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Superb, never rigged oversized Black Duck by A. Elmer Crowell (1862-1952), East Harwich, Mass. Circa 1915-20. Very clean all original paint & condition. Paint is very dry, clean with a perfect patina of age. Has good strong oval style brand. Measures approx 17 inches long, and has the big, bold, deep body style. Has a couple of spots of old white near head, probably done by Crowell when he was making a rig of hunting birds, could probably be removed but shows age & doesnt distract. Solid body with glass eyes & has typical body check along length of bottom of bird, common with Crowell birds because of the solid wood he used. Has nicely done rasped head & breast. Extra pics available. This is a excellent example for any collector looking for a strong Crowell Black Duck to add to a collection. Good buy here as Crowell decoys continue to be the strongest part of the decoy market, early unrigged examples this nice are getting impossible to find at any price.
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Rare and outstanding full size high-head Pintail hen by Robert McGaw (1879-1958), Harve de Grace, MD. Circa 1920-30. Excellent all original paint & mounted on original wooden base. Incredible paint detail & form, with very tight & full scratch paint style & is the best paint job I have ever seen on any Upper Bay bird, the detail, color & patina are superb. Pretty as she is it does have a flake on cheek, and some at base of head/shelf area as shown, also a rub to tail area. It does have a age check along bottom where mounted to base, but doesn't show when displayed, its not perfect but close to it & honest. Measures approx 16 1/2 inches long , with great & rare high-head style (4 1/2 inch high) & full body carving. Full size decorative McGaw decoys are seldom found on the resale market anymore & this is a superb decoy for any collector looking to add a very choice Upper Bay or McGaw bird to a collection. E-mail for more pics if interested.
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Superb & rare Mason Glasseye Dove, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Mich. Circa 1910. Ex-McCleery collection. Has a double "McCleery" stamp on bottom & "Mason Dove" is written in ink. Paint is very strong, clean & all original. Measures approx 9 3/4 inches. Perfect glass eyes & original bill. A few minor rubs to the surface, & a few shot marks. Mason decoys continue to soar in value, and good quality like this example seem to have no limit. Great color on this one. Very clean, not perfect mint but close to it, & as good an example as you will find of this scarce species. More pics avail. Sold, click on "DECOYS" at top of page to view current inventory

 
   

 

Superb & near mint Black Duck by Miles Hancock (1888-1974), Chincoteague Island, VA. Circa 1950. Near mint, all original paint & condition. Paint is very clean & great detailed scratch paint style. Cottonwood body & head that measures 18 inches long. Has tack eyes. This is a great thick body style by Hancock. It is pictured in "COLLECTING ANTIQUE BIRD DECOYS and DUCK CALLS", by Carl F. Luckey & Russell E. Lewis. If you been wanting a seriously nice Hancock Black Duck, this is it.
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Superb oversize Black Duck by Ira Hudson (1876-1949), Chincoteague Island, VA. Circa 1930-1940. Excellent, very clean, & all original paint & condition with one "in making" check on left side. Paint style & form are highly desirable. This is one of Hudson's football, banjo tail models. Solid cedar body, measures approx 17 1/2 inches long, has tack eyes & retains original line tie & weight. Nicely done scratch paint patterns & carving style, with slightly turned head. This is a fine a Hudson as you will find.
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Rare lifesize Elmer Crowell  Lesser Yellowlegs, SUPERB!
Rare lifesize Elmer Crowell  Lesser Yellowlegs, SUPERB!
 

 

Superb & pristine Lesser Yellowlegs shorebird carving by A. Elmer Crowell (1862-1952), East Harwich, Mass. Circa 1920-40. Outstanding all original paint & condition. Paint is very detailed, dry, and clean with a perfect patina of age. Only wear is tiny rub to very tip of bill & tail, both are very small rubs & do not distract in anyway. No repairs or touch ups of any kind, blacklights perfect. All gesso for thighs, knees & toes are original & in great shape. Has good strong square style brand. Lifesize it measures approx 8 1/2 inches long, and 9 1/4 tall. Solid body with glass eyes and is mounted on carved clam or quahog shell. Extra pics available. This is a excellent example for any collector looking for a strong Crowell Shorebird carving to add to a collection, this beauty is ex-collection of Steve Ting. Good buy here as Crowell decoys continue to be the strongest part of the decoy market, early untouched examples this nice are getting impossible to find at any price.
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Stunning "dead hang" Greenwing Teal pair by Grayson Chesser, Jenkins Bridge, VA. Excellent all original paint & condition, and mounted on a very cool old shutter. Life size carved cedar bodies measure approx 14 1/2 inches long each, with great head & full body carving. Overall size of piece is appox 31 X 15. Grayson was the "Carver of the Year" at the 2004 Harve de Grace Decoy Show, and just did an exhibit at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C. Grayson makes a great bird & his "dead hang" carvings are very, very scarce and a collector favorite. This is a fabulous piece of art, and will please even the most demanding of collectors.
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A. E. Crowell Laughing Gull
Rare Crowell Laughing Gull
 

 

Very rare species miniature Laughing Gull carving by A.E. Crowell (1862-1952), East Harwich, Mass. Circa 1900-30s. Excellent all original paint & condition, with only fault being very tiny pinhead size dent in breast but hard to see. Paint blending & colors on this bird are superb, no doubt whose hand carved & painted this one! Bottom is rectangular stamped "A.E. Crowell Maker, East Harwichport, Mass." Approx 3 3/4 inches long & 2 3/4 high. More pics avail. Very nice mini & a very rarely found species. These have soared in value over the last couple of years & are a strong solid investment and a joy to own, and Crowell mini rare species are at the top of the list. How many of these have you ever seen for sale or even in a large collection?
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Ward bro Goose
Ward goose bottom Ward goose bottom
Ward goose photo
Ward brothers personal rig goose
 

 

Rare & early classic Canada Goose by the Ward Brothers, Crisfield, MD. Circa 1932. This goose is from the Ward Brother's personal gunning rig. Bird has been signed by Lem and Steve in 3 different spots, once as makers, second time to verify bird from thier personal hunting rig, & third time to friend Don Snyder, who had them repaint the bird in 1968. Bird was repainted in 1968 by the Wards & the above original photo shows this is exact bird that Steve is holding, except keel was later removed to display. This photo was attached to bottom of bird & will be included with the decoy. I would assume that is Mrs. Snyder & son with Steve Ward in photo. Glass eyes & great form, with classic Ward style head carving. Body is all cedar with turned head & measures approx 23 1/2 inches long. Bill was replaced by the Wards, probably as a gunning repair, as photo shows bill the same. Very clean & nicely done style for that era & the paint style is beautiful. The price of good Wards are staying strong and rare examples continue to bring very strong money. This is a nice decoy for any collector looking to add a early classic Ward Goose with some good history attached. Detailed pics available.
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Henry Lockard Redhead
Lockard back paint
Henry Lockard drake Redhead
"F" brand on Lockard
 

 

Super nice and very scarce drake Redhead by Henry Lockard (1868-1944) , Elk Neck, Maryland. Circa 1920-35. Ex-Fleckenstein collection & branded with his early "F". Strong, dry & clean all original paint & condition with some honest gunning wear. Paint is original coat by John Glen or most likely Glen's wife who painted most of the decoys. Not sure why Lockard had others paint his decoys maybe he didnt like to paint or couldnt. They have been found in paint by McGaw, Severn Hall & Glen, not sure what Lockard paint looks like but I heard he did paint a few. Great form on this fat & full size bird at approx 14 inches, no checks or cracks but does have puddy loss around old natural knot in wood on back as can been seen above. Nicely done head & bill with the classic Lockard half moon nostril carving. A classic & very clean Lockard bird for any Chesapeake Bay decoy collection. Rare one here, in impossible to find condition, you just dont find Redheads by Lockard like you do his Canvasbacks, especially in great looking and all original Glen paint. Extra pics avail.
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Baldwin Goose

 

 

Very nice mini flying Canada Goose by John "Never Worked and Never Will" Baldwin (1868-1938), Babylon, Long Island, NY. Circa 1900-1925. Paint is all original & very rich in color with a gorgeous deep patina and dry surface. Measures approx 9 1/2 inches long. Has small eye screw to hang with and some good info on Baldwin attached to backside. Baldwin was very dedicated to what he loved which was making flying duck carvings. He was proclaimed to be "The Greatest Whittler" of them all. A sign hung in his shop that proudly proclaimed "Never worked and never will". I've had carvings of his before with sticker on bottom with that slogan on it. His carvings were very popular and eagerly purchased by the public, but if Baldwin didn't like you or was in a cranky mood you couldn't buy one of his carvings at any price, but he would be quick to give away to a youngster as a present. A lot of good info can be found on John Baldwin in Bill Mackey's classic decoy collecting book "American Bird Decoys". A very nice piece for any collection of Folk Art, miniatures or Long Island classic decoys. More pics avail of this pretty little Goose.
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Harold Haertel GW Teal
Haertel GW Teal
Haertel GW Teal
Haertel GW bottom pic

 

 

Superb Green~Winged Teal drake in "late fall plumage" by Harold Haertel (1904-1996), Dundee, Illinois. Signed & dated 1971 by Harold and made for Dr. Palenske. Fantastic all original paint & condition. Paint is about mint, dry, very clean & incredibly detailed. Signed on bottom with 1971 date as shown in pic above. Life size it measures approx 10 1/4 inches long with a slightly turned head with glass eyes. Harold Haertel was a master carver who was also known for his fine collection of classic North American decoys. His work is outstanding and highly sought by collectors of antique and contemporary decoys. Outstanding example here and easy to understand why his work is so highly sought by collectors. This one is a beauty & guaranteed to please. More pics avail.
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Superb Ward Brothers Black Duck
Ward Black Duck
Ward Black Duck
Superb Ward Bro Black Duck
 

 

Exceptional & very fat "High tail " model Black Duck by the Ward Brothers, Crisfield, MD. Circa 1948, signed & dated. Excellent all original paint & condition. Paint is very strong, clean & dry. Beautiful patina & great paint patterns on this one. Minimal wear with a few tiny dents & bottom edge wear, tiny chip to underside of bill at mandible. Has a slight but tight age line on right side that doesnt distract. Classic fat high tail model that collectors love in the 1948 vintage models. Balsa body with cedar head & tail insert that measures approx 17 inches long. Head is turned to left with no cracks in neck filler. Great looking classic Ward decoy here, very clean & nicely done style for that era & the condition is exceptional. The price of good earlier Wards continue to be strong, they are great American folk art & stand on their own. This is a sweet decoy for any collector looking to add a classic Ward Black Duck and demands exceptional original condition examples & investment quality decoys. E-mail for more pics if interested, you be hard pressed to ever find one better.
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Bob White Green-Winged Teal

 

 

Exceptional Green-Winged Teal pair by Bob White. Signed & dated 1990, & stamped with Bob's trademark Quail in weights. Outstanding pair of decoys in mint all original paint & condition, great colors & superb paint detail. Hollow carved bodies measure approx 12 inches long each. Nice style with slightly turned head on hen with glass eyes, and nice raised wing-tip & tail carving on both. Have been weighted & have leather line ties. His work is highly sought after by collectors of both old & contemporary Delaware River decoys. Outstanding offering here for the price and quality, these continue to be very hard to find & buy, steady & very strong auction prices are proof of the desirabillty. Bob is truely a "Classic and Historic" maker in the Delaware River style and his decoys have been the standard for all that have followed in his style, yet they continue to stand out as great decoys. These are beauties and are guaranteed to please. More pics avail of this fine matched pair.
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Gus Wilson Brown Thrush
Gus Wilson Brown Thrush
 

 

Early & very rare Brown Thrush lifesize bird carving by Augustus Aaron "Gus" Wilson (1864-1950), South Portland, Maine. Circa 1900-1925. Very good plus all original paint & condition with an outstanding surface that is very strong, dry & clean with a great patinia. Wear is very minimal with slight paint shrinkage areas from age. Stylish and sleek solid carved body that measures approx 11 inches long. Very well done detail carving with metal wire legs and with nicely done carved eyes. Mounted by Wilson on rough sawn board that measures approx 10 3/4 long by 4 1/4 wide. Here is a superb example of Gus Wilson's fine work for the collector of classic maker decoys or American folk art carvings. Wilson was a lighthouse keeper & is well known in the decoy & folk art world for his sculptural presence seldom achieved by other decoy makers. Excellent bird here for the money, and a very rare to find species by Wilson. You will be very pleased with this beauty. More pics available.
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Charles Perdew Canvasback
Perdew Canvasback
Perdew Canvasback
Perdew Canvasback
 

 

Exceptional and very scarce drake Canvasback by Charles Perdew (1874-1963), Henry, Ill. Circa 1940's. Superb all original paint & condition. Paint is just about perfect mint that is very dry, very clean & crisp with great detail & patina, only a few slight rubs to edges. Paint blending & use of colors are exceptional. Very nice detailed scratch comb painting across back in Charlie's best style. Nice to find in never varnished condition. Hollow carved it measures approx 16 inches long with a very slightly turned head and glass eyes, with the best style raised wing carving. Retains original weight & line tie. This bird is a killer & you could get yourself "crushed" at auction trying to buy one this nice. Some great info can be found in any of the books that cover Illinois River decoys. Perdews are classics, & not just in the mid-west, his work is highly sought by many collectors all over the country. This is a very top shelf example of his work & you would have a hard time finding one with the same vintage in this condition at anywhere near this price. Great piece here for even the pickiest condition collector or investor. More pics avail if interested. Good buy here below cost when last purchased. Hard not to want to add this bold beauty to your collection, great form, style & paint and scarce specie. Don't miss out on this one.
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Unknown Bufflehead
Early Bufflehead
 

 

Very early Bufflehead drake decoy by unknown maker, thought to be from southern New Jersey area. Ex-collection of the Noyes Museum & collection of Gary Giberson. Circa 1850-1900. Very good all original paint & condition. Very strong, dry and clean. Excellent surface on this early piece, paint has the translucence that is only found on very early painted pieces. Nice small size it measures approx 10 1/4 inches long and body is hollow carved. Has some honest old hunting wear with a chip to bottom edge of bill and small chip intail. Slight separation at body seam and half moon crack where nail secured head to body on right side as shown in photo above. Original weight & line tie are long gone.This bird is ex-collection of Noyes Museum & Giberson collection, it has 911 stamped in bottom & someone wrote "Bowen" very faintly on bottom but even if never id'ed is a very cool piece & to find a Bufflehead from south Jersey is always a great find, especially a piece this early & original. Excellent example here for any level collection of early NJ decoys, Bufflehead decoys or folk art decoys. More pics avail..
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Collector Grade Ward Bro Black Duck
Ward Bro Black Duck bottom
 

 

Scarce "Collector Grade" model Black Duck by the Ward Brothers, Crisfield, MD. Circa 1957, signed & dated. Excellent all original paint & condition. Paint is very strong and clean. Beautiful patina & great paint patterns on this one. Minimal wear with a few small flakes, small dent near tip of right wing. Balsa body with cedar head & nice wide tail insert that measures approx 16 inches long. Head is turned to left slightly. Great looking classic Ward decoy here, very clean & nicely done style for that era & the condition is very good plus. The Ward's started to see a influx of collectors in the 1950's and started to focus on more "Collector Grade" examples instead of just gunning birds. The Collector Grade models are a bit fancier in carving and quite a bit more of the classic Ward Brothers detailing in paint work. The price of good Wards continue to be strong, they are great American folk art & stand on their own. This is a sweet decoy for any collector looking to add a classic Ward Black Duck and demands excellent original condition examples & investment quality decoys. E-mail for more pics if interested, you will like this one for the price.
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Postage stamp model Bob McGaw Canvasback drake

Hen Postage stam model Canvasback
 

 

Truely exceptional "Postage Stamp" model Canvasback pair by Robert McGaw (1879-1958), Harve de Grace, MD. Circa 1925-40. Excellent all original paint & condition, great patina & aging. Paint is super strong, dry & crisp. Both birds were originaly mounted on McGaw's decorative bases & show base marks on bottom of each. Neither has never been gunned over are near perfect, including "no nail pops" which isn't uncommon on early McGaws. Drake has a very thin age line in bottom but very tight & secure. For the age they are just superb! More pics avail. Measure approx 15 inches long each. Outstanding paint patterns in McGaws best style. As good as they come, and of the quality you just can't find at any price these days. It is as fine a McGaw Canvasback matched pair as you will ever be able to find of this vintage, birds of this quality continue to be the strongest investment you can put in a collection. Both have a US Postal Service Stamp on bottom of the birds of the original McGaw Canvasback that was issued for the "Folk Art" series of postage stamps. More pics available. You will be thrilled with these beauties.
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Oliver Lawson 1963 flying Pintail drake
 

