Rare feeding black bellied plover, Obediah Verity, Seaford, Long Island, New York, 3rd quarter 19th century. Carved eyes and relief wing carving with carved wingtips. Dr. Lloyd T. Griffith collection. Griffith collection stamp on underside. Formerly in the collection of Dr. James McCleery, lot 423 Guyette & Schmidt/Sotheby's January 2000 auction catalog. Formerly in the collection of William J. Mackey, Jr. Mackey colle “American Decoys,” Quintina Colio, p. 73, exact decoy pictured. “American Bird Decoys,” William J. Mackey, Jr., p. 102 exact decoy pictured. “Call to the Sky,” Robert Shaw, p. 43, exact decoy pictured. The Mackey collection, Richard Bourne Auctions, lot 1
Original paint with good detail and very minor wear; working touchup on breast; bill is a later professional replacement; very lightly hit by shot.