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April 23, 1998
St. Michaels, MD, USA
Description: Exceptional and Rare Dowitcher by John Dilley, Quogue, Ny. Relief wing carving and outstanding paint detail. Condition: Near mint original paint with very slight wear on extremities; as is typical with Dilley shorebirds, most of paint has flaked away from bill. 8000 12000View additional info
Description: Extremely Rare Curlew, Circa 1890 by John Dilley, Quogue, Ny. Refer to the article by Joe French pages 8-11 of Jan/Feb issue "Decoy Magazine". Very few curlews by Dilley are known to exist. Condition: Original paint with moderate wear and a warm mellow patina; several shot marks; otherwise structurally superb. James McCleery Collection 7500 - 8500View additional info
Description: Excellent Split Tail Yellowleg, Circa 1890 by John Dilley, Quogue, Ny. "Yellow Leg" is written in pencil under the tail. Another handwritten notation appears in front of the stick hole that is barely discernible but includes "Xx". This notation has been seen on other Dilley shorebirds. Refer to the article on Dilley by Joe French Jan-Feb 1994 issue of "Decoy Magazine". Upon closer inspection, further down under the tail, a star is sketched and what appears to be the letter "D" which may be the remnants of Dilley's signature. This bird was part of the rig which included the Virginia curlew in this sale. Condition: Excellent dry original paint with minor wear; very strong structurally. 7000 - 8000View additional info
Description: Spectacular and Early Yellowlegs, Circa 1890 by John Dilley, Quogue, Ny. This represents Dilley at his best. The paint detail is about as good as it gets. Written in pencil on the bottom near the stick hole is, "$12.00 Sett", very likely written by Dilley Note the misspelling of the word "set". Condition: Outstanding original paint mellowed to a soft finish; a single shot mark just nicked the top of the head; otherwise structurally near mint.View additional info
Description: Early Hollow Factory-Made Curlew attributed to the Hays Factory Jefferson City, Mo. Circa 1920s. An unusual and very interesting bird with a style similar to that of the Mason Factory. Again, the body is hollow, and the paint is more suggestive of the Hays factory Condition: Very strong original paint with average wear; thin chip at the base of the neck; otherwise excellent. 1200 - 1400View additional info