32: Rare Robin Snipe
Rare Robin Snipe
Mason Decoy Factory (1896-1924)
Detroit, MI, c. 1910
A red knot or, as they were historically known, a "robin snipe" shorebird decoy in rare fall-winter plumage. The decoy, in Mason's finest "A-1" grade, displays swirled paint, glass eyes, an iron bill and three small shot holes.
Excellent original paint with minor gunning wear.
Jim and Deb Allen Collection, acquired from Russ J. Goldberger
Russ J. Goldberger and Alan Haid, "Mason Decoys: A Pictorial Guide," Lewes, DE, 1993, pp. 98-99, similar bird illustrated. Byron Cheever, "Mason Decoys," Spanish Fork, UT, 1974, p. 125, similar decoy illustrated in Spring