18 January 2003
A UNIQUE PAIR OF RUDDY TURNSTONES
Charles "Shang" Wheeler, Stratford, Connecticut, Circa 1940
Decoratives, in spring and fall plumage, with metal legs; in naturalistic setting of sand and simulated marsh grasses. These bird vignettes were made circa 1940; nine such pairs are illustrated in Shang by Dixon Merkt, p. 28, pl. 20 and 21.
Very good condition; several grass blade tips have broken off
Connecticut Audubon Society
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"Shang Wheeler & The Housatonic Decoy", Harford, 31 August 1983 - 22 February 1984.
National Sportsman Show, New York, 1949.
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