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  • 80.1.13
1001Black Duck
  • Carving
  • Birds
Description:
Miniature flying black duck; upper wing wired for hanging; no legs, marked underside of right wing: “Addie Gilley,” underside of left wing: “Black duck, Gilley.” Carved and painted detail of plumage; partially faded; hole where lower wing joins body. Early 10 birds.
1002Gilley - Wendell Holmes Gilley (1904-1983)
  • Reference
  • People
Description:
Wendell Gilley is a name well known among carvers and carving collectors. Author of The Art of Bird Carving: A Guide to a Fascinating Hobby, one of the earliest instructional books on the subject, Gilley was a pioneer in the field of decorative bird carving. By his estimate, he created “ten thousand birds of pine and paint” between 1931 and 1983. (Gilley also loved alliteration; it should be noted that most of his carvings were made of basswood.) [show more]
1003Wendell Holmes Gilley
  • Image, Photograph
  • People
Description:
Gilley smokes a pipe while carving an Osprey.
1004Wendell Holmes Gilley
  • Image, Photograph
  • People
1005Bragdon - Addie (Bragdon) Gilley (1905-1983)
  • Reference
  • People
Description:
Addie Gilley’s created an outstanding collection of her husband’s work. The carvings that Addie so wisely saved over the years became the core of the Museum’s permanent collection. Wendell and Addie were the guests of honor at the opening of the Gilley Museum on July 12, 1981. They remained active in the museum until their deaths a few months apart in 1983.
1006The Art of Bird Carving: a Guide to a Fascinating Hobby
  • Publication, Book
  • Birds
Description:
A guide to a fascinating hobby! Wendell Gilley was a bird watcher and artist who carved birds in wood on Mount Desert Island, Maine. He started out carving two-inch wooden birds for Abercrombie & Fitch. The book is beautifully illustrated with color photographs and with drawings.
  • 81.1.97
1008Upland Plover
  • Carving, Life-size
  • Birds
Description:
Life size; mounted on driftwood base, standing erect, left leg raised, head turned right; glass eyes, metal legs, burnt, carved and painted detail. Signed “Addie Gilley, Upland Plover, 1974, W.H Gilley” on underside of base. Small cracks at juncture of legs and body. Also called upland sandpiper. Companion piece no. 81.1.98.
  • 81.1.22
1009Bluebird
  • Carving
  • Birds
Description:
Life size; perched on twig, mounted on carved oblong base; glass eyes, upright posture, head turned slightly to left. Signed “Gilley ’76” on rear end of base. Some blue paint on base; underside marked “11;” phillips head screw attaching base to twig.
  • 81.1.12
1010Black Duck
  • Carving, Miniature
  • Birds
Description:
Miniature; mounted on drift wood base; painted plumage, glass eyes, carved feet. Signed "Gilley" below right foot; stamped "Wendell H. Gilley" on underside, marked "Addie Gilley."
  • 80.1.14
1011King Eider, Male
  • Carving, Mobil, Miniature
  • Birds
Description:
Miniature; flying carving, wire screwed into body for hanging; glass eyes, painted details of plumage and feet, some carved feather detail in wings; incorrect beak detail; artist copied from painting w/o front perspective. Signed: "Gilley" on white upper flank patch; "Addie Gilley" marked on underside of breast. Companion pieces: 81.1.15, 81.1.16.
  • 80.1.15
1012King Eider, Male
  • Carving, Mobil, Miniature
  • Birds
Description:
Miniature; Flying, screw eye in body for hanging, one extra hole present beneath screw eye; painted eyes, carved feet, feather detail carved into wings and tail, King Eider beak marking absent, since front perspective _ not seen by the artist. Signed: "Gilley," on underside of upper wing; Marked "Addie Gilley," on underside of lower wing. Marked "King Eider Duck."
  • 80.1.16
1013Eider Duck, Female
  • Carving, Mobil, Miniature
  • Birds
Description:
Miniature; flying, wire screwed into body for hanging; glass eyes, painted feet and plumage, carved feather detail in wings. Signed "Giley," under left wing; marked "Addie Gilley."
  • 81.1.17
1014Barn Owl
  • Carving, 1/5 Life-size
  • Birds
Description:
1/5 life size; on natural wooden base, hunched over as if watching for prey, toes positioned, 3 point back instead of natural 2:2; glass eyes, painted and carved detail. Signed: "Gilley '76" on right of base. Underside marked "Barn Owl by W.H. Gilley, Addie Gilley 1976."
