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Raven’s Way is pleased to offer a Classic Brady Style Curlew by Cameron McIntyre, New Church, Virginia, circa Late 1990s? McIntyre has done an incredible job replicating the Fine Curlews by Walter Brady, Oyster, Virginia, circa Late 1800s, the original work drawing $50,000, plus. This Brady Curlew is a notable carving in the history of Cameron’s work. Working with Old Cedar and Oil Paints, Cameron strives to Represent Decoys in a Traditional Fashion. He works exclusively with Traditional Hand Tools to create a Sculptural Form, Color, and Patina with the Look and Feel of a 100 Year Old Carving in a Modern Work of Art. Cameron’s Shorebirds display a Wonderfully “Aged” Patina and the Appropriate Old Shot Marks for the Period, in addition to a Distinct Split Tail Form. Carved “CTM” on the Bottom. (Please note that a NEW SET of PHOTOGRAPHS have been added.) This Curlew is in Excellent Original Condition. Measurements: 14 ½” in length, 3 ½” in width, and 13” in height, including the original stand.
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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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A Feeding Yellowlegs Shorebird Decoy in Breeding Plumage by Robert Mosher, Hingham, Massachusetts, circa 2000. Three or Four Years Ago, Mosher won First in Show in the Shorebird Division at the Chesapeake Challenge (Ward Museum) and his winning Plover was on display at the Ward Museum. Moreover, he has won numerous awards, including Best of Show, at many shows over the years. He uses northern white cedar and traditional tools to carve his decoys and then finishes them in oil paints. This Yellowlegs displays a Classic Massachusetts Style with a Sleek Form, Raised Wings, Split-Tail Carving, Glass Eyes, and a Friction Fit Bill. The Paint Pattern is Highly Detailed, Exhibiting a Colorful Feather Finish. It is Signed on the Bottom with Bob’s Mark. Measurements: 12” in length, 2 ¾” in width, and 11” in height, including the metal stand. An Extraordinary Yellowlegs by an Award Winning New England Carver.
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