• <b>Bonhams 28 Oct 2014:</b> The Gemini Collection of Modern Prints and Illustrated Books.
    <b>Bonhams 28 Oct 2014:</b> Lot 48. CHAGALL, MARC. 1887-1985.<br>Est. US$ 300,000-500,000.
    <b>Bonhams 28 Oct 2014:</b> Lot 59. DALI, SALVADOR. SPANISH, 1904-1989. OVID. Est. US$ 8,000-12,000.
    <b>Bonhams 28 Oct 2014:</b> Lot 85. GANYMED. MEIER-GRAEFE, JULIUS, editor. Est. US$ 10,000-15,000.
    <b>Bonhams 28 Oct 2014:</b> Lot 112. MIRÓ, JOAN. SPANISH, 1893-1983. ÉLUARD, PAUL. À toute épreuve.<br>Est. US$ 35,000-55,000.
    <b>Bonhams 22 Oct 2014:</b> Lot 48. KEPLER, JOHANNES. 1571-1630.<br>Est. US$ 25,000-35,000.
    <b>Bonhams 22 Oct 2014:</b> Lot 58. RITCHEY, GEORGE WILLIS. 1864-1945. Est. US$ 450,000-550,000.
    <b>Bonhams 22 Oct 2014:</b> Lot 74. WALLICH, NATHANIEL. 1786-1854. Est. US$ 35,000-55,000.
    <b>Bonhams 22 Oct 2014:</b> Lot 80. DARWIN, CHARLES. 1809-1882. Autograph Letter Signed ("C. Darwin"). Est. US$ 20,000-30,000.
    <b>Bonhams 22 October 2014:</b><br>HISTORY OF SCIENCE.
    <b>Bonhams 22 Oct 2014:</b> Lot 245. HELMHOLTZ SOUND SYNTHESIZER. HELMHOLTZ, HERMANN VON. 1821-1894. Est. US$ 20,000-30,000.
    <b>Bonhams 22 Oct 2014:</b> Lot 262. MANHATTAN PROJECT VIEWING WINDOW. Heavily leaded glass.<br>Est. US$ 150,000-250,000.
    <b>Bonhams 22 Oct 2014:</b> Lot 271. WOVEN SILK PORTRAIT OF JACQUARD. Est. US$ 20,000-30,000.
    <b>Bonhams 22 Oct 2014:</b> Lot 286. APPLE. Apple 1 Motherboard.<br>Est. US$ 300,000-500,000.
  • <b>Archives International November 4th, Session 2, Part XXI.</b> Sale starts at 10:30 am EST.
    <b>Archives International Nov 4th:</b> Lot 668. Banca Agricola Sarda, 1873 Issue Specimen Banknote.<br>Est $600.00-1200.00.
    <b>Archives International Nov 4th:</b> Lot 730. Bono De Caja, El Banco Central Mexicano, 1899 Specimen Banknote. Est $1250.00-2500.00.
    <b>Archives International Nov 4th:</b> Lot 751. State Bank of Pakistan, 1973-1978 Presentation Booklet with 5 Different Specimen Banknotes.<br>Est $5000.00-10000.00.
    <b>Archives International Nov 4th:</b> Lot 759. Palestine Currency Board, 1929 High Grade Issue Banknote, One of 2 Sequential Notes Being Offered.<br>Est $6000.00-12000.00.
    <b>Archives International November 4th, Session 2, Part XXI.</b> Sale starts at 10:30 am EST.
    <b>Archives International Nov 4th:</b> Lot 966. National Base Ball League, ca. 1880's Advertising Note from Minnesota. Est $800.00-1600.00.
    <b>Archives International Nov 4th:</b> Lot 973. Important Historical Vignette. NY. New York. Nassau Bank. $1. 1850's. Proof on card. NY-1780.<br>Est $600.00-1200.00.
    <b>Archives International Nov 4th:</b> Lot 1053. British American Bank Note Company Engravers & Printers, ND (ca.1860's) Dramatic Proof Security Printer. Est $5000.00-10,000.00.
    <b>Archives International Nov 4th:</b> Lot 1078. United States Treasury, Assistant Treasurer of the United States at Philadelphia, Gold Coin Certific. Est $12500.00-25000.00.
    <b>Archives International November 4th, Session 2, Part XXI.</b> Sale starts at 10:30 am EST.
    <b>Archives International Nov 4th:</b> Lot 1104. Federal Reserve Note, $20 1934 D Specimen Banknote. New York, New York. Fr.#2058-B.<br>Est $5000.00-10,000.00.
    <b>Archives International Nov 4th:</b> Lot 1105. Uncut Sheet of Six Alexander City, Alabama Small Size Nationals. $5 1929 Type 2, First National Bank. Est $4000.00-6000.00.
    <b>Archives International Nov 4th:</b> Lot 1233. Palestine, 1934 20 Mils, NGC Graded MS 62. Est $500.00-1000.00.
    <b>Archives International Nov 4th:</b><br>Lot 1423. Important Louisiana Exposition Medal. 1885-86.<br>Est $500.00-1000.00.
    <b>Archives International Nov 4th:</b><br>Lot 1441. Rare Grover Cleveland Indian Peace Medal. 1885.<br>Est $3000.00-5000.00.
  • <b>Bid now! Auction Ends October 29th.</b>
    <b>Ends Oct 29th oakauctions.com:</b> Daniel Boone autograph. Boon confirms receipt of payment for surveying work. Min Bid $500.
    <b>Ends Oct 29th oakauctions.com:</b> CROCKETT, David (1786-1836). Autograph free frank ("Free D. Crockett") on envelope.<br>Min Bid $500.
    <b>Ends Oct 29th oakauctions.com:</b> James K. Polk Signed "Executive Documents". Min Bid $500.
    <b>Ends Oct 29th oakauctions.com:</b> James Buchanan, Rare Signed Constitutional Law Book.<br>Min Bid $500.
    <b>Ends Oct 29th oakauctions.com:</b> Rare Abraham Lincoln 1841 Legal Document. "Sangamon Circuit Court", dated March 11, 1841. Min Bid $300.
    <b>Bid now! Auction Ends October 29th.</b>
    <b>Ends Oct 29th oakauctions.com:</b> William Mckinley 25th President of the U.S. Historic Signed Photo.<br>Min Bid $200.
    <b>Ends Oct 29th oakauctions.com:</b> William Mckinley 25th President of the U.S. Signed book. Speaches and Addresses, 1894. Min Bid $250.
