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Joiner Canvasback pair
Charlie Joiner signature
 

 

Super nice & earlier Canvasback pair by Charlie "Speed" Joiner (1921-2015), Chestertown, MD. Signed not dated but made in the late 1950's to 1960's period. Excellent pretty much mint all original paint, with very clean finish, the paint work on these birds are superb as always with Joiner. A species that has become "The Classic" by Joiner. They say he is called "Speed" because he can paint a pair of Canvasbacks in 14 minuites. Full size with painted eyes, measures approx 16 1/2 inches each. Hen was never rigged and weight & line tie removed from drake and display perfectly. Charlie Joiner decoys are classics & still some of the most sought after contemporary birds made, he reset the standards for a lot of todays Chesapeake Bay makers. Outstanding examples here & sure to please any collector looking for great quality Joiners for their collection. More pics avail.
$725 pair

 
Early Bufflehead
Bufflehead drakeBufflehead drake
Early Bufflehead drake
 

 

Fantastic and very early drake Bufflehead decoy by unknown maker New England area, most likely Maine. Circa 1880-1920. Paint is excellent, bone dry & all original with a very deep patina. Incredible surface on this beauty. Has one chip on lower left side as seen in pic above but doesn't distract & displays excellent. Measures approx. 12 1/4 inches long. Solid flat unpainted bottom body with very well done inletted head. Retains original leather line tie but was never weighted. Great form & very appealing for any decoy of folk art collection. Very clean & strong little bird here with great Folk Art appeal for the price, more pics avail.
$1250

 
McNair Greater Yellowlegs
McNair Greater YL
McNair signature
 

 

Outstanding and earlier feeding Greater Yellowlegs shorebird decoy by Mark McNair, Eastern Shore of VA. Circa 1980-90's. Carved McNair signature. Excellent all original & very detailed aged paint & condition with very well done intentional wear. Measures approx 13 inches, fat full body style with nice low feeding form. Glass eyes, splined bill and raised carved dropped style wings. Outstanding condition with slight grain raised on right side but hard to see. This is a really nice style & a very popular with collectors of Mark's fine work. Carved McNair signature. Metal stand included. More pics available of this great looking McNair. Hard not to want to add this beauty to your collection, great form, style & paint and a McNair style classic.
$1200

 
Currier early BB
Currier BB
 

 

Very sharp and early semi-high head drake Bluebill decoy by James "Jim" Currier (1886-1971), Harve de Grace, MD. Circa 1920's. Super nice & clean all original paint & condition, with very nice paint patterns, including some great " Angel wing feather" painting & blending of colors. This beauty measures approx 14 inches & has semi-high head style that collectors look for in Currier's best & earlier carvings with a great fat body style. Retains original weight & line tie. Condition is very good plus with areas of honesr gunning wear & loss of white lead over nails that capped nails that head is put on with. Great example here by a classic decoy maker who made all of his own decoys & did it by hand. This may be from a rig that was found years ago in MD and they were all thought to be the work of the Holly family also of Harve de Grace. 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. More pics avail.
$1250

 
Truex Merganser
Truex Merganser

 

 

Superb and very early hen Red~Breasted Merganser by Rhodes Truex (died 1934), Atlantic City, NJ. Circa 1920's. Excellent all original paint, very strong & clean, with a nice painting style. Condition is excellent with slight edge wear from some hunting use. Hollow body measures approx 18 inches long with straight head & nice long bill. Has carved eyes & very nice carving style on head & bill, with inletted weighting. Truex is a NJ classic decoy maker and made decoys for sale and sold them for $20 a dozen in 1920. He was a bridge tender and never market gunned. Very hard to find a single hen that hasnt had a bill repair, this one is untouched all original. If you are looking for a excellent example of a NJ classic Merganser this is it. Good buy here. More pics avail.
$8,500

 
Mitchell oversize Bluebills
itchell signature
 

 

