D0923: Early Feeding Scottish Wood Pigeon Decoy

Very sculpturesque tucked-head feeding wood pigeon decoy with painted eyes by an unknown carver, circa early 1900s. This decoy, along with a rigmate, was found outside of Perth, Scotland, where it was hunted along the River Tay. There is a professional repair to the left wing tip, stretching diagonally across the last two inches of the wing with touch up to that area. Otherwise, the decoy is in well patinated original paint and retains its original bill. There are several age splits in the head and upper back, one of which was strengthened by the addition of two small nails, presumably when the decoy was made. The decoy is unusually large with a length of almost 16" and has a hollow recess drilled and chiseled into its belly, probably to reduce its weight. While most wood pigeon decoys were made in England itself, pigeons were and are hunted in Scotland as well, and it is very possible that this decoy and its mate were made by a heretofore unknown but very talented Scottish carver.

Price: $965.00

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D0910: Excellent English Wood Pigeon Decoy, Circa mid-20th Century

Feeding English wood pigeon with painted eyes by an unknown maker, circa early mid-20th century. The body has been hollowed from below as were those of the feeding pigeons of Harry Boddy and Ted Grace, the idea being that a breeze could more easily impart motion to lighter decoys, simulating a feeding motion. The decoy is in original condition other than a replaced bill with touch up to that area. The paint in the birds breeding plumage is strong with almost no wear. It has carved wing outlines as seen on many wood pigeon decoys but also exhibits feather carving on the wings with crossed and raised wingtips and a fluted tail. It measures just over 13" in length and is about 4-1/4" wide at the shoulders. The decoy was found in central England, near Sheffield. Stand included.

Price: $545.00

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Wood Pigeon Decoy Article: English Wood Pigeon Decoys 101, A Primer

Viewable here at no charge. An introductory article I have written on English wood pigeon decoys, published in the March-April 2015 issue of Hunting and Fishing Collectibles Magazine. If you would like to subscribe to or purchase a copy of the magazine itself, please contact Stan Van Etten, Publisher, at HFCollectibles.com. The article is posted as written; however further research has resulted in some changes in the identification of several carvers. Two later articles on wood pigeon decoys are also posted on my (this) website, each containing current identifications and information.

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Wood Pigeon Decoy Article: Yorkshire School of English Wood pigeon Decoys

Viewable here at no charge. An article I have written on the wood pigeon decoys of various carvers of the Yorkshire school, Yorkshire, United Kingdom. published in the November - December 2019 issue of Hunting and Fishing Collectibles Magazine. If you would like to subscribe to or purchase a copy of the magazine itself, please contact Stan Van Etten, Publisher, at HFCollectibles.com.

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Wood Pigeon Decoy Article: The British Are Coming!

Viewable here at no charge. An article I have written on the wood pigeon decoys of Harry Boddy and Ted Grace, published in the January - February 2017 issue of Hunting and Fishing Collectibles Magazine. If you would like to subscribe to or purchase a copy of the magazine itself, please contact Stan Van Etten, Publisher, at HFCollectibles.com.

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D0894: Ted Grace Feeding English Wood Pigeon Decoy, Circa 1951

Feeding wood pigeon decoy by Edward Arthur "Ted" Grace, Walderslade, Kent, United Kingdom, circa 1951. The bird, painted in fall plumage, is in original feather paint with light 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 Grace's mentor, Harry Boddy, in 1935) to hold the included metal spike for setting the decoy in the ground. The decoy measures 14.5" in length and 4" in width. It was made in two pieces with a convex lower piece of wood cut from the body. That piece had the center cut out by jig saw to form an elongated "horse collar" hollow and was then nailed back onto the body. This method was found to be easier to accomplish than otherwise hand-hollowing the one-piece decoy from below as seen in earlier examples. There is a clasp at the back of the tail to secure the spike when stored in the hollow body. The hollowed body allowed a light breeze to cause the decoys to bob up and down, effectively simulating live feeding birds. The more slender and longer neck, along with the lighter overall coloration, mark this as a Grace decoy rather than a Boddy decoy which invariably had a shorter and bulkier neck. Grace's later decoys had necks and heads that were longer and thinner still. Stand included.

Price: $585.00

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D0892: Yorkshire Wood Pigeon Decoy, Circa 1900

Rare wood pigeon decoy by an unknown carver from Yorkshire, United Kingdom. This is only the second I’ve had by this maker and probably just the sixth example that I’ve seen, including photos. This decoy would have been one of his earlier ones, presumably late 1800s to early 1900s. It is in original paint other than for touch up to the bill where the tip was accurately replaced. There is also a drip of green paint that starts below the eye on the right side and runs down the neck as seen in the first and third photos below. This is probably some of the paint used to create the lighter green shadings on the back of the neck. There is moderate wear and flaking on the wing edges and on the flat planes of the wings as well as on the crown of the head. There is also some chipping to the edges of the tail and some light shot scarring. The decoy measures 13.5” in length. In the last photo, the name “J. Powell” can be seen, followed by a second line which I assume is a city or town, starting “Re…” or perhaps “Be…”. There may also be a third line, a region perhaps, that starts with a “W”. So who was Powell, an owner or the maker? Please see the November-December 2019 issue of Hunting & Fishing Collectibles Magazine which includes an article I wrote titled, "What's in a Name, The Yorkshire School of English Wood Pigeon Decoys" It covers six carvers from the region, including the work of this carver who I have designated as "Mr. Z". A copy of the magazine will be included with the purchase. Stand included.

Price: $935.00

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D0879: Superb 19th Century English Wood Pigeon Decoy

This is the first decoy by this maker that I’ve seen. It’s quite old, perhaps the oldest I’ve been able to document. My best guess is circa 1875. Because the style is so different from anything I’ve seen, I’m presently unable to name a probable area of origin, other than the United Kingdom. Measuring 14” in length and 4” across the shoulders, it is quite sculptural with a high head and an upsloped tail spliced (last photo) into a full and well conformed body. The wing tips are raised and deeply incised while the shoulders are softly carved. Other than for touch up at the professionally replaced bill, the decoy is in original paint with a very light but pleasing craquelure texture in some areas. The red-orange eyes are old and unusual taxidermy eyes. Stand not included.

Price: $1725.00

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