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Whistling Swan Decoy

1991.805 (RS21090)

Description

Figure of a swan, arched neck carved in the full round, painted light gray over earlier layers of paint and possibly gesso; bill painted black; bottom weighted with six lead strips.

Details

Maker
Williams, John, 1859-1937 (Maker)
Date
1890-1920
Inscriptions
Two paper labels on base: 1) ""Whistling swan from Knott's Island/North Carolina"" 2) ""by John Williams/1859-1937/Cedar Island/No. Carolina/(Ref. Mackey plate 141)""
Location of origin
NC, USA
Associated Building
Original to Cogswell's Grant (Essex, Mass.).
Material
carving (processes)
painting (coating)
wood (plant material)
Object type
Armament -- Accessory
Places
Cedar Island (Carteret county, North Carolina)
North Carolina (United States)
Descriptive terms
Carved
carving (processes)
Decoy
decoys
Hunting
hunting
Painted
painting (coating)
Wood
wood (plant material)
Dimensions
23 x 24 x 10 1/4 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1991.805
Credit Line
Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little
GUSN
2588

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