Super nice matched pair of oversize "Up The River" model Bluebill decoys by R. Madison Mitchell (1901-1993), Havre de Grace, MD. Signed and dated 1977. Branded "RRL" on bottom of each. Excellent all original paint that's strong, dry & clean, great brush work on these oversize beauties. Nice fat bodies that measure approx 16 1/2 inches long each with nicely done heads. Retains original weights & line ties. Shows minimal wear & probably never really gunned with. No faults with just a couple of small natural wood aging spots. Displays perfectly. You have seen the scarce model Mitchell market soar the past few years & this pair is super clean, strong and dry, just the way you want them. A superb & scarce model almost 40 year old decoy pair by the dean of Upper Chesapeake Bay makers & for the Mitchell collector looking for choice examples. More pics avail, these are priced to sell, a great deal on these beauties.
$700 a pair

 
Pete Peterson Merganser pair

Pete brandBrand
 

 

Super nice & earlier Red~Breasted Merganser pair of decoys by "Hurricane Pete" Peterson, Capeville, VA. Circa 1989 & 91. Signed, dated and hot branded "PETE". Excellent all original paint & in unused condition with some lite edge wear from age. Super nice surface that is dry, clean and very strong. Pretty close to mint. Hollow carved bodies, each measures approx 18 inches long, with stylish head & thin body style carving and slightly turned heads. Perfect glass eyes with original leather line ties and lead pad style weights. Has Pete's brand "PETE" in bottom. Hen made in 1991, drake in 1989. Pete makes a great bird & his decoys are a collector favorite, & earlier models are getting very hard to find. This is a really nice early pair and a popular species by Pete, great classic Pete form & style, its always a pleaser. More pics available.
SALE PENDING!

 
McNair Cobb Plover
McNair Cobb Plover
McNair signature BP Plover mini
 

 

Very scarce miniature "Nathan Cobb" style Black Bellied Plover decoy by Mark McNair, Eastern Shore of VA. Circa less then 5 years old. Carved signature on bottom. Excellent all original aged paint & condition with very well done intentional wear. Measures approx 2 7/8 inches, fat full body style made exactly like the classic full size Plover shorebirds by Nathan Cobb. Carved eyes, splined bill & carved raised wingtip carving. This is a really nice piece, very rare to ever get these from Mark as he makes very few minis. They are very popular with collectors of Mark's fine work. Carved McNair signature. More pics available of this great looking McNair. Hard not to want to add this scarce little beauty to your collection, great form, style & paint and a classic. Stand made by Mark included, it is a leaded brass of 12 guage shell.
SALE PENDING!

 
Ira Hudson drake Canvasback



Ira Hudson drake Canvasback
 

 

Super scarce and early oversized Canvasback drake decoy by Ira Hudson (1876-1949), Chincoteague Island, VA. Circa 1920-1940. Has excellent all original paint with very little wear for the age & useage, lots of great blending with excellent scratch and scallop painting. No repairs or touch ups of any kind. Has a thin neck crack and a few agelines in head but super tight and secure. Measures approx 18 inches long and about 8 1/2 wide with slightly turned head. This is a rare oversized bird in classic Hudson style, with a great head style with nicely carved bill, fat football style body, with classic banjo flutted tail carving, solid cedar body, & tack eyes. Retains original pad weight & 2 staple line ties. This is a really nice Hudson Canvasback, great form & very clean. Great bird and in the condition and style you always hope to find. This is the only oversized Canvasback I have ever seen and all original condition is awesome! More pics available.
$4500

 
Charlie Joiner Black Duck pair
Bottom signature
 

 

Superb & minty matched pair of Black Ducks by Charlie Joiner (1921-2015), Chestertown, MD. Signed & dated 1994. Excellent all original paint, with very clean finish, the paint work on these birds are a killer and pretty much mint. Beautiful colors & blending of paint. A species that has always been hard to find by Joiner as he didnt like to make them due to the time consuming painting required on these. Full size with glass eyes, measures approx 16 3/4 inches long each. Full size with original weights & line ties, both are signed & are matched pair rigmates. Charlie was a classic Chesapeake Bay maker that really reset the standard for upper bay birds that many have tried to put into their work. They say he could paint a pair of Canvasbacks in 14 minutes. Great examples here & sure to please any collector looking for top quality Joiners for their collection. More pics avail.
SALE PENDING!

