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Early Massachusetts Yellowlegs Shorebird Decoy by an Unknown Maker, circa Late 19th Century. This is the second shorebird we have offered from this rig. This Shorebird Decoys from the 1880s reflects a Style typical of the South Shore of Massachusetts and often referred to as the “Lincoln Style”, though a number of early carvers worked in this style. The Paint displayed on this decoy is Quite Strong and Original with Thick Coloration which shows the Fine Craquelure from Age. The Decoy displays Paint Eyes, Original Bill, Sleek Form, and Split Tail Carving. As Yellowlegs the Body is Somewhat of a “Flattie” Form, not Round Bodied like a Plover. The Decoy has Tiny Shot Marks on both Side, indicative of the type of shot used in the 19th century, and a Couple of Minor Dents to the wood. Measurements: 11 ½” in length, 1 ½” in width, 11” in height, including the stand. An Excellent 19th Century Shorebird Decoy in Fine Original Paint.
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Price $695 plus shipping
An Early Tack Eye Golden Plover Shorebird Decoy by A. Elmer Crowell (1862 – 1952), East Harwich, Massachusetts, circa 1890. This Classic Gunning Shorebird by Elmer Crowell displays the Full-bodied Plover Form, Split Tail Carving, Original Bill, Tack Eyes, and Outstanding Wet-on-wet Stipple Painting with Minor Gunning Wear. Measurements: 9 ½” in length, 2 ½” in width, and 11” in height, including the stand. With a Fine Historic Provenance, including the Aitken Collection and Pictured in Shirley & John Delph’s New England Decoys (then a part of the Quandy Collection), this Working Plover Decoy by Elmer Crowell is not to be missed.
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Price $9500 plus shipping
Classic Yellowlegs Shorebird Decoy by Levi Rhodes Truex (1860 – 1934), Atlantic City, New Jersey, circa 1910. Truex was a well-know New Jersey carver who produced Red-breasted Mergansers, Bluebills, Black Ducks, and an array of shorebirds. This Yellowlegs Form is one of his classics. See especially, James Doherty’s Classic New Jersey Decoys. This particular Yellowlegs displays Excellent Original Paint, Little Bead Eyes, and an Original Bill splined through the head. It is in Very Good Condition with a Couple of Minor Shot Marks, Chipping to the Tail, and Some Dings to the Body (see photographs), all attributed to gunning wear. Measurements: 10” in length, 2” in width, and 12 ¾” in height on a wooden stand. A Fine Yellowlegs Decoy for the Shorebird or New Jersey Collector.
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Black-bellied Plover Shorebird Decoy by George Boyd (1873-1941), Seabrook, New Hampshire, circa 1900-1910. Good Early Gunning Plover by Boyd in Strong Original Paint, almost reflecting the look of a Golden Plover on the underside but with no indication of such on the back. The Form is Classic for a Boyd Plover with a Solid Cedar Body, a Small Split Tail, Square Head Form and Shoe Button Eyes. In addition, the Decoy has a Professionally Replaced Bill and the Body shows a Few Shot Marks and Some Staining and Bruising to the Body showing the Signs of Early Use. Measurements: 11” in length, 2 ½” in width, and 11” in height, including the Stand. Overall, this is a Fine Example of a Boyd Gunning Plover.
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Price $2250 plus shipping
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