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Hollow Carved Greater Yellowlegs Shorebird Decoy with “Lincoln-Type” attributions, Massachusetts, circa Pre-1900. This Old “War Horse” is clearly an historical artifact. It is Hollow Carved and Vertically Attached; it has Original Glass Shoe Button Eyes, Raised Wing Carving and Finely Carved Wing Tips (see photos). It displays a Very Early Working Repaint with Considerable Aging, In-Use Wear, and a Few Shot Marks. At least five decoys from two rigs of these shorebird decoys are documented. One pair of these shorebirds in Original Condition appear in Delph’s New England Decoys (see photos) and a group of three similarly carved with slightly different paint and Baleen Bills in Vinal’s Joseph W. Lincoln. All of these decoys are Massachusetts in Origin and made by a Highly Skilled Carver. Taking into account shorebirds that were definitely made by Lincoln, we are doubtful that this decoy or those documented were made by him. Yet, this Old Hollow Carved Yellowlegs clearly has a story to tell. Measurements: 11 1?2” in length, 2 ½” in width, and 13 ½” in height, including the stand. A Highly Appealing Yellowlegs Shorebird Decoy.

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Price $950 plus shipping

Bold Hollow Carved Curlew Shorebird Decoy by David Ward (1947 – 2020), an Outstanding Essex, Connecticut, Carver, circa Early 2000s. Ward is known for his endeavor to create a wide range of quality decoys, his exceptional furniture making skills, and his work as an Impressionist Painter. This Turned Head Curlew reflects Ward’s considerable knowledge and attention to detail gained as a Bird Watcher. The decoy displays Excellent Form as the Curlew stands Boldly with its Head Up and Slightly Turned, the Body Informed by Relief Wing and Primary Carving and culminating in a Classic Split Tail Style. The Paint Pattern reflects the Former Name of Hudsonian Curlew, now Whimbrel, with the Strong Streak of White above the Dark Line of the Eye. The Heavily Muddled Paint work, indicative of an Impressionist, presents the Darker Browns above contrasting with the Lighter Tans below. Branded “DBW” on the Bottom. It measures 15” in length, 3 ½” in width, and 15” in height, including the stand. A True Work of Art from the Decoy World.

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Price $1350 plus shipping

An Early Verity Style Peep Shorebird Decoy by Reggie Birch, Chincoteague, VA / Berlin, Germany. Reggie’s carvings are well-known throughout the decoy world and perhaps he is most noted for his work with “patina,” something that he gained from the study and restoration of old decoys. Birch’s decoys in this Primitive Style are sometimes referred to as “Contemporary Antiques”. In addition, he also has an understanding of the Folk Art element of many historic decoys and incorporates that element into his work. This Verity Style Peep is reflective of the Obediah Verity Peep from Long Island in the 1870s. Few can obtain the original, so many contemporary carvers have offered their image. Measuring a mere 6” in length, Reggie’s Carving recreates the Bulbous Body Form, the Mortise & Tendon Bill, the “S” Style Verity Shoulders, and the Crossed Wing Tips over an Extended Tail. The Original Paint also follows the original Verity Pattern. The result is a Fine Verity Style Peep Decoy that Stands 7 ½” on its Metal Stand.

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Price $350 plus shipping

 

 

 

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