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Running Golden Plover

Running Golden Plover

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Running Golden Plover
Nantucket, MA c. 1880
One of the finest examples from this famous rig to ever come on the market.
“This highly distinctive and elegant golden plover is unusual for its curved and split-carved tail, the use of unpainted walnut for the bill and upper legs, and the fact that it has two legs, rather than the more typical single supporting stickup rod. It came from a rig of shorebirds (all with two legs) that was found many years ago in a basket at a Girl Scout rummage sale on Cape Cod.” -David Schorsch on a rigmate, American Decoys: A Folk Art Tradition, 1996
Original paint with minimal gunning wear.
PROVENANCE: Grant Nelson Collection
LITERATURE: John and Shirley Delph, "New England Decoys," Exton, PA, 1990, p. 128, rigmate illustrated. Milwaukee Art Museum, "The Michael and Julie Hall Collection of American Folk Art," Milwaukee, WI, 1993, p. 160, cat. no. 63, rigmate illustrated.


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$ 4000.00 ( Sold Price )


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Running Golden Plover

Listed price: $5,000.00

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