Important hollow carved "jack" curlew, William Bowman, Lawrence, Long Island, New York, last quarter 19th century. 17" long. Shoe button eyes. Fine wing carving with extended wingtips. Included is the original stand where it is identified from the Harrick collection with label, "Jack curlew made by Captain Bill Bowman, rig from Sandhill's Lawrence, LI, 1875." Dr. Lloyd T. Griffith collection. Griffith collection stamp on underside. Formerly in collection of Harold Herrick. "Shorebird Decoys," Henry Fleckenstein, Jr. "The Decoys of Long Island," Geoffrey Fleming, Alan Haid, and Tim Sieger.
Small chip at each wingtip that was touched up a long time ago; very lightly hit by shot; bill is a working replacement.