D0979: Footed English Wood Pigeon Decoy, Circa 2Q, 20C

Footed English wood pigeon decoy with glass eyes, deeply carved wing outlines and raised wingtips by an unknown maker, circa 2Q, 20C. It is most unusual in that it has carved legs and feet. The original paint is protected by a coat of varnish. The bird is not balanced enough to stand on its own. Instead, it has a drilled stick hole which allows it to be set in the ground with feet touching earth, but nor truly providing support. I really don't know what to make of this carving! Measuring 81/2" from bill to tail, it is definitely on the small side for a decoy, yet everything else says "Decoy!" The paint pattern is the correct breeding plumage and there is a metal "vane" nailed to the bottom that swivels around for some unknown purchase. However, the vane has worn a circular path in the bottom of the bird, so its purpose involves motion rather than stability. There are initials in the bottom under the tail, what appears to be an "M" and a "C". While it is possible that it is a reduced scale decorative carving (although I doubt it), I have yet to see any other vintage decorative pigeon carving. I do believe it is simply an undersized decoy. Stand included.

Price: $575.00

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D0971: Early Long Island Mourning Dove Decoy

Very early mourning dove decoy from Long Island, New York, circa late 1800s to early 1900s, attributed to the same maker as the passenger pigeon decoy pictured in Tom Marshall’s Dedication to American Decoys by Quintina Colio (See last photo attached). The decoy is flat-sided, measuring 10” in length and a full 1” in thickness. It is in original paint other than some old in-use touchup to some chipping and blunting to the tip of the decoy's tail and touch up to a bill repair to remnants of the original bill which was splined through the head. This, too, was characteristic of the bills of many area shorebirds from the same period. Again typical of Long island, the wings are outlined in a heart-shaped pattern. The eyes are painted although there is a small hole drilled in the area of the left eye that may be the result of a later incomplete attempt to add glass or bead eyes. This decoy was Lot #343 in the Richard W. Oliver/Ward Museum October 1-2, 1994, auction, described as "A wonderful early dove decoy in old original paint in excellent condition, even to the painted eye. Incised wing and shoulder carving. Bill is an old replacement." Estimated at $500 - $600, it sold for $575 plus a 10% buyers premium. Stand included.

Price: $750.00

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D0972: Unknown Early Mourning Dove Decoy

Slender full-bodied mourning dove decoy with painted eyes and a slightly elongated tail by an unknown carver, probably from the eastern US, circa early 1900s. The most unusaul chracteristic is the separately carved head which has been off and expertly reset at some time.. The 11.5" long decoy is in well blended original paint with finely detailed primary wing feathers and displaying an excellent warm patina. There is some flaking to the prime coat on the back, left side, tail and facial areas oif the carving. There is also a small area of touchup behind the stick hole on the bottom. Stand included.

Price: $750.00

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D0968: Unknown Yorkshire Wood Pigeon, Circa Late 1800s

Very nice wood pigeon decoy made by an unknown carver from England's Yorkshire area, circa late 1800s. It shares many characteristics with the carvings of Yorkshire's Robert Lange from the same time period, including white glass taxidermy eyes, applied raised wings and a similarly shaped body. More uniquely, the head is narrower than most and the tail flips up slightly at its tip. The original paint is nicely patinated and slightly muted in tone, showing moderate wear. In the field, it did forget to duck once with shot scars on the right wing and breast adding to its allure. The decoy retains its original bill. Stand included.

Price: $935.00

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D0966: Early English Wood Pigeon Decoy, Circa 1900

Early English wood pigeon decoy by an unknown maker, circa late 1800s to early 1900s. A large decoy with only minor wear, measuring 15.5 inches from tip of tail to tip of bill, this glass-eyed carving retains its original bill and is in original paint with a deep brick-red breast and typical white neck patches and wing markings. It has deeply carved wing and shoulder outlines and raised wingtips. This is the first decoy I have seen by this maker although it was most likely produced for the turn of the century retail trade of gunsmiths and sporting goods stores, probably in the London market. Stand included.

Price: $995.00

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D0962: Robert Lange Wood Pigeon Decoy, Circa 1890s

Very nice wood pigeon decoy by Robert Lange, Yorkshire, UK, circa 1890s. Lange's decoys were limited in production and are some of the finest early decoys the UK has to offer. This example is his slick-sided model with no wing or shoulder carving. Exhibiting an excellent patina, it is in strong original paint showing only minor wear with mottled breast, neatly scalloped neck patches and fluid but precisely applied wing markings. A solid-bodied decoy with high quality glass eyes, it measures 12" in length and is roughly 3" thick. There is a chip missing on the tail, and the bill is a professional replacement. Stand included.

Price: $795.00

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D0960: Exceptional Robert Lange English Wood Pigeon Decoy, Circa 1900

Exceptional English wood pigeon decoy by Robert Lange, Yorkshire, UK, circa late 1800s to early 1900s. These decoys were limited in production and are some of the finest early decoys the UK has to offer. This decoy is carved in Lange's finest style with extended split wing tips, deeply carved wings and shoulders and a full breast. Exhibiting an excellent patina, it is in excellent original paint showing only minor wear with mottled breast, neatly scalloped neck patches and fluid but precisely applied wing markings.. A solid-bodied decoy with high quality glass eyes, it measures 13" in length and is roughly 3.5" thick. Retaining its original bill, it has been lightly hit by shot and has a tight crack it its tail. One would be hard pressed to find a finer example by this important maker. Stand included.

Price: $1325.00

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D0946: Trulock & Harriss Wood Pigeon Decoy, Circa 1880s

Unusually clean example of a classic wood pigeon decoy from the famous gunsmith firm of Trulock & Harriss, Suffolk, England, circa 1880s. Their decoys are considered to be the premier examples of English wood pigeons known. This example is finely crafted with overall feather carving, checkered breast and throat feathers, deeply carved edging on the wing coverts, carved and raised primaries, a fluted tail, glass eyes and a carved cere at the base of the wooden bill. The softly-blended paint with an excellent patina is strong and original other than some touch up paint on the bill which is also original but has been broken off at the face and skillfully reattached. This is the first and only T&H pigeon I've seen with either a carved cere or wooden bill. The decoy is also somewhat shorter and more slender than their more common examples, measuring 13 1/2" from tip of tail to tip of bill. Nonetheless, it is by the same carver as the majority of the T&H decoys. It is my assumption that it is a very early model whose wooden bill turned out to be too fragile, resulting in the use of the poured lead bills seen in their subsequent decoys. In general, it is more refined in form than most od their pigeons. Perhaps the term, "svelte", is most appropriate. Although who carved these decoys for Trulock and Harriss is not known, a strong argument can be made that the birds were made by the same craftsmen tasked with making the gunstocks for the gunsmith's primary product, perhaps on a seasonal basis or as a filler during slack periods.

Price: $2095.00

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