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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.
wood (plant material)
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.
On paper label inscribed in ink on the underside: yellow/ legs--/ Conn.
Original to Cogswell's Grant (Essex, Mass.),
New England; Long Island
14 x 11 3/4 x 3 (HxWxD) (inches)
Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little
Connecticut (United States)
Title Stick-up decoy Accession Number 1991.732