D0979: Early New Jersey Yellowlegs, Possibly Barkelow Family

Early forked-tail lesser yellowlegs decoy bearing a strong resemblance to some of the work by Joel Barkelow (1853-1931) or another member of the Barkelow family, Forked River, New Jersey, circa last quarter 19th to early 1st quarter 20th century. The decoy has painted eyes and retains its original bill which was damaged and repaired at some point. Measuring 9-1/2” in length, other than for repaint to the repaired area of the bill, the shorebird is in original paint with a finely patinated surface. Stand included. SOLD

Price: $865.00

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D0977: Early New Jersey Sandpiper or Sanderling Decoy

Early "flattie" sandpiper or sanderling by an unknown maker from New Jersey, circa 1st quarter, 20th century. The decoy, measuring 5-1/2" from tip of bill to tip of tail and 3/4" in thicknesses, is in excellent original stippled paint with a pleasing patina and minimal wear. It retains its original wire bill and has painted eyes. Stand included.

Price: $375.00

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D0978: Verity-Style Red-Backed Sandpiper Decoy

Nicely done contemporary red-backed sandpiper by Jamie Reason, Mastic Beach, New York, done in the Verity style, circa 4th quarter, 20th century. The fat bodied bird has carved and painted eyes as well as deeply carved shoulders and wings typical of the Verity decoys of the late 1800s from Seaford, Long Island. The detailed original feather paint has been “aged’ nicely. It is signed on the bottom (see last photo) with what appears to be a “JR” above the letter “X” or Roman numeral X. The bill is original. The carving measures 7” from tip of bill to tip of tail. Stand included.

Price: $195.00

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D0976: Folky Hook-Billed New Jersey Hudsonian Curlew, Circa 4Q, 19C

Hudsonian curlew with folky hooked bill by an unknown New Jersey maker, possibly from the Cape May area, circa 4th quarter, 19th century. Measuring approximately 12-1/4" in length and 1-3/4" in thickness, the decoy is in worn original condition with painted eyes. The bill may be original oran excellent professional replacement. There is an old label on the bottom of the decoy that reads, "Hudson Curlew, N. J." Stand included

Price: $1750.00

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D0975: Fine Red Knot, Chief Cuffee, Long island, NY, Circa Early 1900s

Fine red knot in summer plumage by Chief Eugene Cuffee (1866 -1941), Shinnecock Reservation, Southhampton, Long Island, New York. An early classic Cuffee carving showing strong John Dilley influence with extended wingtips and carved wing outlines, it is in very detailed original feather paint with its original bill. There is some light paint flaking on the breast of the decoy. A large percentage of these decoys have been found without the carved wing outlines and with their bottoms planed so they would sit upright on wooden bases, perhaps as book ends. This decoy is original with no such alteration. The eyes are shallow drilled holes, painted black on the inside. The decoy measures 9-1/2” in length from tip of bill to tip of tail.

Price: $1650.00

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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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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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D0970: Early Massachusetts Yellowlegs Decoy, Circa 4Q 19C

Very nice split-tail yellowlegs decoy with painted eyes by an unknown Massachusetts carver, circa late 1800s. The decoy is in original paint with a pleasing patina except for touchup at the replaced bill. The 12" long decoy is in excellent structural condition other than a small chip at the right edge of the tail. A hole was drilled through the rear end of the decoy to string it along with others for easy transport into the field. As can best be seen in the last two photos, the head has probably been off but skillfully and smoothly reattached some time ago. The bill is a more recent professional replacement. Stand included.

Price: $550.00

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