Black-Bellied Plover Verity Family Seaford, Long Island, NY, c. 1890 9 in. long
A high-head plover with strong stippling and carved S-curve wings and incised eyes. This exact bird was offered as one of the top shorebird decoy lots in the April 2008 Guyette and Schmidt decoy auction. Original paint with even gunning wear, working repaint to white and black areas, and an age line in head.
Literature: Guyette and Schmidt, "North American Decoys at Auction, April 24 & 25, 2008," St. Michaels, MD, 2008, p. 117, lot 516, exact decoy illustrated.
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