A rare American carved and painted wood great horned owl decoy

A rare American carved and painted wood great horned owl decoy

1800 to 1900 American

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A rare American carved and painted wood great horned owl decoy
Late 19th CENTURY

Size: 50cm high


Carved or stuff owls were used as decoys for crows which could not

resist harassing them. Crows were hunted as pests or for sport when the

game bird population declined and limits were placed on the number that

could be bagged, and on the length of the season during which they

could be shot.


Crows are wary birds and having been shot at for a while they learn to

avoid congregating in large flocks on exposed tree branches or open

fields. However, they have a very curious nature and tend to feel

secure in the company of others, so this trait and their natural

antipathy for the owl would incite them to come in aggressive flocks to

bother and screech and the dummy owl so playing them into the hands of

the waiting sporting guns.


This rare example has glass eyes and a beak fashioned from a claw and

has been made to sit on a ledge.
















Dimensions
Height 50.00 cm (19.69 inches)
Medium
Wood, metal and glass eyes
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