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Lot 418: Rare and exceptional blackbellied plover, Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts, last quarter 19th to 1st quarter 20th century.
November 8, 2012
Easton, MD, USALive Auction
Description: Rare and exceptional blackbellied plover, Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts, last quarter 19th to 1st quarter 20th century. Fewer than 18 of this so called "dust jacket" style plover are known to exist. They represent the most recognized and coveted of Crowell's shorebirds by collectors. Over 11" long. The raised wings, raised carved primaries, dropped tail and wet on wet ble
Condition Report: There is a natural flaw in the wood running from one side of the neck down to the mid primary region and being characterized by an early thin crack which shows some early filler; small amount of touchup to the flaw and to a small paint flake next to it; o
Provenance: Collection of James M. McCleery, M.D.
Literature: "Call to the Sky The Decoy Collection of James M. McCleery, M.D.", Exhibition catalog by Robert Shaw, Houston Museum of Natural Sciences, October 1992-January 1993, p. 15, exact decoy; "The McCleery Auction", hardbound book chronicling the sale of the McC