Rigmate Pintail Pair
The Ward Brothers
Lemuel T. (1896-1984) and Stephen (1895-1976)
Crisfield, MD, c. 1936
16 in. long
A fine high-head pair of Lem's favorite species. Each has a turned head and its original rigging.
Original paint with gunning wear, touch-up to the right side of drake's breast, repaired neck seams, cracks along the bottoms, and old replaced bills.
Provenance: Bud Ward Collection
Private Collection, New York
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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