This is a life size Spotted Sandpiper full body decoy painted in breeding plumage.
Decoys such as this were used in the late 1800s and early 1900s to attract shorebirds into shotgun range. This Spotted Sandpiper has been made as a "smoothy" style decoy - no feather detail has been carved into it. There is a slight wing detail carved into the sides. As simple as they look, this style of decoy can be very effective at attracting birds.
With the passage of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act in 1918 shorebird hunting was outlawed and the shorebird decoy made obsolete except as an art form.
This decoy is hand carved from white pine and painted with acrylic paints. The eyes are taxidermy quality glass eyes, the beak and leg are made from oak dowel for strength. For stability the base is made from a piece of worm scarred Kentucky red cedar that I salvaged after an ice storm toppled many trees.
Decoy is signed, numbered and dated on the belly of the bird and on the base.
Decoy size: 7” from beak tip to tail tip and 7” tall including the base.
US shipping included in the price of this decoy!
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