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Last updated: June 16, 2017

 
CL pearl eye fish decoy
CL Pearl eye fish decoy
 

 

Rare & very early "Pearl Eye" spearing fish decoy from the Chautauqua Lake region of New York. Ex- Charles Magin collection and pictured in his book on page 79. Circa pre-1905, that is when spearing was outlawed in NY. Paint is all original with minimal wear & structurally excellent with a excellent surface. Measures approx 6 1/4 inches long. Has original white glass eyes & 6 metal fins and a metal tail which is slightly different then the leather tails used only in this region. Has shallow carved gills. Has classic hole line tie & very unusual weighting of the fish that runs from nose, under mouth to approx where gill line meets. Chautauqua Lake fish decoys are classics & some of the hardest to aquire. Spearing was outlawed in 1905 and very few examples have survived, especially in this outstanding of original condition. So hard to find but very exciting to collect these. This fish is ex-collection of Charles Magin and exact fish is pictured on page 79 of his new book "The Charles Magin Collection of Lake Chautauqua Fish Decoys". A rare opportunity to aquire a fish from his collection that is published. More pics avail on this classic beauty
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Frank Mizera R&W fish
Mizera R&W
 

 

Very nice Red~White fish spearing decoy by Frank Mizera (1898-1969), Ely, Minn. Circa 1920-30. Great looking red, black and white colors. This fish has very good plus all original paint & condition with only small honest use wear to edges & some loss on fins and belly weights as would be expected of a fish that was used of this vintage. Most wear is to front lip area which is common on Mizera fish. Paint is very clean, & very strong with excellent colors & brush work in his classic "Striped" pattern. Measures approx 7 inches long and retains all metal fins and line tie and great deep body style. Painted tack eyes. Frank was a fishing guide most of his life after a job injury in the 30's & commercially fished to sell smoked fish to the tourist in the neighboring Boundary Waters communities. He supplemented his income by making fish decoys and lures to sell as far south as the Twin Cities area. Frank Mizera fish decoys are classics and highly sought by spearing decoy collectors & collectors of American Folk Art. Good piece here for the money & great classic Minnesota colors on this one. More pics avail.
SOLD!

 
UNK MAKER
UNK MAKER
 

 

Superb Mud Minnow ice spearing decoy by Curt Wessen, Grand Rapids, Minn. Circa 1930-50s. This fish has incredible all original paint & condition and looks unfished. Paint is clean with nice patina of age with a nice surface. The color mix is a treat for the eyes. Measures approx 5 7/8 inches long and retains all 5 metal fins metal tail and line tie. Has black glass pin eyes with carved gills and tiny carved mouth. Perfect inletted belly weight design. Good piece here for the spearing decoy collector & collectors of American Folk Art. Nice buy here. More pics avail.
$350

 
Storr Frog
Storr Frog
 

 

Early model Frog spearing decoy by Art E. Storrs, Le Center, Minn. Circa 1930-50. This frog has all original paint & condition with some edge wear from age and spearing use. Paint is clean & strong with good form & surface. Measures approx 4 3/4 inches long and retains 4 metal fins and screw eye line tie. The rounded edge fins are the earliest style. It appears it is missing its feet fins, I see slits there but dont know if fish were ever inserted. Very cool and earlier well known maker piece here for the spearing decoy collector & collectors of American Folk Art. Nice buy here. More pics avail.
$200

 
Howell Sunfish
Howell Sunfish
 

 

Rare model fish spearing Sunfish decoy by Leroy Howell (1898-1989), Hinkley, Minn. Circa 1930-50. Rare natural finish with carved scales, tail and eyes. This fish has excellent all original surface & condition with slight rusting on fins as would be expected of a fish of this vintage. Surface is very clean, & very strong with excellent color & carved scale work. Measures approx 4 1/3 inches long and retains two metal fins and inchworm line tie. Very cool carved eyes that retain original paint as does the belly. Has tiny rub to wood on top of tail. Howell's are classics and highly sought by spearing decoy collectors & collectors of American Folk Art. Howell was born in Guthrie, OK in 1898 and moved with his family by wagon train in 1904 to Minn. He would keep unfinished fish under a floorboad in his house & finish them to order to keep folks from helping themselves. He lead a interesting life growing up with Native Americans who taught him to hunt, fish, spear, make decoys & buckskin suits & moccasins. His buckskin suit was donated to the MN Historical Society in the 1970's. His grandaughter was shown a handwritten dictionary that he started to translate the language of his indian friends while growing up to english. Great and rare species piece here for the money & great surface and form on this one. More pics avail.
$1025

 
CB fish
CB Fish
 

 

Super nice Shiner fish spearing decoy by Cyril Bethel (1900-1980), Park Rapids, Minn. Circa 1930-40s. Nice color combo here with two tone base with black and white dots with red fins with white stripes. This fish has excellent all original paint & condition with some small areas of paint loss mostly to fins but looks unfished for the most part. Measures approx 7 inches long and retains all 7 metal fins and line tie. Has 2 tiny holes in top like tack was pushed in 2 spots but overall excellent condition. Painted eyes. Cyril was a classic maker and was the slightly younger brother of Pearl Bethel. He worked as a trapper and guide and charged $20 a day. In later years he charged $14 a dozen for his fish decoys. Cyril Bethel fish decoys are classics and highly sought by spearing decoy collectors & collectors of American Folk Art. Good piece here for the money and awesome condition. More pics avail.
$550

 
Dick Brown fish
Dick Brown Decoy
 

 

Excellent red white spearing decoy by Dick E. Brown (1903-1990), Motley, Minn. Circa 1950-60's. This fish has excellent all original paint & condition with minimal edge wear from age. Paint is clean & strong with good form & surface. Measures approx 5 3/4 inches long and retains all 7 metal fins and screw eye line tie. Mr Brown was a WW2 vet and worked for the railroads from Chicago to Panama. He became crippled after a cyst operation on his spine in 1950s. That is when it is thought he started making decoys for sale. See Dr. Don Peterson's excellent article in Decoy Magazine Nov/Dec 2002 on Dick Brown and his decoys. Good known maker piece here for the spearing decoy collector & collectors of American Folk Art. Nice buy here. More pics avail.
$100

 
Mint IG Perch
Mint IG FISH
 

 

Rare mint Perch spearing decoy by Isaac Goulette (1900-1969), New Baltimore, Mich. Circa 1930's. This fish has mint all original paint & condition and has never been fished. Tiny wear to very edges of side fins but nearly perfect as the day it was made. Paint is clean & strong with good form & surface. Measures approx 5 3/4 inches long and retains all 7 metal fins and screw eye line tie. Very cool tack eyes, carved gills & slight curved wooden carved tail. Rare to find this nice especially being so early. A superb classic maker piece here for the spearing decoy collector & collectors of American Folk Art. Nice buy here. More pics avail.
$650

 
LaCrosse silver minnow
La Crosse silver minnow decoy
 

 

Very early and scarce silver minnow ice spearing decoy by unknown maker with the name Klawitter written on bottom, La Crosse, Wisc. Circa 1910-30's. "Cheater" style with hooks attached. This fish has excellent all original paint & condition with minimal edge wear from use and age. Paint is very clean and strong with good form & surface. Measures approx 5 inches long not counting hook and retains all 5 original metal fins and worm style line tie. Very cool tiny tack eyes with carved gills and mouth. Good early piece here for the spearing decoy collector & collectors of American Folk Art. Nice buy here as La Crosse fish are scarce to find of this vintage in original condition. More pics avail.
SOLD!

 
Peterson Walleye
Peterson Walleye
 

 

Rare 9 inch Walleye fish spearing decoy by Oscar Peterson (1887-1951), Cadillac, Mich. Circa 1930-40s. All original paint & condition with heavy crazing but most all the paint is present, even on the fins but has lost on the belly weights. This fish is a rarer carved eye model and has 7 metal fins and has a nice large body and measures a bit over 9 inches long. Walleyes are harder to find then most other species and this one is a nice large size that collectors always want on Peterson fish. See Ron Fritz's excellent book "Michigan's Master Carver OSCAR W. PETERSON ", for like examples. Any Oscar Peterson in original condition is desirable & scarce. This fish is guaranteed 100%, & would make a nice addition to any old fish decoy collection. More pics avail.
SOLD!

 

RD Whale carving
RD SIGNATURE

 

 

Super nice "Moby Dick" White Whale carving by Ryan Dockiewicz, Townsend, VA. Circa 2017. Excellent all original paint & condition with intentional wear and aging. Measures approx 43 1/2 inches overall and Whale measures approx 37 inches with natural piece of wood plaque backboard. . Ask for extra pics if interested. Ryan was the 2007 Eastern Shore of VA Ducks Unlimited Carver of the Year and has just got back to carving a few pieces again but very hard to catch with something available. More pics available on this beauty.
SOLD!

