Very rare hollow carved merganser hen, Capt. Samuel Augustus Fabens, Marblehead, Massachusetts, last quarter 19th century. Retains original keel. Glass eyes with detailed bill carving and inserted wooden crest. 16.75" long. Dr. Lloyd T. Griffith collection. Griffith collection stamp on underside.
Original paint with good patina and minor wear; small working repair to a thin chip at the base of the neck; several small dents; wooden crest is a professional replacement; appears to be a tiny bit of inpainting on one lower side.