Carved Greater Yellowlegs Shorebird Decoy
Frederick M. Nichols (1854-1924), Lynn, MA, Ca. 1880-90

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Exceptonal carving with raised wing tips and undercut, flared tail. Excellent original paint. Professional repairs to half the bill and the edge of left side of the tail as found on most examples because of the carving delicacy. Recently these shorebirds have been loosely attributed to Thomas Wilson (1863-1940) of Ipswich, MA.

See Gigi Hopkins' "Massachusetts Masterpieces" book, pages 106-7. Also see Engers' "Great Book of Wildfowl Decoys," pages 56 and 59, where Jackson Parker described these shorebirds as, "two of the finest yellowlegs ever made, one of which (a feeder) graced the 1982 Massachusetts duck stamp."

13 1/2" long.

ITEM # 19267