M361: "Charlie Mac" McWilliams North Carolina Decoy, Circa 2Q, 20C

Rare miniature preening or sleeping duck decoy carving by Charles Caswell "Charlie Mac" McWilliams (1892-1972) of Ocracoke, NC, circa 2nd Q, 20th C. He was a guide at the legendary Green Island Hunting Club before it burned to the ground in 1933. in 1921, the schooner Carroll A. Deering ran aground off Cape Hatteras with all crew members apparently lost. "Charlie Mac" was rumored to have used wood from the shipwreck in making his decoys. Because this cedar example was left unpainted, it is difficult to tell what species it represents; however, as the hunt club was noted for its redheads, Canada geese and brant, I am guessing this miniature may be a redhead. Roughly half scale, it measures 9 1/2" from tail tip to breast and has carved wing outlines. It is signed "C. C. McWilliams, Ocracoke, N. C." on the bottom. McWilliams later was a well known local figure, serving as the mailman in Ocracoke for many years.

Price: $350.00

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M360: David Harrington Miniature Green-Winged Teal Decoy Dated 1972

Excellent miniature green-winged teal drake with glass eyes in near-mint orginal condition by David Harrington (1934-1988), Underhill, Vermont. Harrington was a noted decoy historian and talented carver. Known for his beautiful and intricate painting, he carved numerous decoys and over 100 miniatures. This 5" long teal is marked "Green Wing Teal Male, Burlington, VT, 1972" on the bottom. The near-mint paint is quite detailed with a combed back and sides as well as fine feather paint on the wings and tail. It is very well carved with its head turned about 15 degrees to the left along with slightly raised primaries and wing tips.

Price: $145.00

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M357: Miniature Frank Townsend Green-Winged Teal Wall Plaque, 1950s

Miniature flying green-winged teal drake wall plaque by Frank E. Townsend, Bloomfield, New Jersey, circa early 3rd quarter of the 20th century. It is carved roughly one-half in-the-round with one wing, the body and the tail resting flat against the wall while the other wing is angled down and away from the body. Measuring 7" from bill to tail tip and with a wingspan of 9", the teal is in near-mint original condition exhibiting the vibrant colors Frank is known for. “Green Wing Teal” is printed on the back of one of the wings. Townsend set an eye-screw in the back for mounting the plaque on a wall or other surface.

Price: $125.00

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M356: Flying Green-Winged Teal Wall Plaque, Circa 1950s

Miniature flying green-winged teal drake wall plaque by Frank E. Townsend, Bloomfield, New Jersey, circa early 3rd quarter of the 20th century. It is carved roughly one-half in-the-round with one wing, the body and the tail resting flat against the wall while the other wing is angled out and away from the body. The webbed feet are separately carved and attached to the body. Measuring 9 1/2" in width and 9 1/2" height as well, the teal is in mint original condition exhibiting the vibrant colors Frank is known for. “Green Wing Teal” is printed on the back of one of the wings. Townsend set an eye-screw in the back for mounting the plaque on a wall or other surface.

Price: $150.00

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M354: Philippe Sirois Ruffed Grouse

Rare standing ruffed grouse by Philippe Sirois (1893-1980), Arrowsic, Maine, circa 1950s. Full-size (17" long) folk carving of a standing grouse mounted on a 25" long cedar log base base. The carving has incised wings and exhibits highly detailed feather paint. The piece is in original paint with touchup to minor flaking at the neck seam and the topknot is a well-done and accurate professional replacement. Of French-Canadian heritage, Sirois was born along the St. Lawrence River in Canada. One of seventeen children, his family moved to Maine around 1899. With virtually no schooling, the illiterate Sirois held various jobs in the textile and pulp industries, spending his spare time outdoors, fishing virtually every body of water Maine had to offer. Employing a basic system of brush strokes visible as dots, stripes, blends and washes, Sirois applied layer upon layer of rich color to help produce the look of a live bird.

Price: $1100.00

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M255: Wilmer Reinbold Flying Green-Winged Teal Drake

STOLEN at MDCA annual show, St. Charles, IL, April 2018. Please contact me with any information concerning this carving.

Price: $775.00

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M198: Ernie Muehlmatt Tree Swallow, Circa 1974

Original carving of a full-sized (5 1/2") tree swallow by Ernie Muehlmatt of Salisbury, Maryland, circa 1974. Exceptionally fine original paint with great musculature, wing and feather carving and ultra-realistic painted eyes. The carving is in mint condition except for a small chip to the gesso at the bottom of the bird's right thigh. Designed to hang on a wall, the carving is inscribed in ink on the back, "By E.F. Muehlmatt, Tree Swallow, 5/74". Muehlmatt (1927-2016), three-time Ward World Champion (1979, 1981, 1984), began carving in 1967 and was a master of life-size and miniature decorative wood sculpture, becoming one of the most talented, sought after and popular carvers in wildfowl art. His work can be found in the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Salisbury, Maryland, and the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, Wisconsin. He is a Member of the Carvers' Hall of Fame and owned and operated Muehlmatt Studios in Salisbury.

Price: $975.00

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M349: Large Art Peltier Ruffed Grouse Diorama, Circa Mid-1950s

Excellent diorama featuring two ruffed grouse by Arthur J. "Art" Peltier, Sr. (1907-1982), of West Warwick, Rhode Island, circa mid-20th century. Peltier, who carved from the 1940s to the 1970s, was recognized for his dioramas of hand-carved songbirds, waterfowl and upland game birds in natural settings with water color backgrounds. In near-mint original condition, this piece measures 14.5" x 12.5" x 3.25" with a 10.25" x 8.25" glass size. The carved grouse each measure about 3" in length. This is the first diorama of this size and style that I have seen by Peltier. The large majority of his work consisted of approximately 7" x 7" flatter dioramas with bubble glass. This is also the first example I've seen featuring ruffed grouse.

Price: $395.00

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