D0838: Unknown English Wood Pigeon Decoy Circa 2Q, 20C

Sleek wood pigeon decoy made of cast and embossed aluminum alloy by an unknown maker from the United Kingdom, circa 2nd quarter, 20th century. The half-bodied shell, open from below, measures 14-3/8" in length and 4" in width. Although the shell measures less than 1/8" in thickness and weighs less than one pound, it is nonetheless rigid and very durable. The decoy is heavily embossed, including raised primaries, a fluted tail and back, scapular and rump feathers. It is in original paint, including painted eyes, showing moderate wear. A flange with threaded receptacle is riveted to the body from below to accept a similarly threaded post for mounting. Although not as elaborate as the aluminum "TRU-ISS" decoys of Trulock and Harriss, the light weight, durability and life-like silhouette of these decoys would have made them popular with gunners. I have seen a modest number of these decoys which influenced the development of the fiber and synthetic shell decoys by Max Baker and others that would eventually be the demise of these decoys and their wooden predecessors. Most likely made in an industrial area such as London or Suffolk by an established metalworking enterprise, these decoys form an important link in the developmental progression of the wood pigeon decoy. Please ee my other website, www.woodpigeondecoys.com, dedicated to the identification and documentation of these decoys and their makers for additional information. Stand included. SOLD

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D0830: Scarce Early Flying Wood Pigeon Decoy

Scarce flying English 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 and well-patinated original polychrome paint with painted eyes. The head, with original bill, is mortised into the body as is the well-thought-out separate wing assembly which can be removed to allow safe transit and storage and to facilitate any necessary repairs or replacements. The decoy measures 15.5" in length and has a wingspan of 24". Known as "wing-flappers", these decoys were typically mounted on what was called a "bouncer" or "floater" pole. Relatively rare, they decoys were used to introduce an element of movement to an otherwise static decoy spread. In the case of this decoy, the wings are spring-loaded to move up and down in a breeze. Others in this style were rigged with a long cord to the hide (blind) to operate strings attached to the wings which flapped them up and down. One of a group of three by the same carver, this is the only flapper. Variations in size, paint, structure and finesse lead me to believe that this rig of decoys was 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. SOLD

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D0827: Trio of Unknown Wood Pigeon Decoys, Circa Late 2nd Q - Early 3rd Q, 20th C.

A striking rig of decoys by an unknown carver, circa late 2nd to early 3rd quarter of the 20th century. They were found in and are possibly from Suffolk, UK. Each is carved in a different pose, from the rather quizzical decoy on the left to the standard ground decoy in the center to the running decoy on the right. Not only are the poses different, the sizes vary as well, making it most likely that each was made without a master pattern. These differences lead me to the conclusion that the rig was made by a hunter for his own use rather than by a commercial maker that repeatedly carved and painted an inventory for sale. As such, they are folk art at its finest, a synergistic effort of great appeal. The bills were crafted from nylon rather than wood or cast metal. The original paint patterns, while not as practiced as you might find on a commercial product, are nonetheless effective and display a most pleasing patina. The placement of the glass eyes, somewhat out of kilter, only adds to the charm of this group. In the first photo, from left to right, the quizzical decoy (photos 3-7) decoy measures 14" in length and has a replaced nylon bill but is otherwise in original condition. The standard pose ground decoy (photos 8-11) is in completely original condition with paint worn off most of the bill. The final decoy, the runner (photos 12-15), has a replaced nylon bill but is otherwise in original condition. These decoys are not available separately. The stand is included. SOLD

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D0831: Unknown Wood Pigeon Decoy, Circa 1920s - 1930s

Nice full-boded English wood pigeon decoy by an unknown 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, carved raised wingtips and an appealing patina to its polychrome paint. As with its flying rigmate, the head of the 15" long decoy is mortised into the body. The original bill is slightly loose but undamaged. Variations in size, paint, structure and finesse between the three decoys found in this rig lead me to believe that they were 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. SOLD

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D0817: Fine Wood Pigeon Decoy, Yorkshire, UK. Circa Late 1800s

Finely crafted and finished early solid-bodied wood pigeon 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 12.5" in length, is in excellent original paint with very minor wear and a pleasing patina. The bill is a well done professional replacement. In the last photo this decoy is on the right of its rigmate, D0816, listed separately. See my other website, www.woodpigeondecoys.com, dedicated to the identification and documentation of these decoys and their carvers for additional information. SOLD

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D0821: Snakey-Head Swimming Blue-Winged Teal Decoy, Circa 2Q, 20C

Very fine solid-bodied, glass-eyed swimming snakey-head blue-winged teal hen by an unknown Midwest carver, circa 2nd quarter, 20th century. The decoy is highly detailed with incised primaries and secondaries as well as raised wingtips and a fluted tail. The outstretched head, mounted on a raised neckseat, is turned roughly 25 degrees to the right and includes a carved nail and mandibles with painted nostrils. The well-executed original paint features extensive detailed feathering and muted tones. The body of the decoy itself measures 11 1/2" in length with the outstretched head adding another 3" in length. The bird is about 4 1/4" wide and 5 1/4" high at the head. The decoy was last found in an estate sale in Cuba, Illinois; however, the owner stated that it was from Minnesota. While the incised feathering and paint style seem to support a Minnesota origin, the shelved tail and raised wingtips have an Illinois River feel. SOLD

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D0818: Unknown High-Head Blue-Winged Teal Decoy, Circa 2Q, 20C

Unknown blue-winged teal hen in a high-head pose from the Midwest, possibly Wisconsin, circa 2nd quarter, 20th century. The decoy is solid-bodied with glass eyes. It is in original paint except for touchup to a neck repair and has been protected by an old coat of varnish which has faded to a nice matte patina over the areas of the decoy exposed to sunlight. There is a very tight age crack in the right side at the tail and slight paint chipping on the back and at the tail tips. The body has been bored in two spots from below with molten lead added for ballast. SOLD

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D0815: Hollow Myrl Smith Ontario Black Duck Decoy

Near-mint hollow-bodied black duck decoy attributed to Myrl Smith, Dunnville, Ontario, circa 3rd quarter, 20th century. Measuring 16" in length, 6" in width and standing 6.5" in height, the decoy is expertly carved and detailed with rasping, heavily textured comb painting and intricate bill carving. The decoy is fitted with a pendulum-style stabilizing weight on the bottom and bears the maker's mark on both the base of the decoy and as well as on the lead weight. The base is also marked "B1", perhaps signifying that this was the maker's first black duck decoy. An old tag on this decoy when I purchased it attributed the decoy to a Harry Richardson, circa 1950s to 1960s; however, the maker's marks (DMS?) on both the decoy and the weight make it very improbable that Richardson made this decoy. SOLD

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