 

Superb & very scarce flying Pintail drake by Oliver Lawson, Crisfield, MD. Circa signed & dated 1963. Excellent all original paint & condition, paint is dry, clean and mint with great colors. Measures approx 20 inches long with slightly dropped head and painted eyes. Wing tip to wing tip measurement is approx 16 inches. Only fault is tail break & reapplied as can be seen in pics above, no touch up done to cover, not bad for a delicate 47+ year old carving. Lawson learned to make decoys under the guidance of his neighbors, the Ward Brothers. He must not have missed a single lesson as his decoys are superb with the strong influence of the Ward's work. Very hard to get any of Lawson's work these days, and here is a outstanding & very scarce full body carving by him that is as nice as you will ever find at any price. This beauty is sure to please, priced to sell quickly, extra pics avail.
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Dudley style Canvasback by Frank Finney
 

 

Super serious Dudley style Canvasback decoy by Frank Finney, Capeville, VA. Has proper "LD" perfectly carved into bottom. Excellent aged paint to make this classic beauty look like an original 100 year old decoy by Lem & Lee Dudley. Measures approx 13 inches long & has proper authentic weight & a remnent of a leather line tie which adds to its realistic look. This is a neat piece & Frank's work is very collectable & sought after. Great addition to any collection, if you love the classics but cant afford what the real one will cost then this one should fill the bill at a small fraction of price of the authentic one if ever sold. More pics avail.
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Keith Mueller Surf Scoter
Mueller Surf Scoter
KM Surf Scoter


 

 

Awesome hollow carved Surf Scoter by Keith Mueller, Conn. Ink signed on bottom along with note for special friend in hunting painting on bottom of bird. Excellent all original paint and condition. Glass eyes. Measure approx 13 3/4 inches long with slightly tucked head posture. Very well done hollow carved body with total feather carving detail. Keith is a World Champion carver and is also well known for his paintings and several duck stamp wins. If you have ever seen any of Keith's work in hand it is very impressive. Very pretty Surf Scoter here with great detailed workmanship and painting style. Very strong example for any collection of Surf Scoter or detailed decoys. More pics avail. Very good buy on this one!
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Nova Scota hen Merganser
 

 

 
Nova Scota hen Merganser
  Nova Scota hen Merganser  

 

   

Fantastic early & very folky hen Merganser, maker not known but probably Nova Scota. Circa 1890-1930. Excellent all original paint with a few tiny flakes to primer coat on back & a few wood grain flakes to wood. Paint is very dry, clean and strong with great looking craquelure and patina. Minimal wear to edges is honest hunting wear. Measures approx 19 inches long. Head is very well done with glass eyes. Very nice example overall for a bird thats probably about a hundred years old. More pics avail of this beauty. Good example here for the collector that likes good early folk art decoys & demands strong & all original paint & condition. You will be pleased with this one & at a price that is sure to please.
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Reeves Family Pintail drake
Reeves family Pintail

 

 

Early and very nice Pintail drake decoy attrib to the Reeve's family, Long Point Shooting Club legacy, Southwestern, Ontario. Circa 1880-1925. Very strong all original paint that is very clean and dry with a great patina. Has been gunned but wear is very minimal. Great looking form with nicely done comb painting in gray area. Body is solid carved & measures appox 16 inches long with a straight forward head. Has glass eyes, original keel has been removed. Nice looking bird here and in the condition collectors love to find, especially a early Pintail. This beauty is sure to please & priced to sell, I wish I knew more about who made it. Will make nice addition to any Pintail or Canadian decoy collection. More pics avail.
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Oversize Yellowlegs from Mass
Oversize Yellowlegs shorebird
Oversize Yellowlegs from Mass
 

 

Very folky and early oversize running Yellowlegs shorebird decoy, maker unknown but Massachusetts area. Circa 1880-1910. Very nice and very strong all original paint & condition, including original wooden bill. Paint is very clean, dry & strong, with nice basic feather plummage painting. This bird has a nice surface with good colors with a nice deep patina. This is a nice sized bird measuring approx 17 inches long and is a lamanated 3 piece body. Condition is very good plus with some honest old age & gunning wear as shown. Very neat running position body style with outstreched neck and raised wing tip carving. Has original metal leg in body. Very nice old Massachusetts shorebird with great primitive folk art form and with a very nice old all original surface. Good looking old decoy for any collection of folk art or antique shorebirds. Very nice buy here as you can look for a long time and spend a lot of money looking for a shorebird with great form & surface that might not touch this bird for the money. Custom stand included and shown above. More pics available.
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Rare "open-water" drake Canvasback by the Ward Brothers 1920-30
Ward Brothers open water drake Canvasback
 

 

Exceptional & very rare "Open Water" model drake Canvasback by the Ward Brothers, Crisfield, MD. 1 of 18 made for a gunning rig on the Pocomoke River, only drakes were made for this rig. Circa 1920-30's. Excellent all original paint & condition. Paint is very strong, clean & dry. Beautiful patina & great paint patterns on this one. Minimal gunning & age wear with a few areas of loss to wood but very minimal considering age & enviroment. Has a slight age line in neck puddy that goes around the back bottom of neck where it meets body. Displays perfect. Has the Ward Brothers ink stamp under the tail. Great looking classic Ward decoy here, it is pictured in Gard & McGrath's great book "The WARD BROTHERS' DECOYS, A Collectors Guide", on top of page 17 in color plate 10. Solid carved body measures approx 16 1/4 inches long and has glass eyes. Retains original weights & line tie. Very clean & nicely done style for that era. The price of good early Wards continue to be strong, they are great American folk art & stand on their own. This is a sweet decoy for any collector looking to add a early Ward Canvasback and demands great or classic examples & investment quality decoys. E-mail for more pics if interested.
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Outstanding rare & very early hollow Canada Goose by Lou Barkelow (carved approx 1870-1950), Forked River, New Jersey. Circa 1880-1910. Ex-Collection of the Noyes Museum & marked as such with number on bottom. Bird was gifted to the Museum by his brother. Paint is very strong and all original. It is very clean & bone dry & has never been waxed. Great swirl painting style, and the color & patina on this one is a killer. Its hollow carved & measures approx 24 1/2 inches long. Retains original splined bill & tack eyes. Also has original pad weight & leather line tie. Very little paint loss on this one. This Goose is one of a small group of decoys that was given to the Noyes Museum by Edward Barkelow, who was the brother of Lou Barkelow, and the only other son of Joel Barkelow. In the past these were a toss up of either Barkelow or Dude Crane, but futher research suggest they were made by Lou Barkelow approx 1880s & are much earlier then Dude Crane who carved a less stylish decoy & is a bit later. This is a fabulous old Goose decoy. It is a rare opportunity to add any Goose of this vintage & condition to a collection, especially from NJ. Great bird here for the money.
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Superb "PREMIER MASON" style drake Widgeon by Cameron McIntyre
 

 

 
Superb "PREMIER MASON" style drake Widgeon by Cameron McIntyre
  Superb "PREMIER MASON" style drake Widgeon by Cameron McIntyre  

 

   

Superb "PREMIER MASON" style drake Widgeon by Cameron McIntyre. Circa 2001. Excellent all original aged paint & condition. The paint style, aging, and patina on this bird is incredible. Stylish, sleek & very well done carving that would be worth 250K+ if it was really a 100 year old Mason decoy. Measures approx 15 inches long. Hollow body carving. Paint has been aged proper with an incredible soft patina. Carved "CTM" signature in bottom, and has "PREMIER" Flats Model" painted on bottom. Has glass eyes. More pics avail. Cameron said this was the only one of these he ever made. Here is a nice rare decoy for the money, as Cameron's work is nearly impossible to get. Excellent bird here for the collector of Mason decoys or of Cameron's work. I am constantly amazed at the talent that Cameron exibits in his work, and this bird is one of the finest carvings I have ever seen, new or old done by anyone. You will be more then happy with this one & if you saw what his birds sold for at G&S April 2007 decoy auction you will appreciate the deal on this beauty.
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Frank Dolsen Canvasback pair
Dolsen brand

 

 

Rare matched pair of Canvasback decoys by Francis "Frank" Dolsen (1900-1981), Lake St. Clair, Ontario, Canada. From the only rig carved by Frank which numbered 50 birds & were done in 1919. This exact hen is pictured in Paul Biscoe's book. Excellent all original paint, thats very dry & clean, with a perfect surface and color. Measure approx 15 1/4 inches long each and are solid bodies. Both have nice glass eyes. Keels have been removed but retain pieces of original leather line ties. This is only rig ever made by Dolsen. They were done in 1919 and put away in the 1930's and rediscovered again in the 1960's. Great matched pair here and they are sure to please any collector of Canadian classic decoys. More pics avail.
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Superb & early Yellowlegs decoy by Charles Clark, Chincoteague Island, VA. Circa 1890-1910. Excellent all original paint that is super crisp, thick & clean. Some dryness flaking to bare wood in a few spots. Bill is a replacement (that will save you a bunch of $'s). Solid carved body measures approx 10 3/4 inches long. Classic Clark with the sharp ridge carving down the entire back with flared tail & fat jowl & skull carving. Nice fat body has a good look & feel in hand. Charles Clark made some of the best folk art shorebirds made & they have become a high demand item in the last few years. Rarely are they offered this nice & clean, & you could live with a replaced bill at this price on this rare beauty. E-mail for more pics if interested, examples of Clarks shorebirds have sold for over $100,000.+, they are great decoy folk art & after the Clark Yellowlegs sells in NY in mid-Jan at Americana Week 2007 at Christies this will be the last one you see in this price range, this nice of condition is nearly impossible to find.
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George Strunk Black Duck
George Strunk Black Duck
 

 

Very unique oversized tucked head preening Black Duck in the Delaware River style by George Strunk, Glendora, NJ. "G. STRUNK" branded weight. Outstanding all original paint & condition. Outstanding and very detailed all original paint & condition. Beautiful surface on this one that is very strong, dry and clean with great blending and colors that George is so outstanding at doing. This beautiful big fat Black Duck is hollow carved & rigged with lead pad weight & leather line tied proper & ready to hunt with or stick on the shelf. Oversized hollow carved body measures approx 17 inches long with tucked and turned preening head position. Has glass eyes & very nice detailed paint work. Great job on this one with detailed bill carving, raised wing-tip & tail carving. George makes a great looking bird in the classic Delaware River style, his painting is incredible. His work is highly sought after by collectors of both old & contemporary decoys. Outstanding work here & sure to please, I doubt you will ever see another like this one.
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Ward Pintail


Nice Ward Brothers Pintail drake

 

 

Super nice balsa model Pintail decoy by the Ward Brothers, Crisfield, MD. Circa 1948. Excellent plus all original paint & condition. Paint is very strong, clean & dry. Beautiful patina & great paint patterns on this one. Minimal wear with only a slight bit around bottom edges & very tip of tail. Balsa body with cedar head & tail insert that measures approx 17 1/2 inches long. Head is turned to left & retains original keel and line tie. This bird is part of a small rig of Pintails that were purchased from the Wards and were kept in same family until sold 60 years later. Only drakes were sold by family who still retains the hens, but this one was the best of the rig. Great looking classic Ward decoy here, very clean & nicely done style for that era & the condition is exceptional. The price of good earlier Wards continue to be strong, they are great American folk art & stand on their own. This is a sweet decoy for any collector looking to add a classic Ward Pintail and demands exceptional original condition examples & investment quality decoys. You be hard pressed to ever find one better, as the last good Ward balsa Pintail sold in the 14k range. Email for more pics if interested.
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Superb, early & very fat, hollow carved, drake Bluebill by Ira Hudson (1876-1949), Chincoteague Island, VA. Circa 1925-1935. Has good, dry, clean all original paint with very little wear for the age, most body wear is age/grain line, some rubs to head as shown. No repairs or touch ups of any kind. Measures approx 13 1/2 inches. This is very rare hollow carved body style (dont see many hollow Bluebills), with what appears to be extra fancy painting, swirls go all the way around the body, even onto the belly area. Has extra wide banjo tail with 8 carved fluted areas. Had ice dip carving on back. Body is hollow carved cedar, the head is balsa, dont understand why some Chincoteague makers did that except that wood was always scarce. Miles Hancock also did that quite frequently & he was known for sturdiness in the birds he made. It held up well with no neck cracks, but does have slight blunted area to end of bill. A desirable & early Hudson, with a great head style with nicely carved bill, very fat and round football style body, & tack eyes. Retains the original weight & line tie. Nicely done paint style & as good as you can expect to find on a bird of this vintage. Great bird & as clean and honest as you will find a Hudson, very cool bird that will surely please. More pics avail. A very charming bird for any collection.
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Superb & near mint drake Mallard by Charles Perdew (1874-1963), Henry, Ill. Circa 1948-52. Superb all original paint & condition. Paint is just about perfect mint that is bright, clean & crisp with great detail & patina. Hollow carved it measures approx 16 inches long with a slightly turned head and glass eyes. The only thing this keeps this classic beauty from being drop dead perfect is a very small chip on lower right side bottom edge of bill as shown in top pic. Has small less then inch paint shrinkage on back of head & small paint rub on tip of tail. Retains original weight & line tie. This bird is a killer & you could get yourself "crushed" at auction trying to buy one this nice. Some great info can be found in any of the books that cover Illinois River decoys. Perdews are classics, & not just in the mid-west, his work is highly sought by many collectors all over the country. This is a outstanding example of his work & you would have a hard time finding one with the same vintage in this condition at anywhere near this price. Great piece here for even the pickiest condition collector or investor. More pics avail if interested.
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George Boyd Yellowlegs
GB Yellowlegs
GB Yellowlegs




George Boyd Yellowlegs
 

 

Exceptional classic Yellowlegs shorebird decoy By George Boyd (1873-1941), Seabrook, New Hampshire. Circa 1895-1923. Superb all original paint, very clean and dry with a great surface. Paint is exceptional with an incredible amout of brush work. The only loss of paint is very small rub to the very tip of bill & very tip of tail, both are "flea bite" in size. This bird was probably never gunned over & nearly as mint as the day it was made. The bill is original, rare to find as such, they are thin & usually broke. Measures approx 11 inches long & has Boyd's typical metal tack eyes. Boyd's decoys are classics, he only made Yellowlegs & Black Bellied Plovers, mostly for sale to the higher end Sporting Goods stores of the Boston such as Iver Johnson. There is some great info out there on Boyd decoys, especially Jim Cullen's excellent book "Finely Carved & Nicely Painted, The Life, Art and Decoys of George Boyd". This is a really nice Boyd Yellowlegs, great form & very clean. More pics avail. George Boyd decoys are true classics & his work is eagerly sought by collectors of both classic historic decoys & folk art. Very scarce to find in such superb all original condition & paint. Very good buy on this exceptional shorebird.
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Dave "Umbrella" Watson hen Canvasback
 

 

 
Rare hen Canvasback by Dave Watson
  Dave Watson hen Can  

 

   
Excellent & very rare hen Canvasback decoy by Dave "Umbrella" Watson (1851-1938) Chincoteague Island, VA. Circa 1910-20s. Very good all original paint & condition with only exception of repaint over area where bill was broke back towards breast & original piece was put back into place, secured & area painted over, may be maker or nice working repair. Nice paint work on this one with good color blending & paint detail, paint is very dry, clean & strong. Slight wear to edges as would be expected of a 90 year old gunning decoy. Measures approx 15 inches long with body made of balsa & head nicely carved from cedar or pine. Eyes are red glass, retains original inletted weight & leather line tie. Decoys by Watson are very rare, especially in original paint. He made only a fraction of the amount of decoys compared to some of the other famous makers of the area or time frame. Several examples by Watson have sold in the 5 figure range for a single bird. Watson was a very interesting fellow who was very serious about the quality of the decoys he made. Good buy here on a decoy by a maker you rarely get the chance to buy. More pics avail. of this pretty girl if interested.
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Mark McNair Golden Plover
Mark McNair Golden Plover
Mark McNair Golden Plover
 

