A pair of reverse painted on glass ship portraits, done as silhouettes. Backgrounds done in watercolor on paper of the British ship “Shannon” and the American ship “Chesapeake”. Shannon defeated Chesapeake in a famous 1813 naval engagement off Boston during the War of 1812, during which Chesapeake’s Captain Lawrence was mortally wounded. As he was carried below, he issued a command to his crew that became naval legend: “Don’t give up the ship; fight to the last man.” Early 19th century.
Pair of carved wood Long-tailed duck decoys with glass eyes, c. 1950. Hen is in preening position; drake is in swimming position and is branded “SS” on bottom. The Long-tailed duck , formerly known as the Old Squaw duck, is a small, delicately shaped bird that breeds in summer in arctic regions and winters off northern coasts. Its size and shape belie its toughness, as it can dive to depths of 200 feet and spends huge amount of its time under water. These ducks gather in large flocks and make an almost constant chatter.
Dimensions: 10" h x 13" w x 5.5" d