This is a folding tin shore bird decoy on a wooden birch base. The decoy detaches from a wooden dowel and opens up for easy carrying and storage. The left side of the bill is damaged and there is some paint loss to the decoy, which is to be expected on a working decoy of this age. The birch base was added at a much later date. The wooden dowel appears to be original.
It measures from the tip of bill to the tip of tail approximately 11 1/4” in length. It stands approximately 15 1/2 ” high on the stand. The circumference around the belly of the bird is approximately 9”. When open it measures approximately 3” across the belly.
The decoy dates to around 1880.
This item is on consignment for Normandie and Gordon Schell Antiques.