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. "Willet 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 Elmer Dr. Lloyd T. Griffith collection. Griffith collection stamp on underside. Formerly in the collection of William J. Mackey, Jr. Acquired at the October 1982 Richard Bourne sale from the collection of John Dilworth for a new world record price at the time. "Decoy Hunter Magazine," front cover, March-April 1982 issue.
Original paint with good patina and very slight wear; two small spots of touchup at wear on wingtips; another at wear at tip of tail.