The drake is original paint in good condition with neck extended forward measures 5 &1/2 inches from the tip of the bill to the tail, there was a very small glued crack on the top of the tip of the wings above the tail about a 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch long that the paint was touched up , the hen measures 4 &1/4 inches from the tip of the bill to the tail also original paint in good condition with the head turned to the left with the exception of the neck which had an very old brake which was mis-aligned when it was glued and has been repaired (see photos of before and after) , The over all length of the driftwood is 7 inches, both have a small dot of paint missing just behind the legs like they were leaned against something on there legs while the paint dried before he but them on the drift wood base. Both have metal legs with a couple very minor paint flakes and painted feet, mounted on driftwood and signed with a fountain pen in black ink on the bottom A. The reason I dated them the 1910's is he , according the well written book on him the Songless Aviary - the world of A. Crowell & son by Brian Cullity in 1992, there are examples of his miniatures as far back as 1893, in Brian Cullitys' book it states that in 1876 he took art painting lessons from Miss Emily King of Middletown, Mass. Cullity's book page 20 and the U.
Census he moved in with his in-laws when we married Laura Doane circa 1889 till the 19teens. The 1890 US census has Elmer Crowell married to his first wife Laura living in his in laws Edward and Mrs, Doane on Main St.
Cleon was born there in 1891. He continued to live there through the 1910 census, The 1920 census has him moved back to East Harwich, Mass.
Hence, he lived in Harwichport from circa 1889 to the 19-teens. The patina , signed Harwichport dates them to the circa 1910's and one of his early miniatures. Patina does not show up in photos , but, I have taken two photos in bright sunlight try to show the age/patina. The other photos are taken with camera photo lighting. Guaranteed to be as described.
NOTE; most of the shine on the decoys is from the camera lights. The picture s are part of the description. Features to get a better look. Put the mouse (arrow) over the picture and it will zoom in, magnifying that area. To enlarge the picture to full screen.Powered by SixBit's eCommerce Solution. Elmer Crowell miniature mallard duck decoy East Harwich Mass. 1910" is in sale since Thursday, August 1, 2019. This item is in the category "Sporting Goods\Hunting\Vintage Hunting\Duck Decoys". The seller is "countryduck" and is located in Island Heights, New Jersey. This item can be shipped to United States.