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Stephen B. O’Brien, Jr. Fine Arts
Sold to a private collector at
The American Antiques Show in January 2003
Rare and Important Rig of Four Eskimo Curlew
Circa 1880
Attributed to
Charles Frederick Coffin (1835–1919),
Nantucket, Massachusetts.
Courtesy of Stephen B. O’Brien, Jr. Fine Arts

Charles F. Coffin was the son of prominent Nantucket citizens Henry Coffin (1807–1900) and Elisa Starbuck (1811–1903). Excerpts from Coffin’s diary at the Nantucket

Historical Association tell of an avid sportsman who partook in both bird watching and shooting at island locations including Madaket, Hummock Pond, and the north head of Long Pond.This exceptional rig exhibits original paint with modest gunning wear. Each curlew retains its original bill. Descended for over seventy years in the family of Emerson Tuttle, an important etcher and contemporary of Frank W. Benson, this historic find had never been offered on the market before.

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