  • 80.1.18
1015Saw-whet Owl
  • Carving, 3/4 Life-size
  • Birds
Description:
3/4 life size; outstretched wings, alighting on driftwood limb mounted on carved oblong base, Phillips head screw in base, toes 3:1; glass eyes, carved and painted plumage detail. Signed: "Gilley '72" on lower right side of base. Underside marked: "Addie Gilley."
  • 80.1.19
1016Herring Gull, Pair
  • Carving, Pair, 1/4 Life-size
  • Birds
Description:
1/4 life size; folded wings, perched on natural base; glass eyes, painted, semi-detailed plumage markings. Signed: "Gilley '73" on right side of base.
  • 80.1.20
1017Long-eared Owl with Black-capped Chickadee
  • Carving, Multiple Birds, 1/3 Life-size
  • Birds
Description:
Two carvings, 1/3 Life size (chickadee is in proportion to owl); mounted on natural wood, owl at bottom facing forward, chickadee perched on branch to the left and above the owl. On owl, two toes forward and two backward; no feet on chickadee; glued onto branch, Chickadee has pinhead black eyes, owl has glass eyes, both with painted and carved detail. Signed: "Gilley '72"; marked "l. eared owl," on underside of base.
  • 80.1.21
1018Great Gray Owl
  • Carving, 1/10 Life-size
  • Birds
Description:
1/10 life size; perched on driftwood "limb mounted" on carved wooden base, owl's head turned over left shoulder; glass eyes, painted detail. Signed "Gilley," on top of stamp, marked "Addie Gilley," on underside of base.
  • 81.1.24
1021Bluebird
  • Carving, Life-size
  • Birds
Description:
Life size; perched on twig, mounted on carved wooden oblong base, downward stand; glass eyes, black paint worn off on head, back, and sides. Signed: "Gilley '76" on right side of base. Underside numbered "5."
  • 80.1.25
1022Bluebird
  • Carving, Life-size
  • Birds
Description:
Life size; mounted on pear-shaped carved wooden base, perched sideways on branch, head turned forward; glass eyes. Signed "Gilley '76" on lower right. Underside marked: "Blue Bird by W.H Gilley 1976, 15."
  • 81.1.26
1023Bluebird
  • Carving
  • Birds
Description:
Life size bird on twig, mounted on pear-shaped carved wooden base; semi-upright / horizontal stand; glass eyes, "observant look." Signed on base: "Gilley, '76." Underside marked: "Addie Gilley, 1976, 10."
  • 81.1.26a
1024Bluebird
  • Carving, Life-size
  • Birds
Description:
Life size, slightly oversized; perched on twig, mounted on carved oblong wooden base, horizontal stand, facing forward; glass eyes. Signed: "Gilley, '76" on right side of base, number 4 of 16. Underside marked "4 Addie Gilley."
  • 81.1.27
1025Bluebird
  • Carving, Life-size
  • Birds
Description:
Life size; horizontal stand, perched with one foot in crotch of twig, one up on branch, twig mounted in oblong mound, carved wooden base. Signed "Gilley '76" on lower right of base, underside marked: "Bluebird by Wendell Gilley, 1976, 7."
  • 81.1.28
1026Ruffed Grouse, Male
  • Carving, Miniature
  • Birds
Description:
Miniature; mounted on natural wooden base, upright posture, tail fanned open horizontally; glass eyes, carved feet, highly detailed painted plumage. Signed "Gilley" on right rear of base, Underside of base marked: "Addie Gilley, Ruffed Grouse by W.H. Gilley, 1966."
  • 81.1.29
1027Ruffed Grouse, Male
  • Carving, Miniature
  • Birds
Description:
Miniature male in display; head turned towards left, left foot forward on pear-shaped smooth wooden base; glass eyes, wire legs, highly detailed plumage; multi-piece. Signed and marked under base: "Gilley, 1946, Ruffed Grouse, Addie Gilley."
  • 81.1.30
1028Woodcock Pair with Two Chicks
  • Carving, Multiple Birds, Miniatures
  • Birds
Description:
Miniature group on natural wooden base: male upright, wings hanging down, wire legs, painted feet; female nestled on wood, chicks between parent birds. Great degree of painted detail depicting adult and immature plumage. Signed "Gilley" on right side of base, underside marked: "Addie Gilley, Gilley."