 
Ian McNair Dipper mini
Ian mini Dipper
Ian signature Dipper
 

 

Awesome miniature drake Bufflehead decoy carving by Ian McNair, Eastern Shore of VA. Circa less then 5 years old. Has carved "I McNair" signature. Excellent all original aged paint & condition with very well done intentional wear and aging. Measures approx 3 1/4 inches, fat full body style. Tiny glass eyes with a perfect patina surface. Even has a aged lead pad weight & tiny leather line tie. This is a really nice piece, very scarce to ever get these from Ian as he dont make a lot of minis. They are very popular with collectors of Ian's fine work. Carved I McNair signature. More pics available of this great looking McNair. Hard not to want to add this scarce little beauty to your collection, great form, style & paint and a classic. Only one available.
$425

 
Keyes Chadwick BB

Keyes Chadwick BB
 

 

Extra nice & early drake Bluebill by Henry Keyes Chadwick (1865-1958), Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard, Mass. Circa 1925-50, Excellent all original paint & condition. Paint is dry, clean with a perfect patina of age. Surface is awesome. Has very minimal wear from hunting use with only a few small areas of paint flake. Measures approx 14 inches long with slightly turned head and has the big full body style. Solid body with glass eyes and no checks in body except one in back that was there when made & retains all original puddy to fill that area. Has nicely done head and body. Head is turnable side to side but is secure to bird and may be the way he made his decoys. Extra pics available. This is a nice example for any collector looking for a very strong and all original classic Keyes Chadwick to add to a collection. Very good buy here as classic Massachusetts decoys continue to be strong in the decoy market. More pics available.
$1500

 
Gibian Merganser
Gibian Merganser
Gibian signature
 

 

Fantastic and scarce Red~Breasted Merganser drake decoy by William Gibian, Onancock, Eastern Shore of VA. Carved signature on bottom. Circa less then 35 years old. Superb all original paint & condition with a nice soft patina finish. Lots of great brushwork with a beautiful surface. Measures approx 17 inches long with very slightly turned head & is hollow carved body with diamond carved eyes and raised wing tip carving with coffin style crossover on back. Has very small areas of edge wear and very slight sapping on breast and tail but displays perfectly. Retains original lead pad weight and leather line tie. Nice detailed carving on this beauty with very well done form and detail. This is a neat style & shows the strong use of form & movement that Gibian incorporates in his fine work. Carved "Gibian"signature on bottom of bird. Exceptional piece here & sure to please. More pics avail.
$1500

 
McGaw minty Canvasback
McGaw Canvasback
McGaw brand
 

 

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.
$1750

 
Pete Ruddy Duck
Pete Ruddy duck
Pete Brand
 

 

Very cool diminutive Ruddy Duck decoy by "Hurricane Pete" Peterson, Capeville, VA. Circa 1982. Dated and hot branded "PETE". Excellent all original paint with intentional wear and a few tiny shot marks. Solid carved body measures just 9 1/2 inches long, with stylish head & full body carving and nice wide bill. Glass eyes but never rigged to hunt. Has Pete's brand "PETE" in bottom. Pete makes a great bird & his decoys are a collector favorite, & certain models are getting very hard to find. This is a really nice and a popular species by Pete, great classic Pete form & style, its always a pleaser. More pics available.
SOLD!

