Sarah Orne Jewett House

Eastern Brook Trout

A large, oval plaque with a painted picture of a trout on a golden yellow background.

Something of a curiosity, this plaque was made by a fly-fishing supply company as an advertisement. It would have been displayed in a store to promote fly-fishing products. It was made not long after 1900, so it would not have been an antique when Sarah obtained it.

That Sarah included the trout plaque in her bedroom collection speaks to her connection to the outdoors. It also speaks to the androgynous quality of the space; the room is neither expressly feminine nor masculine.