  • 81.1.31
1029Pileated Woodpecker
  • Carving, 1/4 Life-size
  • Birds
Description:
1/4 life size; perched on driftwood mounted on carved wooden base, toes inaccurate: three front one rear instead of two and two; glass eyes, painted wired feet, painted detail. Signed lower right of natural wood: "Gilley." Underside of base marked: "Addie Gilley, Pileated Woodpecker, 1970, W.H. Gilley."
  • 81.1.32
1030Canada Goose
  • Carving, Miniature
  • Birds
Description:
Miniature; 3-D feet, mounted on round, smooth wooden base, erect posture, faces forward; pinhead eyes, painted detail. Underside signed, dated, marked: "Gilley, '59. Addie Gilley."
  • 81.1.33
1031Wood Duck
  • Carving, Miniature
  • Birds
Description:
Miniature; mature male, upright posture facing forward, 3-D feet on triangular natural wood base; glass eyes, breeding plumage, painted detail. Signed on side: "Gilley." Underside of base marked "1966. Addie Gilley."
  • 81.1.34
1032American Goldeneye
  • Carving, Miniature
  • Birds
Description:
Miniature; mounted on oblong smooth wood base, upright posture facing forward; glass eyes, metal legs and feet. Signed on side of base: "Gilley." Underside of base marked: "Addie Gilley, Am. Goldeneye."
  • 81.1.35
1033Woodcock
  • Carving, Miniature
  • Birds
Description:
Miniature; adult bird, upright posture facing forward; painted plumage and feet, wire legs set into smooth mound wood base. Signed: "Woodcock, by W.H Gilley," on underside of base; marked: "Addie Gilley."
  • 81.1.36
1034Short-eared Owl
  • Carving, 1/5 Life-size
  • Birds
Description:
1/5 Life size; perched on natural wood, incorrect toes (3 front, 1 back,) head turned over left shoulder; glass eyes, 3-D feet, painted detail. Signed "Gilley" on right side of base, underside of base marked "Addie Birthday 1972."
  • 81.1.37
1035Ruddy Turnstone
  • Carving, 1/4 Life-size
  • Birds
Description:
About 1/4 life size; mounted on natural wood base, erect posture facing forward; black pinhead eyes, wired legs and feet, painted detail. Signed "Gilley" on side of base, underside of base marked "Ruddy Turnstone, W.H. Gilley, Addie Gilley."
  • 80.1.1
1036Mallard Drake
  • Carving, Miniature
  • Birds
Description:
Miniature; head and body one piece, legs set into round, black base, feet painted, semi-detailed. Marked on underside of base: "Mallard, W.H. Gilley, First Bird, Made 1930, Addie Gilley." First bird carving by Wendell H. Gilley.
  • 80.1.2
1037Bob White Quail, Male
  • Carving, Miniature
  • Birds
Description:
Miniature; legs set into carved, brown mound base; glass eyes, painted feet and detail. Marked "Addie Gilley, Bob White by W.H. Gilley" on underside of base.
  • 80.1.3
1038Ring-necked Pheasant, Male
  • Carving, Miniature
  • Birds
Description:
Miniature; legs set into carved, grey mound base; glass eyes, painted feet and detail. Marked "Addie Gilley, Pheasant by W.H. Gilley" on underside of base.
  • 80.1.4
1039Turkey, Male
  • Carving, Miniature
  • Birds
Description:
Miniature; standing, face forward, legs set into carved, grey mound base; glass eyes, paint brush bristle "beard"; wattle detail carved in; painted plumage and feet. Marked "Addie Gilley, Turkey by W.H Gilley" on underside of base.
  • 80.1.5
1040Atlantic Puffin
  • Carving, Miniature
  • Birds
Description:
Miniature; mounted on carved, black mound base; glass eyes, painted plumage and feet. Marked "Addie Gilley, Puffin by W.H. Gilley" on underside of base.
  • 80.1.6
1041Mallard Drake
  • Carving, Miniature
  • Birds
Description:
Miniature; standing, head turned right, mounted on grey mound base; glass eyes, painted plumage, carved feet, carved detail of tail and feathers. Signed "Gilley, 1960," marked "Addie Gilley" on underside of base.
  • 80.1.7
1042Bob White, Pair
  • Carving, Pair, Miniature
  • Birds
Description:
Miniatures; mounted on carved, oblong, brown mound base, male stands upright on "log" attached to main base and has carved feet, female stands on main base, head down as if herding young, legs set into base, painted feet; glass eyes, painted plumage. Signed and dated "7/16/45, Bob White by W.H. Gilley," "Addies Gilley" on underside of base.
