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Very Early Miniature Blackburnian Warbler

Jess Blackstone (1909-1988)

Concord, NH, c. 1930's

3" tall


The first few Jess Blackston carvings were mounted on cylindrical bases cut from broom sticks.  Being a thrifty artist who wrote notes on recycled paper and didn't like to waste material, cut broom sticks were an ingenious way to begin mounting his birds.  In the widely noted book on New England miniatures by Joseph Ellis, Birds in Wood and Paint, Ellis relates to this early broom stick group as 'a few'.  A similar style example is pictured on page 131 in the book.


Similar to the classic 'rock' base birds, the feet are painted on and the species name is written on the underside.


Condition:  Good original condition with minimal surface wear and a small chip from the beak that has been darkened.


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Blackburnian Warbler - Jess Blackstone


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