 

Exceptional hollow carved Golden Plover shorebird decoy by Mark McNair, Eastern Shore of VA. Circa 1980s. Excellent all original aged paint & condition. New England style bird with slight raised shoulder/wing carving with split tail. Hollow very fat carved body with glass eyes, measures approx 12 1/2 inches long. Has splined bill & a hardwood insert at hole in bottom. Body is perfect, you cannot find the seam. Carved signature. Rarely seen style by McNair, even the neck & head are hollow. The paint on this bird is incredible with Marks best detail & feathering I would say several thousand paint strokes on this one. This is a fabulous piece by Mark & good early 80's vintage the hard core McNair collectors are all looking for. You will see some record prices for McNair's this year at auction with a collection that has started to come to market. This is as strong a McNair Golden as you will find, and McNair's continue to be very strong in todays market. More pics avail & I have a 2nd example that is the same also pictured on this page, check it out.
(consignment piece)
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Delbert Hudson Bufflehead, ex-Maryland Historical  Society
Delbert Hudson Bufflehead, ex-Maryland Historical  Societ
 

 

Super fat & very folky hen Bufflehead by Delbert Hudson (1927-1979), Chincoteague Island, VA. Circa 1940s. Ex-collection of the Maryland Historical Society. Excellent all original paint & condition, paint is superb with very minimal wear to edges, color blend is outstanding with a perfect patinia. Solid carved body measures approx 11 1/2 inches long & 15 1/2 inches around the body. No eyes & small banjo tail that is unflutted. Retains original leather line tie & pad weight. Years ago this would have been certainly been called a Ira but with todays additional knowledge it has been decided that Delbert made it, either way it is a killer, great southern decoy with classic folk art form style & beautiful paint. More pics available of this beauty. Great old Chincoteague Island decoy here for the money, you wont find another & great folky style birds of this caliber rarely are offered up at any price.
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Pristine drake Canvasback by Bert Graves, circa 1920-30Pristine drake Canvasback by Bert Graves, circa 1920-30
Pristine drake Canvasback by Bert Graves, circa 1920-30s
Pristine drake Canvasback by Bert Graves, circa 1920-30
 

 

Excellent & near mint drake Canvasback by Bert Graves (1887-1956), Peoria, Il . Circa 1920-30s. Pristine all original paint & condition, with very little rub to edge of bill & tail & string mark on neck that just adds to the great look of this beauty. Paint blending & colors on this bird are superb & shows the talent of Kathryn Elliston's finest brush work, no doubt who painted this one! Superb comb & swirl painting all over this beauty. As with most Illinois River decoys the paint was protected by a coat of varnish when made. Hollow carved with no cracks or age lines the body measures approx 16 3/4 inches long. Retains the original marked "B. GRAVES DECOY CO PEORIA IL" weight & swivel line tie. This classic beauty is from a well known collection of Illinois River decoys & was part of a small rig found many years ago. Graves made a great decoy & are true Illinois River classics & are nearly impossible to find in such outstanding condition. The added plus is the extra superb paint by Kathryn Elliston, who doesnt prefer her paint over the others who painted in the region? Good Illinois River decoys of this quality have been very strong values over the last several years & are a solid investment and a joy to own. More pics avail of this beauty.
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Superb Black Duck by Corb Reed, this is a great decoy!
 

 

 
Corb Reed Black Duck, head shot detail
  Corb Reed Black Duck back paint detail, its a killer!  

 

   
Outstanding & very scarce Black Duck decoy by J. Corb Reed (1897-1982), Chincoteague Island, VA. Stamped "J.CORB REED". Dated 1974. Excellent all original paint & condition.The colors on the feathers are the most accurate I have seen on any Black Duck I have ever handled. Nice slightly raised wings with great head, tail and feather carving. Bird is carved in "sleepy-eyed" resting pose with slightly turned head & glass eyes. Measures approx 14 1/4 inches long. Corb Reed started carving around 1912, he was well known for his decoys and flatwork art of marsh & wildfowl. He painted many wall murals in the government buildings in Washington D.C. This is as fine a Corb Reed Black Duck decoy as you will ever find. The decoys by Corb Reed are the most underated & undervalued decoys to come off of Chincoteague Island. More pics of this beauty available.
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Rare & superb running style Yellowlegs shorebird decoy by Miles Hancock (1888-1974), Chincoteague Island, VA. Circa 1950-60. A rare species by Hancock & any shorebirds by Hancock are very scarce. Probably not quite full size, measures 9 1/4 inches, maybe 3/4 size? Excellent all original paint, with very nicely done scratch paint patterns on back & side and has no wear! This is cedar body bird with metal tack eyes. Has splined bill thru head. This is a tuff piece by Hancock, shorebirds are nearly impossible by him & a rare addition for any collection.
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Alma Fitchett Black Duck, one of 3 known
Alma Fitchett initals

Alma Fitchett Black Duck, 1 of 3 known

 

 

Very early and very rare Black Duck decoy by Alma Fitchett (died 1934), Smith Island, Virginia. Circa 1870-1900. Rare 1 of 3 known Black Ducks known by Fitchett & this is only known example with his carved initials in bottom. Paint is all original and very strong considering age & environment where used. Very neat wing patch painting. Excellent surface on this beauty, strong, dry and clean. Black glass eyes & retains original cloth line tie. Big solid carved body measures approx 17 inches long & has a very neat carved ice dip behind the neck. Has a couple of shot scars in body and a neck crack that goes thru 3/4 of neck but is secure & original with no repairs. Has wear that would be expected of a hundred plus year old decoy. Alma Fitchett was a member of the "SMITH ISLAND LIFESAVING SERVICE", some great & very historic decoys came from this group of surfman that manned this station. Info on Fitchett & the other decoy makers that worked the Smith Island Station can be found in Henry Fleckenstien's excellent book "Southern Decoys of Virginia & the Carolinas". Smith Island decoys are very rare and some of the most desired decoys for the Southern decoy collector, great classic form & function with a great history attached to each one that still survives. Great piece here for any collector looking to make that strong historic addition to their collection, its sure to please. Lots of good pics available of this beauty. I bet a lot of Black Ducks have been shot over this historic old decoy.
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Ed Phillips  "Tiger Stripe" Goose, rare & all original

 

 

Superb & scarce "Tiger Stripe" model Canada Goose by Edward Phillips (1901-1964), Cambridge, MD. Circa 1930's. Excellent all original paint & condition with a bone dry suface that is very clean. Paint is very detailed "Tiger Stripe" model with a perfect soft patina. Has some wear from honest gunning & age but very strong considering its size & age. Body measures approx 26 1/4 inches, measurement to top of head is approx 15 inches tall. Has typical age check in bottom as all of his Geese do, but its tight & not getting any bigger, a few small age lines as expected with a solid body bird of this vintage & size, overall it rates excellent & displays beautifully. Ask for extra pics if interested. Retains original pad weight & a very cool original copper strip line tie. This scarce piece is outstanding & will be a great addition to any collection. Ed Phillips was the hands down premier maker of Dorchester County & Geese by him are rarely offered this nice at any price. Good buy here & sure to please.
(consignment piece)
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Superb early Ira Hudson Brant
Superb early Ira Hudson Brant
 

 

Superb, very early & very clean Brant decoy by Ira Hudson (1876-1949), Chincoteague Island, VA. Circa 1910-35. Superb dry, clean all original paint with very little wear for the age. Very nice feathering on the sides of this beauty. No repairs or touch ups of any kind. Measures approx 16 3/4 inches & is solid body, probably cedar. Has a thin but tight age line on left side of neck that goes approx 1/2 way into neck, but is stable, tight & very secure. Great looking spoke shave marks that give it a great look. A desirable & early classic Hudson, with a great style and form. Has tack eyes. Retains the original line tie and weight. Outstanding & classic Ira paint style & as good as you can expect to find on a bird of this vintage. Great bird & as clean and honest as you will find a Hudson, very cool bird that will surely please. More pics avail. A outstanding very early model classic Ira Hudson Brant example for any collection.
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Lloyd Tyler Goose
 
Lloyd Tyler Goose
  Lloyd Tyler Goose  

 

   
 

 

 
Lloyd Tyler Goose
  Lloyd Tyler Goose  

 

   
Excellent, very clean & crisp Canada Goose decoy by Lloyd Tyler (1898-1970), Crisfield, MD. Circa 1940-50. Ex- Robert Coleman collection. This exact bird is pictured on page 82 and 83 of Henry Stansbury's outstanding book on Lloyd Tyler's decoys. Paint is all original, very strong, dry & clean. Has some very slight honest loss of paint from age. Probably was only gunned over once or twice. No repairs or touch ups. Good age on this classic Tyler with a nice patina. Retains original keel & line tie. Solid body measures approx 25 1/4 inches long & is Tyler's best style with long drop down tail. Lloyd Tyler made a great looking decoy & has become well known as a great Folk artist thanks to Henry Stansbury's outstanding book on Lloyd Tyler's decoys & artwork. His decoys have brought the respect of collectors as evidenced by the sale of his Hooded Merganser in the 6 figure range at the Guyette and Schmidt decoy sale in November 07. This is a great example of Lloyd Tyler's fine work & sure to please any collector that appreciates the good folk art appeal of his work. Bob Coleman was a good friend of Lloyd Tyler & this coming from his collection & pictured in the book with Bob makes it that much more special. This one is sure to please, email for more pics if interested.
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Ed Phillips drake Redhead
Ed Phillips Redhead drake

 

 

Excellent drake Redhead by Edward Phillips (1901-1964), Cambridge, MD. Circa 1930's. Excellent all original paint & condition with a beautiful clean strong surface. Paint is very well done with a perfect soft patina. Has very minimal wear. Body measures approx 13 1/2 inches and is solid carved. Has very small half circle age line at right side base neck that is only a fraction more then a paint crack line, overall it rates excellent & displays beautifully. Ask for extra pics if interested. Retains original pad weight & a very cool original copper strip line tie. Has been pictured in Lewis/Lucky decoy collecting book in color page 285, third edition. This scarce piece is outstanding & will be a great addition to any collection. Ed Phillips was the hands down premier maker of Dorchester County & examples by him are rarely offered this nice at any price. Good buy here & sure to please even the pickiest collector.
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Rare & very early Black Duck decoy by Ira Hudson (1873-1949), Chincoteague Island, VA. Circa possibly pre-1900, in unused all original condition. Very good strong, dry, all original paint with edge wear as expected. No repairs or touch ups of any kind. Has thin partial neck crack that doesn't go thru neck, and both side bottom edges of neck to shelf have thin cracks, as would be expected from a 100 year old gunning decoy. But all is secure & clean, worst side shown, more pics avail. This is Hudson's earliest documented style & examples are rarely ever found in all original paint. Solid body measures approx 15 1/4 inches long & has a nice shelf carving. Has painted eyes & was never weighted, decoy was never used as no evidence of a line tie exist. . This is the earliest Hudson Black Duck I have ever seen in original paint & the only one I have seen in unused condition. Great bird here & formerly in the collection of Grayson Chesser.
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Superb & mint Canvasback drake by Robert McGaw (1879-1958), Harve de Grace, MD. Circa 1930-40. Excellent all original paint & condition, great patina & aging. Never waxed, paint is super strong, dry & crisp. Has never been gunned over & is near perfect, only some lite paint flake at neck base as shown. More pics avail. Measures approx 15 3/4 inches long, has original weight & line tie. Also has McGaw's brand. Outstanding paint patterns in McGaws best style. Formerly in the collection of noted author & decoy historian Henry Fleckenstein, and has his early ink collection stamp on the bottom. As good as they come, and of the quality you just can't find at any price these days. You will be thrilled with this beauty, it is as fine a McGaw Canvasback decoy as you will ever be able to find of this vintage.
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Superb & very scarce Mark McNair hollow carved Wood Duck decoy, Eastern Shore of VA. Circa 2004. Outstanding all original paint that has been aged & shows a stunning patina. Measures approx 14 inches. Glass eyes & raised wing and hollow body carving. Has leather line tie & is weighted. This is a neat style & looks 100 years old, its all Mark's style & that is what makes it superb. Its tuff getting any McNairs & this is a pure beauty. Carved McNair signature. Hard to find these at any price & probably your only chance to ever get a McNair Wood Duck.
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Nice long Doug Jester Pintail
Doug Jester Pintail
 

 

Nice long drake Pintail decoy by Doug Jester (1876-1961), Chincoteague Island, VA. Circa 1915-40. Very good & clean all original paint & condition. Shows some nice even wear from honest age & gunning use but overall very strong. Shows second layer of brown on head but I think that is the way Jester painted the curl on side of head, same way Miles Hancock did it. Great folky size bird at approx 20 1/2 inches, earlier cedar body & head model with very nice shelf carving for the head. Painted eye model bird with great scratch feather back painting, and classic Jester form. Retains original weight & leather line tie. Nicely done head & bill that are deeply carved. A classic & very clean Jester for any Southern or Chincoteague decoy collection. This pretty boy includes the Blue Ribbon it won in 1993 for "BEST OF SHOW" at the MidAtlantic Wildfowl Festival in Virginia Beach. More pics avail of this very scarce classic.
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Superb, early & rare sleeper Canvasback pair by R. Madison Mitchell (1901-1993), Harve de Grace, MD. Signed & dated 1954. Excellent never gunned all original condition. Excellent all original paint thats strong, dry & clean, great brush work on these early beauties, with just a couple of handling rubs from age. Measure approx 14 inches long each. This early matched pair have never been used & is as nice a Mitchell matched pair of sleeper Canvasbacks as you will ever find at any price. Retains original single nail end weight & staple rig line tie in each bird. Also have the "brad nail in butt" that marks them as his best quality wood. More pics avail. You have seen the Mitchell market soar this year & this being a matched sleeper pair of this vintage & high quality puts them in a class all their own, a sleeper Black Duck from the 40s sold for over 6K at Guyette and Schmidt April 2004 sale. This pair was sold earlier this past year from a small group that was fresh to market from the shelf of the original purchaser, which he bought from Mitchell in 1954. A superb & rare old decoy pair by the dean of Upper Chesapeake Bay makers & for the Mitchell collector looking for only the best. Priced to sell, you will be thrilled with this pair.
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Ira Hudson Brant
Bob-O-Dell rig Brant by Ira Hudson

Ira Hudson Brant, Bob-O-Del rig

 

 

Super nice hollow Brant decoy by Ira Hudson (1876-1949), Chincoteague Island, VA. Circa 1920-35. From the Bob-O-Del gunning rig & branded "O". Ex-Bill Purnell collection & hot branded with Bill's "W.H.P. jr" brand. Very strong, dry, and clean all original paint with some honest natural age & gunning wear. Very nice feathering on the sides of this beauty & some of the strongest white neck patterns I have seen on a Hudson Brant. No repairs or touch ups of any kind. Measures approx 16 1/8 inches & has a nice deep hollow carved body with nice v carving behind neck. Only fault is small 1 1/4 X 1/2 inch tail chip on right side tip of tail as seen in pic above. Great looking form, paint & finish on this desirable classic beauty. Has tack eyes. Retains the original line tie and weight. This was pictured in Richardson's "Chesapeake Bay Decoys and the Men Who Made Them", and also pictured in Cameron McIntyre's article on Ira Hudson in Decoy Magazine. More pics avail. A outstanding classic model Ira Hudson Brant example for any collection.
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Joiner Golden Eye pair
Joiner GE head shot
 

 

Superb & scarce Goldeneye pair by Charlie Joiner (Born 1921), Chestertown, MD. Signed & dated 1993. Excellent all original paint, with very clean finish, the paint work on these birds are a killer. A species that has become very hard to find by Joiner. Full size with glass eyes, measures approx 14 1/4 inches long on hen and 15 3/4 on drake, which is proper for species as drake is slightly larger then hen in the wild. Both have slightly turned heads. Great examples here & sure to please any collector looking for top quality Joiners for their collection. More pics avail.
(consignment piece)
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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.
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Ben Dye Redhead
 

 

Very early classic Redhead drake by Capt. Ben Dye (1821-1896), Perryville, MD. Circa 1870-80s. Very good plus condition with early repaint. Great classic stylish body that measures approx 14 1/4 inches long, retains original weight & has staple/ring line tie. This beauty is solid carved with nice shelf carving, paddle tail & good bill detail carving. Body is in very good shape with natural grain agelines, has thin but tight & secure crack in neck. Ben Dye was one of the earliest decoy makers from the head of the Chesapeake Bay, his decoys are true historic classics & highly sought after by collectors. Very hard to find an example this nice for the price. I have had very few pieces by Dye over the years, they are very scarce. More pics avail. of this beauty and it is sure to please.
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Rare wooden Black Duck pair of decoys by Delbert "Cigar" Daisy (born 1924), VA. Signed & branded "CIGAR". Excellent all original paint & condition in unused condition. Proper painted bills for true matched pair. Stylish carved bodies measures approx 18 1/4 inches each, with great head & full body carving, with raised wing carving detail. Both have glass eyes. Seldom found species in wood as most were made out of cork. Cigars decoys have soared thru the roof in the last couple of years & are seldom offered at any price. Very nice pair, if you have been watching the price of these the last few years or been to any of the local auctions on Delmarva you know what a good value this pair is.
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Grayson Chesser turned head Goose
 

 

Superb turned head Canada Goose by Grayson Chesser, Jenkins Bridge, VA. Circa less then 20 years old. Has Grayson's "C" carved in bottom. Excellent all original paint & condition. Great patina on this beauty. Life size hollow carved cedar body measures approx 21 1/2 inches with sharply turned head that is lowered, also has raised wing tip and a nice full body carving. Retains original weight & leather line tie. Nice glass eyes with no cracks. This was rigged to gun with but have never been used. Grayson was the "Carver of the Year" at the 2004 Harve de Grace Decoy Show, and just did an exhibit at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C. This is a very rare model by Grayson & he told me this is one of the rig of 6 Geese he made & had pictured in his updated book "Making Decoys the Century Old Way". More pics available. This is a very beautiful decoy by one of the best classic decoy makers of this generation. Get this modern classic while you can, you will be very pleased with this one, it is an attention getter.
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Very rare 1929 edition of "SHOOTING-STANDS OF EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS" by John C. Phillips. This book was a private printing by Phillips in 1929 in which monies raised were to benefit the Mass. Fish and Game Association, Boston Mass. John C. Phillips is best known for his fabulous group of decoys made for him by Elmer Crowell, including the world record Pintail. Crowell was his live decoy handler & is mentioned in this book, as is Joe Lincoln & others from the area. Book is 157 pages & in very good shape with the exception of some wear to the spline. Great hunting history book with details on kills & predominate species at each blind. Very rare book here for the collector of Mass hunting history or the collector of decoys from the area, especially decoys by Elmer Crowell.
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Superb & scarce Nathan Cobb style Canada Goose decoy by Mark McNair, Eastern Shore of VA. Circa less then 10 years old.
Outstanding all original paint that has been aged & shows a stunning patina. The paint on this Goose is as clean, tight & aged as perfect as any I have ever seen by Mark. This beauty measures approx 24 1/4 inches. Body is hollow carved proper with swimming root head & is patterned after the finest Goose decoys ever made, the geese of Nathan Cobb of Cobb Island Virginia. Glass eyes & has leather line tie & is weighted. This is a neat style & looks 125 years old, its my favorite of the many styles by Mark & I have ask several McNair collectors & best we can come up with is about 5 of these made, could be more, I have one in my collection & handled this one & one other, I will ask Mark when I talk with him again. Not an easy model McNair to find & with talk of a McNair book in the works its a good time to be buying some of his work to add to your collection while it is avail. Its tuff getting any McNairs & this is a pure beauty. Carved McNair signature. For you McNair decoy collectors looking for a outstanding & scarce addition for your collection here is as fine a McNair as you will ever see.
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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.
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Superb & early Canvasback pair by R. Madison Mitchell (1901-1993), Harve de Grace, MD. Circa early 1950's. Never used & excellent all original condition. Excellent all original paint thats very strong & clean. Measure approx 15 1/2 inches long each. Hen has no faults, drake has a hair thin age line around neck & lost the puddy over head of 1 nail head. This pair has the original flat bottoms and were either made as Christmas Ducks or as mantel birds, the extra nice paint work on them is excellent and the head carving is extra nice. Not signed but these were made way before Mitchell started signing his decoys, and is guaranteed 100% Mitchell. More pics avail. You have seen the Mitchell market soar this past year & this being a matched pair of this vintage & quality puts them in a class all thier own, early Mitchells have brought 5 figuires at Guyette and Schmidt April 2004 sale. A superb 50+ year old perfect matched pair by the dean of Upper Chesapeake Bay makers. Priced to sell, you just don't find Mitchells this early & in this condition anymore, very good buy on these.
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Very rare A.E. Crowell (1862-1952), miniature Semi-palmated Plover shorebird carving. East Harwich, Mass. Circa 1900-20s. Excellent all original paint & condition, with only fault being small bottom edge of part of bill chipped on side shown & small paint chip on tail as shown, but neither shows when displayed. Paint blending & colors on this bird are superb! Bottom is stamped "A.E. Crowell Maker, East Harwichport, Mass." Has #22 wriiten in pencil by Crowell on bottom to signify it is from a set. Approx 2 7/8 long & 2 3/4 high. More pics avail. Very nice mini & rarely found species. These have soared in value over the last couple of years & are a solid investment and a joy to own, and Crowell mini shorebirds are at the top of the list.
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Very rare unused drake Redhead by William Heverin (1860-1951) , Charlestown, Maryland. Circa 1925-35. Strong, dry & clean all original paint & condition, & has never been rigged, only a line tie attached. Fat & full size bird at approx 14 1/2 inches, no checks or cracks. No eye model bird with great feather back painting & swirls, and classic Heverin form. Extra pics avail. Nicely done head & bill that are deeply carved. No faults at all on this one. A classic & very clean Heverin bird for any Chesapeake Bay decoy collection. Rare one here, in impossible to find condition. Formerly in the collection of Evans McKinney.
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Superb & scarce hollow High-Head Pintail pair by Bob White. Signed & dated 1999, & stamped with Bob's trademark Quail in weight. Outstanding pair of decoys in mint all original paint & condition, great color & paint detail. Hollow carved bodies measure approx 17 3/4 inches long each. Nice style slightly turned heads with glass eyes, and nice raised wing-tip & tail carving. Has been weighted & has a leather line tie. Bob makes a great looking bird in the classic Delaware River style. His work is highly sought after by collectors of both old & contemporary collectors. Rare offering here for the price, these are some of the finest examples you will find.
(Consignment piece)
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Heverin Hen Canvasback
The best paint you will ever find on any Heverin!
 

 

 
Heverin Hen Canvasback
  Heverin Hen Canvasback  

 

   
Outstanding & very rare, unused hen Canvasback by William Heverin (1860-1951) , Charlestown, Maryland. Circa 1915-30. From the Lou Pennock rig & has his "LP" on bottom. Superb all original paint & condition, the paint is very strong, clean & dry with outstanding craquelure that gives it the finest surface that advanced collectors look for in antique decoys. This beauty has hands down the "best paint you will ever find on a Heverin decoy!". Fat & full size bird at approx 16 inches, no checks or cracks. Has a very cool hole in bill that goes all the way thru, just a natural wood thing but really neat, its not a shot scar as this bird was never rigged to hunt. Painted eye bird with killer tiny feather back painting & swirls, and classic Heverin form. Extra pics avail. Nicely done head & bill that are deeply carved. No faults at all on this one. A classic & very clean Heverin bird for any Chesapeake Bay decoy collection. Rare one here, in impossible to find condition, this is what all the serious upper Bay folks are always asking for, here is your chance, they don't get any better then this & you wont get a shot at another this nice again.
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Irvine Brook Trout  plaque
 

 

Superb Brook 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 17 inches, overall plaque size is 21 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.
$1250

 
Caleb Ridgeway Marter Mallard, super nice all original paint &  condition!
 

 

 
Marter Mallard wing tip & tail detail
  Caleb Ridgeway Marter Mallard drake head detail  

 

   
Super nice & pretty rare Mallard drake by Caleb Ridgeway Marter (1893-1977), Burlington, NJ. Circa 1930's. Strong all original paint & condition. Paint is excellent, dry, very clean & detailed, shows some shrinkage mostly on head & wing patches, looks like the green he used separated as it dried. Large hollow carved body measures approx 16 1/2 inches long. Great classic carving style by Marter with lots of nice head, tail & raised wing carving. Retains all the original rigging including Marter's copper trapper id tag, leather line tie & double pad weight. This bird was purchased from Bob White in the 1980's, it was given to him by Al Rietz of Tulleytown, PA who found this bird adrift in the Delaware River. Has notation on bottom by White to record this bird was part of Marter's personal hunting rig. Very nice bird here in good original condition & paint, & a classic example by one of the Delaware River's historic makers. More pics avail.
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Superb & scarce full size flying Mourning Dove by Eddie Wozny, Cambridge, Maryland. Circa 1991. Signed & dated in ink & carved "W" in bottom. Very nice piece that is life size & wall mount style, Eddie told me he thinks he only made about 4 of these that are flying & wall mount. Paint is all original & very rich in color. Glass eyes & measures approx 11 1/2 inches long & 15 1/2 tall wing tip measurement. Nice lifelike colors & very detailed carving. Eddie is one of the best carvers out there, & his minis will rival any ever made by anyone. He is quick to sell out at any of the shows he does & his carvings are rarely offered for resale. Good piece here, its sure to please.
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Outstanding all original Brant by Ira Hudson, Chincoteague Island, VA
 

 

 
Outstanding all original Brant by Ira Hudson, Chincoteague Island, VA
  Outstanding all original Brant by Ira Hudson, Chincoteague Island, VA  

 

   
Superb, early & very clean Brant decoy by Ira Hudson (1876-1949), Chincoteague Island, VA. Circa 1910-35. Superb dry, clean all original paint with very little wear for the age. Very nice feathering on the sides of this beauty. A few thin age lines in body & slightly wider one in bottom as expected with solid body Hudson's because of his use of heartwood. No repairs or touch ups of any kind. Measures approx 17 1/2 inches & is solid body, probably cedar. A desirable & early classic Hudson, with a great style and form. Has tack eyes. Retains the original line tie, weight has been removed. Outstanding & classic Ira paint style & as good as you can expect to find on a bird of this vintage. Great bird & as clean and honest as you will find a Hudson, very cool bird that will surely please. More pics avail. A outstanding classic Ira Hudson Brant example for any collection.
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Superb & rare "Nathan Cobb " style drake Redhead by Cameron McIntyre. Circa 2001. Excellent all original aged paint & condition. The paint style, aging, and patina on this bird is awesome. A outstanding & very well done carving that would be worth 50K+ if it was really a 100 year old Cobb decoy. Its a big boy that measures approx 17 inches long. Hollow body carving. Paint has been aged proper with an incredible soft patina. Carved "CTM" signature in bottom, and has a proper Cobb style serfied "N" carved in bottom. Has carved eyes with proper old mustard color paint. More pics avail. Here is a nice one of a kind rare decoy for the money, as Cameron's work is nearly impossible to get. Excellent bird here for the collector of Southern decoys or of Cameron's work. I am constantly amazed at the talent that Cameron exibits in his work, and this bird is outstanding. You will be more then happy with this one.
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Hendrickson minty Black Duck
Hendrickson minty Black Duck

 

 

Excellent never gunned Black Duck decoy by Eugene Hendrickson (1899-1971), Northfield, NJ. Circa 1940-50s. Excellent all original paint, very strong, dry & clean with a great patina. Condition is never gunned and with slight edge wear to tail & edge of bill but areas are very small. Very slight shrinkage to bottom half of breast but really gives nice look to aging. Very nice carving style and detail with good scratch painting and head paint color blending. Hollow body measures approx 16 1/2 inches long. Has tack eyes & very nice carving style on head & bill, inlet weighted but line tie has been removed. Eugene was a waterman all his life & made boats & decoys for sale as early as 1920. Decoy Magazine did a nice large article on Hendrickson and his classic NJ decoys, its good info & should be checked out. If you are looking for a minty Black Duck by a classic NJ maker then this is it. More pics avail.
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Very rare Lloyd Tyler gunning Seagull
Pictured on page 14 of the book "Floaters & Stick Ups" by George Reiger
 

 

 
Lloyd Tyler Seagull
  Lloyd Tyler Seagull  

 

   
Very rare & early gunning Seagull by Lloyd Tyler (1898-1970), Crisfield, MD. Circa 1930-50. Paint is all original & very strong & clean, has some honest loss of paint from age & gunning wear, including most of the yellow bill paint. No repairs or touch ups. Good age on this rare species gunning bird with a nice patina. Deep carved eyes and a nice raised wing carving with raised wing tips, one is blunted/worn the other has some missing area of the wing tip. Weight & line tie removed. Solid body measures approx 18 inches long & is Tylers best style with long narrow body. Found here on the Eastern Shore & from a well known Virginia collection, it was found on a beach at Cape Charles in the 1950s. Real Seagull decoys that were actually used to hunt with are very rare. Some were made before & around the turn of the century for the feather trade for womens hats, but that was mostly a northern habit or business. When found in this area it was for use as a "confidence bird' for gunning weary ducks. The blues and grays used in the nice paint style on this bird make it a great piece of wildfowling folk art, lots of nice brush work on this beauty. Lloyd Tyler made a great looking decoy & has become well known as a great Folk artist thanks to Henry Stansbury's outstanding book on Lloyd Tyler's decoys & artwork. His decoys have brought the respect of collectors as evidenced by the sale of his Hooded Merganser in the 6 figure range at the Guyette and Schmidt decoy sale in November 07. Great piece here for the collector of Eastern Shore Folk Art and decoys. You won't find another at any price, especially a Gull that was gunned over and not made as a decoration by a known maker like Tyler. This beauty looks much better then my pics can show, email for more pics if interested.
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Early & rare Brant by Walter Brady, Oyster, VA.
Early & rare Brant by Walter Brady, Oyster, VA.
Early & rare Brant by Walter Brady, Oyster, VA.
 

 

Exceptional offering of a very early & rare classic Brant by Walter Brady, Oyster, VA. Circa 1860-1900. Ex-collection of William Purnell & branded with his desirable "WHP Jr" hot brand & also ex-collection of Grayson Chesser. Paint is a very early working repaint,I don't believe any of Brady Brant are known in original paint, Classic original splined thru head bill, squarely inserted in face that is classic Brady. No eyes & solid carved body measures approx 17 1/2 inches long & has nice raised wing tip carving as in the best style Cobb Island decoys of that era. Original weight long gone but does retain original nail & remnents of original leather line tie. Exceptional style & form that make this a true Eastern Shore of Virginia classic. Brady was a guide on Cobb Island before the turn of the century & his decoys show the strong influence of the great Cobb carvings. The Brady Brant were thought to be hunted over by President Grover Cleveland who was a frequent hunter on the Shore for several years. Some nice info on Walter Brady can be found in Henry Fleckenstein's excellent book "SOUTHERN DECOYS of Virginia and the Carolinas". Walter Brady made one of the finest style decoys made on Virginia's Eastern Shore & his decoys are very rare & a very strong addition to any collection of great classic Southern decoys. This one is pictured in a couple of the decoy collector books. They are a rare offering & this example is sure to please any collector. Great piece here and more pics avail of this Southern Beauty.
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Excellent Oscar Peterson (1887-1951), Cadillac, Mich., 7 inch Pike, fish spearing decoy. Circa 1936, this fish is a late Period 3, early period 4 (1935-38) decoy. This fish has excellent all original paint & condition with only small wear to edges & some loss on fins & line tie area. Paint is very clean, & very strong with excellent color & brush work & nice thick original varnished finish. This fish is a pellet tack eye model. 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 100%, & would make a nice addition to any old fish decoy collection. More pics avail. This is a beauty!
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Outstanding very early & scarce never rigged Canada Goose decoy by Charlie Joiner (Born 1921), Betterton, MD. Signed & dated 1951. Excellent all original paint, with outstanding paint style & color with a perfect patina. Slight puddy lifting on back side of head, natural shrinkage of white lead on this 56 year old Joiner. A very hard to find species by Joiner when you are talking 1951 & never rigged, this is the second Goose by Charlie I have seen from the early 50's that was never rigged or gunned over in over 20+ years of collecting. Full size with painted eyes, measures approx 23 1/4 inches long. Early model decoys by Charlie are getting very scarce. Nice early Joiner piece here for the collector looking for the "impossible to find decoys" by Joiner.
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Marty Hanson mini flying drake Pintail

Marty Hanson ink stamp
 

 

Superb & very scarce mini flying drake Pintail plaque by Marty Hanson, Prior Lake, Minn. Circa 1990's (?). Has Marty's white ink stamp on back. Excellent all original paint & condition with a great patina. Paint is very detailed with a perfect soft patina. Has great looking aged "burst" painting behind the bird that really makes it stand out. Body is 1/2 carving that measures approx 11 1/2 inches, overall length of plaque is approx 14 inches. Ask for extra pics if interested. This scarce piece is outstanding & will be a great addition to any collection. Marty is a great talent & 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. Good buy here.
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Awsome life size dove by Eddie Wozny, signed & dated 1995
 

 

 
Awsome life size dove by Eddie Wozny, signed & dated 1995
  Awsome life size dove by Eddie Wozny, signed & dated 1995  

 

   

Superb & scarce full size wall mount Mourning Dove by Eddie Wozny, Cambridge, Maryland. Circa 1995. Signed & dated in ink & carved "W" in bottom. Very nice piece that is life size & wall mount style. Paint is all original & very rich in color. Glass eyes & measures approx 12 inches long & 19 1/4 inch wood piece measurement. Can be mounted on wood as sold by Eddie or can be put on metal shorebird stand, I will include one if wanted but the wall mount is a killer! Nice lifelike colors & very detailed carving. Eddie is one of the best carvers out there, & his Doves are just superb & will rival any ever made by anyone. He is quick to sell out at any of the shows he does & his carvings are rarely offered for resale. Good piece here, its sure to please. More pics avail.
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Superb Ira Hudson Black Duck
Superb Ira Hudson Black Duc
 

 

 
Superb Ira Hudson Black Duc
  Superb Ira Hudson Black Duc  

 

   
Top quality & early Black Duck decoy by Ira Hudson (1873-1949), Chincoteague Island, VA. Circa 1920-40. Superb all original paint & condition, the paint is very strong, clean & dry that gives it the finest surface that advanced collectors look for in antique decoys. Body paint is done in classic Hudson scratch paint with nice large blue wing patches. Wear is minimal, with a few small flakes & shot scars otherwise its just about mint & in impossible to find condition. Bird is solid body carved and measures approx 16 1/8 inches. Bird has classic Hudson "ice dip" behind head & metal tack eyes, nicely carved bill detail and very sweet "flowing flutted tail" carving. Retains original weight & line tie . If you are looking for a outstanding & very scarce model Black Duck by Hudson this one is for you. More pics available of this fine old Chincoteague decoy. If your looking to invest in a very strong top of the line Hudson Black Duck this classic beauty fits the need perfectly.
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D. Marshall GW Teal pair
 

 

Killer pair of "Fox Island" model Greenwing Teal by Danny Marshall, Saxis and Chincoteague Island, VA. Superb, clean, & dry all original paint & condition. Signed by Danny. Both are all cedar solid bodies with turned heads & measure approx 10 3/4 inches long each. Condition is perfect. Glass eyes & slight wing/back carving. I have seen very few of Danny's birds come to market, Danny never carved a lot of birds, but his work is superb and rarely offered up for resale. He is a retired Game Warden on the Eastern Shore of VA, he learned to carve under the guidance of his good friends the Ward Brothers of Crisfield, and the lesson's of Lem & Steve Ward was well learned and applied as the results show in his fine decoy carving & paint style. Danny was born in Saxis and spent several years as a private guide on Fox Island. Good looking pair here and guaranteed to please, get these while you can, "for the money" no one is making a better looking decoy.
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Ira Hudson Bluebill, very early, all original
 

 

 
Ira Hudson Bluebill, very early, all original
  Ira Hudson Bluebill, very early, all original  

 

   
Superb, early & bone dry drake Bluebill by Ira Hudson (1876-1949), Chincoteague Island, VA. Circa 1905-25. This bird is from the "SMITH ISLAND GUN CLUB" rig, on the Eastern Shore of VA. Superb bone dry, clean all original paint with very little wear for the age, most body wear is honest hunting/storage wear with a couple of shot scars as shown. Hudson missed his mark when he put the head nail in & it came out thru the neck (I bet he didn't miss too many out of the thousands he made), but never one to waste anything he puttied & painted, with age the putty shrunk & fell out leaving the bare spot you see on front of neck & probably the cause of the thin but secure neck crack. The tight grain of the wood Hudson used on his heads is so cool, I have seen it on his better model birds & am amazed he found wood with such a tight grain as far south as he was in VA, I believe he saved the tight grain stuff for his heads on the better early models. No repairs or touch ups of any kind. Measures approx 14 inches. This is a deep carved solid body style, with what appears to be extra fancy painting, swirls go all the way around the body, even onto the belly area. A desirable & early Hudson, with a great head style with nicely carved bill. Has tack eyes. Retains the original weight & line tie. Outstanding & classic Ira paint style & as good as you can expect to find on a bird of this vintage. Great bird & as clean and honest as you will find a Hudson, very cool bird that will surely please. More pics avail. A outstanding Ira Hudson example for any collection.
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Early, rare & near mint "Running" style flattie Yellowlegs decoy from the collections of Dr. George Ross Starr & Dr. Jim McCleery. Circa 1890-1920. Retains McCleery Collection stamp. Paint is all original & superb. Bill is all original & its hard to believe this thing survived when you see how long & thin it is. Measures approx 10 1/2 inches tail to end of bill. Has glass eyes & inserted bill, with split tail style carving. These style birds have been sold in past as "Lumberyard flatties", but according to the Richard Bourne 1986 catalog of the Starr collection it is "Factory made & used by E.B. VanWinkle of the New Jersey marshes", this may have been the description that Starr provided before his passing. This is the exact bird sold in Starr sale (page 33, lot 90), and sold again at the famous McCleery sale (page 210, lot 555). Lots of good pics available. Very good buy on this one & a piece from two of the most famous & historic collections ever to come to auction.
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Very early & rare drake Widgeon decoy by Charlie Joiner (Born 1921), Chestertown, MD. Signed & dated 1954. Excellent all original paint, with very stylish, clean finish, the paint swirls on sides are a killer. A very hard to find species by Joiner. Full size with painted eyes, measures approx 14 inches long. Has thin neck crack but is secure. I was told that Charlie made one rig of 44 of these & are his earliest Widgeon & this is one of the survivors. You will never find another one of these as Widgeon by Charlie are scarce, but with a 50's vintage is impossible. Serious Joiner piece here & priced to sell.
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Rare hen Bluebill by Ira Hudson
 

 

 
Rare hen Bluebill by Ira Hudson
  Rare hen Bluebill by Ira Hudson  

 

   
Classic & very scarce hen Bluebill by Ira Hudson (1876-1949), Chincoteague Island, VA. Circa 1920-1940. Has great dry, clean all original paint with even clean wear for the age & useage. Lots of nice classic Hudson brush work on this one with good scratch painted feathering. Most of wear on left front side & upper breast. No repairs or touch ups of any kind. Has thin age lines on both sides at bottom of neck where it attaches to body. Measures approx 13 1/2 inches. Retains original lead pad weight & line tie. This is classic Hudson style, has a great head style with nicely done bill, has football style body, smooth tail carving, solid cedar body, & tack eyes. Very nicely done paint. This is a really nice & early Hudson Blackhead, great form & very clean. Hen Bluebills are impossible to find, you just dont find them. Great & very scarce addition here for any collection of Hudson or southern decoys. More pics available, dont miss this one!
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Very rare & early hollow Mallard decoy by Charlie Birch (1867-194?), Willis Wharf, Northampton Co., VA. Circa 1900-30. This is the only known Mallard by Birch in 100% all original paint & condition. Shows some honest hunting & age wear as expected but is all original & very clean, side with most wear shown in pic above. Big classic Charlie Birch form, measures approx 17 inches long, has original tack eyes. Retains original weight that is crossed lead strips, I have seen that on other Birch decoys of the same style & vintage. This is Charlie's best body style, hollow with shelf carving, flat back & flowing tail. Hard to find any Birch decoys that still exist in original paint, especially a Mallard, as Mallard decoys are one of the rarest species to be found from the Eastern Shore of VA area. Extra pics avail, looks & feels great in hand. You wont have a chance at one of these again.
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Early, bold & very folky, oversize Willet shorebird decoy, Cape Cod, Mass. Circa 1880-1900. Very nice original paint & condition, including original nail bill. Paint is very clean, dry & strong, with nice feather strokes on front neck area. This bird has a great color with a perfect patina. Has a nice split wing style carving, and 2 holes in bottom for stick. Has a few small size shot scars. This is a big & bold bird measuring approx 15 inches long. Shown approx 1/2 actual size in photo. Very neat alert body style with outstreched neck. Very stylish old Massachusetts shorebird with great primitive, folk art form. Good looking old decoy for any collection of folk art or antique shorebirds.
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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!
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Early & rare old Dowitcher or Yellowlegs shorebird decoy from Hingham or Newberryport area of Mass. Circa 1860-1900. This bird is part of the pair that sat on the mantel of the "DEWS ISLAND HUNTING LODGE", in Jarvisburg, NC. Paint is clean & all original, with areas of flaking & wear to bare wood as would be expected on bird of this vintage. Very nice V-wing style of raised wing carving, bottom edge of both have wood wear. Has neat raised & crossed wing carving & dropped down carved tail, has small chip on right side tail. Bill is possible replacement, if so it shows good age with blacklight test. Has neat old tiny shoebutton glass bead eyes. Full body style carving with a nice style and form, and measures approx 9 1/2 inches long. Detailed pics avail. This is a great old example of a Massachusetts shorebird decoy with good historic background.
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Superb and outstanding 1/4 size standing Hooded Merganser drake by William J. Koelpin (1938-1996), West Allis, Wisconsin. Excellent all original paint & condition. Signed but not dated by maker. Circa 1960-80's. Measures approx 9 inches tall on driftwood base. Raised wingtip carving & cast metal feet, with glass eyes. Koelpin was a world class wildfowl artist in every medium he did. His oil paintings, including a duck stamp win, his bronzes, and his wildfowl carvings in wood. He became one of the top decorative decoy carvers in the world in a span of just 4 years. In 1974 he won "Best In The World" at the Ward World Championship contest. He also did a set of 26 birds for the Franklin Mint, which they cast & sold sets of the copies in 1982. Koelpin's original carvings are very rare & seldom come to market. Good rare piece here for the money.
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Ira Hudson drake Goldeneye, very rare  & all original
 

 

 
Ira Hudson Goldeneye, very rare
  Hudson GE back paint  

 

   
Super scarce drake Goldeneye decoy by Ira Hudson (1873-1949), Chincoteague Island, VA. Circa 1925-40. Super nice all original paint & condition, the paint is very clean & dry with a very sweet patina. Some honest gunning wear as expected of a saltwater used decoy of this vintage. No cracks or checks, just a few shot marks. Nice classic Ira Hudson painting with great looking blending & scratch painting. Bird is solid body carved & is made from cedar and measures approx 14 1/2 inches & has a nice slightly turned head. Decoy is a banjo tail model & has nice fluteing. Bird has classic Ira Hudson metal tack eyes & original weight is intact . If you are looking for a super nice all original classic Goldeneye by Hudson this one is for you. More pics available of this fine old Chincoteague decoy. Goldeneye's by Hudson in all original condition this nice are nearly impossible to find at any price, very few exist this nice. A good buy on this one.
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Superb Challenge grade hollow hen Mallard with very snakey head
Superb Challenge grade hollow hen Mallard with very snakey head
 

 

 
Superb Challenge grade hollow hen Mallard with very snakey head
  Superb Challenge grade hollow hen Mallard tail detail  

 

   

Superb, early & rare hollow carved Challenge Grade hen Mallard by the MASON DECOY FACTORY (1896-1924), Detroit, Michigan. Circa 1905-1910. Fantastic snakey head style. Excellent all original paint that shows the best of Mason's great paint style. Great color & detail & retains excellent original colors & sponging. Bird has been protected by a thin coat of varnish over most areas of the decoy but doesn't distract & is probably what kept the paint so gem. Condition is excellent plus with no repairs. Has a few small areas of flaked neck puddy & an approx 1 inch hair thin neck ageline that is visable in right side head pic above, also a small gob of something stuck to right eye, will probably pick off but I am leaving all as found. Excellent tail with no chip as shown above and body seam is as tight as the day it was made. Has a small area of newspaper print stuck to bottom which is original as this is how Mason packed them to ship. Measure a tad over 17 inches & original weight is gone. This bird is fresh to market & is the snakey head early style that most Mason collectors are looking to aquire. More pics avail of this beauty, you will look a long time a pay a lot more for a snakey head Mason that is near this nice. Good buy here.
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Superb & rare sleeper Black Duck by R. Madison Mitchell (1901-1993), Harve de Grace, MD. Signed & dated 1954. Perfect all original condition. Excellent all original paint thats very dry & clean, no faults of any kind. Scratch paint style is excellent. Measure approx 15 inches long. This bird has never been used & is as nice a Mitchell Black Duck hunting bird as you will ever find. Retains original single nail end weight & staple rig line tie. Also have the "brad nail in butt" that marks them as his best quality wood. More pics avail. You have seen the Mitchell market soar this year & this being a sleeper of this vintage puts it in a class all its own, a sleeper Black Duck from the 40s sold for over 6K at Guyette and Schmidt April 2004 sale. This is fresh to market from the shelf of the original purchaser, which he bought from Mitchell in 1954. A superb old decoy by the dean of Upper Chesapeake Bay makers. Priced to sell.
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Superb & tiny Peep shorebird decoy from Nantucket, Mass. Circa pre-1900.
Excellent all original paint & condition, including unbroken original bill. Measures just 6 inches long including bill. Very neat in that it has a dual position hole to mount bird in feeder or standing position. Has a couple of tiny shot marks. Somebody wrote "Wachapreague, VA" on bottom. It was found & probably used here, but others that have surfaced are attributed to Nantucket. Great little shorebird & rarely offered specie.
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Superb, early & very scarce hollow carved Monhegan style Eider with mussel in mouth decoy by Mark McNair, Eastern Shore of VA. Circa 1980. Outstanding all original paint that has been aged & shows a fantastic patina. This big boy measures approx 19 1/2 inches long, almost 11 inches wide & 10 inches tall. Very cool carved eyes and hollow body carving with a great inletted head carving. Outstanding job by Mark as the body and head are held together with wooden dowells, body has 8 the neck set has 4. Has ring line tie & is weighted. Has a very thin hairline crack on right side of neck inlet base, also a small ding/dent the size of a match head, both are tight & hard to see & adds to the "antique Eider decoy" look. This is a neat style & looks 100 years old. Its tuff getting any McNairs & this is a pure beauty. Carved McNair signature. Mark told me this was made for the 1st show he ever exhibited at in 1980 Virginia Beach, he made 2 of these & set them on tall coIumns in his display. Not an easy model McNair to find & with talk of a McNair book in the works its a good time to be buying some of his work to add to your collection while it is avail. For you McNair decoy collectors looking for something tuff & pretty unique here is your chance to add a super nice bird by Mark. Hard to find these at any price & if you saw what the McNair Eider brought at the G&S sale Nov 06 you will know what a steal this one is.
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Super neat & early Parramore Island Curlew, Wachapreague, VA. Circa 1880-1900. Paint is all original with exception of area on top of head where a old repair was made, not detectable with blacklight. Bill is original metal wire or nail. Body is 2 halves joined by dowels. This is the classic Parramore Island style, made from 2 pieces of wood, nail bill & joined with 3 dowells, but this one is the smallest I have seen & has the best form, it has nice fat jowl carving. Measures approx 12 inches. See "SOUTHERN DECOYS" for examples & history. The "Parramore Island Flatties" are classic Eastern Shore decoys, it is thought they were the loaner decoys for the "sports" that visited the Wachapreague, VA. area for the outstanding Curlew & Red Knot shooting that occured on Cedar & Parramore Islands. Old brochures from the now gone old motel describes the availability of decoys for use of the guest. Probably made by a Wachapreague guide whos name we will probably never know. Great old bird here with great form and neat history & priced to sell.
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Very nice, folky & classic fat drake Bluebill by Ira Hudson (1876-1949), Chincoteague Island, VA. Circa 1930-1940. Has good, dry, clean all original paint with very little wear for the age & useage. No repairs or touch ups of any kind. Has a in the making ageline down the back, but is stable & does not distract, also small amount of neck filler gone as shown above. Measures approx 14 1/2 inches. This is classic & desirable Hudson style, with a great head style with nicely carved bill, football style body, flowing flutted tail carving, solid cedar body, & tack eyes that still retain the original yellow paint. Nicely done paint style & as good as you can expect to find on a bird of this vintage. This is a really nice Hudson Blackhead, great form & very clean. From the gunning rig of the late Senator Williams of Delaware, these were donated to the Ward Museum by his family & a few were sold off back in the lates 80s by the museum. Great bird & as clean and honest as you will find a Hudson. SOLD!

     

 

Wood Duck by W. Reinbold, circa 1950-60s. Paint & condition is excellent & all original. Nicely carved wooden body with metal cast feet on wooden base, body measures approx 3 inches long & 2 1/4 tall. Nicely carved wings, tail & eyes, & the paint is very detailed & colorful. Very nice mini.
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Rare pair of Bluebills by James "Jim" Holly (1855-1935), Harve de Grace, MD. Circa 1890-1910. Strong all original paint & condition on both birds, which is so very rare to find on Upper Chesapeake Bay birds of this vintage. Solid bodies measure approx 14 1/2 inches each. Drake has hair thin ageline around neck but is secure. Drake has 2 original line ties & weight, hen has 1. Truly a exceptional pair of classic Susquehanna Flats decoys.
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Very rare Obediah Verity (1813-1901), Robin Snipe, Seaford, Long Island, NY. Circa 1860-70s. Paint is all original but worn, mostly on side area where handled by hunter during use. Paint color is good, strong & dry, especially the red on the breast. Bill is all original & missing a sliver at right side base where it meets the face. Has had a slight repair where added tack eyes were removed by Cameron McIntyre. Very stylish alert position form with a really good "S" wing carving & nice raised wingtips. Measures approx 10 1/4 inches long. Has some shot scars as all Verity birds seem to have, they were gunned hard. Has been branded "J..B", not sure who that was, but is on the bottom of several of the very finest Obediah Verity shorebirds, see Mackey book page 101. Also has "G.V" carved in bottom, for George Verity. Overall a very nice classic shorebird for any serious shorebird collector, & priced below what they have been bringing at the auctions, a Black Belly plover repainted as a Robin Snipe sold for 9K at the big auction house.
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Cameron McIntyre running Curlew
 

 

Outstanding running Curlew decoy by Cameron McIntyre. Excellent all original aged paint & condition. Circa less then 15 years old. The paint style, aging, and patina on this beauty is incredible. Stylish, sleek & very well done Curlew done in a style of the greatest classic Eastern Shore of Virginia Barrier Island shorebird makers. Measures approx 18 1/4 inches long. Super nice solid body carving with carved eyes. Slight raised wing carving that flows to end of body, oak bill is splined thru head & natural wood flaw incorporated on right wing, also nice shot scar mix for good looks. Paint has been aged proper with an incredible soft patina. Carved "CTM" signature in bottom. More pics avail. Cameron's work is nearly impossible to get & this Curlew is a killer. I am constantly amazed at the talent that Cameron exhibits in his work, and this beauty is sure to please. if you know what his work has been bringing privately and at the decoy auctions you will appreciate the deal on this classic beauty. A scarce offering here.
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Rare model turned head Brant by Ira Hudson (1876-1949), Chincoteague Island, VA. Circa 1920-1930. Excellent, dry, & all original paint & condition with no repairs, but some very lite edge wear as expected, with small tip of bill chip. Paint style & form is incredible. This is some of Hudson's best work, and is pictured in Decoy Magazine article on Ira Hudson. Solid balsa body, with slightly raised wing tip carving. Measures approx 16 inches long, has tack eyes & retains original leather line tie & weight. Nicely done paint patterns & super slightly turned head carving style. This is a fine a Hudson as you can collect.
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Very rare Strater & Sohier Ruddy Turnstone tinnie shorebird with original box. Circa 1875. Marked as such on inside. Nearly mint original condition. Superb paint style & patina. Includes original stick. Box is very nice & marked "1 DOZ TURNSTONE". Price is for 1 decoy not 2 as pictured, box & stick. This is as good a Turnstone combo as you will ever find.
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Rare & early matched pair of Canvasbacks by Samual Treadway Barnes (1847-1926), Harve de Grace, MD. Circa 1890-1910. Strong all original paint & condition on both birds, which is so very rare to find on Upper Chesapeake Bay birds of this vintage. Paint is very clean & dry. Solid bodies measure approx 15 1/2 inches each. Hen has thin ageline around neck, & one where nail was drove into body, but are secure & do not distract. Drake has knot stain on port side (left side). Drake has original leather line tie & both have original weights. Truly a very rare pair of classic Susquehanna Flats decoys. More pics available.
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McNair Red~Breasted Merganser
 

 

 
McNair Merganser, leather crest
  McNair Merganser, shoulder paint detail  

 

   
Superb & very scarce drake Red-Breasted Merganser decoy by Mark McNair, Eastern Shore of VA. Circa 2007. Outstanding all original paint that has been aged & shows a stunning patina. This big boy measures approx 20 3/4 inches. Very cool carved eyes & raised wing and hollow body carving with a great inletted leather (from one of Mark's old shoes) crest on head. Has leather line tie & is weighted. This is a neat style & looks 100 years old, its all Mark's style & that is what makes it superb. Its tuff getting any McNairs & this is a pure beauty with lots of extra nice detail on this one. Carved McNair signature. Hard to find these at any price & probably one of your only chances to ever get a McNair Merganser, especially in todays market. More pics of this beauty avail.
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Very rare pair of "Slot Back" model Bluebills by the Ward Brothers, Crisfield, MD. Signed & dated 1931. Ex-collection of William H. Purnell & branded with 2 different style Purnell collection stamps. Honest hunting wear on this pair but it is all original paint with nice stipple & paint patterns. Hen shows more wear then the drake but if they got any stronger then this you would be paying 2 or 3 times this asking price. Great looking pair of birds that are a bit more "squarish" in body style then the 1932 slot back models shown in Gard & McGrath's great book "The WARD BROTHERS' DECOYS, A Collectors Guide", on page 46. Solid carved bodies they measure approx 16 inches long each, & have glass eyes. Weights & line ties have been removed. Hen has a great slightly turned head with a very sweet wide flaring bill, drakes head is straight. I have seen very few of these & this is a as good as you will ever find a pair of these, the few that have surfaced with original paint all show the same type of honest old hunting wear. Very clean & nicely done style for that era. The price of good Wards are soaring fast, just check out the last few big auctions. This is a sweet pair of decoys for any collector looking to add a early matched pair of Wards & that demand great or classic examples & investment quality decoys. E-mail for more pics if interested, I got a bunch of pics for these. Great deal on this pair, check the price on them in another 2 or 3 years.
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Superb Ira Hudson style hen Merganser by Cameron McIntyre. Circa 1998. Excellent all original aged paint & condition. Stylish, sleek & very accurate in detail to original example by Hudson. Measures approx 14 inches long. Solid body carving. Paint has been aged proper with an incredible soft patina. Carved "CTM 98 " signature carved in bottom. Has tack eyes, nicely done fluted tail & crest with aged leather line tie & weighted. More pics avail. Cameron said this was the only one of these he ever made. Here is a nice rare decoy for the money, as Cameron's work is nearly impossible to get. Excellent bird here for the collector of Virginia decoys or of Cameron's work.
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Rare & very early swimming model Black Duck by Ken Anger (1905-1961), Dunnville, Ontario, Canada. Circa 1930s. According to Joe Tonelli this is one of three known examples of a swimmer Black Duck by Anger. Very strong & clean all original paint & condition, with no repairs or touch ups of any kind. Measures approx 18 3/4 inches. Glass eyes, one on right side is cracked but intact. Some very minor wear to edges, and 3 small shot holes but overall it looks like it got used very little. More pics avail. Line tie was removed. Outstanding & early swimming form, see rigmate in Decoy Magazine May/June 2005. Great colors on this one & superb carving & rasping that Anger was so well known for. This is a outstanding Ken Anger for any collector looking for great paint, form, vintage & condition. Fresh to market from a 1960's decoy collection.
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Very rare & superb Oliver Lawson Greenwing Teal pair, Crisfield, MD. Circa 1950-60. Not signed but still retains the original labels from "The DUCK HOUSE, RUMBLEY, MD". Life size balsa body at approx 10+ inches each with great "peach basket stave" inserted wing tips & slightly turned heads, great crest carving on drake. Paint is all original, dry, clean, & never waxed, with lots of nice detail. A nice early & very hard to find decoy pair by Lawson, a lot of this vintage Lawson's have been sold as Wards, especially with the Duck House labels, they stand on their own as great decoys, they are as nice as Ward's, with good vintage, and priced at one tenth the price of a good pair of Ward brother's Teal. Fresh to market from original owner. Won't see another pair of these.
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Rare & extra nice Yellowlegs shorebird decoy by Rhodes Truex (Died 1934). Circa 1890-1920. Paint is very strong & all original. Has an old thin coat of shellac on back and one eye is cracked. Otherwise the bird, including bill, is mint and original. Measures approx 11 3/4 inches. More pics avail. Great color on this one & the paint is very strong. Truex was a New Jersey bridge tender from Atlantic City. He mainly made decoys for personal use. The old NJ shorebirds by named makers are hard to find this clean & original, for the money its a good buy here.
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Superb & rare preening Mallard by Charles Ralph Wells (1895-1979), Stratford, Conn. Circa 1940-50s. Branded on bottom "CRW". Nice style bird in mint all original paint & condition, great color & paint detail. Hollow body measures approx 15 inches long. Nice style turned head with glass eyes. Has never been weighted. Wells shows a strong Shang Wheeler influence, & makes a great looking bird in the classic Stratford style. This is the exact bird pictured in color on page 74 of "Connecticut Decoys" by Chitwood 1987, from private collection. Nice one here & priced to sell.
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Early & superb Black Duck by Eugene Hendrickson (1899-1971), Northfield, NJ. Circa 1920-30s. Superb all original paint, very strong & clean, with a great scratch painting style. Condition is excellent. Hollow body measures approx 16 1/2 inches long. Has tack eyes & very nice carving style on body & bill, weight is poured/inletted. Eugene was a waterman all his life & made boats & decoys for sale as early as 1920. Rarely found this nice, this is one of his best style earlier made birds. If you are looking for a excellent example of a solid clean NJ Black Duck this is it.
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Superb & scarce life size Mourning Dove pair by Eddie Wozny, Cambridge, Maryland. Circa 1989. Signed & dated in ink & carved "W" in bottom. Very nice pieces that are life size & wall mount style or with a shorebird style stand. Paint is beautiful very rich in color, very dry & clean. Glass eyes & measures approx 11 3/4 inches long. Nice lifelike colors & very detailed carving. Lots of extra pics avail. Eddie is one of the best carvers out there, & his minis will rival any ever made by anyone. He is quick to sell out at any of the shows he does & his carvings are rarely offered for resale. Good early pieces here, its sure to please. Superb pair.
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Rare large Curlew by Capt John Smith (1871-1959), Ocean City, MD. Circa 1900-20. Excellent all original paint & condition, including original bill. Has very nice scratch painting. Big & bold at approx 15 1/2 inches long. Has original tack eyes. Looks as if made from a nice thick plank, and shows a thin check on top of back, & splintered area on lower breast/belly area but does not distract. Capt John Smith was a farmer, boat builder & a fisherman and would row his catch to sell at the wharf in Ocean City. He was also a avid hunter and a gunsmith, it is said that he owned over 100 shotguns when he died in 1959 (many thanks to Jim Trimble for sharing this info from his excellent article in Decoy Magazine July/Aug 96). About 6 of these Curlews have surfaced over the last several years, but it was only about 5 years ago that they were positively ID'ed as the work of Capt John Smith, they are a rare find. Good one here for the Eastern Shore shorebird decoy collector.
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Very early and rare drake Redhead by Capt. Ben Dye (1821-1896), Perryville, MD. Circa 1850-60. Formerly in the collection of noted author & decoy historian Henry Fleckenstein, and branded with his "F" on the bottom. Very good old working paint. Paint is strong & clean. Retains a iron keel weight. Body measures approx 13 inches long and is in very good condition with the exception of area where neck was cracked & secured back together, appears to be a old working repair as it is not done to hide anything. Great classic form & style with a nicely done head & bill detail carving. This is the earliest example by one of the earliest documented makers on the Chesapeake Bay Flats area. It is known as a "boat body" model. This is a rare & important classic decoy from one of the most historic gunning areas that there ever was. A very fine overall decoy, especially when you consider it is approx 150 years old! You wont find another at any price. This is a rare opportunity to add one of the best Upper Bay decoys of this vintage to a collection.
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Extra nice old classic pair of Canvasback decoys by the Ward Brothers , Crisfield, MD. Circa 1948. Included with this pair is a very cool old gift letter from original owner to his friend Roy that he wrote when he gave the decoys to him & a neat old photo of original owner with the Ward Brothers in front of their shop in Crisfield. Lem is holding the dog. Both bird are in strong old working repaint by Lem as stated in the letter. Very hard balsa bodies measure approx 16 1/2 inches each with full fat heads & original keels. These were very sturdy made birds. Have glass eyes, inserted tails & both have slightly turned heads. These birds are in great shape & match nice as a pair. The hen having a slight raised wingtip area near tail. Very clean & nicely done style for that era. The price of good Wards are soaring fast. This is a great old pair of Ward decoys with cool history for any collector looking to add a matched pair of Wards for investment or a collection. Extra pics available, you will be very pleased with this pair.
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CM Canvasbacks
Superb Graham style pair of hollow Canvasbacks by Cameron McIntyre
 

 

Outstanding hollow carved pair of John Graham style Canvasback decoys by Cameron McIntyre. Excellent all original aged paint & condition. The paint style, aging, and patina on this pair is incredible. Stylish, sleek & very well done pair of carvings done in a style of the greatest classic upper Chesapeake Bay maker John Graham. Measure approx 14 inches long each. Super nice hollow body carving with carved eyes & both have nicely aged weights & line ties. Paint has been aged proper with an incredible soft patina. Carved "CTM" signature in bottoms. More pics avail. Cameron's work is nearly impossible to get & this pair is a killer. I am constantly amazed at the talent that Cameron exibits in his work, and this pair is sure to please. if you saw what his birds sold for at G&S April 2007 decoy auction you will appreciate the deal on these beauties. A rare offering here.
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Bob White Low Head Pintail pair
 

 

 
Bob White hen Pintail
  Bob White drake Pintail  

 

   
Superb hollow carved Low-Head Pintail pair by Bob White. Signed & dated 2004, & stamped with Bob's trademark Quail in weight. Outstanding pair of decoys in mint all original paint & condition, great color & paint detail. Hollow carved bodies measure approx 16 inches long each. Nice style with low slightly turned heads with glass eyes, and nice raised wing-tip & tail carving. Have been weighted & have leather line ties. Bob is a true classic decoy maker and he makes a great looking bird in the classic Delaware River style. His work is highly sought after by collectors of both old & contemporary Delaware River decoys. Scarce offering here for the price, these continue to be very hard to find & buy, steady & very strong auction prices are proof of the desirabillty. More pics avail.
(Consignment piece)
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Rare wooden Black Duck pair of decoys by Delbert "Cigar" Daisy (born 1924), VA. Signed & branded "CIGAR". Excellent all original paint & condition in unused condition. Proper painted bills for true matched pair. Stylish carved cedar bodies measures approx 17 1/2 inches each, with great head & full body carving, with raised wing carving detail. Both have glass eyes. Seldom found species in wood as most were made out of cork. Cigars decoys have soared thru the roof in the last couple of years & are seldom offered at any price. Very nice pair, you won't find them any better then this.
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Superb set of 3 Oscar Peterson Pike fish decoys. Top two fish are period 3 (1925-1934) bottom fish is period 4 (1935-1944) all 100% original paint & condition. A superb & rare group in excellent to near mint condition. More pics available.
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Rare unused Doug Jester (1876-1961) drake Canvasback, Chincoteague Island, VA. Circa 1925-40. Strong, dry & clean all original paint & condition, & has never been rigged to hunt. Shows light edge wear from age/storage. Nice size bird at approx 16 3/4 inches, rare cedar body & head model with no checks or cracks. Painted eye model bird with great feather back painting & swirls, and classic Jester form. Extra pics avail. Nicely done head & bill that are deeply carved. A classic & very clean Jester for any Southern or Chincoteague decoy collection. Rare one here, in impossible to find condition.
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Very scarce miniature drake Hooded Merganser decoy by Miles Hancock (1888-1974), Chincoteague Island, VA. Signed & dated Dec 17, 1967 by Mr Hancock. A very scarce species by Hancock, full size or mini a tuff find. Measures approx 5 3/4 inches & has a very slightly turned head. Excellent all original paint, thats very dry & clean, with very nicely done paint patterns on back, a very sharp little bird. Has tack eyes, still has all paint on eyes. This is a very tuff species to find by Hancock, & will be very hard to ever find one nicer & this one is fresh to market with the other Hancock minis listed from a nice Eastern Shore of VA collection. This one has a great look, looks like a young bird with the smaller crest.
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Extra nice & scarce matched Redhead pair by Capt. Jess Urie (1901-1978), Rock Hall, MD. Circa 1950's. Very nice, clean & dry all original paint & condition. Nice detailed paint style brush work. Drake is outstanding & perfect, hen has a few spots where paint flaked to wood. Great head carving style with wide bill. Retains original weights & line ties on both birds. Measures approx 13 1/2 inches long & are solid bodies. Overall condition is excellent unused on drake & very good plus on hen, very nice pair, especially considering how hard it is to find original paint birds from Rock Hall. More good pics available. Getting hard to find & a good buy on this pair.
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Frank Finney Pintail
Finney Pintail
Finney initials
 

 

Superb preening Pintail drake by Frank Finney, Capeville, VA. Circa less then 35 years old. Ex-collection of John Maddox and his Chincoteague Refuge Decoy Museum, Chincoteague Island, VA. Carved "FF" signature on bottom. Outstanding and very detailed all original paint & condition. Awesome colors and minuet painting detail that is very lifelike. Beautiful surface that is very dry, clean and strong. Hollow carved body measures approx 19 inches long with a tucked preening head position. This is just a outstanding mix of superb carving and paint skill by Finney. This is a very rare style by Frank as he does very little decorative detailed style work with most being done in old style or Folk Art carvings. Frank started carving back in the late 60's-early 70's and is well known in the decoy and folk art collecting community for his outstanding work. His work is currently some of the most sought after by collectors and dealers and his current work is only available from one gallery dealer. This is a outstanding piece for any collection and pretty cool that it was once part of the collection of the Chincoteague Refuge Decoy Museum that is no more. More pics avail.
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Rare, early & outstanding drake Canvasback by James "Jim" Holly (1855-1935), Harve de Grace, MD. Circa 1890-1920. Strong all original paint & condition, which is so very rare to find on Upper Chesapeake Bay decoys of this vintage. Paint is very clean & very strong with good paint patterns, shows minimal but honest wear from hunting use & age. Paint has fallen off 2 of the puddy over nail areas on head, has one short ageline in back & a mouse has nibbled on a small area of tip of the tail. Has large knot in lower left hind area, probably floated funny from that uneven wood weight & that is why it probably looks as if it was only used 1 or 2 times, a good thing for the collector who needs them super clean. No neck cracks & just beautiful paint with a outstanding dry & clean surface that is so very rare to find today. Solid body measures approx 15 1/2 inches, and retains original line tie & weight. Truly a clean & historic Susquehanna Flats decoy, this is the quality everyone wants, but seldom finds. Good strong, classic decoy here, don't get many chances at one this nice anymore. More pics avail.
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Very clean Redhead drake by Callie O'Neal, Churches Island, NC. Circa 1930-40s. Paint is all original, very clean, strong & dry. Canvas is in very good condition for the age with only lite wear to high spots on wire frame, only hole is underside of tail that is about 3/8 inch across. Nice big size decoy that measures approx 19 inches long. Has a chip to bottom right side of bill as shown in pic and a couple of thin but secure neck cracks. Very nice early NC decoy for any collection with a nice bold form & attitude. You dont find early canvas decoys in this nice of original condition anymore, good one here for the money.
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Mint Animal Trap Mallard, "VAC STA" model. Circa 1945. Very strong color. All original paint & condition. Never used, with a couple of slight rubs. Glass eyes & measures approx 16 inches long. Never rigged for use & looks like it never saw the light of day. A strong decoy for even the pickiest factory collector.
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Very rare flying Canvasbacks by Capt. John Glenn (1876-1954), Rock Hall, MD. Circa 1930-40s. Glenn probably made less then 6 pairs of these approx 1/2 size flyers for mantels of the famous early gunning clubs on the Chesapeake Bay. This pair is missing original steeple style bases & have been put on shorebird type stand. Don't know why but both have been repainted by Charlie Joiner in 40-50s. Tiny chip to tip of 1 of hens wings. Measure approx 16 inches each with great job of applied carved wings & feet. Great Eastern Shore folk art with a definite influence by the Ira Hudson flyers. Sold
 
 
 

 

Rare full size Mallard pair by Robert McGaw (1879-1958), Harve de Grace, MD. Circa 1930's. Excellent all original paint & in unused condition, & mounted on original wooden bases. Incredible paint detail & form, with hen in full scratch paint style & is one of the best paint jobs I have ever seen on any Upper Bay bird, the detail, color & patina are superb. Both birds do have some wood grain paint flaking, mostly on head & bill areas. Measures approx 16 inches long each, with great head style & full body carving. Full size decorative McGaw pairs are seldom found on the resale market anymore & this is a superb pair for any collector looking to add a very choice pair of Upper Bay or McGaw birds to a collection. E-mail for more pics if interested.
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Super nice Jess Heisler Black Duck, all original
 

 

 
Heisler Black Duck front right side detail
  Heisler left front head detail, all original & early  

 

   
Early, scarce & all original Black Duck by Jess Heisler (1891-1947), Burlington, NJ. Circa 1910-30. Very nice all original paint with minor wear from gunning, but is clean, dry & strong, some light wear to wood on the body where tie out string was wrapped & stored around the body, adds nicely to its look. Nice but light feather paint detail & classic Delaware River form. The tiny feather painting on the head is outstanding. Hollow carved body measures approx 15 1/4 inches long, has a great looking resting content head with nice raised wing tip carving and incised tail & tips. Both glass eyes are original and are intact. Retains original weight & line tie. Classic Delaware River Black Duck decoy for any collector looking to add a choice example to a collection. E-mail for more pics if interested, very nice bird here & fresh to market from a old collection.
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Nice Brook Trout fish plaque by Ryan Dockiewicz, Townsend, VA. Circa 2004. Very stylish fish carving on wood carved plaque. Carved signiture & also signed in ink. Paint is all original & very rich in color, has glass eyes & measures approx 14inches long. Nice turned tail & open mouth carving. Ryan makes great fish & they are quickly snapped up when available. A very pretty fish.
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Outstanding miniature hen Merganser by Doug Jester, chincoteague Island, VA
Jester mini Merganser head shot, this bird is a killer!
 

 

Superb & scarce Doug Jester (1876-1961) miniature Merganser decoy, Chincoteague Island, VA. Circa 1930-50s. Nice classic body style, measuring approx 5 1/2 inches long with a fantastic crest carving & the best bill I have ever seen on one of his minis. Paint is all original & nicely done with some very cool tiny wing patches & nice classis Jester scratch painting on back. Jester was well known for his classic Chincoteague style hunting decoys, but his minis are quite hard to find, especially this nice & a Merganser hen. This mini is a "stone-cold-killer & has to be one of the finest Jester minis I have ever seen. More pics avail of this beauty.
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Rare Hancock sleeper Pintail
 

 

 
Hancock sleeper back shot
  Hancock sleeper head  

 

   
Very rare & excellent sleeper/preener drake Pintail hunting decoy by Miles Hancock (1887-1974), Chincoteague Island, VA. Circa 1935-50. A very rare head position by Hancock, especially a Pintail that was made for gunning, I have only ever seen a couple of Black Duck's & a couple of Geese by Hancock in this pose, never a Pintail. Full size and measures 14 3/4 inches & is Hancocks best style with the deep body carving. Excellent all original paint, very clean & dry with loads of nice scratch painting & feathering. Weight & line tie have been removed & has the hunter "R.L.F." carved into bottom. Very rare Hancock for any collection, especially in such excellent original condition, see my other offerings of nice Hancock's currently listed, many are 1st time offered to market, including several rare species & some never rigged birds, you just do not find these in today's decoy market at any price. Hancock was a market gunner by the age of 12 in 1899, later he guided after the end of market gunning till the 1940's when the daily duck limit dropped to 15 per man, he felt it wasnt worth it anymore for just 15 ducks. He once killed 52 Redhead ducks with just 5 shots. Hancock made a great gunning decoy & are a must have addition to any collection of historic Southern decoys. More pics avail of this rare Chincoteague classic, probably the only known example.
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Super nice old Bluebill drake by Capt. John Glenn (1876-1954), Rock Hall, MD. Circa 1930-40s. Strong, very clean & dry all original paint & condition. Good brush work on this one & is "classic" Rock Hall paint style & form. Condition is excellent with minimal gunning wear, shows some lead puddy loss over nail on top backside of head. Classic flat body style that still retains the original line tie & weight and shows the boat builder influence that the Rock Hall carvers designed into their carvings. Measures approx 14 1/4 inches long. Great old Chesapeake Bay hunting decoy for any collector looking to add a classic Rock Hall decoy by John Glen to a collection. E-mail for more pics. Hard to find one nicer then this one & a great buy as Rock Hall birds are undervalued sleepers when it comes to finding these rare all original birds this clean & original.
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Joseph Kempinger Canvasback
Joseph Kempinger Canvasback
 

 

 
Joseph Kempinger Canvasback head shot
  Joseph Kempinger Canvasback drake head  

 

   
Excellent & never rigged pair of Canvasback decoys by Joseph Kempinger (1878-1961), Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Circa 1930's. Birds are in excellent original paint & condition with beautiful dry detailed paint including Evans style speculum and swirled pattern on backs. Wear is minimal & only from age & storage as these beauties have never been rigged to hunt.  Nice size birds that measure approx 16 inches each. Kempinger worked and carved with fellow decoy maker Ollie Drahn and carved more delicate bills than most WI makers. They are seldom found without breaks and repairs. Rare to find a hen especially in this condition. These are likely the finest examples by this maker known to exist. They were found in the attic of a Green Bay, WI home and have never been used. Great looking pair here for any collector looking to add a extra nice matched rig mates from Wisconsin. More pics avail.
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Early Crow decoy, Ex-Bill Mackey Collection
Early Crow decoy, Ex-Bill Mackey Collection
Early Crow decoy, Ex-Bill Mackey Collection
 

 

Early & scarce Crow decoy, probably NJ. Ex-Bill Mackey collection & retains original white ink stamp. Circa 1900-30's. Excellent all original paint, very clean with little wear. Some loss of paint over nail heads where body is nailed together, retains most of the original white lead fill over nails. Body is a laminated construction, very full bodied with a raised wingtip, very much like shorebirds from the area. Full size with no eyes, measures approx 13 1/4 inches long. Crow decoys really are hard to find, especially by a non-factory maker of this vintage. Good strong Mackey collection white ink stamp on bottom. More pics avail. Great example here, good folk art & priced to sell.
(consignment piece)
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Very eary Ward Goose
 

 

 
Very eary Ward Goose
  Very eary Ward Goose  

 

   
Rare & early classic Canada Goose by the Ward Brothers, Crisfield, MD. Circa late 1920's early 1930's. Beautiful early decoy with great form & style. Paint has been restored & aged proper by Reggie Birch in the proper Ward Brothers style & has a great color of a warm patina. Shows good wear to match the vintage. Glass eyes & great form, with classic Ward style "fat head" carving & pronounced breast carving. Body is all cedar with turned head & measures approx 23 1/2 inches long. Bill was slightly blunted & pushed back into position & a small amount of filler was used to seal the separation. Very clean & nicely done style for that era with great classic form. The price of good Wards are soaring fast at both the auctions & private sales & rarely do Ward decoys of this vintage turn up for resale at any price, especially a Goose. This is a outstanding decoy for any collector looking to add a early classic Ward Goose at 1/10th the price of a original paint example. E-mail for more pics if interested.
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Fresh Air Dick hen Pintail
Fresh Air Dick hen Pintail
 

 

 
Fresh Air Dick hen Pintail
  Fresh Air Dick hen Pintail  

 

   
Excellent hen Pintail decoy by Richard Ludwig "Fresh-Air Dick" Janson (1872-1951), Sonoma Bay, near Napa, California. Circa 1920-40s. Near mint all original paint protected by a very thin coat of old varnish. It isn't shiney & shows great color & patinia. Good brush work & detail on this pretty hen. Condition is excellent with only fault being thin but secure neck crack. Very neat full body style with carved wing tips and a slightly turned head. Measures approx 15 1/2 inches long and is solid body style. Original weight & line tie have been removed. Dick Janson was the premier carver of the West Coast & his decoys are what all other California makers decoys are measured against. He was a very interesting or maybe odd fellow who lived on a Ark that swarmed with cats. He was a market gunner, decoy maker & fisherman & lived a true outdoorsman life. Some great info can be found on him in an excellent book called "WILDFOWL DECOYS of the PACIFIC COAST..." by Miller & Hanson. Great example here for any collector looking to add a classic West Coast decoy by "Fresh-Air Dick" to a collection. E-mail for more pics.
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James "Jim" Currier drake Canvasback, nice wide body style & near mint as can be!
Currier head detail
 

 

Pristine wide body drake Canvasback by Jim Currier (1886-1971), Harve de Grace, MD. Circa 1940-60. Super nice & super clean and dry all original paint & condition, with very nice paint patterns, including some great "feather" painting & blending of colors. This beauty measures approx 16 3/4 inches & has a great wide body style. Retains original weight & line tie. Condition is excellent & has never seen the water. Great classic decoy maker here who made all of his own decoys & did it by hand. A outstanding decoy for any collection of Classic Chesapeake Bay decoys by one of the most undervalued old time makers from the upper Chesapeake Bay area.
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Rare Chautauqua fish decoy, circa pre-1905 & all original
head detail, unknown maker fish decoy from Chautauqua Lake, pre-1905
 

 

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, retaining original leather tail that still retains most of the original paint also. Measures approx 6 1/4 inches long. Has original brass braid eyes & 4 metal fins. Has classic carved gills & mouth that gives fish decoys from this area the best look. Also has the classic thru the body line tie. 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. You would never see these fish if it wasnt for the fine collection that was dispersed of the late Annie Hooper. So hard to find but very exciting to collect these. More pics avail on this classic beauty.
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Eddie Wozny Ruffed Grouse
Eddie Wozny Ruffed Grouse
 

 

Superb miniature flying Ruffed Grouse carving by Eddie Wozny, Cambridge, Maryland. Circa less then 20 years old. Carved "W" in bottom. Paint is all original & very rich & life like in color. Glass eyes & measures approx 4 1/4 inches long & 5 1/4 inches tall. Nice lifelike colors & very detailed carving with a very nicely done posture with lots of nice detail including the tucked feet. Eddie is one of the best carvers out there, & his minis will rival any ever made by anyone. He is quick to sell out at any of the shows he does & his carvings are rarely offered for resale, I don't think he carves as much now with his current job. Great piece here, its sure to please. Comes with original metal stand.
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Early & rare Curlew decoy by Sven Limberg (died 1947), North Wildwood, NJ. Circa 1890-1920. Paint is all original, strong, very clean and dry, has light flaking in a few areas. Lots of nice scratch painting style on body, & lots of nice brush work on neck & head area. Bill is a killer & really nicely done, and is totally original, slightly down turned, & splined thru head. Measures approx 14 inches, tail to end of bill, & is shown approx 1/2 actual size in pic. Limberg only made decoys for his own market & sport gunning rig. He was a carpenter constructing wooden bridges for the state of NJ. Check out pic of Snipe page 161 of Fleckenstein's excellent book "New Jersey Decoys", and info on maker on page 23. This is a super nice old Curlew for any collector of New Jersey or shorebird decoys. Won't find another this nice.
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Rare Miles Hancock (1888-1974) Hooded Merganser drake, Chincoteague Island, VA. Circa 1940-60. A very rare species by Hancock. Full size measures 14 1/2 inches & has a slightly turned head. Excellent all original paint, with very nicely done paint patterns on back. This is rare cedar body bird with tack eyes, still has all paint on eyes. It has never been weighted or line tied. This is a very tuff species by any maker including Hancock, & will be impossible to find one nicer.
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Rare wide-body style Canvasback pr by Taylor Boyd (1856-1946) Perryville, MD. Circa 1915. These birds are rarely found in this condition and are perfectly matched rigmates, measuring 7" wide x 13" long with 4"-4.5" high heads. Original weights and rigging remain. Drake is in very good original paint, with a tight crack part way through the neck. The hen is in good mellow original paint, much worn on the back, also has a tight neck crack. Overall, a very fine, rare pair with excellent form.
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Mint Jim Currier (1886-1971) Canvasback pair, Have de Grace, MD. Circa 1940-50's. Very strong all original paint & condition, with very nice paint patterns. Paint is perfect dry & clean with a great patina. Both measure approx 16 inches. Both have never been used. Condition is near perfect, & very well matched with big fat, full body style. As nice a matched pair of classic upper bay Currier Canvasbacks as can be found. SOLD!

 
   

 

Very rare model Bluebill decoy from the WILDFOWLER DECOYS INC., QUOGUE, L.I., NY. Circa 1958-59. Excellent, strong, & very dry, all original paint & condition with no repairs. Measures approx 14 inches long & retains its original keel, weight & leather line tie. Has both the QUOGUE, LI, WILDFOWLER stamp & is branded "L.K.THORNE". Very unique style with sharp ridged back. This bird is part of one of a well known custom made rig that was made for Thorne to replace rig lost in ice shift. See article entitled "Wildfowler Decoys, The Company Moves to Quogue, L.I. published in "Decoy Magazine" March-April, 2001 for more info. A rare Wildfowler.
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Rare Miles Hancock (1888-1974) Black Belly Plover, Chincoteague Island, VA. Circa 1940s. A rare species by Hancock. Full size measures 10 1/2 inches. Excellent all original paint, with very nicely done paint patterns on back, sides & neck, has some wear from age & some usage. This is cedar body bird with painted eyes. Has splined bill thru head. Has a couple of old shorebird blood stains. This is a tuff piece by Hancock, shorebirds are nearly impossible by him.
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Bob McGaw drake Canvasback
bottom of McGaw
Bob McGaw drake Canvasback decoy
 

 

Near perfect Canvasback drake by Robert McGaw (1879-1958), Harve de Grace, MD. Circa 1930-40. Excellent all original paint & condition, great patina & aging. Never waxed, paint is super strong, dry & crisp. Has never been gunned over & is near perfect, only some tiny paint flake at neck base as shown & small area of lifted puddy over nails in top of head with a couple of very tiny flakes of puddy loss. For the age it is just superb! More pics avail. Measures approx 16 inches long, has original weight & line tie. Also has McGaw's brand, it is thought the birds with his brand were from his personal rig. Outstanding paint patterns in McGaws best style. As good as they come, and of the quality you just can't find at any price these days. You will be thrilled with this beauty, it is as fine a McGaw Canvasback decoy as you will ever be able to find of this vintage, birds of this quality continue to be the strongest investment you can put in a collection.
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Rare Bluebill by Joe Dye (1870-1931), Harve de Grace, MD. Circa 1900. Nice classic style by Dye who was the son of Ben. Measures approx 14 inches, & retains line tie & weight. Great form with great bill style & typical paddle tail, has thin crack in neck. Paint is old working paint, much has been taken off & shows much original coat. Joe Dye was a serious market gunner & fisherman who guided some of the most famous & wealthy sports that ever gunned the Flats. Good history in this one.
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Early Canvasback by Captain John "Daddy" Holly (1818-1892), Harve de Grace, MD. Circa 1860s. Paint is old working repaint with areas worn to bare wood. Measures approx 13 1/2 inches long & has a neck crack but is secure. Overall condition is good, especially considering its age & usage. Retains original old iron keel. Daddy Holly was one of the original market gunners & decoy makers on the Susquehanna Flats, its thought that he started market gunning in 1830s. A very tuff addition for any collection of old decoys. Sold
 
 
   

 

Early Canvasback by Scott Jackson (1852-1929), Charlestown, MD. Circa 1910. Very nice attitude on this early historic Canvasback from Upper Chesapeake Bay. Paint is dry, old working repaint (probably done by Heverin), with much original coat showing. Measures approx 15 1/2 inches long. Very good overall condition, has secure neck crack & old chip to top sides of head. Retains line tie & weight. A tuff addition for any collection of old decoys.
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Early drake Canvasback by George Washington "Wash" Barnes (1861-1915), Carpenter's Point, Maryland. Circa 1900. Very nice attitude on this early historic Canvasback from Upper Chesapeake Bay. Paint is dry, old working repaint with much original coat showing. Measures approx 15 1/2 inches long. Very good overall condition, has some shot scars & retains original leather line tie & weight. Barnes & his four brothers operated a fish camp & were sink box gunners on the Susquehanna Flats. Nice bird.
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Early NJ Ruddy Turnstone Shorebird decoy
Early NJ Ruddy Turnstone Shorebird decoyEarly NJ Ruddy Turnstone Shorebird decoy
 

 

 
Early NJ Ruddy Turnstone Shorebird decoy
  Early NJ Ruddy Turnstone Shorebird decoy  

 

   
Rare and outstanding oversize Ruddy Turnstone Shorebird decoy similar to the work of Fred Bennett, Cape May, NJ. Circa 1880-1900. Excellent all original paint that is dry & very clean with a great patina. Incredible paint detail & form, with a lot of nice colors & brush work & is one of the best paint jobs I have ever seen on any New Jersey shorebird. I have had several shorebird collectors look at this bird, some think Long Island, G&S think Eastern Shore of VA, & some think NJ, the Turnstone attrib to Bennett in Henry Fleckenstein's "NEW JERSEY DECOYS" book page 177 is the closest thing I can find to it. Measures approx 11 inches long , with a neat thick original splined thru head bill & full very fat body carving. Condition is excellent with 2 flakes at face where bill meets the face & a flake in eye area where a nail secures splined bill. This is a superb decoy for any collector looking to add a very choice New Jersey shorebird decoy to a collection. Turnstone's of this vintage & quality are impossible to find at any price. E-mail for more pics if interested.
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Very rare hen Bluebill by James "Jim" Holly (1855-1935), Harve de Grace, MD. Circa 1890-1910. Strong all original paint & condition, which is so very rare to find on Upper Chesapeake Bay birds of this vintage. Paint it very clean & strong with a lot of nice brush work. Solid body measures approx 13 inches. Only fault is it has hair thin ageline around upper neck/cheek area, but is secure & only goes around 3/4 of the way, area is shown & more pics avail. Has original line tie & weight. Truly a exceptional example of a classic Susquehanna Flats decoy.
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Very rare & early sloped breast, hollow Mason Challenge Grade Drake Bluebill decoy, Detroit, Mich. Circa pre-1900. Very rare to find the early sloped breasted birds, especially a hollow carved Bluebill. Most of the slope breast birds are Mallards. These are the earliest made Masons & were done by hand, not on a lathe. Paint is very strong, thick, dry, clean & all original. Neck filler has been replaced & painted over in that area. Measures approx 14 inches. Perfect glass eyes. Some minor wear to the bird from gunning use, but honest. Retains original weight & a leather line tie. Has "AT" carved in bottom which make it a rig mate to Bluewing Teal I sold late last year. Great color on this one & lots of nice thick paint swirls that Mason decoys are famous for. Check your old auction catalogs on this one, I doubt you will ever find one. Very clean & a very rare addition to any Mason decoy collection.
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Nice oversize Black Duck by Mark McNair and from his personal gunning rig, Eastern Shore of VA. Circa 2000. Excellent all original paint & condition. This big boy measures a bit over approx 21 inches. Glass eyes, cork body, wooden head, tail insert & keel. This is from Marks personal hunting rig, I was told he makes these every couple of years, guns with them then sells off to make a different style to use. Its tuff getting any McNairs & this one is cool, I bet it did a good job fooling the ducks. Carved McNair signature & signed in ink "Gunning rig 2000 M.S. McNair". Very neat bird here for the McNair collector who is looking for something different. Good buy on this one.
Donated by Old-Decoys.com to Ducks Unlimited Eastern Shore of VA 2007 Sponsor Event & sold for $1050! A very nice bird & thanks to the buyer for supporting ESVA Ducks Unlimited!

 
Rare possible one of a kind Immature Goldeneye drake, tackeye model
 

 

 
Rare possible one of a kind Immature Goldeneye drake, tackeye model
  Rare possible one of a kind Immature Goldeneye drake, tackeye model  

 

   
Very rare & perhaps the only known example of a immature Goldeneye drake by the Mason Decoy Company, Detroit, Mich. Circa 1910. This exact bird is pictured on page 142 of "MASON DECOYS - EXPANDED EDITION, A Complete Pictorial Guide", By Russ J. Goldberger and Alan G. Haid. Paint is dry, clean & all original. Neck filler is all original & retains approx 85%. Measures approx 14 3/4 inches. Tackeyed model. Some moderate wear to the bird from honest gunning use, mostly to back area. Weight & line tie removed & gone. If your a hardcore Mason collector & are looking for the impossible here is a nice one & documented in the best known & complete book on Mason decoys. A very rare addition to any Mason decoy collection. More pics available.
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Superb & mint Pintail drake by Robert McGaw (1879-1958), Harve de Grace, MD. Circa 1920-30. Excellent all original paint & condition, great patina & aging. Measures approx 17 1/2 inches long, has original weight & line tie. Outstanding paint patterns in McGaws best style. Has a hairline paint crack around neck but wood is tight. This bird is from the group of unused McGaw's that were found in an attic in Harve de Grace several years ago, they were still wrapped in newspaper. As good as they come, and of the quality you just can't find at any price these days. You will be thrilled with this beauty, it is as fine a upper bay decoy as you will ever be able to find of this vintage.
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Lloyd Tyler Black Duck

 

 

Excellent, very scarce Black Duck decoy by Lloyd Tyler (1898-1970), Crisfield, MD. Circa 1920-40. Paint is all original, very strong and very clean. Has some very slight honest loss of paint from age. Probably was only gunned over once or twice. No repairs or touch ups. Good age on this classic Tyler with a nice patina. Solid body measures approx 18 inches long with a slightly turned head & is Tyler's best style with long tail & narrow neck. For reasons unknown Tyler Black Ducks are very hard to find especially in original paint. He just didnt make many Black Ducks, I could count on one hand how many I know of in existance in collections today. Lloyd Tyler made a great looking decoy & has become well known as a great Folk artist thanks to Henry Stansbury's outstanding book on Lloyd Tyler's decoys & artwork. His decoys have brought the respect of collectors as evidenced by the sale of his Hooded Merganser in the 6 figure range at the Guyette and Schmidt decoy sale in November 07. This is a great example of Lloyd Tyler's fine work & sure to please any collector that appreciates the good folk art appeal of his work. This scarce classic is sure to please, email for more pics if interested.
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Superb early pair of Bluebills attrib. to D.W. Nichols (1890-1977), Smith's Falls, Ont. Circa 1940s. Excellent all original paint & condition. Great matched rig mate pair. Solid body measure approx 12 inches on each. Very nicely done scratch painting style on both. I have had some collectors familiar with Nichols tell me they think that Davey painted these, as he did for several local carvers, but probably wasnt the carver, but they couldnt tell me who did carve them, so I dont know. But still one of the nicest rig mated pair for the money you will ever find.
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Scarce "SAM-BO" fishing lure with original box. Circa 1930-40's. Has original purchase price marked on top of $1.19. Lure appears to have never been used & retains original rubber band that gives his "love muscle" a lift, when barrel is pulled up. Lure measures approx 3 inches long not including metal lip or hook. Has lots of good graphics & advertising on box. Great collection or display bait.
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Rare "HARRY'S EAR-TUNED Duck Call". Circa 1940-50's. Excellent all original condition with no wear. Looks as if never used. Has "HARRY'S EAR-TUNED Duck Call" decal on front, in excellent condition. Has great color & patina & is made from maple (I think). Measures approx 5 1/4". Has seen no use & grades mint. Also has an original business card from Harry. I was told that probably less then 400 of these calls were ever produced. Has a great sound, I prefer to use a call like this then one of the $100+ acrylic ones that are the rage these days. Nice addition to a decoy or call collection, or a excellent call to use on your next duck hunt.
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Rare & early C.H. DITTO Crow Call. Circa 1900-20's. Excellent all original condition with minimal wear. Has "C.H. DITTO, KEITHSBURG, ILL." stamped into metal. Has great color & patina. Measures approx 4". Has seen little use & grades excellent. Has a great sound. Nice addition to a decoy or call collection, or a excellent call to use on your next crow hunt.
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Very scarce , bail handled, 1 gallon size, "FULL PACKT DELICIOUSLY FLAVORED OYSTERS", Baltimore, Maryland. Exact packer not quite readable, but a very early & seldom seen oyster tin. Circa 1910-20s. Condition is very good with great colors & graphics, very little in way of scratches, rust or dents. Has lid. A nice colorful addition to any collection.
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Very rare size, tall quart, "ELEPHANT BRAND OYSTERS", The C.H. LIGHTHISER Co., Baltimore, MD. Circa 1920s probably earlier. Condition is very good, & retains original pull top. Has great graphics. I have seen less then 3 of these in the "ELEPHANT BRAND". Tall quarts are the hardest size to find when it comes to early oyster tin cans.
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Very rare size, tall quart, "SUN BRAND OYSTERS", The Leib Packing Co., Baltimore, MD. "BALTIMORE'S BIG OYSTER HOUSE". Circa 1920s. Condition is excellent, & has top cut out. I have seen less then 3 of these in the "SUN BRAND". Tall quarts are the hardest size to find when it comes to early oyster tin cans.
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Very rare size, tall quart, "FULL MOON BRAND OYSTERS", The F.P. Coleman & Son Co., Baltimore, MD. Circa 1920s probably earlier. Condition is good, has some dents & paint loss in areas, with some expected fading from age. Retains original pull top. Has great graphics. I have seen less then 3 of these. Tall quarts are the hardest size to find when it comes to early oyster tin cans.
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Nice early Dupont SMOKELESS POWDER, Wilmington, Delaware. 1 lb size. Nice early litho of dogs in a hunting scene on front, & loading instructions on other end. Circa 1900s. Retains original cap. Very good condition & colors, shows some shrinkage from age to paint. A collector favorite.
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Rare "DUCK SHOOTING GUNPOWDER", HAZARD POWDER CO. Hazardville, Conn. Circa 1860-80s. 1 lb size. Very nice all original painted tin with very nice label & original marked cap. This is a very hard to find tin, & nearly impossible to find in this condition with 95% of label intact. Great color & design on this one. You wont find one any better.
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Nice Black Sporting Powder SNAP SHOT, 1/2 pound tin, back is marked ''CIL Canadian Industries Limited, Explosives Division Montreal, Canada.'', original FFG cap, very nice full colored litho image of falling duck. Circa 1900-20s. Excellent condition. Nice addition to a decoy collection.
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Nice "E.C." SMOKELESS SHOTGUN POWDER tin, 1 lb size. American "E.C." Schultze Gunpowder Co. from Bergan Co., NJ & 318 Broadway, NY. Circa 1900's. Great Victorian litho graphics on this one. Excellent condition with great color. Retains original cap. Very nice one here for any collection. Sold

 
 
 

 

Nice large "COBB ISLAND DECOYS" limited edition print by Eastern Shore of Virginia artist Thelma Peterson. Circa 1985. Condition is excellent and all original. This is #165 out of limited edition of 450. Signed by Thelma & also by Bill Purnell Jr., who authenticated the decoys used for the painting. Beautifully done pair of Black Ducks, Greater Scaup, Brant, & Geese, also has singles of Bufflehead, Redhead & Red-Breasted Merganser. Impressive size for a print at approx 20 X 24. Is currently mounted in poster frame & shows some glare in pics, needs to be professionally mounted. A nice painting by one of the Eastern Shore's best known artist.
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