Black-Bellied Plover Obediah Verity (1813-1901) Seaford, Long Island, NY, c. 1860 11 in. long
One of at least two rigmate examples from the William H. Purnell Collection, this classic Verity has crisp raised-wing carving, the maker's stippled paint, and a crisp "P" brand on the underside. A nail is embedded up from the stick hole through the back where feathers or a wing may have been attached. Original paint with even wear, gunning touch-up to breast, and traces of old white.
Provenance: William H. Purnell, Jr. Collection Davison B. Hawthorne Collection
Literature: Guyette and Deeter, "North American Decoys at Auction," April 2017, lot 178, rigmate illustrated.
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