A large, China-trade, camphor wood campaign chest with secretary Circa 1860. It retains its original four brass bail carrying handles. The sides are made of single pieces of wood. The upper section contains a drop-down, pull-out secretary drawer with cubbyholes. The lower section contains two drawers. The whole is made of well-figured camphor wood with ebonized trim and the original brass inset pulls. A few scratches that are commensurate with age. The drop-down hinge is a replacement and the bun feet were probably added about 1900.
This piece came from the collection of Hyland Granby, one of the foremost Marine dealers in the country.
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