Swimming Brant Nathan F. Cobb Jr. (1825-1905) Cobb Island, VA, c. 1880 19 in. long
Cobb Island is known to have produced some of the most animated brant decoys ever carved. This may be due in part to a special affinity for the species that the islanders showed. Nathan Cobb, Sr. maintained a tame flock of brant on the island that was a local attraction and once was offered as collateral for hotel construction loans.
The inlayed head of this decoy has inset German glass eyes within carved eye grooves. The hollow body possesses shoulder carving and a ridge down the raised wing tips. A strong Nathan Cobb serifed “N” is carved under the tail. Old Cobb paint with gunning wear and touch-up around replaced oak bill.
Provenance: Collectable Old Decoys Private Collection, Virginia, acquired from the above
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