Description, Symbols, Icons and Emblems of the New Hampshire State Seal
The description and meaning of the symbols, icons and emblems are as follows:
The Missing Granite Rock on the the New Hampshire State Seal
There is an inaccuracy on the seal, and subsequently the state flag, due to the modernised impression of the state flag and seal. The large gray granite rock or boulder has disappeared - the official state nickname is "the Granite State". The official description of the seal (directed by 1931 Legislature) in the New Hampshire Statutes, Section 3:9 which details the description of the seal states "...a granite boulder on the dexter side...". Dexter is a term used in heraldry to refer to a specific location on a crest. "Dexter" means to the left of that of the viewer. According to the New Hampshire website there were previous inaccuracies.
Inaccuracies on the New Hampshire State Seal - History repeats itself
The 1931 Legislature were so concerned that the details on the 1784 seal had become so distorted that they voted for major improvements, and, for the first time, defined its exact description. Apparently, the director of the New Hampshire Historical Society, Otis G. Hammond, sparked this adjustment, by reporting that artists and sketchers had injected surprising details into the seal, as they produced new dies every few years for official state use. Evidently rum barrels had been depicted on the dock and occasionally human figures were depicted beside them. Governor John G. Winant formed a committee to serve with Otis Hammond, to produce a less objectionable seal. The 1931 Legislature readily approved its recommendations. Over 80 years later we find that history is repeating itself.
The New Hampshire Seal of 1876
This is the 1876 design of the seal shown on an old state flyer and shows the frigate under construction. The pictures on either side represent early inhabitants of New Hampshire. An American Native Indian is depicted fishing using a spear. The other picture shows an early settler also fishing, but using a fishing rod. Fishing and forest products were the backbone of early industry in New Hampshire and a waterwheel is featured in the background.