D0860: Early TRU-ISS Wood Pigeon Decoy, Circa 1909-1911

Rare hollow English wood pigeon decoy made for the gunsmith firm of H. Trulock & Harriss, London, U.K. Made from a cast and chased aluminum alloy, it was patterned after wooden examples made for the famous gunmaker around circa 1909-1911. The wooden versions are felt by many collectors to be the best examples of English wood pigeon extant. This decoy retains its original glass eyes and is in excellent original paint, retaining most of the red breast and bill paint, dark gray back and wings, black wingtips and tail bar and typical white markings at the wing edges and neck. The decoy was made in three pieces; an upper body, a lower body and a spring-mounted head. An integral wire stake is attached, designed, along with the"bobble-head", to allow motion to a set of birds. Cast true to the form of the wooden examples, these decoys have strongly emphasized shoulders and detailed primary and tail feathers. This decoy has three impressed notations on its lower half: "THE TRU-ISS DECOY, PATENT APPLIED No. 21550", "H. TRULOCK HARRISS GUNMAKER" AND “22 BURY STREET, ST. JAMES STREET, LONDON S.W.”. This address dates the decoy to 1909-1911. Later examples (1911-1916) are stamped "THE TRU-ISS DECOY, HARRISS'S PATENT No. 21550", "H. TRULOCK HARRISS GUNMAKER" AND “PICKERING PLACE, ST. JAMES STREET, LONDON”. This early decoy includes several design elements missing in later examples, including the means of attaching the head spring and wire stake to the body as well as an alignment stud for the body halves, that I can only assume were changed to reduce costs in later decoys. Interestingly, the number "6" is written in pencil inside each body half, presumably meaning that certain adjustments were made to insure a proper fit and that those two pieces should remain mated rather than mixed with those of other examples. The pigeon measures 13 1/2" in length, 5" across at the shoulders and roughly 4" in depth, exclusive of the head. The original 2-piece box, the only one I’ve ever seen, is in fair to good condition. it has a tear across the top but remains stable. SOLD

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D0855: Early Yorkshire Wood Pigeon Decoy, Unknown Carver

Sleek 12-1/2" long wood pigeon decoy by an unknown carver, circa 1880 - 1890. Decoys by this maker are among the earliest from the Yorkshire area. It is smooth bodied with a pronounced breast, very much like the earliest of Robert Lange’s decoys. The tail, neck and head are more slender, almost delicate, than most. This bird is in original paint except for touch up to a professional bill repair and around the eyes which have been replaced. The replacements are accurately sized and colored. There is moderate weathering and wear to the paint, particularly on the left side and back of the decoy. Decoys from the Yorkshire area are among the best to be found. See my other website, www.woodpigeondecoys.com, dedicated to the identification and documentation of these decoys and their carvers for additional information. Stand included. SOLD

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D0854: Unknown Yorkshire Wood Pigeon Decoy, Circa Late 1800s

Among the earliest of the decoys from the Yorkshire area, this bird was made by an unknown maker, circa 1880 - 1890. Fitted with the original glass eyes and measuring 12-1/2" in length, it is smooth bodied with a pronounced breast, very much like the earliest of Robert Lange’s decoys. The tail, neck and head are more slender, almost delicate, than most. The paint and bill are original, although there is a tiny chip to the very tip of the bill. The breast is nicely mottled as typically seen in the Yorkshire birds and the overall paint is well patinated. Overall an exceptional decoy from a region noted for high quality. See my other website, www.woodpigeondecoys.com, dedicated to the identification and documentation of these decoys and their carvers for additional information. Stand included. SOLD

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D0856: Unknown Wood Pigeon Decoy, London, UK, Circa 1920 - 1930

Nicely formed wood pigeon decoy in original paint by an unknown carver, circa 1920 - 1930. Although the paint pattern is rather straight forward, it is nonetheless typical and quite effective with the white nape and wing patches and the red breast signifying the breeding plumage. The 13-1/2" full-bodied decoy has glass eyes, carved wing outlines and gouge-carved feathering, particularly in the tail area. More importantly, the wingtips are raised and heavily carved and the tail is fluted in a manner similar to that of decoys by R. Ward Company, Trulock & Harris and the Geo. G. Bussey Co., Ltd., all makers from the London area, indicators that this decoy is likely from that area as well. Although this is the only example I am aware of by this maker, the overall form and quality point to this being a commercially produced example, most likely by a cottage industry. See my other website, www.woodpigeondecoys.com, dedicated to the identification and documentation of these decoys and their carvers for additional information. Stand included. SOLD

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D0853: Mason Standard Grade Glass-Eye Pintail Drake Decoy

Exceptionally nice Standard Grade glass-eyed pintail drake by the Mason Factory, Detroit, Michigan, circa 1910. The decoy has an extended "sprig" tail and is in original paint with light wear and discoloration. Measuring 17-1/2" in length, it is structurally excellent with no age splits and retains its original neck filler. Hard to find these in this condition! SOLD

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D0851, Early James Holly Scaup Drake Decoy

Fine scaup drake decoy by James "Jim" Holly (1855-1935) of Havre de Grace, Maryland, circa late 1800s to early 1900s. Displaying moderate wear, the decoy is in mostly original paint with what appears to be a very light second coat of paint on the black areas at the breast and tail. Measuring just over 13" in length, 6" in width and standing 6 3/4" high at the head, it is excellent structurally without the neck crack seen on many of his decoys. There are several very thin and tight age splits in the bottom of the decoy, but there is no dry rot or other damage. Jim was the youngest son of "Daddy" Holly and was also known for making some of the finest "bush whack" boats on the Susquehanna Flats. SOLD

Price: $495.00

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D0850: William Jaggard Wood Pigeon Decoy, Circa 1940s

Excellent wood pigeon decoy by William Jaggard of Elveden, Suffolk, United Kingdom, circa 1940s. With only light in-use wear, this stylish pigeon is in original paint and has carved shoulders and wings, a cast metal bill and glass eyes. Painted in the species' fall plumage, the full-bodied carving measures just under 14.5" in length, 4.5" in width and 3.5" in depth at the breast. Continuing the business of his father-in-law and mentor, James Rolph, Jaggard carved from the 1930s to the mid-1950s. Similar in time frame to North American waterfowl and shorebird decoys, wood pigeon decoys have been used in the United Kingdom since the latter half of the 1800s with examples ranging from the deeply carved examples sold by Trulock and Harriss and R. Ward Co. to the more stylized examples of Jaggard, Harry Boddy and Ted Grace. Judging from the number of examples found today, the latter group, along with the Rolph family, were England's most prolific makers. See my other website, www.woodpigeondecoys.com, dedicated to the identification and documentation of these decoys and their carvers for additional information. Stand included. SOLD

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M354: Joe Klein Pheasant Hen, Circa 1950s

Excellent hen ring-necked pheasant carved in half-scale by Leo J. "Joe" Klein, Wilcox, PA, circa 1950s. Klein was known for his elaborately carved and painted ducks, turkeys, woodcocks and other upland game birds. This carved pheasant has relief-carved wings, feet and eyes. The original feather paint is intricately detailed and boldly applied. The bird measures almost 12" in length, stands 6.25" high (exclusive of the base) and is 3" wide. The carving is in mint condition other than for a very small paint chips to the tip of the bill and the back edge of the tail A sticker with Klein's name and address remains on the bottom of the base. SOLD

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