D0935: Early Feeding Irish Wood Pigeon Decoy, Circa 1890s

Early and folky feeding wood pigeon decoy by an unknown carver, found in and and possibly from the Belfast area of Northern Ireland, circa 1890s. As often seen in early wood pigeon decoys, the decoy is laminated with attached wings and a 1" thick addition to the belly of the bird. Except for touchup to the face and bill which may be an excellent professional replacement, it is in original paint showing an aged patina with white feathering along the edges of the wings, a white collar at the neck and a white ring at the base of the bill. Measuring 14" in length, it has tack eyes and an attached iron swivel stand. A line attached to the small staple set under the bill was used to give a bobbing or feeding motion to the tail-heavy decoy. This decoy is a rigmate to D0935, listed separately. The two (rigmate not included) can be seen together in the last photo.

Price: $850.00

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D0934: Early Wood Pigeon Decoy From Northern Ireland, Circa 1890s

Very folky and early wood pigeon decoy, found in and and possibly from the Belfast area of Northern Ireland. As often seen in early wood pigeon decoys, it was made in two pieces with the head and upper breast laminated to the rest of the body. The 12 1/2" long decoy, with tack eyes and carved wing outlines, is in original paint with white feather outlines at the edges of the wings, the species' typical white neck patches and a white ring at the base of the bill. It is drilled to be stake-mounted but also has a recess across the stake hole to take an iron swiveling stake similar to the one seen on its rigmate, D0935, listed separately. However, no such fixture was ever attached. This decoy together with its rigmate (not included) can be seen in the last photo. Stand included.

Price: $850.00

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D0931: Early George G. Bussey Co. Wood Pigeon Decoy By Mr. Z

Very fine solid-bodied English wood pigeon decoy with yellow glass eyes and its original inset metal bill. Circa late 1st quarter of the 20th century, it is a very early example from the Geo. G. Bussey Co., one of London’s premier sporting goods dealers, The company was founded by George Gibson Bussey (1829-1889) around 1860 and remained in business in London's Peckham district until the late 1940s. Recent research (see "What's In A Name", Hunting & Fishing Collectibles Magazine, Nov-Dec 2019, Pgs 40-46) indicates that these decoys were made for Bussey by an unknown Yorkshire carver I've dubbed "Mr. Z". This decoy has deeply carved shoulders and wing outlines with a carved and fluted tail. Measuring 15" in length and 4 1/2" across the shoulders, it is in excellent original paint, done in he species' breeding plumage. As was the case with many early pigeon decoys, the body was made of multiple pieces. In this case, the bottom of the breast is a 1" thick lamination. Stand included.

Price: $1275.00

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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: $895.00

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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: $425.00

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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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