M381: Early Miniature Massachusetts Feeding Willet

Miniature feeding willet or yellowlegs, circa 2nd quarter, 20th century. The carving bears a very close resemblance to a feeding willet by Tom Wilson (1863-1940), Ipswich, Massachusetts, pictured on page 21 of "Massachusetts Masters" published by the Ward Museum. This carving has raised and extended wingtips, carved wing outlines, an open bill and small taxidermy glass eyes. The legs are multiple strands of twisted wire. It has apparently been near a fire that somewhat damaged and discolored the paint, making it difficult to tell it’s true age.

Price: $395.00

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M380: Exceptional Miniature Pheasant, Joe Ahearn, Circa 1950

Near mint miniature cock pheasant by James Joseph "Joe" Ahearn, Stamford, CT, circa 1950. A striking combination of age and patina, this 9" carving is in vibrant and highly detailed original feather paint with glass eyes and wire legs with lead feet The pheasant measures 9" in length (tip of bill to tip of tail) and 6-1/2" in height including the birch log stand it is perched on. It is in excellent structural condition with no damage or repairs. It is unclear when Ahearn began carving although it is presumed that he started in the late 1930's, if not sooner. While Joe lived in the New York City area where he was a salesman for the National Cash Register Company he was known to have carved miniatures while on the road. At the onset of World War II, he and his wife moved to Stamford, Connecticut. The first documentation of his carvings being offered for sale is in the 1945-46 catalog of the Sporting Gallery and Bookstore in New York City. This catalog featured a wide selection of Ahearn's "functional hunter" and "sportsman oriented" items such as lamps, wall thermometers, letter openers, coat racks, tie racks, pipe racks, book ends and ashtrays in a variety of configurations. It was around this time that he also began offering his miniature carvings of waterfowl and upland game birds. One of the first and certainly the most important retailer to carry his carvings was the Crossroads of Sport store in New York City. They were enjoying a huge demand for A. J. King's miniatures and were more than eager to complement his products with another carver's work. Ahearn is featured in "Birds in Wood and Paint" by Joe Ellis. It is pictured in the foreground of the final photo with a half-scale pheasant by Ahearn (M325, not included but available separately) behind it.

Price: $735.00

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M379: Exceptional Great Horned Owl Decoy, Circa Mid-20th Century

Exceptional great horned owl decoy by an unknown carver, circa mid-20th century. Probably influenced by Herter's popular owls of the mid-1940s to mid-1950s but made from cedar rather than balsa, this fine example has deeply carved wing and shoulder outlines, a claw beak, leather ears and glass eyes. A large decoy (20" high, 9" wide, 6" deep and weighing 7 pounds) showing only light wear, it is in original feather paint with no repairs or touch up. There is a mounting plate attached under the legs as this decoy was made for the field, not the mantle. There is a sticker on the back of the decoy attesting to the inclusion of this fine carving in an auction conducted by Richard Oliver in the 1980s or early 1990s. Owl decoys were used by hunters to bring crows, their mortal enemies, into shotgun range. Stand included.

Price: $1250.00

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M378: Tom Schroeder Miniature Pheasant Carving, Circa 1940s

Excellent carving of a miniature cock pheasant in the form of a desk caddy or ashtray by Tom Schroeder (1885-1976) of Detroit, Michigan, circa 1940s. The pheasant with wire legs, measuring 5 1/2" from bill to tip of tail, is perched on a 4 1/2" diameter wooden well with felt on the bottom, designed to hold small items such as coins or paper clips. The piece stands 4 1/2” high, including the well base. It is in richly colored original detailed feather paint with a nice patina. The very tip of the bill has been repaired with touch up to the entire bill. There is also a tight crack in the neck of the bird.

Price: $375.00

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M021: Sarreguemines Majolica Oyster Plates

Excellent antique Majolica oyster plates from Sarreguemines in Lorraine, France. There are no chips, cracks or hairlines, but there is very fine age-related crazing which is common for majolica. Two plates are available. Each plate is unique, and intensity of color varies slightly. The scallop shell-shaped wells are edged in a sienna glaze, fading to a salmon color towards their centers. The scallops surround a raised center condiment well for sauce or lemons. The wells are arranged on a bed of seaweed glazed in a rich turquoise and lime green. The plates are 9 3/8" in diameter at their widest point. Each plate has 6 oyster wells and 1 central sauce well. Experts differ on age of plates ranging in opinion from 1890 to 1960. Price is per plate of your choice.

Price: $335.00

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M372: Ernie Muehlmatt Spotted Sandpiper, Dated 1971

Excellent spotted sandpiper in near-mint original condition by E. F. “Ernie” Muehlmatt of Salisbury, Maryland, circa 1971. The carving is signed and dated, “Carved by E. F. Muehlmatt, spotted sandpiper, 3/71”. Mounted on a 9” long piece of burnished driftwood and standing 5 1/2” high at the wing tips, the bird itself measures 5 1/2” from tip of bill to tip of tail. There are no repairs and only pinpoint paint rubs to the tips of the bill and wings. 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: $595.00

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M343: Carved Pheasant Brooch, Arlene Anderson, Circa 1950s

Pheasant brooch or pin by Arlene Anderson (1915-2014), Watertown, South Dakota, circa 1950s. Very detailed carving of a flying cock pheasant, measuring only 4" in length with a 2 1/2" wingspan. It has carved wing and tail feathers and glossy polychrome feather paint. A pin is affixed to the back of the brooch. The piece is in mint original condition.

Price: $45.00

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M072: I. W. Harper Vitrolite Advertising Sign,

Rare and extremely popular I. W. Harper Whiskey advertising sign, titled "Here's Happy Days", a terrific hunting vignette depicting a hunting cabin with a dog, guns and a bear skin hanging on the wall, copyrighted 1909 by Bernheim Distilling Company. The piece is a chromolithograph transfer on Vitrolite (milk glass) with deep, rich colors, set in its original split log frame. Vitrolite was a structural glass manufactured by The Meyercord Co. of Chicago. Image size approximately 17" x 23”, overall size is 25” x 31”. It is often displayed with light behind it which gives it an even more outstanding presence. The sign itself is in near-mint and undamaged origina1 condition, set in it's original wooden frame.

Price: $1975.00

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