D0834: Early New Jersey Black-Bellied Plover Decoy

Early black-bellied plover with slightly exaggerated "beetle head" and painted eyes from a small hunting rig used in Absecon, New Jersey, circa late 4Q, 19C. The decoy is in dry original paint; however, there may be remnants of in-use touch-up to the black of the breast. The darker collar (speckling) around the neck is original as is the splined bill which has been cleanly broken off and reattached. The decoy measures 10.5" in length and is 2" thick. Another plover by this same maker, identified only as being from Atlantic City, NJ, and from the collection of Dr. Jack Conover, is pictured in plate 421 on page 176 of New Jersey Decoys by Henry Fleckenstiein. That decoy, along with two other plovers by the same carver, sold for $3950.00 plus a 15% buyers premium in the Guyette & Schmidt November 2006 auction (Lot 229. They were described as being by an unknown maker out of the rig of Earl Leeds of Pleasantville, NJ. A ruddy turnstone by the same unknown carver sold for $4000.00 plus a 15% buyers premium in the Guyette & Deeter July 2018 auction (Lot 246). Stand included.

Price: $1250.00

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D0641: Nantucket island Golden Plover Decoy, Circa Late 1800s

Solid-bodied, split-tailed golden plover decoy with carved eyes in summer plumage by an unknown carver from Nantucket Island, Massachusetts, circa 4th quarter, 19th century. The decoy is in original paint except for the bill which is a professional replacement. Structurally excellent, the bird has the letter "H" carved in its bottom and has been lightly hit by shot. It measures 10" in length. Stand not included.

Price: $1395.00

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D0712: Massachusetts Feeding Lesser Yellowlegs Decoy

Lesser yellowlegs shorebird decoy in rare feeding position by an unknown carver from Massachusetts, circa 1st quarter of the 20th century. The split-tailed decoy with hat pin eyes is in original paint, showing minor wear with a small amount of flaking. Flat-sided and carved from balsa wood, it is just over 9" long and is 1.75" thick. Other than the bill which appears to be a well done older replacement, the decoy is in excellent structural condition. New England shorebirds in original paint of this style and vintage are quite difficult to find! Stand not included.

Price: $575.00

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D0662/D0663: Yellowlegs Decoy Pair

Very nice pair of yellowlegs decoys, including a very rare preener, by an unknown carver from Connecticut, circa 4th quarter, 19th century. Formerly in the collection of Marguerite Riordan, a well known and highly respected antiques dealer/collector from Connecticut, known for her unerring taste in New England furniture and folk art. The decoys are in worn original paint with the original bills. Although flat-sided (1 5/8” thick), all edges are nicely rounded and blended into the overall form. Both are split-tailed with relief-carved wings. The preener measures 8 3/4” from tail tip to breast while the other measures 10 1/4”, bill tip to tail tip. Stands not included.

Price: $2950.00

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