 
Rowe Coot
Rowe Coot
Rowe Coot
 

 

Very fine and scarce to find Coot decoy by James "Jimmie" Rowe (B/D?), Norfolk, VA. Circa 1930-50. Branded "J. L. ROWE" on bottom. Strong, dry & clean mostly original paint with some possible touch up in areas including over a small tail chip. Solid body measures about 11 1/2 inches long, head is approx 4 inches tall. Has thin crack running down the back but is secure. Retains original custom cast lead weight & staple ring line tie. Has metal head that was cast by Jimmie as he was a machinist at the Shipyards in Norfolk, VA. Coots by Rowe are considered to be some of the finest made in the VA and NC area. Very nice design and workmanship. Rowe made only about 60 of these and are seldom found. Coots decoys are a scarce addition in most collections and do make a interesting display with good folk art charm. Excellent example here, very clean and as found in rig. It's sure to be a nice addition to any collection. Extra pics avail & a good buy on this one.
SOLD!

 
Chesser Greenwing Teal
GW Teal by Grayson
GC "C" signature
 

 

Exceptional swimming head Greenwing Teal decoy by Grayson Chesser, Jenkins Bridge, VA. Circa less then 30 years old. Has Grayson's "C" carved in bottom. Excellent all original paint & condition, it is perfect with only fault is small sap area under bill on breast, hard to see but extra pics avail. Great patina on this beauty. Life size hollow carved cedar body measures approx 15 1/4 inches with full streched swimming head and a nice fat full body carving. Retains original weight & leather line tie. Nice glass eyes with no cracks. 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 scarce model by Grayson. 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.
SOLD!

 
Barnard BB drake
Barnard BB drake
BArnard brand on BB
 

 

Classic & best style drake Bluebill drake decoy by Charles Nelson Barnard (1876-1958), Harve de Grace, MD. Circa 1910-40. From his personal rig with stamp branded weight & bottom. Very good plus condition with very old gunning repaint. Nice painting style & a dry finish, with lots of nice feathering brush work. I don't know as I have never seen a Bluebill by Barnard in original paint, but I assume it is his paint as it is from his rig. Measures approx 12 inches long & retains original weight and leather line tie. Weight & bottom of bird branded "CNB" as seen above in bottom pic. As found from the gunning rig condition. Condition is excellent considering the vintage. Does have a thin age line around neck but is tight and may be a professional or very old repair, takes a eye loop to see. Barnard was one of the upper Chesapeake Bays finest makers, his style and form were exceptional and examples of his decoys are some of the most sought after decoys by collectors. His high headed decoys are superb pieces of art. A super nice and very hard to find classic example of his best style Bluebill decoy here for the price. More pics avail.
SALE PENDING!

 
MD fat Goose
Mark D fat Goose
MD SIGNATURE
 

 

Awesome big fatty Canada Goose "HUNTING DECOY" by Mark Daisey, Chincoteague Island, VA. Circa less then 10 years old, and branded "MARK", also ink signed on bottom. Strong, dry & clean all original paint that is about mint. Nice big fat size bird at approx 22 3/4 inches long with hollow carved body. Tack eyes with a really nice head & body carving style with raised wing tip. Outstanding condition that has never been gunned over but has a couple of intentional rubs to give the look of age. Mark Daisey is the nephew of the "world famous" Cigar Daisey. He makes a excellent decoy in many different styles including copying some of the classics. His work is a very smart buy for the good quality that he puts into his work and Decoy Magazine just did a excellent article on Mark & his fine work. Only second one of these I have seen or had, its a beauty! Outstanding value here. Extra pics avail.
SALE PENDING!