  • 80.1.8
1043Roadrunner
  • Carving, Miniature
  • Birds
Description:
Miniature; mounted on driftwood, head turned around right shoulder, tail erect; glass eyes, carved feet, painted plumage. Unsigned. Marked "Made for Addie Gilley" on underside of base.
  • 80.1.9
1044Canada Goose
  • Carving, Miniature
  • Birds
Description:
Miniature; mounted on driftwood base, standing up, neck drawn back, head turned slightly to left; carved feet, painted adult plumage details. Signed and dated "Gilley '72" on lower right side. Marked "Addie Gilley" on underside.
  • 80.1.10
1045Wilson's Plover
  • Carving, 1/4 Life-size
  • Birds
Description:
Approx. 1/4 life size; mounted on driftwood, upright posture, right leg slightly lifted; glass eyes, carved feet, painted adult plumage. Signed and dated "1965, Wilson Plover by W.H. Gilley." Marked "Addie Gilley" on underside of base.
  • 81.1.11
1046Black Duck
  • Carving, Miniature
  • Birds
Description:
Miniature; mounted on carved, oblong, grey wood base, upright posture, head turned slightly left; glass eyes, carved feet, painted plumage. Signed "Gilley '59" on side of base. Marked and dated "Addie Gilley, Black Duck, 4/22/'59" on underside.
  • 81.1.38
1047Semipalmated Plover
  • Carving, 1/4 Life-size
  • Birds
Description:
Approx. 1/4 life size; mounted on pitted driftwood base, facing forward, standing with one leg raised; glass eyes, wire legs and feet, painted adult plumage. Signed, dated and marked "Semipalmated Plover by W.H. Gilley, 1965, Addie Gilley" on underside of base.
  • 81.1.39
1048Bufflehead, Male
  • Carving, Miniature
  • Birds
Description:
Miniature; mounted on natural wood base; carved and painted eyes, 3D legs and feet, painted adult plumage. Signed and dated "'75 Gilley" on rear side of base. Marked "Bufflehead, Addie" on underside.
  • 81.1.40
1049Pink Flamingo
  • Carving, Miniature
  • Birds
Description:
Miniature; standing with right foot on driftwood base, left leg half raised, neck curved downward; painted eyes and detail. Signed and dated "Gilley 1967" on right side of base. Marked "Addie Gilley" on underside.
  • 81.1.41
1050Spoonbill
  • Carving, Miniature
  • Birds
Description:
Miniature; standing in upright-horizontal forward posture, beak pointing downward on curled driftwood base; carved and painted eyes, wire legs, painted plumage. Signed "Gilley" on right side of base, marked and dated "Addie Gilley, Feb 20 1968" on underside of base.
  • 81.1.42
1051Screech Owl
  • Carving, 1/2 Life-size
  • Birds
Description:
Approx. 1/2 life size adult bird; perched facing full forward on natural wood mounted on carved wooden base, front toes protruding from body, ear tufts semi-erect, screw visible on underside of limb, extra screw hole in base adjacent to existing screw attaching limb to base; glass eyes. Signed "Gilley '73" on right front of base. Marked "Addie Gilley, Screeched Owl, grey phase, 1973" on underside of base.
  • 81.1.43
1052Screech Owl (red phase)
  • Carving, 1/2 Life-size
  • Birds
Description:
Approx. 1/2 life size; perched on driftwood base, upright posture, head turned left, ear-tufts semi-erect, front toes exposed; glass eyes, painted plumage. Signed "Gilley" on lower left side of base. Marked "Screech Owl by W.H. Gilley, 1969, Addie Gilley" on underside of base. Made for Rob Kurtz - traded for gray
  • 81.1.44
1053Great Horned Owl
  • Carving, Miniature
  • Birds
Description:
Miniature; perched on driftwood "stump" mounted on carved wooden base, head turned over left shoulder, body and ear-tufts erect, toes in correct formation on stump; glass eyes, painted plumage detail; muted colors. Marked "Gt. Horned Owl by W.H. Gilley, Addie Giley" on underside. Brass screw and extra hole visible under base.
  • 81.1.45
1054Saw-whet Owl
  • Carving, Miniature
  • Birds
Description:
Miniature; mounted on natural wood base composed of two pieces, facing forward, head turned to right, front toes painted on to body; glass eyes. Signed "Gilley '72" on right side of base. Marked "Addie" on underside.
  • 81.1.46
1055Snowy Owl
  • Carving, Miniature
  • Birds
Description:
Miniature; perched on natural wormy driftwood "stump" on carved, white-painted base, facing forward, head turned slightly right; glass eyes, 3-D feet, painted adult plumage. Signed, dated and marked "Arctic Owl by W.H. Gilley, 1946, Addie Gilley" on underside of base.
