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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 ˝” 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 ˝” 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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Early Curlew Shorebird Decoy by Herbert Stevens Randall (1900 – 1971), Seabrook, New Hampshire, circa 1920 -1940s. Early in life Randall worked with his father Herbert Leonard Randall as a market gunner, supplying the Boston markets with shorebirds and ducks. Though the market gunning era ended during the 1920s, many people continued hunting along the relatively isolated coast at least through the depression simply to feed their families. Later, Randall carved decoys for local duck hunters and shorebirds for the tourist trade. Randall’s Form and Paint remained fairly consistent throughout his career, though the details of various changes require a detailed article. This particular Curlew came from an early estate in Rhode Island some years ago and was part of a highly varied antique collection. The early base is intriguing as a piece of lathe turned log with the base hollowed and filled with cement. The decoy displays Original Paint with Normal Wear, a Hard Wood Bill, and Painted Eyes. The Image of this piece was probably meant to reflect the Eskimo Curlew. It is not signed, as many of his later birds were, nor does it have the tack eyes or carrying staples under the tail. 10 1/2" in length, 3" in width, and 14" in height, including the stand.  A Nice Opportunity for the New England or Shorebird Collector.

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