 

Cadillac school trout
Cadillac Trout fish decoy
 

 

Very nice Trout fish spearing decoy by unknown maker in the "Cadillac School" style, Cadillac, Mich. Circa 1940. Exact fish pictured on page 88 of Donna Tonnelli's excellent book "FISH AND FOWL DECOYS OF THE GREAT LAKES". Ex-collection of Ron Fritz and Jim Foote. This fish has very excellent all original paint with a beautiful surface. Paint is very clean, & very strong with excellent colors & brush work. Measures approx 6 3/4 inches long and retains all 6 original metal fins and line tie. Some small drilled areas in lead belly weights to adjust the swim. Very nice carved triple carved gill and carved eyes with metal snap inserted. Super piece here for the money with nice colors & surface on this one. Getting super hard to find nice early fish like this anymore. More pics avail.
SOLD!

 
Slim Brinkman
Slim Brinkman
 

 

Excellent Silver Shad spearing decoy by Lawrence "SLIM" Brinkman (1905-1976), NSt. Cloud, Minn. Circa 1940-50's. This fish has excellent all original paint & condition with minimal edge wear from age. Paint is clean & strong with good form & surface. Measures approx 6 1/2 inches long and retains all 4 metal fins and screw eye line tie. Very cool deeply carved eyes, carved open mouth and curved wooden carved tail. Good earlier well known maker piece here for the spearing decoy collector & collectors of American Folk Art. Nice buy here. More pics avail.
$150

 
UNK FISH
UNK FISH
 

 

Very cool and early "Circle Branded" ice fish spearing decoy by unknown maker probably Mich. Circa 1920-30s. This fish has excellent all original paint & condition with some honest use wear to edges and some loss on fins as would be expected of a fish that was used of this vintage. Paint is clean with nice patina of age with a nice surface. Measures approx 8 inches long and retains all 4 metal fins, metal tail and screw eye line tie. Very cool small hot branded circles to create a scaled surface. Nice greenish glass bead eyes. Could possibly be American Indian carving. Good earlier piece here for the spearing decoy collector & collectors of American Folk Art. Nice buy here. More pics avail.
$425

 
AL. FOSS Clock
 

 

Very rare AL. FOSS fishing lure clock. Circa 1930-50's. Excellent condition with excellent graphics of a Largemouth Bass. Has great color & a wonderful scene of open mouth Bass jumping up. Measures approx 13 1/2 inches across and is all metal frame with glass lens cover. Still works and grades excellent, even with some edge wear from storage & age. Appears that the electical cord is replaced and that original color was gray with old Robins egg blue paint job. Clock was made by "Simplex Time Recorder Co.", Gardner, Mass, USA who started in 1894. This was probably given to sporting good stores that sold a lot of their line of lures. Original fishing collectibles in this condition are nearly impossible to find at any price, and this is a very nice one with good age, color, condition and graphics. Nice addition to a fishing lure collection display.
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Pearl Bethel fish
Pearl Bethel fish
 

 

Classic and scarce silver Herring or Trout fish spearing decoy by Pearl Bethel (1894-1960), Park Rapids, Minn. Circa 1940s. Nice color combo here with two tone base with black and yellow detail colors. This fish has very good plus all original paint & condition with some small areas of paint loss mostly to fins and edges. All fins, tail and tack eyes do show some rusting. Measures approx 7 3/4 inches long and retains all 7 metal fins and line tie. Painted thumbtack eyes. Pearl was a classic maker who served in WW1. He worked as a stone mason & in the winter sold his fish decoys to Earl Fuller Tackle Shop in Park Rapids. He also encouraged his children to sell to various bait shops when they would take trips. He charged $1 to $1.50 per dozen back in the 1940s & made decoys till he passed in 1960. Pearl Bethel fish decoys are classics and highly sought by spearing decoy collectors & collectors of American Folk Art. Good piece here for the money and nice condition. More pics avail.
$300

 
Ramey Trout
Ramey trout
 

 

Rare & early Trout fish spearing decoy by Jess Ramey (1891-1963), Wexford City, Cadillac area, Mich. Circa 1920-30's. This fish has good thick all original paint with almost no wear. Exceptional surface and brush work and colors on this one. Measures approx 7 1/4 inches long with slight curve to back half of body. Nice gill and mouth carving with very cool carved eyes. Only fault is 4 body fins have been replaced with tiny split under front right fin but very short. Good earlier piece by a scarce to find historic maker for the spearing decoy collector & collectors of American Folk Art. Nice buy here as your looking at a fish that would sell in the 5k plus range if the fins were original. The paint job is just incredible and love his carved eyes. More pics avail.
SOLD!

 
 
RW FISH
RW FISH
Belly of RW fish
 

 

Super nice Red and White fish spearing decoy by unknown maker, maybe factory, Long Lake, Minn. Circa 1960s. This fish has excellent all original paint & condition and may have never been fished with. Paint is strong and clean with a great surface. Measures approx 6 1/4 inches long and retains all 4 metal fins and double eye line tie. Has great curved wooden tail and tiny carved mouth. Eyes are plastic and bulge out . Has ink stamp on bottom but cant completely read. Cool looking piece here for the spearing decoy collector & collectors of American Folk Art. Nice buy here. More pics avail.
$110

 
CL FISH
CL fish
 

 

Rare & very early "FILED SIDES CHUB" spearing fish decoy attributed to Harry Conroe from the Chautauqua Lake region of New York. Ex- Charles Magin collection and pictured in his book on page 75. Circa pre-1905, that is when spearing was outlawed in NY. Paint is all original with minimal wear & structurally excellent with a excellent filed finished surface. Measures approx 5 1/2 inches long. Has original brass tack eyes & 6 metal fins, brass on front and tin on rear, and a leather tail which is only used only in this region. Has shallow carved gills and mouth. Has double staple wire line tie & typical poured lead belly weighting. Chautauqua Lake fish decoys are classics & some of the hardest to aquire. Spearing was outlawed in 1905 and very few examples have survived, especially in this outstanding of original condition. So hard to find but very exciting to collect these. This fish is ex-collection of Charles Magin and exact fish is pictured on page 75 of his new book "The Charles Magin Collection of Lake Chautauqua Fish Decoys". A rare opportunity to aquire a fish from his collection that is published. More pics avail on this classic beauty
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Kingfisher minnow
Kingfisher minnow
Kingfisher box end
Kingfisher Box


 

 

Very rare Kingfisher 3 hook minnow in original box which is correctly marked. Red color with black handpainted mouth marks. Circa 1908-20's. Box marked 2208. Excellent all original condition with only fault is couple of small paint flakes to belly weight and very tiny one on nose. A few tiny varnish flakes but displays excellent with perfect glass eyes, bright clean hardware and beautiful deep red surface thats super clean and strong. Box shows some wear but is very rare addition to the lure. Kingfisher was a trademark name for Edward K. Tryon Company of Phil, PA. They are actually Pflueger products sold in Kingfisher boxes. Excellent piece here for collection and a great buy. More pics avail.
$585

 
UNK AMER INDIAN
American Indian fish decoy
 

 

Super nice and early Turquoise eyed fish spearing decoy by unknown Native American maker, probably Mich. Circa 1920's. This fish has very good all original paint & condition with some wear to edges and from age. Paint is clean & strong with good use of colors & nice simple but effective brush work. Very cool tiny carved mouth and gills with tiny turquoise bead glass eyes that were mounted in a carved out area. Surface is very dry & early. Measures approx 7 1/4 inches long and retains original fins with show some corrosion, original tail and line tie. Nice job of color blending and has tiny notched areas on sides for texture. Good very early and American Indian unknown maker piece here for the spearing decoy collector & collectors of American Indian Folk Art. Nice buy here. More pics avail.
$400

 
Howell sucker
Howell sucker
 

 

Mint red white fish spearing Sucker decoy by Leroy Howell (1898-1989), Hinkley, Minn. Circa 1930-50. This fish has mint all original paint & condition with only very slight paint flaking on edge of fins as would be expected of a fish of this vintage. Paint is very clean, & very strong with excellent colors & brush work in his classic pattern. Measures approx 8 3/4 inches long and retains two metal fins and inchworm line tie. Very cool carved eyes. Howell's are classics and highly sought by spearing decoy collectors & collectors of American Folk Art. Howell was born in Guthrie, OK in 1898 and moved with his family by wagon train in 1904 to Minn. He would keep unfinished fish under a floorboad in his house & finish them to order to keep folks from helping themselves. He lead a interesting life growing up with Native Americans who taught him to hunt, fish, spear, make decoys & buckskin suits & moccasins. His buckskin suit was donated to the MN Historical Society in the 1970's. His grandaughter was shown a handwritten dictionary that he started to translate the language of his indian friends while growing up to english. Great piece here for the money & great colors on this one. More pics avail.
$675

