D0916: Early New Jersey Robin Snipe Decoy, Circa Late 1800s

Very appealing New Jersey robin snipe decoy with painted eyes by an unknown carver from the Tuckerton area, circa late 1800s. Painted in the species' winter plumage this small (8 1/2" bill tip to tail tip and 2" wide) full-bodied shorebird is in original feather paint and retains its original bill and is in excellent overall structural condition with the exception of a small chip at the tip of the tail.

Price: $1850.00

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D0904: Rare Chief Cuffee Ringneck Plover Decoy, Circa 1915

A very rare example of a semipalmated or ringneck plover by Eugene "Chief" Cuffee (1866-1941), Easthampton, Long Island, New York, Circa 1915. The decoy, which is a seldom-found species by any maker, measures 8.5” in length. It is in intricate original feather paint with carved eyes and extended wingtips and retains its original bill. Cuffee was a Native American from the Shinnecock Reservation outside Easthampton. Recent research (See Decoy Magazine, Nov/Dec 2003) regarding these decoys suggests that William Henry Bennett (1867-1954), also of Easthampton, was the carver of the decoys rather than Cuffee. I don't have a dog in this fight! Stand included.

Price: $1850.00

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D0662/D0663: Yellowlegs Decoy Pair

Very nice pair of yellowlegs decoys, including a very rare preener, by an unknown carver from Connecticut, circa 4th quarter, 19th century. Formerly in the collection of Marguerite Riordan, a well known and highly respected antiques dealer/collector from Connecticut, known for her unerring taste in New England furniture and folk art. The decoys are in worn original paint with the original bills. Although flat-sided (1 5/8” thick), all edges are nicely rounded and blended into the overall form. Both are split-tailed with relief-carved wings. The preener measures 8 3/4” from tail tip to breast while the other measures 10 1/4”, bill tip to tail tip. Stands not included.

Price: $2950.00

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