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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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A Rare and Early Miniature Least Sandpiper by James Lapham (1909-1987). Dennisport, Massachusetts, circa Early 1950s. Lapham produced a large number of waterfowl and other carvings from the 1940s – 1980s, but the early influence of Elmer and Cleon Crowell is clearly apparent in the rendering of this Quality Sandpiper. Lapham’s formation of the Clam Shell Base, the Detailed Carving – slightly turned head, mandible bill lines, split tail, bead eyes, and the attention to Feather Painting are all to be traced in Lapham’s experience, direct or indirect, with the Crowells. In addition, previous research by Gene Kangas and by Joe Ellis note that there is considerable fluctuation in the quality of Lapham’s work, and this Shorebird is indicative of some of his best work; thus earlier in his carving career. The Bird stands approximately 3 3/4” in height, 1 5/8” in width (base 3”), and 5 ½” in length. Each base is Marked on the Bottom with the Species Name “Least Sandpiper”, plus “J. Lapham / Dennisport / Mass.” A Fine Example of an Early Lapham Shorebird.
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An Exceptional Miniature Wood Duck Drake Decoy by Harold N. Gibbs (1886 – 1970), Barrington, Rhode Island, circa 1955. Gibbs created a wide variety of miniature duck decoys over his life time, always attempting to capture the essence of the duck’s color and form. He hunted the Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island with a variety of decoys, primarily Bluebills found in his area. As with many carvers Gibbs had good days and bad ones, this carving was clearly one from his good days. This Miniature Standing Wood Duck displays Excellent Form, a Flowing Crest, Raised Primaries, and an Exceptionally Fine Paint Pattern with a Great Deal of Detail. The Miniature displays Strong Original Paint and Condition with Virtually No Shelf Wear. The Carving measures 3” in length, 1 1.2” in width, and 2 ¾” in height; the base is slightly wider in width and length. The Bottom is signed with Gibbs “HNG”, plus the Species Name “Wood Duck” and the Date “1955”. An Outstanding Miniature Decoy by Harold Gibbs.
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