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Neat Little Two-Piece Nantucket Golden Plover Shorebird Decoy by an Unknown Maker, circa 1910. The Decoy is made in two pieces, typical of many early Nantucket Plover decoys, with a Beetle Head Form, an Inserted Bill, and Tack Eyes. The Tail Form follows an old style, almost like a duck carving, reflected many early Long Island Shorebirds. The Paint appears to be All Original. It has various dings to the wood, a couple of shot marks, and a very slight split where the bill goes into the head. It's about half size. Measurements: 7 1/2" in length, 2" in width, and 4 ½” body height, 10” including the metal stand. A Very Neat Little Nantucket Shorebird.
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Price $900 plus shipping
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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