  • 81.1.47
1056Mallard Drake
  • Carving, Miniature
  • Birds
Description:
Miniature; mounted on driftwood base, erect posture facing forward; glass eyes, 3-D feet, highly detailed paintings, carved tail feathers. Signed, dated and marked "Mallard by W.H Gilley; 1973 for Addie Gilley" on underside of base.
  • 81.1.48
1057Canvasback Drake
  • Carving, Miniature
  • Birds
Description:
Miniature; mounted on grey mound base, hunched over, beak pointing to ground; painted eyes and feet, wire legs set into base. Marked "Copy of bird made by A.C. Crowell" and "Addie Gilley" on underside of base.
  • 80.1.50
1059White-throated Sparrow
  • Carving, 2/3 Life-size
  • Birds
Description:
Approx. 2/3 life size; mounted on smooth mound base, horizontal stance facing forward; glass eyes, painted detail, wire legs set into base, painted feet. Signed and marked "White-throated Sparrow by W.H. Gilley, Addie Gilley" on underside of base.
  • 81.1.51
1060Pintail, Pair
  • Carving, Multiple Birds, Miniatures
  • Birds
Description:
Miniatures; pair standing side by side, female to the right, male to the left on driftwood base; glass eyes, lead feet, painted feather detail. Signed "Gilley" and marked "Made for Addie Gilley" on underside of base.
  • 81.1.52
1061Common Tern, Pair
  • Carving, Multiple Birds, 1/3 Life-size
  • Birds
Description:
Approx. 1/3 life size pair; mounted on driftwood base, male standing above female, wings raised, head pointing downward, beak partially open, female crouched below, wings folded, beak closed; both with glass eyes and lead feet, painted details. Signed on front of base, marked "C. Tern, Addie Gilley, 1966" on underside of base.
  • 81.1.53
1062Tree Sparrow
  • Carving, 2/3 Life-size
  • Birds
Description:
Approx. 2/3 life size; semi-erect posture, facing forward, tail horizontal; glass eyes, wire legs set in smooth mound base, painted feet. Signed and marked "Addie Gilley, Tree Sparrow by W.H Gilley" on underside of base.
  • 81.1.55
1063Bald Eagle
  • Carving, Miniature
  • Birds
Description:
Miniature; perched on driftwood "stump," attached to flat driftwood base, erect posture, facing forward; glass eyes, metal feet, adult plumage. Signed and dated "Gilley '73" on right side of base. Marked "Addie Gilley" on underside of base. One of only three miniature eagles.
  • 81.1.56
1064Bald Eagle
  • Carving, Miniature
  • Birds
Description:
Miniature; mounted on driftwood base, erect posture, head turned right; glass eyes, metal feet, adult plumage. Signed and dated "Gilley '73" on right side of base. Marked "Addie Gilley" on underside of base. One of only three eagle miniatures.
  • 81.1.54
1065White-throated Sparrow
  • Carving, Life-size
  • Birds
Description:
Life size; mounted on driftwood base, head and tail erect; glass eyes, wire legs, painted detail. Signed, dated and marked "White-throated Sparrow by W.H. Gilley, 1974 for Addie Gilley" on underside of base.
  • 81.1.57
1066Dark-eyed Junco
  • Carving, Life-size
  • Birds
Description:
Life size; mounted on driftwood base, horizontal stance; glass eyes, wire legs and feet, painted detail. Signed "Gilley" on right of base. Marked "Junco, Addie Gilley, 1970" on underside of base.
  • 81.1.60
1068Whistling Swan
  • Carving, Decoy, Miniature
  • Birds
Description:
Miniature; "swimming" swan, neck erect, facing forward; painted and carved detail. Stamped "Wendell H. Gilley, Southwest Harbor, Maine, 04679, male Whistling Swan made for Addie Gilley by (writing smeared.) Only swimming swan made by W.H. Gilley.
  • 81.1.61
1069Wren
  • Carving, Life-size
  • Birds
Description:
Life size; perched on twig screwed onto carved wood base, head and tail erect; glass eyes, painted feather detail, wired by feet. Signed "Gilley '79" on left of base. Marked "Addie Gilley birthday, 1979: on underside of base.