 
Madison Mitchell Redhead drake
Madison Mitchell Redhead drake 1956
Mitchell signature
 

 

Nice and early Redhead drake by R. Madison Mitchell (1901-1993), Havre de Grace, MD. Signed and dated 1956. Very good plus all original paint that's very strong, dry & clean. Good paint style on this drake, lots of nice feathering with good color & patina. Measure approx 14 inches long. Rretains original weight & staple/ring line tie. Condition is very good plus with honest gunning wear and has a very thin hairline neck crack thru 3/4 of neck but secure and totally tight, also two length wise thin lines in belly but again tight & secure. Also small edge chip rub on left side edge of front of bill, see pic above. More pics avail. A nice 61 year old all original gunning drake by the dean of Upper Chesapeake Bay makers. Priced to sell, getting harder to find Mitchell's this early & in this condition anymore at this price, very good buy on this nice classic gunning bird. More pics avail.
$325

 

Mark McNair Mallard drake
McNair Mallard drake

McNair signature
 

 

Early preener gunning Mallard drake by Mark McNair, Eastern Shore of VA. From his personal gunning rig when living in Modest Town, VA. Circa 1980's. Carved signature. Very good plus all original paint & condition, with some slight wear from gunning use. Measures a approx 16 inches with slightly turned and tucked preening head. Very nicely done slightly raised wings with great detail to head carving & very detailed comb painting on body. Glass eyes with a nice large hollow carved body and retains original lead pad weight and leather line tie. Its tuff getting any early McNair ducks & this one is cool, I bet it did a good job fooling the ducks. Carved McNair signature. Very neat bird here for the McNair collector who is looking for a exceptional gunning rig bird. A good buy here. More pics avail.
SOLD!

 
Oscar Peterson BASS
Oscar Peterson Bass
 

 

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

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McGaw mini Canvasback
McGaw mini Canvasback

 

 

Excellent miniature Canvasback drake on base by Robert McGaw (1879-1958), Havre de Grace, MD. Circa 1930-40's. Excellent all original paint with with a strong and very clean surface thats near mint. Tiny wood knot stain as seen on top pic. Form is excellent with no neck cracks & nice long bill style. Measures approx 6 1/4 inches long on nice wooden base, felt bottom gone. McGaw made decorative base birds over the many years he made gunning decoys. He was one of the first makers to produce a decorative bird for sale including many miniatures that were shipped all over the country thru a mail order business. This is a super nice example & a collector favorite species for any nice collection of miniatures or classic Chesapeake Bay decoys. E-mail for more pics if interested.
SALE PENDING!

 
Hog Island style Black Duck by Peterson
Peterson Black Duck
 

 

Superb Hog Island style Black Duck by "Hurricane Pete" Peterson, Capeville, VA. Circa less then 30 years old. Excellent all original paint & condition, has been gunned over a few times. Hollow carved cedar body measures approx 18 inches long, with great inletted head & full body carving. Shows some separation at seam but secure. Carved eyes with original leather line tie & lead pad bottom weight. Has Pete's brand "PETE" in bottom. Pete makes a great bird & his decoys are a collector favorite, & very hard to find. This is a really nice model by Pete, great classic Pete form & style, its always a pleaser. More pics available.
SOLD!

 
Oliver Lawson Canvasback pair
OL signature
 

 

Superb & scarce 1936 Ward Brother style Canvasback pair by Oliver Lawson, Crisfield, MD. Circa less then 25 years old. Signed in ink. Superb all original paint & condition. Paint is excellent and is very sharp, dry, very clean & detailed. Both are signed by Lawson on bottom with style noted. Solid bodies measure approx 15 1/2 inches long each & both have slightly turned heads with glass eyes. 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 great matched pair of a good collector species in outstanding condition & style. Probably wont have a chance at another pair this nice again at this price as these are priced to sell. More pics available.
SOLD!

 
McNair Godwit
McNair Godwit
McNair signature
 

 

Fantastic and earlier large size Godwit shorebird decoy by Mark McNair, Eastern Shore of VA. Circa 1980-90's. Carved McNair signature. Excellent all original & very detailed aged paint & condition with very well done intentional wear. Beautiful surface on this bird with superb detailed painting style. Measures approx 16 1/4 inches, fat full body style with nice flowing form. Glass eyes, splined bill and carved raised wing tips. Outstanding shorebird here. This is a really nice and scarce style & a very popular with collectors of Mark's fine work. Carved McNair signature. Metal stand included. More pics available of this great looking McNair. Hard not to want to add this beauty to your collection, great form, style & paint and a McNair style classic.
SALE PENDING!

