Rare hollow carved swimming brant, Nathan Cobb, Jr., Cobb Island, Virginia, 3rd quarter 19th century. A very round, full bodied decoy with root head construction and shoe button eyes.. Raised "V" wingtip carving and large serifed "N" carved in underside. Dr. Lloyd T. Griffith collection. Griffith collection stamp on underside. Acquired at a 1983 Richard Bourne sale. Ex Michael and Julie Hall collection. Exhibited at the Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum, 1987. Purchased from Creighton Riepe, Charlotte Court
Original paint with minor to moderate wear; white area under the tail is a working second coat; short cracks in neck, face, and one short crack in front of the body; several tiny dents.