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Rare Sanderling Shorebird Decoy by Hervey Beckman (1873 – 1963), Seabrook, New Hampshire, circa Mid – 20th Century. Beckman was a shoe maker by trade, but was also a bit of an outdoorsman, fishing, claiming, and carving shorebirds. While his most common carving was of Yellowlegs, interestingly some with curlew bills, the Sanderling is a rather rare shorebird carving. This Sanderling displays Strong Original Paint, Split Tail Carving, an Iron Bill, and Shoe Button Eyes. It measures 8” in length, 1 ½” in width, and 11” in height, including the metal stand. A Fine Example of an Early Beckman Shorebird.
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Price $225 plus shipping
Early Massachusetts Yellowlegs Shorebird Decoy by an Unknown Maker, circa Late 19th Century. 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. There is a Chip to the End of the Bill and to the Tail and a Slight Raise to the Grain of the Wood toward the Neck of the Decoy. Measurements: 11 ½” in length, 2” in width, 10” in height, including the stand. An Excellent 19th Century Shorebird Decoy in Fine Original Paint.
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Uniquely Carved Two-Piece Dowitcher Shorebird Decoy by Marty Collins, Bridgewater, Massachusetts, circa 1990s. Marty is a Classic New England Carver who specializes in Massachusetts Decoys, and can probably turn out a Joe Lincoln Decoy better than old Joe. The Dowitcher offered here is a shorebird that Marty has put a bit of extra work into for Construction and Form. For instance, the Head is Inletted into the Body and then Square Dowelled to Hold it in Place. A Hard Wood Bill is Dowelled through the Head and Wedged into position. Note that there is a bit of “puppy chew” to the end of the bill. The Body features Raised Wing Split Tail Carving Enhanced by an Incredibly Detailed Dowitcher Paint Pattern. The decoy measures 10” in length, 3 ¼” in width, and 13” in height, including the original stand. An Excellent “Contemporary” Shorebird Decoy.
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