  • 81.1.62
1070Black-capped Chickadee
  • Carving, Life-size
  • Birds
Description:
Life size; perched sideways on twig, mounted on carved wooden base, beak open; glass eyes, wire legs and feet. Signed "Gilley" on right front of base as well as underside of base. Marked "Addie Gilley" on underside of base.
  • 81.1.63
1071Black-capped Chickadee
  • Carving, Life-size
  • Birds
Description:
Life size; clinging to twig in characteristic upside-down position, twig screwed to shaped wooden base; pinhead eyes, wire legs and feet, detail in color and relief; Signed "Gilley '73." Marked "Chickadee for Addie Gilley, 1973" on underside.
  • 81.1.64
1072Golden-Crowned Kinglet, Pair
  • Carving, Pair, Life-size
  • Birds
Description:
Life size; adult male and female perched on twig, facing opposite directions, attached to shaped fiber board base, male higher on twig, distinguished by orange in crown, female below; both with glass eyes, wire feet and legs, painted plumage detail, base brown with green. Signed "Gilley" on right of base. Marked and dated "Golden Crowned Kinglets, Addie Gilley, 1972" on underside of base.
  • 81.1.65
1073Killdeer
  • Carving, Life-size
  • Birds
Description:
Life size; adult on driftwood base, body horizontal, head erect, facing forward, right foot raised with only middle toe touching base; glass eyes, carved, burned and painted feather detail, wire legs and feet. Signed "Gilley" on right of base. Marked and dates "Killdeer, Addie Gilley, 1975" on underside of base.
  • 81.1.66
1074Green-winged Teal
  • Carving, 1/3 Life-size
  • Birds
Description:
Approx. 1/3 life size; adult on natural burl base, head turned slightly to right, hunched back, squatting; burned and painted detail, feet lead. Signed and dated "Gilley '74" on right of base. Marked "Green-winged teal by W.H. Gilley for Addie Gilley, 1974" on underside of base.
  • 81.1.67
1075American Goldfinch, Male
  • Carving, Life-size
  • Birds
Description:
Approx. Life size; adult male, glass eyes, painted plumage detail, wire legs set into green mound base. Marked "Goldfinch by W.H Gilley, Addie Gilley." on underside of base.
  • 81.1.68
1076Woodcock
  • Carving, Life-size
  • Birds
Description:
Life size; adult on driftwood base, semi upright, beak pointed downward; glass eyes, painted detail, wire legs and feet. Unsigned, undated.
  • 81.1.69
1077Woodcock
  • Carving, Life-size
  • Birds
Description:
Life size; adult nestled on natural wood base, head pulled down, beak pointing downward, toes protruding; glass eyes, wire toes, painted detail. Signed "Gilley" on base. Marked and dated "Woodcock, 1971, Addie Gilley" on underside of base.
  • 81.1.70
1078Saw-whet Owl
  • Carving, Life-size
  • Birds
Description:
Life size; adult perched on driftwood piece set into shaped wooden base, body in profile with head turned over right shoulder to "front" of piece; glass eyes, wire toes, four first toes protruding, painted plumage detail. Signed "Gilley '75" on right front of base. Marked and dated "Addie Gilley, Saw-whet owl by W.H. Gilley, 1975" on underside of base, which also has artist stamp. Considered Gilley's best Saw-whet Owl by artist. [show more]
  • 81.1.71
1079Yellowlegs
  • Carving, Decoy, Life-size
  • Birds
Description:
Life size; working/decorative decoy - disassembles into four pieces: beak, head, body and leg/base - body hollow, hinged on bottom, closes on back with hasp, head and beak can be enclosed in body; glass eyes, painted detail, single dowel leg set in driftwood base. Signed "Gilley '69" on rear of base. Marked "Only two made, property of Addie Gilley" on underside of base. A copy of a decoy pattern, one of two ever made by W.H. Gilley. [show more]
  • 81.1.72
1080Bob-white Quail Hen with Six Chicks
  • Carving, Multiple Birds, Miniatures
  • Birds
Description:
Miniature adult and six young mounted on driftwood; a very animated piece: the hen looking down at the three chicks in front of her, the three others are exploring behind her; one chick is standing upright with tiny wings outstretched; adult has pinhead eyes; all birds have painted plumage detail, wire legs and feet. Signed "Gilley" on right rear of base. Marked and dated "Made by W.H. Gilley, Addie Gilley, Dec. 1960" on underside of base. [show more]
  • 81.1.73
1081Osprey with Flounder
  • Carving, 1/4 Life-size
  • Birds
Description:
Approx. 1/4 life size; perched on driftwood base, carved flounder under left talon, bird is hunched over prey, beak partially open; glass eyes, cast talons, painted, burned and carved detail, flounder unpainted. Unsigned.
