Black-Bellied Plover in Spring Breeding Plumage Shorebird Decoy
Attributed to Bill Harris, Brigantine, NJ, Ca. 1900

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So-called "Brigantine bullhead" in dry original paint. Small knot in back still covered with original paint. Shallow chip on underside of tail. Some repaint on end of bill suggesting there might be a partial professional repair.

See Fleckenstein's "New Jersey Decoys," page 173, for four other examples. These large decoys are characterized by their George Boyd-like bulbous heads, painted eyes, and undercut tails.

13" long.

ITEM # 19359