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1203Letter to Nina Gormley from Norman Ashley Willock
  • Document, Correspondence
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Letter concerning the packing and shipping of a pintail duck carving commissioned from Wendell Gilley by Norman Willock and returned to the museum for repair.
1410Letter to Wendell Gilley Museum from John A. Silver, Sept. 9, 1986
  • Document, Correspondence
  • Carvings
  • People
Description:
Letter describes Mr. Silver's visit to Elmer Crowell's workshop where he purchased several miniature bird carvings, and his subsequent visit to Wendell Gilley's workshop. Enclosed are photographs of a greater yellowlegs and a duck carved by Crowell. Silver also describes Wendell Gilley's trip to Abercrombie and Fitch where he was inspired to start bird carving.
1353Letter to Nina Gormley from Gertrude Bancroft
  • Document, Correspondence
  • Carvings
  • Gardens
Description:
This letter is a reply to the Gilley Museum Director's request for a garden to be donated by the Garden Club of Mount Desert. It also mentions a carving of three gulls on a driftwood based that Mrs. Bancroft commissioned from Wendell Gilley.
1236Downeast Bird Carvings Exhibit Catalog
  • Publication, Catalog
  • Carvings
  • People
Description:
Catalog of an exhibition of Wendell Gilley's bird carvings held at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia from October 29, 1976 through January 9, 1977
1479Cormorant
  • Image, Photograph
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Cormorant standing on stump against painted background. "Credit: Roche, Caldwell N.J." stamped on reverse.
1478Great Blue Heron
  • Image, Photograph
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Heron standing on driftwood base with beak pointing upward against painted background. In pencil on reverse: "Blue Heron." "Credit: Roche, Caldwell N.J." stamped on reverse.
1476Gadwall
  • Image, Photograph
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Gadwall on driftwood base set on reflective surface with grasses in background. "Credit: Roche, Caldwell N.J." stamped on reverse.
1475Sandpiper
  • Image, Photograph
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Carved sandpiper on driftwood placed on a sandy surface with painted backdrop. "Credit: Roche, Caldwell N.J." stamped on reverse.
1457Wendell Gilley's Carving Desk
  • Image, Photograph
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Gilley's desk covered with boxes of carved birds, tools, and other supplies ; "Credit: Roche, Caldwell N.J." stamped on reverse.
  • 20.01.140
1474Northern Cardinal, Male
  • Carving
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Perched facing downward on driftwood attached to carved oblong base. Underside of base covered in felt. No visible signature or date
  • 20.01.139
1473Great Hornbill
  • Carving, 1/5 Life-size
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Carved at the request of Addie Gilley, who was inspired by an illustration in a book about birds of the world. Signed "Gilley" on bottom of driftwood branch. Underside of base marked "Native of India, Sumatra, Indo China".
  • 20.01.138
1472Common Eider, Male
  • Carving, Decoy
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
One of five eiders Wendell Gilley wanted to make for the museum at the end of his life. He was able to complete three. "Gilley" engraved on undersides of body and head.
  • 20.01.137
1471Ring-necked Ducks, Pair
  • Carving, Pair
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Signed "Gilley" on right of carved wooden base. Underside of base marked "'Ring-neck Ducks' by Wendell Gilley, Southwest Harbor Maine ; Made especially for Dr. Claud F. Young". Not dated.
  • 20.01.136
1470Pileated Woodpecker
  • Carving, Almost Life-size
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Underside of base marked "Made especially for Francis W. Rawle" and signed "by W.H. Gilley".
  • 20.01.135
1469Belted Kingfishers, Pair
  • Carving, Pair
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Underside of base marked "Belted Kingfishers by Wendell Gilley 1977. Also stamped "W.H. Gilley"
  • 20.01.134
1468Atlantic Puffin
  • Carving
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Underside of base marked: "Puffin by W. H. Gilley " ; signature "Gilley" burned into bottom of base
  • 20.01.133
1467Red-winged Blackbird
  • Carving
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Bird perched on branch on carved wooden base. Underside of base marked "Red-winged blackbird by W. H. Gilley 1977".
  • 20.01.132
1466Blue Jay with Acorn
  • Carving
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Blue jay with acorn in its beak perched on driftwood branch on oval base ; signed "Gilley" on front of base
  • 20.01.131
1465Hermit Thrush
  • Carving, Life-size
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Underside of base marked "Hermit Thrush by Wendell Gilley 1977
  • 20.01.130
1464House Wren
  • Carving
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Underside of base marked "House Wren 1978, #34" and stamped "Wendell H. Gilley".
  • 20.01.129
1463Canada Goose
  • Carving
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Signed "Gilley" on driftwood base beneath tail
  • 81.3.9
1462Snowy Egret
  • Carving, Miniature
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Miniature adult on driftwood base stands erect, neck [?] back, head up, glass eyes, metal legs, feet, and crest feathers, painted details. Signed on lower right of base "Gilley."
  • 20.01.128
1461Red Knot
  • Carving
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Underside of base marked "Knot by W. H. Gilley approx 1946."
  • 20.01.127
1460Snowy Owl, Male
  • Carving
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Owl looking over left shoulder, glass eyes, wire toes. Signed "Gilley" on rear of driftwood base. Underside of base stamped Wendell H. Gilley.
  • 20.01.126
1459Tit on a Vise
  • Carving
  • Birds
  • Carvings