 
CL TROUT
CL TROUT
 

 

Rare & very early "ADJUSTABLE TAIL TROUT " spearing fish decoy from the Chautauqua Lake region of New York. Ex- Charles Magin collection and pictured in his book on page 64. Its from the Cross Rig. Circa pre-1905, that is when spearing was outlawed in NY. Paint is all original with minimal wear & structurally excellent with a excellent surface. Measures approx 7 3/4 inches long. Has original brass tack eyes & 6 metal fins and a leather tail which is slightly different t as it has a flexable wire hook around the middle of the tail that can be adjusted to force the direction and tightness of circling when swimming it. Check out the very low profile of the dorsal and anal. Has a very cool continuous curvy line from one side to other to form the mouth and gills. Has classic hole line tie typical poured lead belly weighting. Chautauqua Lake fish decoys are classics & some of the hardest to aquire. Spearing was outlawed in 1905 and very few examples have survived, especially in this outstanding of original condition. So hard to find but very exciting to collect these. This fish is ex-collection of Charles Magin and exact fish is pictured on page 64 of his new book "The Charles Magin Collection of Lake Chautauqua Fish Decoys". A rare opportunity to aquire a fish from his collection that is published. More pics avail on this classic beauty
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ART SEGUIN PERCH
ART SEGUIN Perch
 

 

Super nice Perch fish spearing decoy by Art Seguin (1901-1991), Crosby, Minn. Circa 1960's. This fish has mint all original paint & condition with only fault of bottom of tail broke off and was reattached. Paint is clean & strong with good use of colors & nice brush work. Measures approx 4 3/4 inches long and retains all 4 metal fins with wooden tail and both original metal collar with bead insert eyes. Good classic maker piece here for the spearing decoy collector & collectors of American Folk Art. Nice buy here. More pics avail.
$550

 
Unk fish
unk fish
 

 

Very nice carved scales fish spearing decoy by unknown maker, probably Mich. Circa 1930's. This nice fish has very good plus all original paint. Paint on head is old drab green color with a white belly section and silver body with red painted area around mouth & gills and on fins. Great surface on this one, very clean with a nice patina. Measures approx 8 inches long with a carved tail and nice carved scaled finish and retains all 4 brass metal fins, original brass tack eyes and line tie. Very neat and early fish here with a great surface and just a really nice clean form on this one. Good piece here for the fish spearing decoy collector & collectors of American Folk Art. Nice buy here. More pics avail.
$300

 
 
Leech fish decoy
LL fish decoy
 

 

Awesome unfished Red/White fish spearing decoy by Louie Leach (1905-1982), Fairmont, Minn. Circa 1950-80. Classic color combo here with red blended head and white body with silver glitter. This fish has perfect mint all original paint & condition with original ball pin eyes. Measures approx 6 inches long and retains all 5 metal fins and metal dorsal line tie. Louie and friends experimented with many styles of fish and this style has a natural gliding motion when fished and was very good on attracting fish. He started financing his fishing trips north with the sale of his "secret" fish decoys. Louie Leach fish decoys are classics and sought by spearing decoy collectors and fisherman who still use them. Good piece here for the money as condition is perfect. More pics avail.
$50

 
Unk Perch
unk Perch
 

 

Super nice Yellow Perch fish spearing decoy by unknown maker, most likely Minn. Circa 1950's. This fish has excellent all original paint & condition. Paint is strong and clean with a great surface. Measures approx 5 1/4 inches long and retains all metal fins but one has broken off when shipped to me, but I have it can be glued back on. Has a screw eye line tie. Has great carved mouth and gills. Eyes are brass tacks. Great looking piece here for the spearing decoy collector & collectors of American Folk Art. Nice buy here. More pics avail.
$175

 
minnow minn
minn minnow
 

 

Very cool and early copper colored ice fish spearing decoy by unknown maker probably Minn. Circa 1940's. This fish has excellent all original paint & condition with some honest use wear to edges and some loss on fins as would be expected of a fish that was used of this vintage. Paint is clean with nice patina of age with a nice surface. Measures approx 4 1/2 inches long and retains 2 original metal fins, wooden tail and screw eye line tie. Very cool tiny carved mouth and eyes painted yellow with carved gills. . Nice copper color with a great surface and patina. Good earlier piece here for the spearing decoy collector & collectors of American Folk Art. Nice buy here. More pics avail.
$250

 
Thomas Cain Brown Trout plague
 

 

Nice Brown Trout fish plaque by Thomas Cain, Cortland, NY. Circa less then 20 years old. Very stylish fish carving on wood plaque. Ink stamped on back. Paint is all original & very rich in color, has painted eyes & Trout measures approx 7 1/4 inches long. Nice turned tail with all fins being carved wood. Tom makes a great fish and this is first time offering of his fine work. A very pretty fish and more pics avail.
$175

 
Peterson Pike
Oscar Peterson Pike
 

 

Very nice Oscar Peterson (1887-1951), Cadillac, Mich., 7 1/4 inch Pike, fish spearing decoy. Circa 1930-40s. All original paint & condition with some honest age & fishing wear but overall very nice surface and paint style on this beauty. Most of wear is more flaking type from age on the metal fins and on the belly and a few other smaller areas. This fish is a pellet tack eye model and has 7 metal fins with some paint loss on fins, more pics avail. See Ron Fritz's excellent book "Michigan's Master Carver OSCAR W. PETERSON ", for like examples. Any Oscar Peterson in condition this clean, strong & honest is desirable & scarce. This fish is guaranteed 100%, & would make a nice addition to any old fish decoy collection. More pics avail.
SOLD!

 
1 eye Charbena
1 eye Charbenea
 

 

Early Bass fish spearing decoy by "One Eye" Charbenea, Mt Clements, Lake St Clair, Michigan. Circa 1915-30's. This early fish has very good all original paint. Wear to wood in a few high edges of body as would be expected. Surface is very dry & clean with a beautiful patina. Measures a nice size at approx 9 1/2 inches long with a slightly curved tail and retains 3 original metal fins that still retain most all their original paint, the rear left fin has been replaced and aged by a pro & very hard to tell. I cant tell for sure but may be missing a small upper rear fin due to 2 small age lines in wood. Cant tell if fin was suppose to be there or if just flaw in wood. Very cool painted gills and eyes. Has small staple line tie. Very neat fish with just a really nice feel & form on this one. Good piece here for the fish spearing decoy collector & collectors of American Folk Art. Nice buy here. More pics avail.
$850

 
Oscar Peterson fish decoy book
 

 

"Michigan's Master Carver, OSCAR W. PETERSON 1887-1951", by Ron Fritz. Copyright 1987. The only book exclusively on one of the finest folk artist that ever made a fish decoy. Outstanding color photos & the most complete group of Peterson's work ever to be put in one book. 104 pages in hard cover format with original dust jacket. Very good condition with some expected wear to edges of dust jacket cover. A must have decoy book if you collect Peterson fish or folk art. First one I have had in a very long time!
$150

 

fish decoy
fish decoy
 

 

Fantastic Bass or Perch fish spearing decoy by unknown maker, probably Minn. Circa 1940's-60's. Great looking pattern & mix of colors. This fish has excellent all original paint & condition with minimal wear and very tiny rust staining to a couple of fins. Paint is very clean, & strong with excellent colors & brush work. Measures approx 4 3/4 inches long and retains all 4 metal fins and inchworm line tie. Very cool tiny carved mouth and old fishing lure eyes. Very nice piece here for the money & great color and form on this one. More pics avail.
$650

 
PLACKNER FISH
PLACKNER FISH
 

 

Very nice classic RED/WHITE spearing decoy by John Plackner (1899-1970's), Frazee, Minn. Circa 1950-70. This fish has very good all original paint & condition with some honest wear from age. Paint is clean & strong with good form & surface. Measures approx 7 inches long and retains all 5 metal fins and triple line tie. Has painted eyes. Plackner lived in Frazee all his life & never made any fish until the 1950's and stopped in 1970. His earliest ones had wooden tails but later all had metal ones. Good classic known maker piece here for the spearing decoy collector & collectors of American Folk Art. Nice buy here a good fish for any collection. More pixs avail.
$125

 
large IG perch
large IG perch
 

 

Rare large Perch spearing decoy by Isaac Goulette (1900-1969), New Baltimore, Mich. Circa 1920-30's. This fish has very good plus all original paint & condition and has a professional repair to the top half of the tail. Paint is clean & strong with good form & surface. Measures approx 7 3/4 inches long and retains all 7 metal fins and screw eye line tie. Very cool tack eyes, carved gills & slight curved wooden carved tail. Rare to find larger example. A superb classic maker piece here for the spearing decoy collector & collectors of American Folk Art. Nice buy here. More pics avail.
$775

