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George H. Boyd (1873-1941)
Seabrook, NH, c. 1910



Plump and vibrant example with strong original paint.  Displaying Boyd's classic form and thickly stipled paint to impart plumage details.  The inserted bill is entirely original with virtually no damage, a rarity for any period shorebird decoy, particularly Boyd's thin beaked shorebirds.  Applied painted tack eyes with typical split tail carving.


Once belonging to the William J. Mackey collection and so bearing a faded 'Mackey' ink stamp on the bottom


Condition:  Strong paint in very good original condition with no touch up or restoration.  Tight neck crack and some wear at the tail edge with a couple spots of paint flake.  Original in the making knot is plugged in the chest



ex. William J. Mackey collection

Richard A. Bourne Co. Inc., "Very Rare and Important American Bird Decoys, From the Collection of the late William J. Mackey, Jr. of Belford, New Jersey," Boston, MA, 1973, Session IV, lot 122, exact decoy illustrated.

Yellowlegs - George Boyd


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