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Extra Fine Northern Mockingbird Carving by Peter Peltz (d. 2001), Sandwich, Massachusetts, circa Late 20th Century. Peltz was a well known bird carver from Cape Cod who sold many of his carvings from “The Bird Barn”, a small shack on Rt. 6A in Sandwich with a Salt Marsh behind it. The Peltz carving displays Strong Original Paint with Excellent Form and Very Minor Shelf Wear. It is mounted on a Piece of Drift Wood with the Head Turned, Painted Eyes, Crossed Wing Tips, and a Nice Long Tail. It is Signed on the Base: “Peter Peltz / Mockingbird.” Measurements: the Mockingbird is 8” in length, 1 ¾” (base 3”) in width, and 6” in height. An Extra Fine Example of Peltz Bird Carvings.
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Price $350 plus shipping
Miniature Surf Scoter Carving by James Lapham (1909 – 1987), Dennisport, Massachusetts, circa 1960s. Lapham produced a large number of waterfowl and other carvings from the 1940s through the 1980s, influenced by Elmer and Cleon Crowell. Yet, Lapham’s work tends to vary in quality with his Earliest work deemed to be his best, his Middle period with a classic Crowell style, and his Later work losing quality in Form and Paint. This Scoter represents Lapham’s Middle Period with the Strong Crowell Influence and Round Base. During this period, Lapham experimented with different stamps on the Base, but his friends suggested it made them look less personalized from his early signature pieces and he stopped using the stamp. See especially, Joseph Ellis’ Birds in Wood and Paint. The addition of a zip code indicates the Scoter was made in the 1960s. The Miniature is in Excellent Original Condition, and of Particular Interest is Lapham’s Use of a Burnt Siena Paint to Create Feathering on the Body of the essentially Black Bird. Measurements: 51 /2” in length, 2” in width (base 2 ¾” in diameter), and 4 ¾” in height, including the base. An Excellent Example of Lapham’s Middle Period Miniatures.
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Price $475 plus shipping SALE PRICE $300
Wonderful Miniature Great Blue Heron Carving by George Strunk, Glendora, New Jersey. Strunk is considered one of Quality Carvers from New Jersey and has received considerable attention from the Decoy Community and the Media. Much of his Larger Works are done on a Consignment basis and his Miniatures are increasingly in demand. This Mini Great Blue is a Prime Example of Strunk’s Ability to take a Miniature Carving and Add Elaborate Elements of Line and Paint Detail. I have one of George’s Heron in my collection of miniatures. The Carved and Painted Shell Base is Highly Appropriate and Enhances the Presentation of the Bird. Measurements: 5” in length, 1 ½” in width (base just slightly larger), and 5 ½” in height. A Fine Addition for a Miniature Collector or a Great Conversational Accent.
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Price $325 plus shipping
Rare Carved Miniature Presentation of the Extinct Ivory-Billed Woodpecker by Henry E. Menard, Cabot, Vermont, circa 1983. While this Woodpecker is in Very Nice Original Condition (Very Minor Shelf Wear), carvings by Menard are usually covered in a square class case. Because those cases are glued down, moisture collects on the inside of the glass and can’t be cleaned. When I find a presentation like this, I remove the glass cover (not an easy task) for a clean look at the carving. Mounted on a piece of drift wood, this Ivory-billed Woodpecker is designed to be presented in a habitat-like setting. The bird measures 6” in length, 5” in width with the full wing spread, 9” in height for the full presentation; The Base is slightly less than 7” square. The Bottom identifies the species, the carver, and the date. A Unique Piece for the Collector of Bird Carvings.
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Price $195 plus shipping
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