    <b>Ends Oct 29th oakauctions.com:</b> William Howard Taft 27th President of the U.S. "Ethics in Service", inscribed 1921. Min Bid $250.
    <b>Ends Oct 29th oakauctions.com:</b> John F. Kennedy 35th President of the U.S. Signed image. Min Bid $200.
    <b>Ends Oct 29th oakauctions.com:</b> Historical Oliver Hazard Perry ALS "We Have Defeated The Enemy Completely..." 1812. Min Bid $500.
    <b>Bid now! Auction Ends October 29th.</b>
    <b>Ends Oct 29th oakauctions.com:</b> Certificate of Discharge Edward J. Smith. English naval officer (1850-1912) in command of the RMS Titanic. Min Bid $400.
    <b>Ends Oct 29th oakauctions.com:</b> Charles Dickens Author Letter Signed and Original Photo. Min Bid $400.
    <b>Ends Oct 29th oakauctions.com:</b> Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs. Important Disney original comic art work from this 1937 classic.<br>Min Bid $500.
    <b>Ends Oct 29th oakauctions.com:</b> Signed Certificate for Heroism Rescue for the Akron search and<br>Air Ship AJ3. Min Bid $300.
    <b>Ends Oct 29th oakauctions.com:</b> 1986 STS-51L CHRISTA MCAULIFFE and BARBARA MORGAN SIGNED DISPLAY. Min Bid $400.
    <b>Ends Oct 29th oakauctions.com:</b> 1951 World Series New York Yankees Team Signed Baseball. Featuring the 1951 Bronx Bombers. Min Bid $200.
  • <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: Sale 344 - Fine Books and Manuscripts, November 5th.</b>
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: </b> Lot 1. (AUDUBON, JOHN JAMES) BACHMAN, REV. JOHN. The Quadrupeds of North America. New York, 1854. 3 vols. 4to. $3,000-$5,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: </b> Lot 4. AUDUBON, JOHN JAMES. The Birds of America, from Drawings Made in the United States and Their Territories. $30,000-$50,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: </b> Lot 67. BAUDELAIRE, CHARLES. Les Fleurs du Mal. Paris, 1857. First edition, first issue with the six suppressed poems. $4,000-$6,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: </b> Lot 73. CHIPPENDALE, THOMAS. The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director. London, 1754. First edition. $2,000-$,4,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: Sale 344 - Fine Books and Manuscripts, November 5th.</b>
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: </b> Lot 79. (ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT) Missal, in Latin, 38 leaves, 15th-century, the Temporale, from Holy Trinity to... $3,000-$5,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: </b> Lot 85. KEYNES, JOHN MAYNARD. the General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money. London, 1936. First edition, original dust jacket. $4,000-$6,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: </b> Lot 113. DICKENS, CHARLES. Great Expectations. London, 1861. 3 vols. First edition, fourth impression $3,000-$5,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: </b> Lot 173. CHURCHILL, WINSTON. ALS, three pages, May 28, 1915. To his cousin, signed "W." $3,000-$5,000
    102 DICKENS, CHARLES. Complete set of Christmas Books. 5 vols. First editions. $8,000-$12,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: </b> Lot 174. CHURCHILL, SIR WINSTON. Map of British Battles of 1918 signed by Churchill and the other Generals and Field Marshalls. $5,000-$7,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: </b> Lot 176A. CHURCHILL, SIR WINSTON. The Story of the Malakand Field Force. London, 1898. First edition, first state. $2,000-$,4,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: </b> Lot 219. MCKENNEY, THOMAS AND JAMES HALL. History of the Indian Tribes of North America. 3 vols. 74 (of 120) bound-in and 32 loose plates. $20,000-$30,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: </b> Lot 248. (CHICAGO, RAILROAD) Chicago, Rock-Island & Pacific - Rocky Mountain Limited... Reverse glass and mother of pearl inlaid sign, c. 1900. $4,000-$6,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: Sale 344 - Fine Books and Manuscripts, November 5th.</b>
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: </b> Lot 267. (GOLF) JONES, ROBERT. T., JR. ("BOBBY") AND O.B. KEELER. Down the Fairway... New York, 1927. 1st ed., ltd. Signed by Keeler/Jones twice. $6,000-$8,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: </b> Lot 311. WRIGHT, FRANK LLOYD. Autographed letter signed ("F.L.L.W."), 4pp., on Jokake Inn letterhead, ca. 1925. $4,000-$6,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: </b> Lot 313. HUNTER, DARD. Old Papermaking. Chillicothe, OH, 1923. Limited edition, signed by Hunter. With 6 TLS signed by Hunter. $5,000-$7,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: </b> Lot 315. HUNTER, DARD. Primitive Papermaking. Chillicothe, OH, 1927. Limited edition, signed by Hunter. $3,000-$5,000

