Mint flying miniature redhead hen by George Wilmer Reinbold (1885 - 1946), Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, circa 1940. Both the carving and original paint are expertly detailed and beautifully accomplished with the latter exhibiting a mellow patina. The duck has an approximate wingspan of 10", measures 7.25" bill to tail and is signed "Reinbold” on the back of the lower wing. There is a thin wire hanger on the back for mounting the carving on a wall. Wilmer’s work was represented in the most popular and well known outdoor outfitters, wildlife-themed gift shops, and galleries of the day, notably Richard Stockton’s Shop in Bryn Mawr, PA, Caldwell's in Philadelphia, and Crossroads of Sport and Abercrombie & Fitch in New York City. It is highly regarded and much sought after today. Wilmer was the father of noted carver Bill Reinbold of Chestertown, Maryland.
Scarce copy of "Wild Fowl Decoys" by Joel Barber, copyright 1934, Windward House/Garden City Publishing Co. 156 pages, 7.75" x 10.25". Spine states "Garden City Publishing Co". Very good condition. There is a Windward House blind stamp on the bottom of the rear cover. "Windward House New York" on title page, "Copyright 1934 - Windward House, Inc." on copyright page. "Printed in U.S.A., Press of Braunworth & Co. Inc., Book Manufacturers, Brooklyn New York" at bottom of copyright page. Although the only date referenced in the book is 1934, I believe this is actually a second printing (1937) of the first edition. The hardcover is in blue buckram with gilt printing over black background and a gilt design on the spine which has faded somewhat. Light foxing on the fore edge and end sheets. New York architect and outdoorsman Joel David Barber (1876-1952), an early collector of duck decoys as folk art, in time promoted decoy carving competitions and produced works of his own. the Shelburne Museum in Vermont houses some 400 decoys of his collection. 120 illustrations accompany this book on the history of, and how to make and use, duck decoys. Inside the front cover, the book is signed, "Lloyd Johnson, Jr., 142 Grove St., Bay Head, N.J." Otherwise the book is unmarked. Johnson was a noted early collector and carver and a close friend of William Mackey and the Ward Brothers. Also included is a hand-drawn decoy pattern by Johnson as well as a 16" x 19" two-sided foldout brochure dated 1949 and titled "Geese at Hannah Bay, Ontario Northland Railway", presumably used by Johnson in planning a hunting trip. SOLD
Three miniature Bobwhite quail on driftwood by Russ Burr (1887 - 1955), Hingham, Massachusetts, circa 1940. Burr began carving in 1937 and continued into the early 1950s. This is an early carving, accomplished before he began stamping his work. Each quail measures approximately 2" in length. The driftwood base is about 7" long. From the bottom of the base to the top of the head of the highest quail measures roughly 3 1/2". Each quail is in original detailed feather paint with wire legs and painted eyes. See Birds in Wood and Paint by Joe Ellis, pages 92-98.
English wood pigeon decoy by an unknown carver, circa early 3rd quarter, 20th century. The decoy is in softly blended original paint depicting the immature plumage. This is unusual in that most wood pigeon decoys were done in the breeding plumage. Solid-bodied with glass eyes and its original inset bill, the decoy is in excellent structural condition and does not appear to have been used. Somewhat smaller than most decoys of the same species, it measures about 13" in length from the tip of the bill to the tip of the tail.
Nicely carved English wood pigeon by an unknown carver from the United Kingdom, circa early 1900s. It has a solid body with painted tack eyes, original wooden bill and deeply carved shoulders and wing tips. The decoy is in original paint in breeding plumage with a deep patina, showing moderate flaking and wear. Measuring about 12" in length, it has a pronounced forehead and an age split in one side of the neck. The stand is included.
Well done English wood pigeon decoy by an unknown carver, circa 1930. Other than for touch-up to a bill repair, the decoy is in light to moderately worn original paint depicting the breeding plumage. Solid-bodied with glass eyes and deeply carved shoulders, it is in excellent structural condition other than the aforementioned bill repair. The bird measures approximately 15" from the tip of the bill to the tip of the tail. The stand 1s included.
Rare and early carved family of quail, including 2 adults and 3 chicks with wire legs, mounted on inverted shelf fungi, by an unidentified Michigan carver, circa 1900. This carving is pictured in full color on page 289 of Linda and Gene Kangas' excellent new book, "Great Lake Decoy Interpretations". Each bird has early "hat pin" black glass eyes, rasped feather texture and carved wings. On the two adults, even the primaries are separately carved. Structurally excellent, the delicate carving details and fine original feather paint are of the highest quality. The paint shows very minor wear with some light flaking. The tip of the bill of the chick to the right is very slightly blunted. Each adult measures approximately 6" in length while the chicks are each approximately 4" long. The overall piece, including the custom-made stand, is 16" long x 9" high x 6" deep.
“Martha’s Vineyard Decoys” By Stanley Murphy. First edition, published in Boston by David R. Godine in 1978. Long out of print. DESCRIPTION: Hardcover. 10” x 9.5”, 165 pages, illustrated with color and b&w photographs, dust jacket. CONDITION NOTES: Excellent condition with a tight binding and no marks, in near-new condition. The dust jacket shows light sunning and very minor wear, primarily at the corners. Martha’s Vineyard has been the home of many skilled waterfowl and shorebird decoy carvers, a talented and independent group who produced a rich diversity of work, all of the highest caliber. This book is an examination of the work of 19 known carvers (Keyes Chadwick, Benjamin Pease, Ben Smith, James Look, Frank Adams, Max Chamberlain, William Dugan, Russell Hancock, Robert Jackson, Hiram Crowell, Manual Swartz Roberts, Matthew & William Mayhew, Allen & Winthrop Norton, Frank Richardson, Edwin Smith, Alton Tuckerman and Littleton Wimpenney) as well as the works of a number of unknown Vineyard craftsmen. Photography by George Moffett. A highly-regarded and somewhat elusive book, copies routinely sell in the $300 range.