  • 81.1.74
1082Cormorant
  • Carving, 1/5 Life-size
  • Birds
Description:
Approx. 1/5 life size; mounted on driftwood base, standing on toes, wings outstretched; glass eyes, lead feet, painted and carved detailed. Signed "Gilley" on front of base. Marked "Made for Addie Gilley" on underside of base.
  • 81.1.75
1083Ring-necked Pheasant, Male
  • Carving, 1/3 Life-size
  • Birds
Description:
Approx. 1/3 life size; perched on driftwood base, stands erect, tail horizontal; glass eyes, painted detail, wire legs and feet. Smeared signature on right side of base, "Gilley." Marked and dated "Ring-necked Pheasant by W. Gilley, 1973, Addie" on underside of base.
  • 81.1.76
1084Black Duck, Pair
  • Carving, Pair, 1/4 Life-size
  • Birds
Description:
Approx. 1/4 life size; pair mounted on driftwood base, lower duck has head turned around right shoulder, upper duck's head turned slightly left, neck withdrawn; both with glass eyes, painted detail, lead feet. Signed, dated, marked "Black duck for Addie Gilley by W.H. Gilley, 1974" on underside of base.
  • 81.1.77
1085Bob-white Quail, Pair
  • Carving, Pair, Life-size
  • Birds
Description:
Life size; pair mounted on driftwood base, male stands erect on right, female squats on left, head toward ground; both have glass eyes, wire feet and legs, painted detail. Unsigned, unmarked.
  • 81.1.78
1086Bob-white Quail, Male
  • Carving, Life-size
  • Birds
Description:
Life size; mounted on carved mound base, standing erect, facing forward; glass eyes, wire legs, sheet metal feet, carved and painted detail. Unmarked.
  • 80.1.79
1087American Goldeneye, Male
  • Carving, Miniature
  • Birds
Description:
Miniature; swimming drake, head turned slightly right; painted detail. Signed and dated "Gilley '72" on underside.
  • 81.1.82
1089Wild Turkey
  • Carving, 1/5 Life-size
  • Birds
Description:
Approx. 1/5 life size; mounted on driftwood base, standing erect on right foot, left foot raised; glass eyes, bristle "beard", metal legs and feet, painted and carved detail. Signed on base, underside of base dated 1974, marked "Addie, Wild Turkey."
  • 81.1.83
1090Wild Turkey, Male
  • Carving, 1/5 Life-size
  • Birds
Description:
Approx. 1/5 life size; mounted on driftwood base, walking pose, left leg forward, attached by middle toe, right leg behind, attached by left toe; glass eyes, wire feet, carved and painted detail. Signed and dated "Gilley '74" on right side of base, marked "Wild Turkey by W.H. Gilley, 1974, Addie Gilley" on underside of base.
  • 81.1.84
1091Long-tailed Duck, Male
  • Carving, Life-size
  • Birds
Description:
Life size; swimming; flat bottom, tail up, head turned slightly left; glass eyes, carved and painted detail. Signed, dated and marked: "Oldsquaw (male) 1970, made for Addie Gilley by W.H. Gilley" on underside. Companion piece no. 81.1.85
  • 81.1.85
1092Oldsquaw Hen
  • Carving, Life-size
  • Birds
Description:
Life size; swimming, flat bottom; glass eyes, primer coat of paint only. Unsigned. Companion piece no. 81.1.84.
  • 81.1.86
1093Blue-winged Teal, Male
  • Carving, Life-size
  • Birds
Description:
Life size; drake mounted on burned driftwood base, head turned left, beak down; glass eyes, metal feet, carved, burned and painted detail. Signed "Gilley '74" on left side of base, marked "Blue-winged Teal by W.G. Gilley, 1974, made for Addie Gilley" on underside of base.
  • 81.1.87
1094Cinnamon Teal
  • Carving, Decoy, Life-size
  • Birds
Description:
Life size decoy; Swimming Teal, flat bottom, neck erect/back, facing forward; glass eyes, carved and painted detail. Marked, signed and dated "Made for Addie Gilley, Cinnamon Teal by W.H. Gilley, 1970" on underside.
  • 81.1.88
1095Robin, Male
  • Carving, Life-size
  • Birds
Description:
Life size; perched on green, oblong, wooden mound base, erect posture, facing forward; glass eyes, wire feet and legs, painted and burned detail. Marked, dated and signed "Robin, made for Addie Gilley, 1978, by W.H. Gilley" on underside of base.
