Monday, March 19, 2012
A Pew End Finial
The donor of this pew end carving was a marine insurance company. The finial shows a policyholder and agent shaking hands over the insurance policy they just signed. (This is Hartford, the Insurance Capital of the world, after all . . . )
J. Gregory Wiggins of Pomfret, Connecticut, designed and carved 66 out of the 78 pew and kneeler ends between 1932 and his death in 1956. The last dozen were designed by the chairman of the Trinity art department (John C. E. Taylor) and carved by Erwin Dressel.