D0982: Early Scottish Wood Pigeon Decoy

Early wood pigeon decoy by an unknown maker, believed to be from Scotland, circa 1Q, 20C. The decoy has an exaggerated forehead with original bill, painted tack eyes with raised shoulders, wing outlines and wingtips. The head has been broken off and skillfuly reattached with touchup to the repair. The paint is otherwise original. The decoy measures 13” in length. Stand included.

Price: $495.00

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D0984: George G. Bussey Wood Pigeon Decoy, Circa 1Q, 20C

Early glass-eyed wood pigeon decoy with splined wooden bill set through the head, made for the George G. Bussey Company, London, UK, circa mid 1st quarter, 20th century. It is an unusually large decoy (See last photo for scale comparison against a sigmate and a more normally dimensioned decoy), measuring 16” in length from bill to tail and 5” in width across the shoulders. The decoy is in original paint with flaking of filler around the face and overall moderate wear. The body is made of three laminated pieces comprising the main body, belly and tail sections. It has carved shoulders and wing outlines with carved primaries and raised wingtips. There is a brass shotgun shell head embedded in the belly of the decoy. Although the purpose of this is unknown, I have seen it in one other example from this company as well as in the rigmate to this bird. The bill is original. Stand included.

Price: $765.00

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D0983: Early George G. Bussey Wood Pigeon Decoy

Early glass-eyed wood pigeon decoy with splined wooden bill set through the head, made for the George G. Bussey Company, London, UK, circa mid-1st quarter, 20th century. It is an unusually large decoy (See last photo for scale comparison against a rigmate to this decoy and a more normally dimensioned decoy), measuring 17” in length from bill to tail and 5” in width across the shoulders. The decoy is in original paint with flaking of filler around the face and overall moderate wear. The body is made of three vertically laminated pieces. It has carved shoulders and wing outlines with carved primaries and raised wingtips. There is a brass shotgun shell head embedded in the belly of the decoy. Although the purpose of this is unknown, I have seen it in one other example from this company as well as in the rigmate to this bird. The bill is original but does have touchup paint on it. There is a tight crack in the tail. Stand included

Price: $765.00

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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 not 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 purpose. 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: $565.00

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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: $650.00

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D0924: 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 was found outside of Perth, Scotland, where it was hunted along the River Tay. The decoy is in well patinated original paint and retains its original bill. It 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 was made by a heretofore unknown but very talented Scottish carver.

Price: $975.00

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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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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: $1395.00

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