Sandwich Introduces Refurbished Town Seal

SANDWICH – A refurbished Sandwich town seal has been revealed to selectman by Town Clerk Taylor White.

Local woodcarver Doug Amidon was contracted by the town to create a carving of the seal, which will now hang above the front entrance of a new marina building.

Over more than a century, it has lost many of the original details, including three ships sporting eagle heads.

White said he went back to the source. “I did a little research on it. I did a little history as far as what the seal used to look like in Sandwich, England. It’s a fun history lesson,” said White.

Over one hundred years ago, a Sandwich resident created the design taking her inspiration from the English seal which depicts three ships that are half ship and half lion. She replaced the lions with bald eagles.

In 1889, all Massachusetts towns were required to create an official seal. White said it needed restoration.

“In 1900, the Town of sandwich produced that seal. There’s actually a lot more definition than the one that’s currently being used on most of our official business in town,” he said.

The seal’s Latin motto has several different translations, including “Haven after many a shipwreck”, “After so many shipwrecks, there is a harbor” and “After so many shipwrecks, we reach a port”.

As town clerk, White is the designated keeper of the seal.

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