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Rare Land-Locked Salmon Decoy, Harry Seymour
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Rare Land-Locked Salmon
Harry Seymour
Lake Chautauqua, NY, c. 1880
7 1/2 in. long

This carving represents an exceedingly rare and early Atlantic salmon decoy. The fish exhibits tack eyes, a line hole drilled through the back of the body, carved gills and mouth, and a leather tail. The surface is finished with a dark green back transitioning down to blue sides with white, red, and gold dots and gold head details.

Seymour earned his living as a handyman; however, he is widely considered to be one of the first master carvers from New York State and his fish decoys came to become a standard-bearer of the region's form. Seymour's carvings are rare and highly collectible. Indeed, a collection of his carvings now reside in New York City's Brooklyn Museum.
Old working paint with moderate fishing wear, including some flaking to metal. Tight age line at front of weight.

Provenance: William C. McMaster M.D. Collection

Literature: Steve Michaan, "American Fish Decoys," Pound Ridge, NY, 2003, pp. 12-19, Seymour fish illustrated. Gene and Linda Kangas, "Chautauqua Fish Decoys," Decoy Magazine, November/December 1988, pp. 44-45, Seymour salmon illustrated twice.
Condition
Please email condition report requests to colin@copleyart.com. Any condition statement given is a courtesy to customers, Copley will not be held responsible for any errors or omissions. The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition.
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Rare Land-Locked Salmon Decoy, Harry Seymour

Estimate $6,000 - $9,000
Jul 14, 2022
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Starting Price $3,000
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0196: Rare Land-Locked Salmon Decoy, Harry Seymour

Sold for $2,500
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Est. $6,000 - $9,000Starting Price $3,000
The Sporting Sale 2022, Day 1
Jul 14, 2022 10:00 AM EDT
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Lot 0196 Details

Description
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Rare Land-Locked Salmon
Harry Seymour
Lake Chautauqua, NY, c. 1880
7 1/2 in. long

This carving represents an exceedingly rare and early Atlantic salmon decoy. The fish exhibits tack eyes, a line hole drilled through the back of the body, carved gills and mouth, and a leather tail. The surface is finished with a dark green back transitioning down to blue sides with white, red, and gold dots and gold head details.

Seymour earned his living as a handyman; however, he is widely considered to be one of the first master carvers from New York State and his fish decoys came to become a standard-bearer of the region's form. Seymour's carvings are rare and highly collectible. Indeed, a collection of his carvings now reside in New York City's Brooklyn Museum.
Old working paint with moderate fishing wear, including some flaking to metal. Tight age line at front of weight.

Provenance: William C. McMaster M.D. Collection

Literature: Steve Michaan, "American Fish Decoys," Pound Ridge, NY, 2003, pp. 12-19, Seymour fish illustrated. Gene and Linda Kangas, "Chautauqua Fish Decoys," Decoy Magazine, November/December 1988, pp. 44-45, Seymour salmon illustrated twice.
Condition
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Please email condition report requests to colin@copleyart.com. Any condition statement given is a courtesy to customers, Copley will not be held responsible for any errors or omissions. The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition.

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