 
Hancock Merganser
Merganser RB hancock
Hancock Merganser
 

 

Rare size and extra nice half size Red~Breasted Merganser drake by Miles Hancock (1888-1974), Chincoteague Island, VA. Signed and species noted. Measures approx 10 inches, solid balsa body. Excellent all original paint, thats very dry & clean, with very nicely done brush work patterns, a very sharp & clean bird. Has tack eyes. Has a smooth body style carving. Hancock started making his "little birds" after a heart attack in the 1960s and selling them to the steady increasing flow of tourist to Chincoteague Island. This bird is probably part of a collection sold a couple of years ago that Miles Hancock made for a young man that helped him for many years with his terrapin farm while the man was away in the military. This one is a very hard to find size and has a great look. More pics avail.
$350

 
Bob McGaw hen Bluebill on base
Bob McGaw hen Bluebill

 

 

Superb and very scarce full size Bluebill hen by Robert McGaw (1879-1958), Havre de Grace, MD. Circa 1920-40. Excellent all original paint & mounted on original wooden base. Incredible paint suface & form, with best paint style . The color & patina are superb. It does have a dark rub on bottom right side and could be cleaned off and doesn't show when displayed, it is pretty much near mint perfect. Only fault is slight lifting of puddy over nails on top of head. Measures approx 14 inches long with great 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, outstanding buy here & top notch quality.
$1750

 
Gallop Brothers Coot
Peg head Coot by Gallop Bros
 

 

Folky and scarce Coot decoy by the Gallup Brothers, Upper Back Bay, VA. Circa 1940's. Excellent all original paint and condition that is outstanding considering how rough most found examples are. Retains original spindle head with nail & canvas cloth bill and retains original leather line tie and 3 pieces of lead strip weighting. Measures approx 12 inches long. I have seen maybe 8 or 10 of these over the years but this is hands down best condition I have ever seen one. The Gallup Brothers owned Premier Millworks Co. in Virginia Beach area. They gunned in Ships Bay area of Back Bay for over 30 years and worked together on their rig of Coot decoys. Spindle lathe turned heads with a canvas cloth bill with nail for shaping make them a very effective decoy thats very popular with collectors. Coots are pretty scarce compared to most species & do make a good collection with good folk art charm. Superb example here, great folky form and all original, sure to be a nice addition to any collection. Extra pics avail & a good buy on this one.
$850

 
Mark Daisey Hooded Mergansers
Mark brand
 

 

Super nice Ira Hudson style Hooded Merganser pair by Mark Daisey, Chincoteague Island, VA. Circa less then 10 years old, and branded "MARK". Strong, dry & clean all original paint that shows lite intentional wear & aging to give them the look of the hundred year old classics by Ira Hudson. Nice fat size birds at approx 13 3/4 inches long each with solid carved bodies. Rusted tack eyes with good flutting to tail & head crest notches as proper to follow Ira Hudson's classic. Has aged weight & line tie. Mark Daisey is the nephew of the "world famous" Cigar Daisey. He makes a excellent decoy in many different styles including copying some of the classics. His work is a very smart buy for the good quality that he puts into his work. Extra pics avail & a great buy on this pair. More pics available.
SALE PENDING!

 
BW TEAL by PETE
BW TEAL by PETE
PETE branding
 

 

Super nice hen Bluewing Teal decoy by "Hurricane Pete" Peterson, Capeville, VA. Circa 2008 written on weight. Hot branded "PETE". Excellent all original paint & in unused condition. Hollow carved body measures approx 12 1/2 inches long, with stylish head & full body carving. Glass eyes with original leather line tie & poured lead strip weight. Has Pete's brand "PETE" in bottom. Pete makes a great bird & his decoys are a collector favorite, & very hard to find. This is a really nice and a popular species by Pete, great classic Pete form & style, its always a pleaser. More pics available.
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GC Gadwall drake
GC Gadwall

