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Outstanding Black-bellied Plover Shorebird Decoy in Spring Plumage by Bill Harris, Brigantine, New Jersey, circa 1900. This Decoy displays all of the Elements of a Plover Decoy. It has a Full-bodied Look with Strong Original Paint, Paint Eyes and Primary Wing Accents, and Strong Black Breast Paint. There is a Cut Under the Tail with the Harris “H” painted on. The Bill appears to be Original and the Condition of the Decoy is Quite Nice with Minor In-Use Wear – 2 or 3 Shot Marks and Slight Wear to the Paint with a Very Minor Chip to the Tail. See Levinson & Headley’s Shorebirds, pg. 91 for Harris Plover Rigmates. Measurements: 11 1/2" in length, 2 1/2" in width, and 12" in height, including the metal stand. Former Collection of Dr. Jack Conover. A Prime Example of a Bill Harris Black-bellied Plover Decoy.
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Yellowlegs Shorebird Decoy by Frank Adams (1871 – 1944), Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, circa 1900 – 1920s. This Shorebirds represents Frank Adams’ Classic Form with Near Mint Original Paint. The Coloration is Quite Interesting; yet it is Typical for his Yellowlegs Decoys. There is an extended discussion of the Adams’ decoys in Stanley Murphy’s Martha’s Vineyard Decoys. This decoy displays very minor wear. Measurements: 9 ½” in length, 2” in width, and 11” in height, including the wooden stand. Former Herbert Hancock Collection. Great Example of a Frank Adams Shorebird Decoy.
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Price $950 plus shipping
Wonderful Early Peep – Sandpiper -- Shorebird Decoy by an Unknown Maker from Newburyport, Massachusetts, circa 1875. This Peep was apparently used quite frequently in hunting around the Newburyport area, especially the Plum Island beaches. The Decoy displays considerable Gunning Wear with Shot Holes and Shot Scrapes to the Body. Yet the decoy remains in Excellent Original Paint, has Shoe Button Eyes, and Apparently the Original Bill. There is Some Head Carving down to the Bill to Enhance the Form early in the Decoy’s life, and the Under Side indicates the Bird had an Eye Screw for Carrying at some point. Measurements: 6 ½” in length, 1 ¾” in width, and 9” in height, including the Stand. The Form of the Body and the Excellent Paint Pattern combined with the Age and Use of this Decoy make this an Incredible find.
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Price $2300 plus shipping
A Classic Dodge Long-billed Dowitcher Shorebird Decoy by the Jasper Dodge Decoy Company (1870s - 1920s), Detroit , Michigan, circa 1880s – 1890s. This Dowitcher displays Strong Original Paint, Tack Eyes, and a Nail Bill. With regard to Dodge Decoy history, this shorebird probably fits into his later production period. See Sharp & Dodge Detroit Decoy Dynasty, especially pg. 199. The Condition is Very Good with the only problem being some minor filler loss at the base of the bill. The Full-bodied Shorebird measures 11 ¾” in length, 2 ½” in width, and 11 ½” in height, including the wooden stand. An Outstanding Dodge Dowitcher Decoy.
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Price $6800 plus shipping
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