Running Robin Snipe
Cobb Island, VA, c. 1880
10 1/2 in. long
A plump example of this rare decoy species. The classic Cobb Island tail cut continues up though the wings and culminates in an S-curve, a flourish seldom seen on Virginia decoys. The reaching head features incised eyes, full cheeks, and subtle eye grooves. The underside is marked with a stylized “A” for Albert Cobb. The form of this decoy has not gone unnoticed. Indeed, three of the top shorebird collectors in the country, Lloyd Johnson, Mort Hanson, and Dr. Peter Muller, have been the most recent owners.
Old paint with gunning wear to wood.
Provenance: Albert Cobb Rig
Lloyd Johnson Collection
Morton M. Hanson Collection, acquired from the above
Dr. Peter J. Muller Jr. Collection, acquired from the above
Literature: Henry A. Fleckenstein Jr., "Southern Decoys of Virginia and The Carolinas," Exton, PA, 1983, p. 209, rigmate illustrated.
Henry A. Fleckenstein Jr., “Shore Bird Decoys,” Exton, PA, 1980, color pl. VI, rigmate illustrated.
Adele Earnest, "Folk Art in America," Exton, PA, 1984, p. 171, related decoy illustrated.
William J. Mackey Jr., "American Bird Decoys," New York, NY, 1965, p. 155, pl. 128, related example illustrated.
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