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For educational purposes, every quarter we are going to feature a particular decoy maker from our own collection. This quarter we are featuring a Lloyd Parker Goose.

Specific characteristics that help determine that a decoy is made by Lloyd include the following1 and 2

  • Decoy is hollow carved
  • Body was carved using 2 pieces of cedar
  • Majority of eyes are either blind or painted
  • Tend to have more flattened bottom
  • May have ice groove/dip
  • Puddle ducks and brant appear to have poured inlet weights
  • In fact, most of Lloyds ducks have poured inlet weights, but may also have pad weights that look similar to those of Horner
  • Paint patterns were pretty consistent
  • Most heads were in the upright position
  • There have been few shorebirds attributed to Lloyd Parker

For more information about the characteristics found in Lloyd Parker decoys; reference, Working Decoys of the Jersey Coast and Delaware Valley by Kenneth Gosner.

References:
1. Doherty, James. Harry Vinuckson Shourds. Classic New Jersey Decoys. Colour Print Group. Louisville, Kentucky. 1st ed. 2011: 17-19.
2. Gosner, Kenneth. Tuckerton and Parkerton. Working Decoys of the Jersey Coast and Delaware Valley. Cornwall Books and Art Alliance Press. Philadelphia, Pa. 1st ed. 1985. 52.


For educational purposes, every quarter we are going to feature a particular decoy maker from our own collection. This quarter we are featuring a pair of Harry V. Shourds buffleheads.

Specific characteristics that help determine that a decoy is made by Harry V Shourds include the following1, 2, and 3

  • Decoy is hollow carved
  • Body was carved using 2 pieces of cedar
  • Tack or painted eyes were used
  • Nostril carvings are present on the duck bill
  • Weights were poured in the bottom of the decoy
  • Paint patterns were pretty consistent
  • Most heads were in the upright position
  • Black ducks and geese may assume the hissing or swimming positions
  • Some shore birds may assume a feeding position

For more information about the characteristics found in Harry V. Shourds' decoys; reference Classic New Jersey Decoys by James R. Doherty.

References:
1. Doherty, James. Harry Vinuckson Shourds. Classic New Jersey Decoys. Colour Print Group. Louisville, Kentucky. 1st ed. 2011: 17-19.
2. Gosner, Kenneth. Tuckerton and Parkerton. Working Decoys of the Jersey Coast and Delaware Valley. Cornwall Books and Art Alliance Press. Philadelphia, Pa. 1st ed. 1985. 52.
3. Mackey, William Jr. Harry Van Nuckson Shourds, In: Sorenson: Decoy Collector's Guide.1965: 6-9.

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