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Rare Hollow Carved Collapsible Plover Shorebird

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Description
American, late 19th/early 20th century, hollow carved and painted with hinged body, glass eyes, removable head and bill, later metal stand, 8 in.Note: A similar collapsible decoy was featured in the Bill Mackey collection. According to Mackey, hunters would carry several dozen small shore bird decoys in a sack. To keep the delicate bills from breaking, they would hollow out the birds to store the heads and bills.ÿÿLiterature:ÿAmerican Bird Decoys,ÿby William F. Mackey, Jr. New York: E. P. Dutton & Co., 1965. Second Edition,ÿ page 72, Provenance: Estate of James Frank Dennis, High Point
Condition
loss to tip of bill, minor losses to tips of tail feathers, wear to paint, replaced metal fastener
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Rare Hollow Carved Collapsible Plover Shorebird

Estimate $500 - $700Aug 01, 2020
Starting Price $250
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