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Rare and important miniature Shoveler Drake by Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, MA c.1908-10 from the Betram K. (1899-1993) & Nina Fletcher Little (1903-1993) family collection. Believed to be amongst the first stamped examples Elmer ever made and amongst the first special order pieces in this species..


Excellent original paint, even on the legs. Standing upon a highly unique 'sloped-stone' base, unusual of Crowell's typically domed bases.  Crowell even attempted to recreate somewhat of a spoonish bill, playing to the species namesake.  Mint Crowell ink stamp on the underside. Small label reading 'Shoveller (Duck) (Male)' on the underside, likely an addition by the Littles. Such a rare example, the Shoveler isn't listed on any of Elmer's species lists. Often considered a special order piece being outside of the normal 25 species Crowell made.  An exceptional miniature addition to any serious Crowell collection.


Both Bert & Nina Little are best recognized for their work in the preservation, exhibition, and education of American Folk Art. Nina is regarded as one of the most important scholars in the field of American Folk Art having published numerous books on the subject.


Condition: Mint




Marguerite Souther, family acquired from Crowell

Betram K. & Nina Fletcher Little, acquired from above

Warren M. Little, acquired from above



Nina Fletcher Little, “Little by Little: Six Decades of Collecting Decorative American Arts” New York, NY, 1984, p.173-176 partial Crowell miniature collection pictured and discussed.

Brian Cullity, "The Songless Aviary: The World of A.E. Crowell & Son," Sandwich, MA, 1992, p. 52, pl. X, and p. 96, pl. 72 similar Shoveler illustrated.


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Miniature Shoveler - Elmer Crowell


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