Ephraim Hildreth (1835-1915)
Rio Grande, NJ, c. 1870
11 in. long
A plover by one of the earliest known decoy makers. Hildreth's shorebirds 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. Mix of original and old working paint with gunning wear, including age lines in breast. 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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