Quarterboards

QUARTERBOARDS were common in eighteenth-century Cape Cod, when sailing ships would display their names on wooden signs. Maritime law required that these signs be carved - so if a ship wrecked it could be identified by the carved quarterboard when it was washed up on shore. When a ship's captain retired he would obtain the quarter board of his boat as a token of his service and would hang it at his home for all to admire.

Eventually, quarterboards became a fashionable decoration for sea-side homes and taverns especially on Cape Cod. People now use quarterboards - all over the world - to name their homes, businesses, bars, boats and especially those get-away cabins where life can be enjoyed to the full in all of nature's glory.

"When I have come with happy heart to sixty years and ten, I'll buy a boat and sail away upon a summer sea; And in a little lonely isle that's far and far from men, In peace and praise I'll spend the days the Gods allow to me." - Excerpted from 'Beachcomber' by Robert William Service.

In the old days wooden quarterboards eventually succumbed to the elements. Modern Danthonia quarterboards, made of High Density Urethane and laminated to a firm PVC backing for added rigidity and superior hardware hold, are waterproof and insect-proof. Our Dulux Weathershield paints advertise a 15 year guarantee against cracking, blistering or peeling. You could even mount one on your boat - before 'sailing away on a summer sea'!

If you are ready to get your own quarter board find a design you like among the photos at left and tell us how you would like us to customize it - Danthonia will do the rest!

See also: Cabin Signs

  • We love our "Far View" sign - it just pops on the front of our house. The name describes our house and view perfectly - as we can see forever from our rooftop deck. The quality of the sign is more than we expected. The sign fits the space nicely - and I believe when you see the photo attached, you will agree it was the perfect choice. Thank you for your excellent product and customer service.

    - Joanna Lobree, Far View