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Rare and important miniature Surf Scoter 'Skunk Head' 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 with grey sponge top painting.  Unusual of Crowell's typically domed bases.  Mint Crowell ink stamp on the underside. Small label reading 'Surf Scoter (Duck)' on the underside, likely an addition by the Littles. Such a rare example, the Surf Scoter 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.

Stephen B. O'Brien Jr. and Chelsie W. Olney, "Elmer Crowell: Father of American Bird Carving," Hingham, MA, 2019, p. 241 related carving illustrated.

Miniature Surf Scoter - Elmer Crowell


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