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Lot 86: Important "dust jacket" black bellied plover, Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts circa 1890's.Platinum House
August 1, 2013
Portsmouth, NH, USALive Auction
Description: Important "dust jacket" black bellied plover, Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts circa 1890's. Carved primaries with extended wing tips and shoe button eyes. Detailed shoulder carving with modeled spotting on breast and underside. Mackey collection stamp is on underside.
Condition Report: Near mint original paint; structurally very good.
Provenance: Rowland collection.
Literature: This exact decoy is pictured on the center of photo of three shorebirds on front cover of William J. Mackey's book "American Bird Carvings." The Rowlands purchased the decoy in the Mackey collection sale at Richard Bourne's at Hyannis in Massachusetts.