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30: Exceedingly Rare Salesman's Sample Golden Plover

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Exceedingly Rare Salesman's Sample Golden Plover

Mason Decoy Factory (1896-1924)

Detroit, MI, c. 1905

A one of a kind Mason shorebird salesman's sample decoy displaying the inscription "Golden Plover, $7.50 . Dz." on the underside. This decoy exhibits fall to winter plumage in its painted feather detail as well as an early swirled, stippled, and outlined speculum. The only documented evidence of this golden plovers form and plumage comes from the orginal Mason Factory catalog, on page thirteen, as an "A-" grade shore bird. Historically, salesmen would carry examples of the decoys illustrated in the catalog in their pursuit of orders for their company. This example was one of six salesman's sample decoys, each a different species, acquired by famous New Jersey collector Mort Hanson. For the collector of Mason Factory decoys, shorebirds or folk art, this lot represents a rare opportunity to acquire one of the most elusive Mason species and forms known to exist.

Outstanding original paint with a few minor paint rubs from handling.

Mort Hanson Collection
Jim and Deb Allen Collection, acquired from Alan G. Haid

Russ J. Goldberger and Alan Haid, "Mason Decoys: A Pictorial Guide," Lewes, DE, 1993, p. 101, related bird illustrated in summer plumage. Byron Cheever, "Mason Decoys," Spanish Fork, UT, 1974, p. 132, related decoy illustrated in the

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Estimate $12,000 – $16,000
Starting Bid $6,000

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