 
Ross Allen Sr
Ross Allen
 

 

Nice Walleye fish spearing decoy by Native American Indian Ross Allen Sr, Lac Du Flambeau, Wisc. Circa 1970-80. This fish is excellent and looks unfished. Natural finish which is typical for the great American Indian fish decoy makers with good detailed carving. Surface is excellent, very strong & clean.. Measures approx 7 1/2 inches long and retains all 4 original metal fins and curved carved wooden tail. Has nice tiny carved detail with facet bead eyes. Good known classic maker piece here for the spearing decoy collector & collectors of Native American Indian Folk Art. Nice buy here. More pics avail.
$350

 
 
small minnow
small minnow
 

 

Folky small silver and red minnow fish spearing decoy by unknown maker, Saginaw Bay, Mich. Circa 1930's. This fish has excellent all original paint & condition with some age flaking mostly on fin top edges as would be expected of a fish of this vintage that has been used. Paint is strong with good use of color. Measures approx 3 1/8 inches long and retains all 5 metal fins and screw eye line tie. Has wooden tail and a tiny carved mouth with tiny bead eyes. Cool looking piece here for the spearing decoy collector & collectors of American Folk Art. Nice buy here. More pics avail.
$175

 
CL Trout
CL fish decoy Trout
 

 

Rare & very early Trout spearing fish decoy from the Chautauqua Lake region of New York. Circa pre-1905, that is when spearing was outlawed in NY. Paint is all original with minimal wear & structurally excellent with a excellent surface. Measures approx 8 1/2 inches long. Has original brass tack eyes & 6 metal fins and a metal tail which is slightly different then the leather tails used only in this region. Has classic carved gills & mouth that gives fish decoys from this area the best look. Has classic double hole line tie & belly screw eye to use this style decoy as a "stacker" where a second smaller fish would be attached. Chautauqua Lake fish decoys are classics & some of the hardest to aquire. Spearing was outlawed in 1905 or 06 & not many examples have survived, especially in this outstanding of original condition. So hard to find but very exciting to collect these. More pics avail on this classic beauty.
$3600

 


BS SUCKER
BS Sucker
 

 

Scarce Sucker fish spearing decoy by Elman "Bud" Stewart (1913-1999), Flint, Michigan. Circa 1960-70's. This handcarved decoy has probably never been fished and has excellent all original paint with no chips or wear. Paint is clean & strong with good use of colors with folky painting including a "scaling" finish on the sides and sparkles added to areas. Measures approx 7 1/2 inches long with spinner blade fins and what appears to be painted tack eyes. Has screw eye line tie on back & belly and could have been used as a "Stacker" decoy. Bud Stewart was a true American Folk artist & his art was the beautiful lures and fish decoys that he made since the 1920s until retiring in 1980. He was named a "legendary angler" in 1984 by the National Fishing Hall of Fame at Hayward, Wisconsin, and he participated at the 1987 Festival of American Folklife in Washington, D.C. and at the 1987 Festival of Michigan Folklife in East Lansing. Scarce piece here for the fish spearing decoy collector & collectors of American Folk Art. Nice buy here & seldom seen offering at any price. More pics avail.
$675

 


Awesome Harry Seymour Trout decoy
Harry Seymour trout
 

 

Exceptional & very early Trout spearing fish decoy by the classic master Harry Seymour, Bemus area in the Chautauqua Lake region of New York. Ex-John Delph collection. Circa pre-1905, that is when spearing was outlawed in NY. Paint is fantastic and all original with very minimal wear & structurally excellent, retaining original leather tail that is in excellent condition. Measures approx 7 1/4 inches long. Has original tack eyes & 6 metal fins all of which have some wear but still have original paint. Has classic carved gills and mouth and tiny detailed painting with different colors that gives fish decoys from this area the best look. Has classic thru body line tie with slight wear in that area. Chautauqua Lake fish decoys are classics & some of the rarest to aquire. Spearing was outlawed in the Chautauqua Lake region in 1905 or 06 & not many examples have survived, especially in this outstanding of original condition. So hard to find but very exciting to collect these. This is a great fish with a perfect suface that is very strong, dry and clean. More pics avail on this rare early beauty.
SOLD!

 



Rare "MINNI-SAC"
 

 

Excellent & very scarce "Minni-Sac" from the M-D Mfg Co, Cambridge, O. Circa pre-1940. Excellent all original condition with all original stencil lettering and graphics intact. Great condition on this one. Canvas section is dark green with a dark green screening that pulls tight with coard. Lettering and graphics are yellow stencil & are all readable. Measures approx 6 inches tall in canvas bucket area and another 4 1/2 inches taller with the screened area pulled up. Measures about & 6 inches wide & is round in shape. Good early piece here in very nice all original condition. Neat vintage addition for any fishing lure, folk art or sporting collectible collection. Never seen another. More pics avail.
$165

 
I.G. Fish decoy
IG fish decoy
 

 

Excellent Blue Herring spearing decoy by Isaac Goulette, New Baltimore, Mich. Circa 1920-30's. This fish has excellent all original paint & condition with minimal edge wear from age. Paint is clean & strong with good form & surface. Measures approx 6 1/4 inches long and retains all metal fins and line tie. Very cool tack eyes, carved gills & slight curved wooden carved tail. Good earlier well known maker piece here for the spearing decoy collector & collectors of American Folk Art. Nice buy here. More pics avail.
$525

 

Mr Soules Bass
Mr Soules Bass
 

 

Rare & very cool Rock Bass fish spearing decoy by Mr. Soules. Cadillac, Michigan. Circa 1920-30's. Great looking pattern & mix of colors. This fish has near mint all original paint & condition. Paint is very clean, & very strong with excellent use of colors & detailed brush work. Measures approx 7 inches long and retains all 5 metal fins and line tie. Very cool tiny brad nail eyes. Not much is known on Mr. Soules but some brief info written on him & examples by him on page 84 of "THE FISH DECOY" by the Kimball's. Very nice and rare piece here for the money & great colors on this one. More pics avail.
SOLD!

 
Willie Peterson fish
Willie Peterson fish
 

 

Scarce green Trout ice spearing decoy by Wilbur "Willie" Peterson (1921-1986), Brainerd, Minn. Circa 1950's. This fish has very good plus all original paint and condition. Paint is clean with nice patina of age with a nice surface. Shows some wear from honest old spearing use. The color mix is nice with green and white blended base with silver dots. Willie was color blind so painting was a challenge. Measures approx 5 inches long and retains all 4 metal fins wooden tail and triple double wire line tie. Has painted eyes with carved gills and tiny carved mouth painted in red. Perfect inletted belly weight design. Willie was a WW2 vet and a Blacksmith. He started making decoys in 1945 after returning from the war. He mostly made for himself and co-workers but also made them for Martin Sports Shop in Brainerd. 12 on a card for $6 or $7, what a deal! Good piece here by a scarce to find classic Minn maker for the spearing decoy collector & collectors of American Folk Art. Nice buy here. More pics avail.
SOLD!

 
Oscar Peterson BASS
Oscar Peterson Bass
 

 

Very scarce Smallmouth Bass fish spearing decoy by Oscar Peterson (1887-1951), Cadillac, Mich.. Period 3 circa 1925-34. Nice size at approx 8 inches long. Excellent all original paint & condition with some honest age & fishing wear but overall a super nice surface and paint style on this beauty. Most of wear is on edges and flaking of paint on fins. This fish is a pellet tack eye model and has 7 metal fins with classic carved mouth, and gills. Double slot belly weights. See Ron Fritz's excellent book "Michigan's Master Carver OSCAR W. PETERSON ", for like examples. Any Oscar Peterson in condition this clean, strong & honest is desirable & scarce but finding a Bass is unheard of at any price. This fish is guaranteed 100% with a beautiful surface and would make a nice addition to any old fish decoy or folk art collection. More pics avail.
SOLD!

