A monumental 19th century campaign chest made in China for a ship captain in pale camphor wood with ebony string inlay. Central compartment marked “LOG”, for ship’s log book ( main records kept by captain ). All original brasses and leather writing surface. Entire chest is camphor wood, except for a few cuby partitions which are old mahogany, possibly replaced. Rare that it has 3 handles per side on top & bottom sections. Chest never had feet. Circa 1850-1870.
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