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Early Working Yellowlegs Shorebird Decoy Attributed to Harry Boice (1880 - 1966), Absecon, New Jersey, circa 1905. For similar Shorebird, see Levinson & Headley’s Shorebirds. This Yellowlegs is a Great Old Gunning Shorebird with an Early Working Repaint, a Replaced Bill, a Crack in the Neck, and Some Minor Shot Holes. Adding to its History, it is From the Former William Mackey Collection (Stamp on Bottom), a Great New Jersey Collector. Measures 13 ½” in length, 2 ¼” in width, and has Terrific Yellowlegs Form.
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One of a Rig of Greater Yellowlegs Shorebird Decoy by George Boyd (1873-1941), Seabrook, New Hampshire; Purchased from Iver Johnson, Boston, circa 1912. All Original Condition with Heavy Grazing to the Paint with Some Flaking, the Original Bill and Shoebutton Eyes, a Check in the Neck from Wood Shrinkage around the Dowell, and a Knot Bleed Stain on the Bottom. This Exact Decoy is part of the Rig photographed on pg. 22 of Cullen’s Finely Carved & Nicely Painted. Measurements: 11” in length, 3” in width, and 12 ½” in height, including the metal stand. Former Win Carter Collection. Another Example of Historically Important Decoys.
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A Fine Feeding Yellowlegs Shorebird Decoy by Marty Collins, Bridgewater, Massachusetts, circa 2004. As Rod Taylor points out in Hunting & Fishing Collectibles Magazine, Sept./Oct. 2010, pg. 35, “Today Collins is regarded by many as one of the preeminent carvers in America.” This Yellowlegs Displays a Fine Feeding Form with Raised Wings and Both Open Primaries and Split Tail Carving, A Friction Fit Bill, Glass Eyes, and Strong Original Paint in Spring Plumage with a Lightly Aged Patina with a Crackled Look. The Stick Hole has a Metal Insert and the Bottom is Signed “MDC.” Measurements: 13 ½” in length, 3 ½” in width, and 12” in height, including the metal stand. A Fine Example of Marty’s Best Shorebird Decoys.
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