Important willet, William Bowman, Lawrence, Long Island, New York, last quarter 19th century. A large and plump decoy. 11.5" long. Relief wing carving with extended wingtips and shoe button eyes. "Willett made by Elmer Crowell, Cape Cod" is written on underside by Bill Mackey. In Mackey's book, he identified Bowman shorebirds as being made by Elme
Original paint with good patina and very slight wear; two small spots of touchup at wear on wingtips; another at wear at tip of the tail.