549: Pintail Pair
Ira D. Hudson (1873-1949)
Chincoteague, VA, c. 1920
A pair of tack-eyed decoys with carved bill detail and their original rigging. In his book on Hudson, Henry Stansbury describes the paint on similar pintail decoys writing, "Ira painted it on a day when he felt particularly creative." The bottom of each has a branded "P" designating they were originally collected by renowned Southern decoy collector William H. Purnell, Jr.
Provenance: William H. Purnell Jr. Collection Henry H. Stansbury Collection Private Collection, Massachusetts
Literature: Henry H. Stansbury, "Ira D. Hudson and Family, Chincoteague Carvers," Lewes, DE, 2002, p. 122, similar decoy illustrated
Second coat of Hudson paint with gunning wear and tight age cracks to the necks and bottoms of each.