Chesser's "C"
 

 

Very sharp drake Gadwall decoy by Grayson Chesser, Jenkins Bridge, VA. Circa 1980-90. Has Grayson's "C" carved into bottom. Excellent all original paint & condition. Very fat hollow carved body measures approx 15 1/2 inches long, with glass eyes. Condition is very lightly gunned over, and wear is very minimal. This handsome devil retains original weight & a keeled model, thats the way Grayson makes them, you can gun with it or put it on the shelf. 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 Gadwalls are pretty scarce. This is a very nice decoy showing Grayson's fine decoy making talent and superb painting skills and will please even the most demanding of collectors. More pics avail.
SOLD!

 
McNair Goose
McNair Goose
McNair signature
 

 

Very scarce miniature swimming Goose decoy by Mark McNair, Eastern Shore of VA. Circa less then 5 years old. Carved signature. Excellent all original aged paint & condition with very well done aging of paint. Measures approx 6 3/4 inches, fat full body style made with glass eyes, & carved raised wingtip carving. Even has a aged lead pad weight & tiny leather line tie. This is a really nice piece, very rare to ever get these from Mark as he makes very few minis. They are very popular with collectors of Mark's fine work. Carved McNair signature. More pics available of this great looking McNair. Hard not to want to add this scarce little beauty to your collection, great form, style & paint and a classic. Get this while you can.
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Madison Mitchell Widgeon pair
MM sig
 

 

Outstanding earlier matched Widgeon pair by R. Madison Mitchell (1901-1993), Havre de Grace, MD. Signed & dated 1952. Excellent and pretty much minty all original paint thats very strong, clean & never waxed dry. Beautiful paint on this pair, lots of nice feathering. Measure approx 14 3/4 inches long each. Both retain original weights & line ties. Conditon is pretty much mint with no wear, no repairs except hen has a in the making grain crack on belly that puddy fell out of but is tight & secure & ant be seen when displayed. A superb matched pair by the dean of Upper Chesapeake Bay makers. Early & top quality Mitchells have a good solid $ future, making this a good buy on this fine pair. Widgeons are always a harder to find species & great addition for a collector. Check out the long stroke of the green around the eye that goes down the neck, very cool & never seen another like that. More good pics available.
$825 pair

 
Tillet Coot
Tillet Coot
Tillet Coot
 

 

Very nice Coot canvas decoy attrib to Avery (born 1903) or Allen Tillett (born 1906), Kitty Hawk, Outer Banks, NC. Circa 1930-40's. Has a "A" carved in bottom. Very good plus all original paint & condition with no tears to the canvas, which is somewhat of a miracle with old canvas decoys from this region. Measures approx 15 3/4 inches long and has a thin neck crack but is secure. All of the Tillett brothers including their father Alphonso served in the United States Coast Guard. Alphonso was born in 1880 and was probably saw the Wright Brothers making history at Kitty Hawk. Coots are not great eating and so pretty scarce decoys compared to most species & do make a good collection with good folk art charm. Super nice example here, great folky form and all original, sure to be a nice addition to any collection. Extra pics avail & a good buy on this one.
SOLD!

 

Oversized Canvasback pair by the Ward Brothers

Ward signature
 

 

Exceptional oversized Canvasback decoy pair by the Ward Brothers, Crisfield, MD. Circa 1963, signed & dated. Excellent all original paint & condition. Paint is very strong, clean & dry. Beautiful patina & great paint patterns on this pair with minimal edge wear from age and storage. Solid cedar bodies that measure approx 17 inches long on each. Heads are slightly turned on each. Great looking classic Ward Brothers Canvasback decoy pair here, very clean & nicely done style for that era & the condition is exceptional. The price of good matched Wards continue to be strong, they are great American folk art & stand on their own. This is a sweet decoy pair for any collector looking to add a classic Ward Canvasback pair and demands exceptional original condition examples & investment quality decoys. E-mail for more pics.
$6500 pr

 
mini RB Merganser
mini Merganser
 

 

