I found this one on the New Hampshire coast the other day, and though I haven't been able to place its maker (it is signed on the underside but a bit difficult to read the last couple of letters of the last name) I am sure it has not travelled too far. I think it's quite wonderfully done, carved of wood and nicely painted, with wire feet and perfect driftwood base. The paleness of the yellow eyes and beak, the painterly soft gray wings, the near perfect roundness of the head, and the taper of the body to two crossed tail feathers add up to making it feel quite sensitively and elegantly done. I also love how intense it looks--quite like a gull indeed!
4 7/8" w x 2 3/4" d x 4 13/16" t and in very good condition, nicely aged. Signed and dated 1971 on the underside.