D0949: Dowitcher Decoy, Theodore Rogers Rig, Jamaica Bay, Circa 1875

Excellent early dowitcher decoy in an unusual wedge shape from the Theodore Rogers rig, Jamaica Bay, Long Island, New York, circa 1875. The 11" long decoy is in original paint with very minor wear and retains its original splined bill. It is branded "T. Rogers" on the bottom. It its unknown as to whether Rogers was the maker and/or the owner of this fine group of decoys. Stand included.

Price: $5750.00

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D0961: Unusual “Flapping” Black-Bellied Plover Decoy

Unusual “flapping" black-bellied plover mechanical decoy by an unknown maker, probably New England area. Measuring 11" from tip of bill to tip of tail, the decoy is in weathered original paint with light flaking and retains its original bill. A tug on the string by the hunter caused the wire framework to rotate around a fulcrum pegged through the decoy's shoulders, raising and lowering the leather wings, thus adding a realistic motion to a rig of decoys. Stand included.

Price: $695.00

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D0950: Ephraim Hildreth Plover Decoy, Circa 3Q, 19C

Rare solid-bodied plover decoy with painted eyes by Ephraim Hildreth (1835-1915), one of North America's earliest known decoy makers, circa 3rd quarter, 19th century. Hildreth, a farmer, grain dealer and gunner from Rio Grande, just north of Cape May, New Jersey, began making his duck and shorebird decoys prior to the Civil War. His shorebirds, folk art at its best, were known locally as "camel heads" and are recognized for their original and geometric designs with uplifted heads and dropped tails. Measuring 10 1/4" in length, the decoy is in original paint with light wear. The bill may be original but could be an excellent professional replacement. The decoy has been lightly hit by shot, primarily on its right side. Stand included.

Price: $2650.00

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D0943: New Jersey Yellowlegs Decoy, Circa 1900

Excellent full-bodied yellowlegs decoy by an unknown maker from New Jersey, circa late 1800s to early 1900s. The early carving is in original paint with minor wear to the high points. It has carved wing outlines and retains its original bill. The black glass eyes are unusual in that they appear to be in an elevated gem-like setting. The decoy is probably from the Cape May area. Stand included.

Price: $950.00

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D0941: Early Unknown Yellowlegs Decoy, Long Island

Very nice yellowlegs decoy by an unknown carver from Long Island, New York, circa late 1800s. The painted-eye decoy with typical Seaford school carved wing and shoulder outlines and an excellent patina was hand-whittled without benefit of power tools and has clearly seen knife cuts. It is in strong original paint other than at the bill which is a well done professional replacement and for tiny dabs of paint to strengthen the painted eyes. It is 2" thick and measures 11" from tip of bill to tip of tail. The initials "RLS", probably a prior owner, are burned into the bottom of the bird. Additionally, the letters "HOMO" are also punched into the bottom. There are two slightly smaller holes punched into the bottom to the lower left of the left leg of the "H" that could represent a "J" as well, making the letters "JHOMO". Stand included.

Price: $975.00

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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. Lloyd Parker from Parkertown area has been suggested as the possible maker. 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 Long Island Ringneck Plover Decoy, Circa 1Q, 20C

A fine example of a semipalmated or ringneck plover from East Hampton, Long Island, New York, circa 1st quarter, 20th century. 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. These decoys were originally attributed to Eugene “Chief” Cuffee, a Native American from the Shinnecock Reservation outside East Hampton. Recent research (See Decoy Magazine, Nov/Dec 2003) regarding these decoys suggests that William Henry Bennett (1867-1954), also of East Hampton, was the carver of the decoys rather than Cuffee. I don't have a dog in this fight! Stand included.

Price: $1650.00

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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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