Pintail Pair The Ward Brothers Lemuel T. (1896-1983) and Stephen (1895-1976) Crisfield, MD, c. 1936 16 in. long
A classic rigmate pair of Lem's favorite species. Each has a turned head and its original rigging. Original paint with gunning wear, touch-up to right side of drake's breast, repaired neck seams, and old replaced bills. Cracks along bottoms.
Literature: Richard W. Oliver Auction Gallery, "Rare and Important American Bird Decoys," July 2-3, 1988, lot 454, exact pair illustrated. Ronald J. Gard and Brian J. McGrath, "The Ward Brothers' Decoys: A Collector's Guide," Plano, TX, 1989, pl. 59, related pair illustrated.
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