  • 81.1.89
1096Atlantic Puffin
  • Carving, Life-size
  • Birds
Description:
Life size; mounted on wood covered with sand simulating rock, erect posture, head turned slightly right; glass eyes, metal feet, carved, burned and painted detail. Marked, dated and signed "Property of Addie Gilley, Xmas 1977, made by Wendell Gilley, 1977" on underside of base.
  • 81.1.90
1097Red-shouldered Hawk
  • Carving, 1/2 Life-size
  • Birds
Description:
Approx. 1/2 life size; mounted on driftwood piece attached to oblong carved wooden base, perched in hunting posture; glass eyes, metal feet, carved burned and painted detail. Marked, dated and signed "Red-shouldered Hawk, carved 1975, painted 1978, by W.H Gilley" on underside of base.
  • 81.1.91
1098Screech Owl
  • Carving, 3/4 Life-size
  • Birds
Description:
3/4 Life size; perched on driftwood piece attached to carved wooden base, head turned right, two toes of left foot exposed, three toes of right foot exposed, ear tufts laid back; glass eyes, metal toe nails, carved, burned and painted detail. Signed "Gilley '75" on left of base, marked "Screech Owl 3/4 life size, 1975, by W.H. Gilley, prepared for Addie Gilley" on underside of base. Gray phase. Screw head visible on underside of base. [show more]
  • 81.1.92
1099Mallard Drake
  • Carving, 1/2 Life-size
  • Birds
Description:
Approx. 1/2 life size; stands up semi erect, head turned to left; metal feet, carved and painted detail. Marked "Addie Gilley" on underside.
  • 81.1.93
1100Loon with Chick and Eggs
  • Carving, Multiple Birds, Varying Sizes
  • Birds
Description:
Common loon adult standing over nest with attached egg and unattached chick, head bent down, beak touching unhatched egg on oblong wooden base covered with sand and nesting material; adult loon has glass eyes, carved and painted detail, metal feet; egg painted; chick one-piece, beak open, flat bottom, pinhead eyes, painted detail. Marked, dated and signed "Made for Addie Gilley, 1964, Common Loon by Wendell Gilley" on underside of base.
  • 81.1.95
1102Mallard Drake
  • Carving, 1/3 Life-size
  • Birds
Description:
Approx. 1/3 life size; mounted on driftwood base, standing semi-erect, head turned right; glass eyes, metal feet, carved and painted detail. Signed "Gilley" on left of base.
  • 81.1.96
1103Common Loon
  • Carving, 1/3 Life-size
  • Birds
Description:
Mounted on driftwood base; standing, wings down, head lowered and cocked to right in "quizzical" expression; glass eyes, metal feet, painted and carved detail. Signed on base "Gillley". Underside of base marked: "This is one of a limited edition of only two of this model made, W.G. Common "Loon" by W.H. Gilley, 1973, property of Addie Gilley."
  • 81.1.98
1104Upland Plover
  • Carving, Life-size
  • Birds
Description:
Life size; mounted on driftwood base, standing erect, right leg raised, head turned left; glass eyes, metal legs, carved, burned and painted detail. Marked, dated and signed "for Addie Gilley, Upland Plover by W.H. Giley, 1974" on underside of base. Also called upland sandpiper Companion piece no. 81.1.97
  • 81.1.99
1105Evening Grosbeak, Male
  • Carving, Life-size
  • Birds
Description:
Life size male; mounted on driftwood branch attached to carved oblong wooden base, body tilted downward; glass eyes, metal legs, carved, burned and painted detail. Unsigned. Marked "Addie Gilley, 1978" on underside.
  • 81.1.100
1106Saw-whet Owl
  • Carving, Life-size
  • Birds
Description:
Life size adult; mounted on driftwood stump attached to carved oblong wooden base, perched upright, three toes of each foot protruding; glass eyes - somewhat marred, carved, burned and painted detail. Signed and dated "Gilley '76" on rear of driftwood.
  • 81.1.102
1107Ruffed Grouse, Pair
  • Carving, Pair, 2/3 Life-size
  • Birds
Description:
Approx. 2/3 life-size; adult pair on driftwood base, male standing on right, tail partially spread, head turned left, female on lower left, nested on wood, left toes protruding, tail folded, neck down, head turned slightly left; both with glass eyes, metal feet, carved, burned and painted detail. Signed "Gilley" on center of base. Marked "Grouse, made for Addie Gilley" on underside of base.