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An Excellent Example of a New England Lesser Yellowlegs Shorebird Decoy in a Somewhat Flat-sided Form by an Unknown Maker, probably Northern Massachusetts or New Hampshire, circa 1910. This Rare Shorebird displays Strong Original Paint, Tiny Shoe Button Eyes, and the Original Wooden Bill, all with Some In-Use Wear. The Construction is interesting in that the Decoy is Made in Two Vertical Parts with the Sides Apparently Glued Together because there are no signs of dowels or pins. The Decoy measures 9 ½” from the Tip of the Bill to the Tip of the Tail, 1 ¾” in width, and 9 ½” high, including the stand. A Fine Example of a Lesser Yellowlegs Decoy in Strong Original Paint.

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Price $875 plus shipping


Nice Lesser Yellowlegs Shorebird Decoy from Coastal New Jersey with Atypical Split Tail Carving, circa Late 1800s. This Yellowlegs Decoy is a Prime Example of a True Artifact when we think about “Market Gunning” and Shorebird Decoys. Market Gunning had a serious impact on shorebird populations from the mid-late 19th century and as the flock deceased, there became an increased demand for shorebird decoys. So in the 1870s and forward lead to the increased use of Shorebird Decoys to enhance the take of the market gunners and the sports. In the Early 20th Century laws were implemented to stop such shooting activities. This Lesser Yellowlegs is carved with the Basic Form of the bird itself and is Painted in a Similar Manner, Uniquely All Original. The Condition of the Decoy indicates that it was heavily hit by shot pellets of the earliest type which caused the end of the face to be damaged and later reconstructed and the bill replaced. The Filler around the base of the bill suggests that the replacement was meant to reflect the condition of the decoy hit by shot but retaining its bill. For me, this decoy represents an important period in American History and is an Artifact of that Period. Former Collection of New Jersey Collector Anne Birdwhistell, who is believed to have obtained it from John Hillman. It has been in my collection for over 15 years. Measures 7 ½” in length, 1 ¾” in width, and 9” in height, including the stand.

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Early Yellowlegs Shorebird Decoy from the Atlantic City Area of New Jersey by an Unknown Maker, circa 1900. There was apparently a rig of these classic New Jersey shorebird decoys. One is displayed in Decoy Collectors Guide 1968, pg. 47, from the Collection of Russell G. Holst. Holst wrote that the decoy was “found in a boathouse on the fish docks of Atlantic City.” Two additional shorebird decoys from this rig were displayed in Flickenstein’s Shore Bird Decoys, 1980, plate #106, indicating that they “were found in French’s Boathouse in Atlantic City.” All these decoy have the same Body Form which is Typical of New Jersey, in a Well-Aged Original Paint with Paint Eyes, and most apparently with Original Bills. This particular Yellowlegs Decoy displays the Same Style and thick Original Paint with Paint Eyes with a Strong Naturally Aged Patina. Unfortunately, the Bill is definitely a Later Replacement. Measurements: 12 ½” in length, 2 ½” in width, and 12” in height, including the stand. This is a Classic New Jersey Yellowlegs for Any Collection.

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Rustic Lesser Yellowlegs Shorebird Decoy by an Unknown Make from Massachusetts, probably from the South Shore, circa 1900. This Yellowlegs displays the Hard Use the Gunning Birds went through during the Era of Shorebird Hunting which extended for Yellowlegs well into the 1930s – 1940s (though outlawed in 1938). While the Paint appears to be All Original, it is Worn to the Wood in Some Places, and the Bill also appears to be Original. The Shorebird displays a Fine Form, represents a Generic Look, and Undoubtedly Has Many Stories to tell. Measurements: 9 ½” in length, 1 ¾” wide, and 10 ½” in height, including the stand. The Decoy serves as a Classic Artifact from the Shorebird Hunting Era.

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Price $625 plus shipping


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