Late 19th-very early 20th c. Sailor-made sword fashioned out of a piece of whale bone with wood handle in shape of sea serpent or fish. Sword has paintings of eagle, swordfish and a portrait of U.S.S. Oregon, a US Navy pre-dreadnought Indiana class battleship commissioned in 1896 who had a fascinating career from a starring role in Spanish-American War ( earning her the nickname ” the Bulldog of the Navy” through World War II, where she ended up as an ammo barge at the Battle of Guam. These types of things were frequently done by sailors to commemorate naval tours of duty.
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