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Two rare waterfowl carvings by George Boyd
Seabrook, New Hampshire, circa 1930s
L. (top) 12H"; L. (bottom) 5"
Courtesy of RJG Antiques / Russ & Karen Goldberger

George Boyd (1873–1941) was a highly regarded waterfowl and songbird carver working in Seabrook, New Hampshire. Boyd made this quarter-size Canada goose carving (above) in the form of a “sewing bird” for the women in his immediate family; no more than six of these carvings are known. The bird is in exceptional original condition though missing acits padded velvet “saddle” pin cushion. The sewing bird along with this pair of miniature ruddy turnstone shorebirds (a male in full breeding plumage and one in immature plumage) exhibit Boyd’s intricate paint patterns and the characteristic “bulbous” head carvings associated with his work.

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