- Miniature flying drake mallard
made by master carver Russ Burr (1887-1955) of Hingham, Mass.
He was well noted for his miniatures and this one is an excellent
example of his mastery of motion and attention to detail (note
the little curls shown above the tail, fashioned from fine wire
to simulate the curled feathers exhibited there by mature mallard
drakes and the delicate carving of the head and bill). There
was an invisible touch-up to some wear on the very tip of a wing
feather and restoration to a small portion of one of the feet.
We mounted the bird on a small wooden plaque with a screw so
it can easily be adjusted or removed by a new owner. It measures
5" from wing tip to tail and 4 ¾" from the tip
of the bill to the end of the tail. (BX-35