Finely crafted hand-carved pair of bobwhite quail by an unknown maker, circa 3rd quarter, 20th century. The male, with top knot, and female are approximately life-sized, each measuring about 8" in length. Including the driftwood base, the piece is just over 12" long, 7" high and 6" deep. The highly detailed original feather paint is in near-mint condition with a pleasing patina and minimal wear. Both birds have glass eyes with textured wire legs and feet. Someone, presumably a prior owner has written "Easton, MD" and "$1000.00 (twice)" on the bottom of the base, perhaps as a record of purchase. SOLD
Excellent male northern bobwhite quail, circa 3rd quarter, 20th century. It was found in Connecticut but the carver is unknown. The highly detailed and well blended original paint is in near-mint condition with only minor wear at the tip of the tail. The carving has incised wings, a fluted tail, glass eyes and real taxidermy feet. Measuring 7 1/2" from the tip of the tail to the tip of the bill, it's on the small side of life-sized. It stands about 8 1/2" high including the base. SOLD
English wood pigeon decoy by William Jaggard of Norfolk, United Kingdom, circa 1930s. He carved from roughly 1930 until the mid-1950s. This bird, with its original carved wooden bill and separately carved head is one of his earlier decoys. Lightly used with a pleasing patina, this stylish pigeon is slightly oversized in comparison with his later work, measuring almost 15" in length, 3.75" in width and slightly over 3" in depth at the breast. It has relief carved shoulders and wings and white glass eyes. The full-bodied carving is in original paint depicting the species' fall plumage. The separately carved head is most unusual in decoys of this species. In fact, it and a rigmate are the only two I've ever seen with this characteristic by any carver. Jaggard continued the carving business of his father-in-law, James Ralph Jaggard. The painting was done by William's daughters. Stand not included. SOLD
Rare hollow-bodied English wood pigeon decoy by Harry Ernest Boddy of St. Kilda, Chatham, Kent, United Kingdom, circa early 2nd Q, 20th C. The bird, painted in fall plumage, is in excellent original paint with a nice patina and minimal wear. A very well formed bird, it has screw eyes set in separate grommets to simulate eye rings, a carved wooden bill and relief carved shoulders. This is the first full-bodied hollow-carved wood pigeon by any maker that I've ever encountered. I have seen other pigeon decoys, also by Boddy, that were half-bodied with cast metal bills and hollowed from below with an inset metal plate and spike marked "Pat. 431190" (Issued to Boddy in 1935) for setting the decoy in the ground. This decoy measures 14" in length and 4" in width, the same size as the half-bodied models. Stand not included.
Shorebird whistle made by the Ludwig Company, Chicago, Illinois, in the 1st quarter of the 20th century. It is their small size (1-1/4" diameter, 1-1/2" high canister, 2-3/4" overall height with stem) nickel-coated brass whistle. The whistle is in excellent condition with very little wear other than minimal surface scratching to the nickel plating. On many of these whistles, the stem has broken loose from the canister and been soldered back in place; not so with this one. It is structurally sound and in perfect working order with a strong whistle. "Ludwig" is stamped on the top of the canister. SOLD
Rare hollow English wood pigeon decoy made for the gunsmith firm of H. Trulock & Harriss, London, U.K., circa 1912-1916. Made from a cast and chased aluminum alloy, it was patterned after wooden examples made for the famous gunmaker around the turn of the 20th century. The wooden versions are felt by many collectors to be the best examples of English wood pigeon extant. This decoy is in weathered original paint. It was made in three pieces; an upper body, a lower body and a spring-mounted head. An integral wire stake is attached, designed, along with the "bobble-head", to add motion to a set of birds. Cast true to the form of the wooden examples, these decoys have strongly emphasized shoulders and detailed primary and tail feathers. This decoy has four impressed notations on its lower half: "THE TRU-ISS DECOY", "HARRISS'S PATENT No. 21550", "H. TRULOCK HARRISS GUNMAKER" AND "PICKERING PLACE, ST. JAMES STREET, LONDON". The pigeon measures 13 1/2" in length, 5" across at the shoulders and roughly 4" in depth, exclusive of the head. SOLD
Fine full-sized carving of a snowy owl by Leo H. McIntosh, Jr. (1953 - 2007), Stony Creek Decoys, Woodville, New York, circa 1990s. Recognized as one of the best contemporary decoy carvers before his untimely death, Leo apprenticed with Ken Harris for five years before founding Stony Creek Decoys. This owl, in excellent antiqued feather paint, exhibits a nice patina with pleasing crackleture. It measures 17" in height (21 1/2" with the stand) and its body is slightly over 6" in diameter. The head, with high quality glass eyes, is turned about 45 degrees to the left. The wings, shoulders and tail are all relief-carved. There is an age split running the length of the breast as well as other smaller cracks in the back and wings. The carving is signed, "McIntosh", in front of the tail by the hole for mounting it on its stand. This is a rare species for McIntosh and one sure to please the advanced collector. SOLD
Nice lamp with 2 flying cock pheasants mounted on an artfully-assembled weathered wood base. The lamp was made by Frank E. Townsend, Bloomfield, New Jersey, circa early 3rd quarter of the 20th century, and is signed on the bottom. Overall, the lamp measures 25" tall, 18" wide and 9" deep. The height with the shade and lamp hardware removed would be 18". I've "photo-shopped" the lamp hardware out of the first photo to show how the piece would look with the lamp removed. The pheasants are both in excellent original intricate feather paint with cupped wings and relief-carved tail feathers. Each is made of three pieces; two wings and the body. The birds measure 10" in length with 8 1/2" to 9" wing spans. Significant care and thought went into designing and building the base which complements and completes the overall sculpture. The shade is in excellent condition and the lamp does work in its current condition. SOLD