M364: Miniature Mallard Hen, The Ruppel Co., Early 3Q, 20C

Glass-eyed miniature mallard hen by The Ruppel Company (Walter Ruppel), Portland, Oregon, circa early 3rd quarter, 20th century (pre-zip code). The carving retains the company's paper sticker, reading "The Ruppel Company, P. O. Box 32, Portland 7, Oregon". The balsa bird is in original paint with a stippled body and painted primary feathers. There is some paint loss to the edges and the tip of the tail, a paint or varnish drip of the left side and some flaking on the bottom. The carving measures 6.5" in length, 3" in width and stands 3" high at the had.

Price: $215.00

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M362: Leo McIntosh Preening Yellowlegs Decoy

Fine carving of a preening "blind" yellowlegs by Leo H. McIntosh (1953 - 2007), Stony Creek Decoys, Woodville, New York, 1990. Recognized as one of the best contemporary carvers before his untimely death, Leo apprenticed with Ken Harris for five years before founding Stony Creek Decoys. The decoy is done in an antiqued finish with Seaford style “S” shoulder/wing carving. It has raised wing tips, measuring 8” from tail tip to breast, and is in near mint condition with only extremely minor rubs to the wing tips and on the breast (see third and fourth photos). “L. H. McIntosh, 1990, Woodville, N.Y.” is cold-stamped around the stick hole on the bottom of the bird. “Yellow Leg” has been hand lettered on the bottom of the base.

Price: $975.00

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M363: Louisiana Bob White Quail, Circa 2 Q, 20 C.

Vintage bob white quail by an unknown maker, carved in approximately one-half scale from a single piece of cypress root, including the base. Although it stands 6.25" tall, it is very lightweight, weighing only 2.5 ounces. The carving was found in Thibodaux, Louisiana, and appears to be circa 2nd quarter, 20th century. Other than some touch up to the legs and bill, the carving is in original paint with a nice patina. The base was broken off just above the feet and at one time and professionally rejoined with the body. A very nice carving showing good age!

Price: $145.00

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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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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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