Important running curlew, Nathan Cobb, Jr., Cobb Island, Virginia, last quarter 19th century. 17" long. Raised "V" wingtip carving and shoe button eyes. A serifed "N" is carved in front of the stick hole. Dr. Lloyd T. Griffith collection. Griffith collection stamp on underside. Formerly in the collection of William J. Mackey, Jr. Lot 115, Guyette & Schmidt, November 2006 auction catalog. "Shorebird Decoys," Henry Fleckenstein, Jr. "Decoy Collectors Guide," Hal Sorenson 1966-1967 Annual, p. 48, exact decoy pictured. IBM Exhibit of the Mackey collection in Manhattan, exact decoy pictured, left hand side.
Original paint with good detail and minor wear; lightly hit by shot; some of the shot marks have some unpainted filler added during use; thin crack in one edge of tail; bill curves slightly to one side.