D747: Trulock & Harriss TRU-ISS English Wood Pigeon Decoy

Rare hollow English wood pigeon decoy made for the gunsmith firm of H. Trulock & Harriss, London, U.K., circa 1912-1916. 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 is in weathered original paint. It 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 add 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 four impressed notations on its lower half: "THE TRU-ISS DECOY", "HARRISS'S PATENT No. 21550", "H. TRULOCK HARRISS GUNMAKER" AND "PICKERING PLACE, ST. JAMES STREET, LONDON". The pigeon measures 13 1/2" in length, 5" across at the shoulders and roughly 4" in depth, exclusive of the head. SOLD

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M298: Leo McIntosh Snowy Owl - Stony Creek Decoys

Fine full-sized carving of a snowy owl by Leo H. McIntosh, Jr. (1953 - 2007), Stony Creek Decoys, Woodville, New York, circa 1990s. Recognized as one of the best contemporary decoy carvers before his untimely death, Leo apprenticed with Ken Harris for five years before founding Stony Creek Decoys. This owl, in excellent antiqued feather paint, exhibits a nice patina with pleasing crackleture. It measures 17" in height (21 1/2" with the stand) and its body is slightly over 6" in diameter. The head, with high quality glass eyes, is turned about 45 degrees to the left. The wings, shoulders and tail are all relief-carved. There is an age split running the length of the breast as well as other smaller cracks in the back and wings. The carving is signed, "McIntosh", in front of the tail by the hole for mounting it on its stand. This is a rare species for McIntosh and one sure to please the advanced collector. SOLD

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M297: Vintage Frank E. Townsend Flying Pheasant Lamp

Nice lamp with 2 flying cock pheasants mounted on an artfully-assembled weathered wood base. The lamp was made by Frank E. Townsend, Bloomfield, New Jersey, circa early 3rd quarter of the 20th century, and is signed on the bottom. Overall, the lamp measures 25" tall, 18" wide and 9" deep. The height with the shade and lamp hardware removed would be 18". I've "photo-shopped" the lamp hardware out of the first photo to show how the piece would look with the lamp removed. The pheasants are both in excellent original intricate feather paint with cupped wings and relief-carved tail feathers. Each is made of three pieces; two wings and the body. The birds measure 10" in length with 8 1/2" to 9" wing spans. Significant care and thought went into designing and building the base which complements and completes the overall sculpture. The shade is in excellent condition and the lamp does work in its current condition. SOLD

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M296: Joe Kline Cock Pheasant, Circa 1950s

Excellent cock 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 14" in length, stands 7" high (exclusive of the base) and is 3" wide. The carving is in mint condition other than an almost unnoticeable chip to the tip of the bill as seen in the last photo. A sticker with Klein's name and address remains on the bottom of the base. SOLD

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D746: Trulock & Harriss TRU-ISS English Wood Pigeon Decoy

Rare hollow English wood pigeon decoy made for the gunsmith firm of H. Trulock & Harriss, London, U.K., circa 1912-1916. 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 is in weathered original paint. It 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 four impressed notations on its lower half: "THE TRU-ISS DECOY", "HARRISS'S PATENT No. 21550", "H. TRULOCK HARRISS GUNMAKER" AND "PICKERING PLACE, ST. JAMES STREET, LONDON". The pigeon measures 13 1/2" in length, 5" across at the shoulders and roughly 4" in depth, exclusive of the head. Stand not included. SOLD

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M289: Miniature Bob White Quail Family

Miniature hand-carved Bob White quail with three chicks on driftwood, circa 3rd quarter, 20th century. The carving is unsigned and the maker is unknown. It is in original condition with detailed feather paint on each bird. The adult with turned head measures about 3 1/2" in length and stands about 3 1/4" high while each chick is approximately 1 1/2" in length. Overall, the piece is just over 13" in length. SOLD

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M294: Pair of Charles Hart Framed Oils, Pintail & Widgeon

Pair of oil paintings on art board of a pintail drake and a widgeon drake by Charles Hart (1862 - 1960) of Gloucester, Massachusetts, dated 1941. The painting of the pintail is both signed and dated while that of the widgeon is only dated. The overall framed size of each is 10 1/2" x 12 3/4" with image sizes of 8" x 10". They are both in good shape in their original oak frames. Known more for his working decoys and folk art standing penguins, Hart nonetheless turned out works of various subjects on numerous mediums over a career that spanned roughly 60 years. SOLD

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D0744, William Jaggard English Wood Pigeon Decoy

English wood pigeons have garnered the well-deserved attention of American collectors. Similar in time frame to North American waterfowl and shorebird decoys, they 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. W. Ward to the more stylized slick-bodied examples of Robert Young and William Jaggard. This excellent decoy was carved by William Jaggard of Norfolk, United Kingdom, circa late 2nd quarter, 20th century. Lightly used with a pleasing patina, this stylish pigeon is just under 14" in length, 3.75" in width and 3" in depth at the breast. It has relief carved shoulders and wings, a cast metal bill and glass eyes. The full-bodied carving is in original paint depicting the species' fall plumage. Jaggard, who carved from roughly 1930 through the mid-1950s, continued the carving business of his father-in-law, James Ralph Jaggard. Stand included. SOLD

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