Tiny Takahashi Cardinal Pin - Vintage 1970 Reproduction

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This is not one of the original (darn it) Takahashi birds done in the 1940's and esrly 50's, but was done in the early 1970's. I found him in a trunk sale in a shop at Mora, Oregon. The owner did not have the box. I liked him because he was so lifelike and I love birds. Mr. Yoneguma Takahashi learned to carve birds during their false imprisonment the Poston internment camp in Arizona. He carved from scraps of wood with his pocket knife and made their legs from pieces of found wire such as a broken window screen. Mrs. Kiyoka Takahashi painted them using Audubon bird books as reference and put up to ten coats of laquer on them. They started out as gifts for family and friends, but the couple soon learned they had a marketable product and began selling them and made enough money to put their children through college. The catalog of their beautiful little works can be seen online. After moving, I no longer have room for my small trinkets and have decided that they need to go to good homes. This little guy is a male cardinal and is about 2 1/2 " long and has a silver pin that is screwed in with tiny screws. There are no chips, crazes or damage to him and he has been housed in a glass display case since the early 1990's.


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