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Shorebird Decoy

1991.855 (RS32630)

Description

Carved in the form of a yellow-legs shorebird; the wings are carved in relief, it has a long peg bill and glass eyes, and is painted in shades of gray and black to suggest the natural coloring of the bird. Being a stick-up decoy, it has a hole in its underside and a hole at its tail to be strung together. The stick looks to be original.

Details

Label
In Cherished Possessions 2003-2005: The Littles loved decoys, which, when they began collecting them in the 1940s, were not the collectibles that they are today. Nina wrote, “there is a indefinable quality inherent in the pose and the expression of some decoys that endows them with comical individuality and this, together with original paint, is what attracts us rather than date, rarity of maker, or conventional elements of design.”<br/>
Maker
unknown
Date
1890-1910
Inscriptions
On paper label inscribed in ink on the underside: yellow/ legs--/ Conn.
Location of origin
New England; Long Island
Associated Building
Original to Cogswell's Grant (Essex, Mass.).
Material
carving (processes)
painting (coating)
wood (plant material)
Object type
Armament -- Accessory
Places
Connecticut (United States)
Descriptive terms
Carved
carving (processes)
Decoy
decoys
Painted
painting (coating)
Wood
wood (plant material)
Dimensions
14 x 11 3/4 x 3 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1991.855
Credit Line
Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little
GUSN
2634
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