 
CL fish
CL file scale fish
 

 

Rare & very early "FILE SCALES" spearing fish decoy from the Chautauqua Lake region of New York. Ex- Charles Magin collection and pictured in his book on page 115. Circa pre-1905, that is when spearing was outlawed in NY. Paint is all original with minimal wear & structurally excellent with a excellent filed scale finished surface. Measures approx 7 1/2 inches long. Has original brass tack eyes & 5 brass metal fins and a leather tail which is only used only in this region. Top fin has small area broken since photo'ed in book and I have that small piece if buyer wants to glue in place. Has deeply carved gills and mouth. Has double staple wire line tie & typical poured lead belly weighting. Chautauqua Lake fish decoys are classics & some of the hardest to aquire. Spearing was outlawed in 1905 and very few examples have survived, especially in this outstanding of original condition. So hard to find but very exciting to collect these. This fish is ex-collection of Charles Magin and exact fish is pictured on page 115 of his new book "The Charles Magin Collection of Lake Chautauqua Fish Decoys". A rare opportunity to aquire a fish from his collection that is published. More pics avail on this classic beauty
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Tri-color Howell
Tri-color Howell
 

 

Very scarce "Tri-colored" fish spearing decoy by Leroy Howell (1898-1989), Hinkley, Minn. Circa 1930-50. Great looking red, pink, and white colors. This fish has just about mint all original paint & condition with only slight surface rust on unpainted tail fin as would be expected of a fish of this vintage. Paint is very clean, & very strong with excellent colors & brush work in his classic "tri-colored" pattern. Measures approx 7 1/4 inches long and retains all metal fins and line tie. Very cool carved eyes. Howell's are classics and highly sought by spearing decoy collectors & collectors of American Folk Art. Howell was born in Guthrie, OK in 1898 and moved with his family by wagon train in 1904 to Minn. He would keep unfinished fish under a floorboad in his house & finish them to order to keep folks from helping themselves. He lead a interesting life growing up with Native Americans who taught him to hunt, fish, spear, make decoys & buckskin suits & moccasins. His buckskin suit was donated to the MN Historical Society in the 1970's. His grandaughter was shown a handwritten dictionary that he started to translate the language of his indian friends while growing up to english.Great piece here for the money & great colors on this one. More pics avail.
$500

 
Fish Plaque
 

 

Vintage hand carved fish plaque by unknown maker. Circa more then 50 years old. I have blacklighted this piece & shows a excellent old surface with no touch ups or repairs. Fish surface is mix of stain with painted details. No signatures or initials on back and was one time hung by nailing plague to a wall, since then a hanger wire has been put on. Not sure how fish is attached to plaque as no harware showing. Very stylish fish is carved completely from 1 piece of wood including eye & fins and measures approx 15 3 4 inches long with overall length of 20 inches. Nice vintage piece here for the sproting collectable or folk art collection. You will be real happy with this piece and more pics avail.
$675

 
CL BROWN TROUT
CL BROWN TROUT
 

 

Rare & very early "RED DOT" Trout spearing fish decoy from the Chautauqua Lake region of New York. Ex- Charles Magin collection and pictured in his book on page 46. Circa pre-1905, that is when spearing was outlawed in NY. Paint is all original with minimal wear & structurally excellent with a excellent surface. Red dots probably indicate it is a breeding cycle Brown Trout. Measures approx 6 3/4 inches long. Has original tin eyes & 5 metal fins and a leather tail that retains its original paint. Has carved gills and mouth. Has wire loop line tie & typical inletted poured lead belly weighting. Chautauqua Lake fish decoys are classics & some of the hardest to aquire. Spearing was outlawed in 1905 and very few examples have survived, especially in this outstanding of original condition. So hard to find but very exciting to collect these. This fish is ex-collection of Charles Magin and exact fish is pictured on page 46 of his new book "The Charles Magin Collection of Lake Chautauqua Fish Decoys". A rare opportunity to aquire a fish from his collection that is published. More pics avail on this classic beauty.
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Kazoo Chub
Kazoo Chub


 

 

Excellent Shakespeare Kazoo Chub. Circa 1920-30's. Excellent all original paint with a excellent finish & surface. Not perfect mint but pretty close, especially for the vintage. Has what is known as "Jersey Rigged", NJ had a 3 hook law on fishing lures, so double on back & single on the belly. Has perfect Pink glass eyes and all hardware in very nice condition. Excellent piece here for any antique lure collection and a great buy. More pics avail.
$165

 
Mizera silver fish
Mizera silver fish
 

 

Very nice silver fish spearing decoy by Frank Mizera (1898-1969), Ely, Minn. Circa 1930-50s. Scarce color combo here with silver base with red and black detail colors. This fish has very good plus all original paint & condition with only average wear from fishing use and small chip to top edge of tail but overall a super fish. Measures approx 8 1/2 inches long and retains all 4 metal fins and line tie. Painted tack eyes. Frank was a fishing guide most of his life after a job injury and commercially fished to sell smoked fish to the tourist in the neighboring Boundary Waters communities. He supplemented his income by making fish decoys and lures to sell as far south as the Twin Cities area. Frank Mizera fish decoys are classics and highly sought by spearing decoy collectors & collectors of American Folk Art. Good piece here for the money & scarce color by Mizera. More pics avail.
$300

 
TC Brook Trout plaque
 

 

Nice Brook Trout fish plaque by Thomas Cain, Cortland, NY. Circa less then 20 years old. Very stylish fish carving on wood plaque. Ink stamped on back. Paint is all original & very rich in color, has painted eyes & Trout measures approx 6 3/4 inches long. Nice turned tail with all fins being carved wood. Tom makes a great fish and this is first time offering of his fine work. A very pretty fish and more pics avail.
$175

 
Early Perch decoy
early Perch fish decoy
 

 

Early Perch fish spearing decoy by Peletier Family, Mt. Clemens, MI. Circa 1940-50. This super nice fish has a beautiful surface that is all original. Paint is very clean, dry and strong with a beautiful patina. Looks as if never fished. Measures approx 4 1/2 inches long and retains all 7 original metal fins and staple line tie. Has painted eyes. Just a really nice feel & form on this one. Has poured lead belly weight. Very nice and very strong piece here for the fish spearing decoy collector & collectors of American Folk Art. Nice buy here. More pics avail.
SOLD!

 
Jack Spaulding
Jack Spaulding
 

 

Excellent unfished Trout spearing decoy by Jack Spaulding Sr., Mich. Circa 1930-40. This fish has excellent all original paint & condition with minimal edge wear from age. Paint is clean & strong with good form & surface. Measures approx 8 inches long and retains all 8 metal fins and line tie with only a small amount of loss from age. Very cool painted eyes with painted line details and appears to be natural base body color with slight curved wooden carved tail. Good earlier known maker piece here for the spearing decoy collector & collectors of American Folk Art. Nice buy here a excellent fish here for any collection. Check out the fins. More pixs avail.
$425

 
Tonelli Perch plaque
 

 

Super nice Crappie? fish plaque attrib to Jay Tonelli, Illinois. Circa less then 30 years old. Very stylish fish carving on wood plaque. Not signed but very much looks like the work of Jay who is known as a fish decoy maker and is listed in Kimball's Fish Decoy maker book. Jay is the son of the very well known sporting collectible experts Joe and Donna Tonelli. Paint is all original & very rich in color, has glass eyes and fish measures approx 7 3/4 inches long. Nice turned tail with all fins being painted metal with one side fin missing. Hard to find these. A very cool fish and more pics avail.
$225

 
Chester Buss
Chester Buss
 

 

Super nice Pike fish spearing decoy by Chester Buss (1896-1960), Park Rapids, Minn. Circa 1940-50's. This fish has very good plus all original paint & condition with some honest paint flaking but more likely from age then use, looks unfished. Paint is super clean & strong with good use of colors & nice brush work. Measures approx 8 1/2 inches long and retains all 5 metal fins and line tie and both original tack eyes. Chester was born in Illinois but later he moved to Park Rapids. He was a WW1 vet and served in France until 1919. He started making fish in early 1930's and later sold to various hardware and bait shops as far away as Duluth. Thank you for your service Mr Buss! Good known maker piece here for the spearing decoy collector & collectors of American Folk Art. Nice buy here. More pics avail.
$150

 
Terry Mercher Fish
Terry Mercher fish decoy
 

 

Very cool flat head Gobie fish spearing decoy by Terry Mercher, Lake Simcoe, Ontario, Canada. Circa 1940's. This Gobie fish decoy is a total cheater with 3 sets of treble hooks. Finish is all original with only a varnish or shellac sealer over the natural wood. Surface is very nice with a good patina. Measures approx 4 3/4 inches long with a metal tail and 2 wedge style side fins, all are original. Very cool carved mouth and tack eyes. Has small adjustible angle line tie. Very neat fish with a really neat way the cheater treble hooks were wired across body in a homemade harness. Good piece here for the fish spearing decoy collector & collectors of American Folk Art. Nice buy here. More pics avail.
$400

 


Stewart Rainbow Trout
Bud Stewart Trout
 

 

