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Lot 555: Rare rigmate pair of oversize mallards, Bert Graves, Peoria, Illinois, 1st quarter 20th century.
April 26, 2013
St. Charles, IL, USALive Auction
Description: Rare rigmate pair of oversize mallards, Bert Graves, Peoria, Illinois, 1st quarter 20th century. Both are branded "JBC". Both have fine swirl feather paint on backs. Painted by Catherine Elliston.
Condition Report: Hen has original paint with minor wear and has been lightly hit by shot; hairline crack in neck and minor roughness on the tip of the bill; drake has original paint with minor wear and working touch up on the head, neck and speculums; it has also been lightly hit by shot.
Provenance: Formerly in the collection of Joe French. Purchased by Joe French on April 7, 1956 from Arthur Graff. Graff was the superintendent of the Carte Island Gun Club south of Bath, Illinois. They were made for John D. Crawford from Chicago who was a member of the club in the early 1900's. The #'s 400 and 401 were Joe's inventory numbers.