D0838: Ted Grace Wood Pigeon Decoy, Circa 1951

Excellent solid-bodied English wood pigeon decoy by Edward Arthur "Ted" Grace, Walderslade, Kent, United Kingdom, circa 1951. The bird, painted in fall plumage, is in well-blended and detailed original feather paint with a nice patina and and only minor wear. A very well-formed bird, it has screw eyes set in separate shoe eyelets to simulate eye rings, a cast metal bill and relief carved shoulders. Grace purchased Harry Boddy's decoy business in 1951, worked at it full time until 1957 and continued part time until 1977. He made only minor changes that can make the decoys by the two men difficult to distinguish between. This decoy has a longer neck and more narrow head than did those made by Boddy, but the head and neck are not as long and slender as seen in Grace's later decoys. His decoys were also painted with more finesse and a lighter palette than those by Boddy. The last photo shows a pigeon by Boddy on the left, a later decoy by Grace with the more slender and extended neck and head on the right and this decoy in the center. Grace's more fluid and blended brush work as compared to Boddy's can also be seen in this last photo. It measures 14.5" in length and 4" in width. Please see my other website, www.woodpigeondecoys.com, dedicated to the identification and documentation of these decoys and their carvers as well as my article on the decoys of Harry Boddy and Ted Grace in the Jan/Feb 2107 issue of Hunting and Fishing Collectibles Magazine for additional information. Stand not included.

Price: $575.00

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D0835: Geo. G. Bussey Co. Wood Pigeon Decoy, Circa 2Q, 20C.

Very nice fat-bodied English wood pigeon decoy with glass eyes and its original inset bill from the Geo. G. Bussey Co., one of London’s premier sporting goods dealers, circa 2nd quarter of the 20th century. Made in two pieces, the lower portion of the breast is laminated to the upper body. Reminiscent in form of the earlier decoys by Trulock and Harris, the Bussey decoys had detailed wing and shoulder carving with raised wing tips and high quality paint in the breeding plumage. The company was founded by George Gibson Bussey (1829 - 1889) around 1860 and remained in business until the late 1940s. They had a large manufacturing facility in Peckham, a district of London, where they made many of the products carried in their stores. It is quite conceivable that these decoys were made by the company at that facility, although the possibility exists that the decoys were made offsite by local craftsmen on a contract basis. The decoy measures just over 14" in length and is approximately 5" wide across the shoulders. It is original condition except for a professional tail repair with touch-up in that area. Stand included.

Price: $595.00

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D0832: Unknown Wood Pigeon Decoy, Circa 1920s - 1930s

Nice wood pigeon decoy by an unknown English carver, circa 1920s - 1930s. Found in Carmarthen, Wales, UK, it is possibly from that area. The decoy is in very good original condition with painted eyes and carved raised wingtips. This decoy differs from its two rigmates in that the separately carved head is mounted directly on the body rather than mortised in. There is a tight age split running about halfway down the back from the top of the breast and alongside the head with some flaking of neck filler in that area. See next-to-last photo. The stake hole underneath the decoy is fitted with a spring to allow the decoy to move in a breeze. Variations in size, paint, structure and finesse between the three decoys found in this rig lead me to believe that they carved by a hunter for his personal use rather than by a commercial maker. The last photo shows this decoy along with the other two from the same rig, available separately. Stand not included.

Price: $395.00

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D0825: Trulock & Harriss "TRU-ISS" Wood Pigeon

Scarce hollow English wood pigeon decoy made for the gunsmith firm of H. Trulock & Harriss, London, U.K., circa 1912. Made from a cast and chased aluminum alloy, it was patterned after wooden examples made for the famous gunmaker around the turn of the 20th century. The wooden versions are felt by many collectors to be the best examples of English wood pigeon extant. This decoy,in weathered original paint, was made in three pieces; an upper body, a lower body and a separate head. Cast true to the form of the wooden examples, these decoys have strongly emphasized shoulders and detailed primary and tail feathers. This decoy has four impressed notations on its lower half: "THE TRU-ISS DECOY", "PATENT APPLIED 21550", "H. TRULOCK HARRISS GUNMAKER" and "22 BURY STREET, ST. JAMES, LONDON". Later examples instead show "HARRISS'S PATENT No. 21550" and "PICKERING PLACE, ST. JAMES STREET, LONDON". This decoy varies from the later examples in that the head of this one is stationary rather than spring mounted so that it would bobble. The metal post for setting the decoy in the ground is missing. The pigeon measures 13 1/2" in length, 5" across at the shoulders and roughly 4" in depth. Stand not included.

