Carlisle County, Cumberland Valley, Pennsylvania, c. 1880. Carved, gessoed and polychrome painted white pine. H. 9 ½ inches, Wingspan- 17 inches.
An icon American folk art carver, Schimmel demonstrates his spontaneous carving mastery on this eagle. This eagle’s charming expression, large size, elaborate all over finely detailed notch carved and cross hatched surface with original polychrome paint and outstanding untouched condition combine to create one of Schimmel’s masterpiece eagles.
Jess Pavey (Legendary Dealer), Birmingham, Michigan
Mr. Walter Simmons, Michigan (Former Curator of the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan)