I am told that when it comes to Pennsylvania cloth birds, these are among the best, a fifteen on a scale of one to ten. They have been in my collection and are being offered for your consideration.
This is a pair, made by the same skilled hand. They are completely hand-sewn.
Measuring 9 ½ inches long from tip of beak to tip of tail and standing 5 ½ inches tall (top of comb), the cockbird's body is made of a black and gray calico of the day, while his breast is made of an earlier natural homespun linen. His wings and tail are cut pieces of thin cardboard covered in fabric to match his body. His wild comb atop his head is cut from the same cloth. He feels to be stuffed with cotton and still retains his original red bead eyes and original wire legs.
The hen is slightly smaller in size, measuring 8 inches from tip of nose to tip of tail, while standing 4 ½ inches tall. Her body is covered in a plain red cotton, and she has cardboard wings and tail that are covered in the same calico as her mate. Her underbelly is of a natural homespun linen. She, also, still retains her original bead eyes and wire legs.
Dating to 1880-90, they were found in Northampton County, Pennsylvania.
Unique in that they were deliberately made as a pair all those years ago, they rank among the best examples found thus far. Their condition is impeccable.
A fine example of this form of Pennsylvania German folk art for the serious and advanced collector, for someone who wants to start a collection with the best pieces they can find.