Scarce scaled Bass fish spearing decoy by Elman "Bud" Stewart (1913-1999), Flint, Michigan. Circa 1950's. This handcarved decoy has probably never been fished and has excellent all original paint with minimal edge wear. Paint is clean & strong with good use of colors with folky painting including a "scaling" finish on the sides and sparkles added to top edge. Measures approx 10 1/8 inches long with 4 spinner blades used as fins. Bud Stewart was a true American Folk artist & his art was the beautiful lures and fish decoys that he made since the 1920s until retiring in 1980. He was named a "legendary angler" in 1984 by the National Fishing Hall of Fame at Hayward, Wisconsin, and he participated at the 1987 Festival of American Folklife in Washington, D.C. and at the 1987 Festival of Michigan Folklife in East Lansing. Scarce piece here for the fishing lure or spearing decoy collector & collectors of American Folk Art. Nice buy here & seldom seen offering at any price. More pics avail.
$750

 
GB FISh
GB FISH
 

 

Sunfish ice spearing decoy by Gerhard Behrens (1905-1994), Burtrum, Minn. Circa 1940-50s. This fish has very good all original paint & condition with some honest use wear to edges & loss on fins as would be expected of a fish that was used of this vintage. Paint is clean & strong with good use of colors & nice brush work. Has some loss and rusting on a couple of fins with belly anal fin rusted away. Measures approx 6 inches long and retains 5 metal fins, metal tail and screw eye line tie. Very neat form & paint style on this one. Gerhart began making fish in the 1930's but discovered a ready market for them and was able to command a princely sum of $3 each, quite a bit in that time for a fish. Good piece here for the fish spearing decoy collector & collectors of American Folk Art. Nice buy here. More pics avail.
$250

 
Thomas Cain Salmon carving
 

 

Nice Salmon fish plaque by Thomas Cain, Cortland, NY. Circa less then 20 years old. Very stylish fish carving on wood plaque. Ink stamped on back. Paint is all original & very rich in color, has painted eyes and measures approx 5 1/2 inches long. Nice turned tail with all fins being carved wood. Tom makes a great fish and this is first time offering of his fine work. A very pretty fish and more pics avail.
$175

 
CL FISH
CL Fish
 

 

Rare & very early "SKINNY FISH" spearing fish decoy from the Chautauqua Lake region of New York. Ex- Charles Magin collection and pictured in his book on page 106. Circa pre-1905, that is when spearing was outlawed in NY. Paint is all original with minimal wear & structurally excellent with a excellent surface. Measures approx 5 1/2 inches long. Has original brass tack painted red eyes & 4 tin metal fins and a very unique contour carved leather tail which is slightly different then the flat cut leather tails used only in this region. Has carved gills and mouth. Has screw eye line tie and 5 poured lead holes in bottom. Chautauqua Lake fish decoys are classics & some of the hardest to aquire. Spearing was outlawed in 1905 and very few examples have survived, especially in this outstanding of original condition. So hard to find but very exciting to collect these. This fish is ex-collection of Charles Magin and exact fish is pictured on page 106 of his new book "The Charles Magin Collection of Lake Chautauqua Fish Decoys". A rare opportunity to aquire a fish from his collection that is published. More pics avail on this classic beauty
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Bud Stewart wiggler
Bud Stewart wiggler
Bud Stewart signature
 

 

Scarce "Bleeding Wiggler" fishing lure by Elman "Bud" Stewart (1913-1999), Flint, Michigan. Circa 1960-70's. Signed by Bud on belly. This handcarved lure has never been fished and has excellent all original paint with no chips or flakes. Paint is clean & strong with good use of bright colors with folky detail painting including a "scaling" finish on the sides. Measures approx 4 inches long not counting hooks. Very cool piece here with jiggly "baby doll" eyes and "bleeding" area coming out of the mouth. Bud Stewart was a true American Folk artist & his art was the beautiful lures and fish decoys that he made since the 1920s until retiring in 1980. He was named a "legendary angler" in 1984 by the National Fishing Hall of Fame at Hayward, Wisconsin, and he participated at the 1987 Festival of American Folklife in Washington, D.C. and at the 1987 Festival of Michigan Folklife in East Lansing. Scarce piece here for the fishing lure or spearing decoy collector & collectors of American Folk Art. Nice buy here & seldom seen offering at any price. More pics avail.
SOLD!

 
Art Eeg fish decoy
Art Eeg fish decoy
 

 

Very early and rare Whitefish minnow ice spearing decoy by Art Eeg, La Crosse, Wisc. Circa 1900-15. Has original jigging stick. This fish has very good plus all original paint & condition with minimal edge wear from use and age. Paint is very strong with good form & surface. Measures approx 5 3/4 inches long and retains all 5 original metal fins and line tie. Very cool tiny glass bead eyes. Comes with original 7 inch jigging stick. Good early piece here for the spearing decoy collector & collectors of American Folk Art. Nice buy here as La Crosse fish are scarce to find of this vintage in original condition. More pics avail.
SOLD!

 
Hooked on wood book
 

 

Scarce limited edition copy of "HOOKED ON WOOD, The Allure of the Fish Decoy". Limited edition of 1000 copies that were printed in 2012 for the exhibition of fish decoys at the Center for Art in Wood, Philadelphia, PA. Excellent conditon and very limited quanity available. The top makers & some very rare examples are presented thru out this 50 page book. Almost all photos and all in colorMeasures approx 8 1/2 X 5 1/2. Don't miss out on this one, this is a very hard book to find.
SOLD OUT AT THIS TIME!

 


Bud Stewart Bass
Bud Stewart Bass
 

 

Scarce Bass fish spearing decoy by Elman "Bud" Stewart (1913-1999), Flint, Michigan. Circa 1960-70's. This handcarved decoy has probably never been fished and has excellent all original paint with no chips or wear. Paint is clean & strong with good use of colors with folky painting including a "scaling" finish on the sides and sparkles added to side and belly. Measures approx 7 1/4 inches long. Bud Stewart was a true American Folk artist & his art was the beautiful lures and fish decoys that he made since the 1920s until retiring in 1980. He was named a "legendary angler" in 1984 by the National Fishing Hall of Fame at Hayward, Wisconsin, and he participated at the 1987 Festival of American Folklife in Washington, D.C. and at the 1987 Festival of Michigan Folklife in East Lansing. Scarce piece here for the fishing lure or spearing decoy collector & collectors of American Folk Art. Nice buy here & seldom seen offering at any price. More pics avail.
$925

 



old spools of silk line
 

 

Two old spools of silk casting line. COHANTIC LINE COMPANY, Phila, PA. Circa pre-1920. Very good plus all original condition & both spools full. Both retain full paper labels on side shown, on other side Dowagiac spool missing approx 5% of label & white spool missing approx 40% of label, more pics avail. Good pieces here with good labels & full of original line. Neat addition for any fishing lure or sporting collectible collection. More pics avail.
SOLD!

 
Randall fish
Randall fish decoy
 

 

Awesome unfished Red/White fish spearing decoy by George Randall (1921-1979), Willmar, Minn. Circa 1950-70. Classic color combo here with red blended head and white body. This fish has perfect mint all original paint & condition with one tiny spot of paint loss on lead belly weight. This is a very scarce size and measures approx 2 1/3 inches long and retains both original fins and tail. George started the Randall Decoy Company in the late 50's and was one of the largest makers of commercial fish decoys till around the closing of the factory in 1979. Randall fish decoys are classics and sought by spearing decoy collectors and fisherman who still use them. Good piece here for the money as condition is almost perfect. More pics avail.
$50

 
Big Mizera
Mizera biggie
 

 

Early & rare style oversize brown chub spearing decoy by Frank Mizera (1898-1969), Ely, Minn. Circa 1940s. Scarce color combo here with reddish brown base with black, green, yellow and maroon detail colors, with drab green painted fins with geen and yellow stripes. This fish has excellent all original paint & condition with only small loss areas on fins & tip of mouth. Has been protected by a coat of varnish. Measures approx 8 inches long and retains all 4 metal fins that are heavy duty and put in with screws and screw eye line tie. Painted tumbtack eyes. Frank was a fishing guide most of his life after a injury on the job in the 1930's, and commercially fished to sell smoked fish to the tourist in the neighboring Boundary Waters communities. He supplemented his income by making fish decoys and lures to sell as far south as the Twin Cities area. Frank Mizera fish decoys are classics and highly sought by spearing decoy collectors & collectors of American Folk Art. Good early rare style piece here for the money & rare color by Mizera. More pics avail.
$450

 
UNK FROG
UNK FROG
 

 

Folky and scarce Frog spearing decoy by unknown maker but probably Minn. Circa 1950s. This frog has good all original paint & condition with some moderate wear as would be expected of a real frog spearing piece of this vintage. Paint is clean & dry with folky painting. Measures approx 4 inches long and has lost both of the front fin legs. Has the original pig tail line tie. Cool looking piece here for the spearing decoy collector & collectors of American Folk Art. Nice buy here as old frogs are super tuff to find. More pics avail.
$175

 



Early metal bait pail
 

 

Very early Falls City WADE~IN bait pail. Circa pre-1920. Very good plus all original condition with all original paint & gold stencil lettering. Great surface on this one. Paint is dark green with nice old patina. Lettering is gold stencil & is all readable. Size is #1 & great made in the USA workmanship. Measures approx 8 inches tall & 5 1/2 inches wide & is oval in shape. Retains all of the interior screen separator. Only thing missing on this one is original rope. Good early piece here in very nice all original condition. Neat vintage addition for any fishing lure, folk art or sporting collectible collection. More pics avail.
SOLD!

