the charming antique cottage we stay in on Nantucket. The name really does capture the spirit of this sweet little beach house. Pretty much every house/building on Nantucket has a name…love that!
Here’s a little back-story:
“In 1815, maritime law made it a requisite that every ship have its name affixed to its stern. When the law also required that name boards or quarterboards be placed on the ships’ bows or quarters, the figurehead carver was often called upon to provide them. The result has been a collection of such quarter boards which shows the endless variety of decorative carvings …”
– from Figureheads & Ship Carvings at Mystic Seaport by Edouard A. Stackpole
Handmade quarter boards: http://www.nantucketcarvingandfolkart.com/Quarterboards.html