D0969: Francis Rolph Wood Pigeon Decoy, Circa 1900 - 1910

Wood pigeon decoy by Francis Rolph of Lakenheath, Suffolk, United Kingdom, circa 1900 - 1910. Rolph was the area's largest dealer in all manner of birds and game. After inquiries from customers, he began making decoys as early as 1880, concentrating on pigeon decoys. Moderately worn with a pleasing patina, this stylish pigeon measures 14" in length with relief carved shoulders and wings and white glass eyes. The bill is an old but well done replacement. The full-bodied carving is in a mixture of original paint and old in-use touch up, including the white markings around the neck and at the bottom edges of the wings which are old, but not done in a style typical of Rolph's work. They were most likely added by the hunter many years ago at the same time that the bill was replaced. The staple in the back of the bird attests to the fact that on some occasions it was used as a "lofter", hung from a tree brach to provide some motion and realism to the decoy rig. Stand included. SOLD

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D0967: Unknown English Wood Pigeon Decoy, Circa 1920s - 1930s

English wood pigeon decoy by an unknown maker, circa 1920s - 1930s. This decoy was most likely made by a hunter for his personal use. It is solid-bodied with glass eyes and deeply carved raised wing tips. The paint displays a nice patina and is original other than for touchup to the bill which has had a repair to a 1/3" chip at its tip and some old strengthening to areas on the red breast.. There are several splashes/drips of red paint from the breast on the back and side of the decoy. Stand included.

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M386: H. V. Shourds II Preening Yellowlegs, Dated 1997

Mint preening glass-eyed yellowlegs by Harry V. Shourds II, Seaville, New Jersey, signed and dated 1997. Born in 1930, he is a third-generation decoy carver. His grandfather, Harry Vinuckson Shourds, and father, Harry M. Shourds, were two of New Jersey's greatest decoy makers. Despite this legacy, Shourds II has developed his own distinctive style. Carving full-time since 1962, he has also written extensively on decoys and their construction. This carving is in detailed original paint with no repairs or damage. Stand included. SOLD

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M385: David Walker Curlew, Havre de Grace, Circa 4Q, 20C

Upright curlew with split tail, glass eyes and 5" iron bill by David Walker of Havre de Grace, Maryland, circa 4th quarter, 20th century. He founded Walker Decoys in 1977, carrying on the Susquehanna Flats decoy tradition utilizing skills he learned from Madison Mitchell and Jimmy Pierce. Measuring 11" from the crown of the head to the tip of the tail, this curlew is in excellent detailed feather paint with carved wing and shoulder outlines. It is branded "Walker" on the bottom. Stand included. SOLD

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M384: Homer Lawrence/Sally Riffe Lesser Yellowlegs, Circa 3Q, 20C

Outstanding lesser yellowlegs by Homer Lawrence (1889-1968), Norwalk, Connecticut. Lawrence, along with Sally Riffe, created their magnificent sculptures in Lawrence's shop, "Birds in Wood", located on Connnecticut Avenue in S. Norwalk, during the 1950s and early 1960s. Lawrence carved the birds with field-collected examples in hand. Using the same examples, Riffe painted the birds, capturing the true colors and patterns in displays that rival the best works of such masters such as Elmer Crowell, John Dilley and the Ward brothers. As was typical of their work, Homer's name is carved into the base with "S. Riffe" marked in ink below. This yellowlegs, measuring 10.5" in length and standing 11.5" tall, is in incredibly detailed near-mint feather paint. Its head, with high quality glass eyes, is turned sharply to the right, and the bird is standing on one leg. The only "flaws" are a tiny speck of paint missing from the tip of the bill and a very small dent in the tip of the tail. SOLD

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D0951: Rare Stephan Badlam Oldsquaw Decoy, Circa 1875

Rare Stephan Badlam (1822-1892) oldsquaw decoy, circa 1875. Badlam, from Dorchester, Massachusetts, came from a family of Boston cabinetmakers. The tack-eyed decoy with carved nostrils and mandible is in original paint with moderate flaking and wear. There are several small spots of touchup on the neck aa well as some old filler on the underside from before the decoy was varnished. The decoy is darkened slightly by an old coat of varnish and is branded "S.B." on the underside where an inlet lead weight is held in place by two hand-wrought nails. It measures 11" in length. Badlam's decoys were unknown to collectors until a rig of seven were featured in Richard Bourne's July 1987 auction. This decoy was Lot No. 94, selling for $3100.00. The consignor's father had purchased them for his own hunting rig from Elizabeth Nichols, Badlam's great niece, in 1948. Jackson Parker, reporting on the auction, wrote that the Badlam decoys raised questions of who made them and when. All bore the block "S.B." brand, similar to one appearing on a table from the Badlam workshop, but were made with differences in form and finish, leading collectors to question whether they were made by the same carver over a period of time or by different carvers from the workshop. Regardless, they will be referred to as Badlam decoys until evidence to the contrary emerges. One of these decoys was pictured on the 1999 Massachusetts Waterfowl Stamp. SOLD

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D0958: Grainger McKoy (Sumter, S.C.) Canvasback Drake Decoy, Dated 1967

Hollow canvasback drake decoy with painted eyes by noted carver and sculptor Grainger McKoy, Sumter, South Carolina, signed and dated. McKoy is recognized as one of America's foremost wildlife sculptors. He has been honored with exhibitions at major museums an galleries and his work is included in public and private collections throughout the country. This decoys an early work by McKoy, carved while he was a student at Clemson University in 1967. It is made from three laminations, measuring 13 1/2" in length, 6" in width and standing 7 1/2" tall at the head. It is in excellent structural condition with the wing tips are carved in outline. The original paint is highly detailed, showing only minor wear. Also included is a copy of "The Sculpture of Grainger McKoy" (James Kilgo, 1999, 64 pages, softcover) signed by McKoy. SOLD

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D0955: Swimming Canada Goose Decoy, Probably New Jersey

Very nice hollow-bodied swimming Canada goose decoy by an unknown carver from the mid-Atlantic region (probably New Jersey), circa 2nd quarter, 20th century. The body of the decoy was roughed out and finished by spoke shave with the facets of the cuts remaining visible. The decoy appears to have seen little use, but there is separation at the seam of the body and bottom board. It is in original paint other than for touchup at the around the neck seat. Measuring 27" in length, it is a rigmate to D0954 listed and available separately. SOLD

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