Carved wooden bird figure - what kind of wood?

Discussion in 'Antique Discussion' started by bercrystal, Feb 24, 2016.

  1. bercrystal

    bercrystal Well-Known Member

    I bought this piece at the estate sale of a military family who traveled the world & had pieces from all over. I think this is likely a souvenir piece from somewhere, but have no idea as to where or what type of wood it might be made from.

    It is 2 3/8" to the top of the head & is 4 5/8" from beak to tail. Note that the legs are pieces of metal. The eyes are actually just a circle of white paint. When I first picked it up I thought it might be a small speck of white something inserted into the wood.

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    Thanks for any & all advice or opinions!!! :kiss::kiss:

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  2. GaleriaGila

    GaleriaGila Hola, y'all!

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  3. quirkygirl

    quirkygirl likes pretty old things

    Could it be carved from horn instead of wood?
  4. Aquitaine

    Aquitaine Is What It IS! But NEVER BORED!

    I like yours too!!!! It's adorable!!!!
  5. antidiem

    antidiem Well-Known Member

    It doesn't look much like wood to me either, quirkygirl. Horn seems a good guess, I was thinking stone or petrified wood (which would be really difficult to carve). It looks machine carved and somewhat newish to me.
  6. bercrystal

    bercrystal Well-Known Member

    I actually have a second one that is is similar but has minute differences. For example the tail & body are slightly wider & the base is slightly bigger. So that is why I was leaning towards being hand carved.

    Would horn look like the bottom of this piece? :confused:

    They are sweet little pieces, but I think they would sell better if I could pin point the material. :happy:

    Thanks to all for your input & suggestions.

  7. antidiem

    antidiem Well-Known Member

    The bottom looks like stone to me. The "auction number" seems something created (grease pencil?) to sell the item, I've seen this on too many Asian pieces lately. I think it was hand carved using a dremel type tool. It looks similar to the stone pieces shown on that auction site Spring showed a link to - please take a look.
  8. DragonflyWink

    DragonflyWink Well-Known Member

    Might look at 'ironwood'...

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  9. GaleriaGila

    GaleriaGila Hola, y'all!

    There were some iron wood candidates in those links above...
  10. Aquitaine

    Aquitaine Is What It IS! But NEVER BORED!

    With the graining I see on the back and bottom, I'm definitely thinking wood....just not sure what kind....
  11. Ruedi

    Ruedi Active Member

    ? obsidian striations
  12. all_fakes

    all_fakes Well-Known Member

    If I had it in hand I could tell; but in the photos, the grain could be horn; could be stone; could be ironwood or even ebony.
  13. evelyb30

    evelyb30 Well-Known Member

    I'm seeing horn.
  14. moreotherstuff

    moreotherstuff Izorizent

    Does it seem heavy for its size? Could it be ironwood?
  15. moreotherstuff

    moreotherstuff Izorizent

  16. GaleriaGila

    GaleriaGila Hola, y'all!

  17. bercrystal

    bercrystal Well-Known Member

    Does it seem heavy for its size? Could it be ironwood?

    It weighs 3.1 ounces all by itself. I was going to say no to your question, but when I picked it up again I was surprised at the weight. It is such a small piece you would think it would be barely 1 to 1 1/2 ounces.

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