Early Curlew Ephraim Hildreth (1835-1915) Rio Grande, NJ, c. 1870 16 1/2 in. long
An outstanding curlew by one of the earliest known decoy makers. Hildreth’s shorebirds, and especially his curlews, are recognized for their original and geometric design with uplifted heads and dropped tails.
Hildreth shorebird bills were removable and interchangeable for ease of transport in the field. The underside is marked three times with the “E. HILDRETH” brand. Mix of original and old working paint with gunning wear. Removable bill appears to be from the period.
Provenance: Ephraim Hildreth Rig Bud Ward Collection Barbara Anne Wiest (Fleckenstein) Collection, acquired from the above Private Collection, by descent from the above
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