Price: $495.00

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D0816: Early Wood Pigeon Decoy, Yorkshire, UK. Circa Late 1800s

An excellent early solid-bodied decoy with applied wings, raised wing tips and a full, protruding breast, it shares many characteristics with the carvings attributed to Robert Lange and Robert Sainz (See http://www.woodpigeondecoys.com), both from Yorkshire, characteristics that seem to be common to that area. However, there are just enough differences to make me believe that it was made in the late 1800s to early 1900s by a third carver from that area. The incised primaries on the wings and form of the flared and fluted tail as opposed to the tapered tails most often seen in decoys from this area are unique, while the shapes of the head, bill and full body are not. The decoy, measuring 13" in length, is in original paint with average wear and a professionally replaced bill, wing tip repair and tail repair. In the last photo this decoy is on the left of its rigmate, D0817, listed separately. See my other website, www.woodpigeondecoys.com, dedicated to the identification and documentation of these decoys and their carvers for additional information. SALE PENDING.

Price: $895.00

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D0824: Harry Boddy Feeding Wood Pigeon Decoy

Feeding wood pigeon decoy by Harry Boddy, Walderslade, Kent, United Kingdom, circa 1935. The bird, painted in fall plumage, is in original paint with moderate flaking and wear. It has screw eyes set in separate grommets to simulate eye rings, a cast metal beak and relief carved shoulders. The pigeon is hollowed from below with an inset metal plate marked "Pat. 431190" (Issued to Harry Boddy in 1935) to hold the included metal spike for setting the decoy in the ground. There is a clasp at back of tail to secure the spike. The patent number is also ink-stamped on the underside of the tail. The decoy measures 14.5" in length and 4" in width. While many of the feeding decoys by both Boddy and his protegee, Ted Grace, were made from two pieces of wood with a convex lower second piece of wood nailed to the upper concave piece of the body, this decoy is carved from one piece. As the lower piece had the center cut out to form an elongated "horse collar" hollow, I have to believe this method was found to be easier to accomplish than otherwise hand-hollowing the one-piece decoy from below. Under this assumption, the one-piece decoys such as this one have to be considered the earlier examples. In the last photo, the Boddy decoy is in the middle, flanked by a similar yet bulkier unknown decoy on the left and a more slender example by Grace on the right. See my other website, www.woodpigeondecoys.com, dedicated to the identification and documentation of these decoys and their carvers for additional information. Stand included.

Price: $550.00

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D0823: Unknown Wood Pigeon Decoy, Circa 2Q, 20C

Very nice wood pigeon decoy by an unknown English carver, circa 2nd quarter, 20th century. The decoy exhibits characteristics most often seen in carvings from the Suffolk area such as those by Harry Boddy and Ted Grace; however this 15-inch long decoy is slightly larger and fuller-bodied with a thicker head and neck than those of the aforementioned carvers. As with Boddy's and Grace's birds, the front wing and shoulder outlines are cut in; however, this carver continued the lower wing outline along the sides, culminating in a "V" atop the tail. In original paint, also of the typical Suffolk pattern, the decoy has glass eyes. The bill is also original and appears to be carved integrally with the rest of the decoy rather than being carved or cast separately and inset into the head. In the last photo, this decoy is on the left of somewhat similar examples by Harry Boddy (center)and a Ted Grace (right), listed separately. See my other website, www.woodpigeondecoys.com, dedicated to the identification and documentation of these decoys and their carvers for additional information. Stand included.

Price: $495.00

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D0812: Ted Grace Feeding Wood Pigeon Decoy

Feeding wood pigeon decoy by Edward Arthur "Ted" Grace, Walderslade, Kent, United Kingdom, circa 1950s. The bird, painted in fall plumage, is in well-blended and detailed original feather paint with a nice patina. A very well-formed bird, it has screw eyes set in separate shoe eyelets to simulate eye rings, a cast metal bill and relief carved shoulders. The pigeon is hollowed from below with an inset metal plate marked "Pat. 431190" (Issued to Harry Boddy in 1935) to join the included aluminum stake for setting the decoy in the ground. There is a clasp at the back of tail to store the stake. Grace's purchase of Boddy's business in 1952 included the patent rights as well as remaining parts such as the attachment plates and stakes. According to the patent documents, "...under the action of wind, it (the designed means of attachment) simulates the action of a feeding bird". The hollowed portion of the body in these decoys is made from a second piece of wood, nailed to the of the upper body. This second piece is curved on top to fit a corresponding concave curve in the upper piece. Grace continued Boddy's work with relatively minor changes that can make the decoys by the two men difficult to distinguish between. Grace made his decoys with narrower and more tapered heads and necks (See last photo; Grace's decoy is on the left) and painted his decoys with a lighter palette than seen on those by Boddy. This decoy measures 14" in length and 4" in width. In original paint with overall light wear and a rub at the crown of the head, it has been lightly hit with shot. It is important to note that the very rare original stake is included. Stamped with the patent number, it is the only such example I've ever seen. For additional information on the work of Harry Boddy and Ted Grace, please visit my website, www.woodpigeondecoys.com, where you'll find a copy of my article from the Jan/Feb 2017 issue of Hunting & Fishing Collectibles Magazine as well as documentation of a number of other pigeon makers and examples of their decoys. Stand included.

Price: $625.00

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