AE Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - February - 2008 Issue

A.E. Crowell Decoys offered by Stephen O'Brien Fine Arts

Obrien

A.E. Crowell carvings from Stephen O'Brien.


By Michael Stillman

Here is a catalogue uncommon for our reviews. It is certainly not of books, and only tangentially might be called “ephemeral." However, one of the favorite subjects for book collectors is sports and sportsmen, and in the days before baseball and football were massively popular, sports hunting was of keen interest, particularly for those of means. This brings us to the latest catalogue of Stephen O'Brien Jr. Fine Arts. It is entitled Select Carvings by A. Elmer Crowell (1862-1952) . Crowell was both a master sportsman and artist, and those who collect in the field of hunting, particularly of waterfowl, will certainly appreciate these fine carvings.

Crowell grew up on a cranberry farm in East Harwich (Cape Cod), Massachusetts. Though not a hunter, his father gave young Crowell a shotgun when he was twelve. Crowell took to hunting like...well...a duck to water. He began devising ways to get waterfowl to stop at the lake near his home on their migrations. Although he carved some decoys early on, Elmer's preferred means was live decoys. He would train tethered ducks and geese to lure wild ones their way. He became something of a legend, and hunters sought his help.

Around 1900, Dr. John C. Phillips, sportsman, author, and Associate Curator of Birds at the zoological library at Harvard, hired Crowell, who would remain in his employ for ten years. Along with building better blinds and training his live decoys, Crowell began carving more. He carved both decoys and simply decorative works. However, this would remain a secondary activity until 1912 when Massachusetts passed a law outlawing the sale of migratory birds. Depletion of these bird species by clever techniques such as those employed by Crowell alarmed conservationists, who won their battle with the hunters in the state legislature. Unable to trade in live decoys any longer, Crowell turned to his carving skills to fashion wooden decoys and decorative carvings. This he would do for most of the remainder of his long life.

It is impossible to describe Crowell's carvings with words, other than to note that his great familiarity with the species he carved enabled him to achieve exceptional reality in his works. He carved and painted with meticulous attention to detail. His works are prized by collectors, the best having reached prices in excess of $1 million. Of course, not all are quite so pricey, but you probably would not want to use one of Crowell's carvings as an active decoy today. However, one would look spectacular on the shelf next to your antiquarian hunting books.

Stephen O'Brien may be reached at 617-536-0536 or visited online at www.americansportingart.com. The gallery is located on Newbury Street in Boston.

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