 
Unknown small yellow fish decoy
Unknown yellow fish
 

 

Folky small yellow minnow fish spearing decoy by unknown maker, probably Minn. Circa 1930-50s. This fish has good all original paint & condition with almost no wear except some age flaking with some loss on fins as would be expected of a fish of this vintage. Paint is clean & strong with good use of bright colors with folky painting. Measures approx 3 1/4 inches long and retains all metal fins and inchworm line tie. Cool looking piece here for the spearing decoy collector & collectors of American Folk Art. Nice buy here. More pics avail.
$40

 



Scarce Mark McNair Pike fish decoy
 

 

Excellent & very scarce Pike fish decoy by Mark McNair, Eastern Shore of VA. Circa 1980-90s. Excellent all original aged paint & condition. McNair classic style fish decoy with 6 copper fins, carved tail, gill, mouth & eyes. Some paint loss on copper fins, mostly where they meet the body, also has 3 small dents on side of face & one on forehead area, slight loss to wood in one of the dents near mouth. Not perfect by very nice & very scarce. Solid carved body with inletted leaded belly, measures approx 11 1/2 inches long. Painted signature & very cool triangler stand. The paint on this fish is awesome, but with Mark it always is. This is a very nice fish decoy by Mark & a scarce type carving that the hard core McNair collectors are all looking for. You saw some record prices for McNair's this year at auction with a collection that has started to come to market. McNair's continue to be very strong in todays market & they also continue to be very hard to find for sale, especially something that is scarce. Priced to sell. More pics avail.
SOLD!

 



Mint early bobber
 

 

Early wooden fishing bobber. Probably made by the IDEAL FLOAT Co., Richmond, VA. Circa WWII vintage. Mint all original paint & condition. Great surface on this one. Paint is yellow with black, red and blue stripes. Retains original red adjuster ball. Measures approx 6 3/4 inches long and body of bobber measures approx 4 inches long. You can date his one to WWII vintage because of the lack of any metal on bottom side of bobber, usually a wire loop. Good early piece here in mint all original condition, you don't find them any better condition then this one, especially with such great color combo. Neat vintage addition for any fishing lure, folk art or sporting collectible collection. More pics avail.
SOLD!

 
Superb Northern Pike fish plaque by Marty Hanson
 

 

 
Marty Hanson Pike tail area photo
  Marty Hanson Pike, head shot for detail  

 

   
Superb Northern Pike fish plaque by Marty Hanson, Prior Lake, Minn. Circa 1990's (?). Marty told me this was the only fish plaque he has made. Has Marty's white ink stamp on back. Excellent all original paint & condition with a great patina. Paint is very detailed & aged to look 100 years old. Has great looking aged "burst" painting behind the fish that really makes it stand out. Also the frame paint is aged perfect to just make the whole thing a great work of art. The 4 body fins are made from copper & the tail is carved wood, eye is glass. Body is 3/4 carving that measures approx 25 inches, overall length of plaque is approx 30 X 9 1/2. Ask for extra pics if interested. This rare one of a kind piece is outstanding & will be a great addition to any collection. If you have ever tried to get any decoys at a show by Marty you know he sells out fast & you wont find one of these.
SOLD!
 
 
Mich Shiner
Mich Shiner
 

 

Unknown fat Shiner fish spearing decoy by unknown maker probably upper peninsula of Mich. Circa 1920-40s. This fish has good all original paint & condition with some honest use wear to edges & loss on fins as would be expected of a fish that was used of this vintage. Paint is clean with nice patina of age with a nice surface. Measures approx 4 3/4 inches long and retains all metal fins and line tie. Very cool style inletted belly weight with keel design. Good earlier piece here for the spearing decoy collector & collectors of American Folk Art. Nice buy here. More pics avail.
$185

 



Early white bobber
 

 

Early wooden fishing bobber. Probably made by the IDEAL FLOAT Co., Richmond, VA. Circa WWII vintage. Excellent all original paint & condition. Great surface on this one. Condition is really nice, looks unused except for a few small dents in fattest blue part of body, probably from rolling around in a tackle box, still pretty excellent overall. Paint is white with black, red and blue stripes. Retains original red adjuster ball. Measures approx 7 inches long and body of bobber measures approx 4 inches long. You can date his one to WWII vintage because of the lack of any metal on bottom side of bobber, usually a wire loop. Good early piece here in excellent all original condition, you don't find them much better condition then this one, especially with such great color combo. Neat vintage addition for any fishing lure, folk art or sporting collectible collection. More pics avail.
SOLD!

 
American Fish Decoys by Steven Michaan
 

 

Scarce hardback copy of AMERICAN FISH DECOYS by Steven Michaan. Limited printing in 2003. Excellent conditon, I have a few copies still in original shrink wrap. This is one of the best photographed & layouts I have seen in any sporting collectable book. The photography is awesome & Michaan is very well known for his fish decoy knowledge & collections, all together it makes for a great & must have book of some of the finest known examples of fish spearing decoys in existance. Has chapters on American fish decoy history, New York fish decoys, Oscar Peterson decoys, Mt Clemens fish decoys, Hans Janner fish decoys, & Michigan styles of fish decoys. The top makers & some very rare examples are presented thru out this 208 page book. Measures approx 12 1/4 X 10 1/2. Don't miss out on this one, this is a very hard book to find. Price includes shipping to lower 48.
SOLD OUT!

 
Irvine Lake Trout
 

 

 
Irvine Lake Trout
  Irvine Lake Trout  

 

   
Superb Lake Trout fish plaque by Lawrence Irvine, Winthrop, Maine. Signed by Irvine but not dated. Excellent all original paint & condition with no repairs. Fish measures approx 23 inches, overall plaque size is 28 inches. Very cool carved eyes full body style with 6 wood carved fins. This is a neat piece & his work is very collectable & sought after. Great addition to any collection, if the duck decoys are wearing you down this will surely please. More pics avail.
SOLD!
 
 
Max fish decoy
Max fish
 

 

Very nice Red/White fish spearing decoy by Henry Max (1903-1978), Fergus Falls, Minn. Circa 1935-60. Classic color combo here with red upper body and white lower body with silver glitter. This fish has very good plus all original paint & condition with painted eyes. Measures approx 6 inches long and retains all 5 metal fins and tail and screw eye line tie.Shows some wear to nose and lead belly weight, probably from sitting in a fishing box for years. Henry started making fish in 1935-36 to pass the time after being bedridden from crippling arthritis. Henry Max fish decoys are classics and sought by spearing decoy collectors and fisherman who still use them. Good piece here for the money as condition is very nice. More pics avail.
SOLD!

 

unk perch
unk perch
 

 

Crude Perch fish spearing decoy by unknown maker, but probably Minn. Circa 1940's. This fish has very good plus all original paint & condition. Paint is strong and clean with a great surface. Measures approx 6 inches long and retains all 4 metal fins and tail with wire line tie. Fins have some rusting. Painted eyes. Cool looking folk art piece here for the spearing decoy collector & collectors of American Folk Art. Nice buy here. More pics avail.
$110

 
Mizera tan fish decoy--unfished
unfished rare color Mizera
 

 

Awesome unfished tan fish spearing decoy by Frank Mizera (1898-1969), Ely, Minn. Circa 1940-50s. Scarce color combo here with tan base with orange & yellow detail colors. This fish has near perfect mint all original paint & condition with only small age lines to paint on tack eyes. Measures approx 8 inches long and retains all 4 metal fins and line tie. Painted tack eyes. Frank was a fishing guide most of his life & commercially fished to sell smoked fish to the tourist in the neighboring Boundary Waters communities. He supplemented his income by making fish decoys and lures to sell as far south as the Twin Cities area. Frank Mizera fish decoys are classics and highly sought by spearing decoy collectors & collectors of American Folk Art. Good piece here for the money & rare color by Mizera. More pics avail.
$650

 
Duck folk art lure
DUCK FOLK ART LURE
 

 

