Thanks Sage Rat. Where the middle of the eagle has rubbed away it’s impossible to tell there was (likely) something there originally so you may be right, there may have been stars on either side at one point that have just rubbed off.
Everything I’ve googled shows that the number of arrows, wheat, branches of whatever, stars around the eagle, etc., generally mean something. It may be a case of the person who used to live here just liked the design and didn’t have room for the rest of the stars (I’m assuming it was the elderly man who lived here three sales ago but he’s since died so I can’t ask him) or as you say they may have just rubbed off.
It’s odd because it’s obviously an American-related thing and I live in Northern Ontario. The man who owned the house from the time it was built and all subsequent owners were Northern Ontario residents originally as well. That’s part of the reason we thought perhaps the particular design meant something specific.
Does anyone know what the branch is the eagle is carrying is supposed to be?