Very cool Duckling lure by unknown maker. Circa 1950-60's. This lure has good all original paint & condition with some honest use wear to edges, appears to be a thin felt or fuzz covering mixed into paint to give it a live feel. Measures approx 3 3/4 inches long and retains all original components. Good piece here for the folk art lure collector & collectors of American Folk Art. Nice buy here, very cool fishing lure with lots of personality. More pics avail.
$225

 
Slim Ripley fish
Slim Ripley fish decoy
 

 

Nice Shiner fish spearing decoy by Slim Ripley, Alexandria, Minn. Circa 1920's. This fish has good all original paint & condition with some honest use wear to edges and thin age line in back from where line tie was installed. Very good plus condition with some wear as would be expected of a fish that was used of this vintage. Paint is clean & strong with good use of colors. Measures approx 4 1/4 inches long and retains all 6 metal fins and staple nail line tie. Bottom of tail fin has some bent area. Still has original price of 25 written on side. Cool looking piece here for the spearing decoy collector & collectors of American Folk Art. Nice buy here. More pics avail.
$165

 


Bud Stewart Folk Art fish
Bud Stewart Folk Art fish decoy
Bud Stewart top of Folk Art fish decoy
 

 

Outstanding early and rare Sucker fish spearing decoy by Elman "Bud" Stewart (1913-1999), Flint, Michigan. Circa 1930-33, Stewart's "Folk Art' period. Excellent all original paint that is clean & strong with good use of colors with folky painting including a the classic "spotting" that Stewart was best known for. Measures approx 6 inches long and retains all 5 original metal fins which have most of paint intact. Shows very minimal wear, mostly to tail fin. Cool deep carved gill with nail tack eyes. Bud Stewart was a true American Folk artist & his art was the beautiful lures and fish decoys that he made since the 1920s until retiring in 1980. He was named a "legendary angler" in 1984 by the National Fishing Hall of Fame at Hayward, Wisconsin, and he participated at the 1987 Festival of American Folklife in Washington, D.C. and at the 1987 Festival of Michigan Folklife in East Lansing. Scarce piece here for the fishing lure or spearing decoy collector & collectors of American Folk Art. Nice buy here & seldom seen offering at any price. More pics avail. Awesome piece here for the money!
$1600

 
Mizera natural
Mizera natural
 

 

Awesome extra large natural style fish spearing decoy by Frank Mizera (1898-1969), Ely, Minn. Circa 1940-50s. Scarce color combo here with natural base with 6 burned perch bars with white and silver detail colors. This fish has very good plus all original paint & condition with only small flaking of burn areas to wood. Has area on bottom of tail that is chipped and gone, see pic above. Measures a nice big 10 1/4 inches long and retains all 4 metal fins and screw eye line tie. Painted tack eyes. Frank was a fishing guide after a job injury for most of his life & commercially fished to sell smoked fish to the tourist in the neighboring Boundary Waters communities. He supplemented his income by making fish decoys and lures to sell as far south as the Twin Cities area. Frank Mizera fish decoys are classics and highly sought by spearing decoy collectors & collectors of American Folk Art. Good piece here for the money & rare size and color by Mizera. More pics avail.
$400

 
yellow/red fish decoy
yellow/red fish decoy
 

 

Folky small yellow and red minnow fish spearing decoy by unknown maker, maybe factory, probably Minn. Circa 1940-50s. This fish has very good all original paint & condition with some age flaking mostly on fins as would be expected of a fish of this vintage that has been used. Paint is strong with good use of color. Measures approx 3 1/8 inches long and retains all 3 metal fins and screw eye line tie. Cool looking piece here for the spearing decoy collector & collectors of American Folk Art. Nice buy here. More pics avail.
$40

 

Ian McNair Whale
McNair signature

 

 

Super nice Whale carving by Ian McNair, Eastern Shore of VA. Carved signatue "I. McNair", one sided for wall mount. Excellent all original paint that is very slightly aged for a perfect look of a old antique classic. Great looking painting style with a beautiful surface. Body is one sided carved & measures appox 36 1/2 inches long with a slightly open mouth with 14 carved teeth & a raised curved tail carving. Carved eye with hang wire on backside. I have had over the years several pieces by Ian & his carvings are superb in style, paint & construction. His workmanship is very high quality as you would expect from a McNair, its in the blood. This beauty is sure to please & priced to sell. See latest issue of Decoy Magazine for very nice story on Ian & his fine work. This is a quite different and very nice carving by Ian and scarce. More pics available on this beauty.
SOLD!

 
CL fish decoy
CL fish decoy
 

 

Rare & very early Trout spearing fish decoy from the Chautauqua Lake region of New York. Circa pre-1905, that is approx when spearing was outlawed in NY. Paint is all original with some surface wear & structurally excellent with a very clean and strong surface. Has a few areas of wear to primer and wear to wood on lower part of nose. Most wear is storage and age, displays very nicely. Measures approx 7 1/2 inches long. Has original brass tack eyes & 6 metal fins and a classic leather tail used only in this region. Has classic carved gills & mouth that gives fish decoys from this area the best look. Has classic thru body hole line tie with poured inletted belly weight & copper fins. Chautauqua Lake fish decoys are classics & some of the hardest to aquire. Spearing was outlawed in 1905 or 06 & not many examples have survived, especially in this outstanding of original condition. So hard to find but very exciting to collect these. I will include the original spear head that was found with this fish in a old tackle box. More pics avail on this classic beauty and a very good buy here.
$2250

 
 

 

Rare HEDDON "TADPOLLY" 5000 model bait in rare "red-scale" color, with original box. Circa 1920. Excellent plus condition, perfect glass eyes & "L-rig" hardware. Rigged with double hooks. Color is strong, clean & superb, with pin head size varnish flakes from age. Has original "down-bass" box but # is hard to now read from how I displayed, but is original. A rare & superb lure for any collection & one of the tuffest colors.
SOLD!

 
Bud Stewart mini decoy
Bud Stewart decoy lure
 

 

Early Fish Decoy or lure by Bud Stewart, Flint, Mich. Circa 1940-50's. Tiny at only 2 3/4 inches long. Nicely carved gills, eyes & sucker type mouth. Has a curved body with 2 line ties & the third has a "cheater" hook attached. Paint is thick & all original. Condition is excellent. Bud Stewart was a true American Folk artist & his art was the beautiful lures and fish decoys that he made since the 1920s until retiring in 1980. He was named a "legendary angler" in 1984 by the National Fishing Hall of Fame at Hayward, Wisconsin, and he participated at the 1987 Festival of American Folklife in Washington, D.C. and at the 1987 Festival of Michigan Folklife in East Lansing. Scarce piece here for the fishing lure or spearing decoy collector & collectors of American Folk Art. Nice buy here & seldom seen offering at any price. More pics avail.
$85

 
 
 

 

Rare small size Oscar Peterson (1887-1951), Cadillac, Mich., 4 3/4+ inch Brown Trout with original rare breeding spotted finish, fish spearing decoy. Circa 1936, this fish is a late Period 3, early period 4 (1935-38) decoy. This fish has very good all original paint & condition with only small wear to edges, wear to belly & some loss on fins & line tie area, has one flake to primer on top back as would be expected of a fish that was used of this vintage. Paint is very clean, & very strong with excellent color & brush work & nice thick original finish. This fish is a pellet tack eye model & is a very rare to find size. See Ron Fritz's excellent book "Michigan's Master Carver OSCAR W. PETERSON ", for like examples. Any Oscar Peterson in condition this clean, strong & honest is desirable & rare. This fish is guaranteed forever to be 100% Oscar Peterson, & would make a nice addition to any old fish decoy collection. More pics avail. This is a beauty and fresh to market from one of the top Oscar Peterson private collections in the world!
SOLD!

 
 
Slim Ripley decoy
Slim Ripley decoy
 

 

Early Perch fish spearing decoy attrib to Slim Ripley, Alexandria, Minn. Circa 1920's. This fish has all original paint & condition with some honest use wear to paint on entire fish from use. Wear as would be expected of a fish that was used of this vintage. Measures approx 4 1/4 inches long and retains all 5 metal fins and staple nail line tie. Cool looking old warrior here for the spearing decoy collector & collectors of American Folk Art. Nice buy here. More pics avail.
$95

 
Gorden Allen blackfish
Gordon Allen black fish
 

 

Nice Black Trout fish spearing decoy by Native American Indian Gordon Allen, Lac Du Flambeau, Wisc. Circa 1970's. This fish has excellent near mint all original paint & condition with very minimal wear to edges. Paint is clean & strong with good detailed carving typical of some of the Native American carvers. Measures approx 7 1/2 inches long and retains all copper fins and curved carved wooden tail. Has nice detail with carved eyes & gills. Good known maker piece here for the spearing decoy collector & collectors of Native American Indian Folk Art. Nice buy here. More pics avail.
$275

 

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