Very nice & vintage Red-Breasted Merganser drake attrib to Art Sharply (1860s-1950s), Chincoteague Island, VA. Circa 1940's. Excellent all original paint & condition. Paint is about mint, dry, &detailed as expected in a true folk art painting style. Excellent condition and the head is slightly offset at glued base, not sure if it came off or it is how it was mounted when made. Displays excellent. Solid body measures approx 6 1/2 inches long with painted dot eyes. More pics avail. I dont know much about Mr Sharply except it is very cool with good age and great southern painting & carving style that is no doubt classic Chincoteague.
SOLD!

 
Pete Peterson 1978 GW Teal

Pete's signature
 

 

Super nice & earlier Greenwing Teal pair of decoys by "Hurricane Pete" Peterson, Capeville, VA. Circa 1978. Signed, dated and hot branded "PETE". Excellent all original paint & in unused condition. Only fault is very thin crack in neck of drake but is very tight & secure. Solid carved bodies, each measures approx 12 inches long, with stylish head & full body carving and slightly turned high heads. Glass eyes with original leather line tie & Dudley style lead strip weight. Has Pete's brand "PETE" in bottom. Pete makes a great bird & his decoys are a collector favorite, & earlier models are getting very hard to find. This is a really nice early pair and a popular species by Pete, great classic Pete form & style, its always a pleaser. More pics available.
$525 pair

 
Ira Hudson Merganser



Ira Hudson Merganser hen
Roy Bull brand
 

 

Super rare and early hen Red Breated Merganser decoy by Ira Hudson (1876-1949), Chincoteague Island, VA. Circa 1910-1935. Ex-Roy Bull collection with his brand & sold in that famous Bourne Auction of his collection in 1983. Has excellent old repaint by Hudson with very little wear for the age after the repainting. Retains both original tack eyes and original pad weight. Has a crooked thin neck crack through about 1/3 of neck on right side. When I first received this decoy I thought the bill had been replaced but after blacklighting it just appears it broke off and was put back on. If replaced it was done very early, it has slight movement but is secure. This is exactly how it was sold by Bourne with no mention of any repair only old repaint. It was sold March 9th, 1983 lot # 570 and retains original auction tag. Paint is thick and has a great color patina. Measures approx 15 1/2 inches. This is a classic & very desirable Hudson species with great form and style. This is a really scarce and a true classic Hudson Red Breasted Merganser, great form & very clean. Great bird and in the species you always hope to find. More good pics available
SOLD!

 
Strunk oversize Black Duck
Strunk OS Black Duck
Strunk OS Black Duck
 

 

Superb oversized Delaware River style Black Duck decoy by George Strunk, Glendora, NJ. Ink signed & stamped weight. Outstanding all original paint & excellent condition. This beautiful bird is hollow carved & is rigged with lead pad weight & leather line tie proper & ready to hunt with or stick on the shelf. Has stamped into lead "G. STRUNK". Hollow carved body that is oversize model measures approx 18 1/2 inches long. Has glass eyes & very detailed paint work. George can lay some paint like no one else, his blending of color & texture is awesome. Great job on this awesome beauty with detailed bill carving, raised wing-tips & tail carving and a great looking slightly turned head. George makes a great looking bird in the classic Delaware River style. His work is highly sought after by collectors of both old & contemporary decoys. Outstanding & great collector species in oversize model that is sure to please.
$875

 

Joiner Redhead 1951
Joiner 1951 Redhead
Joiner signature
 

 

Super nice 1951 Redhead drake decoy by Charlie "Speed" Joiner (1921-2015), Chestertown, MD. Signed & dated 1951. Excellent and pretty much mint original paint, with very clean and bone dry finish, the paint work on this bird is superb as always with Joiner. This beauty appears to have never been gunned over, just about perfect mint condition with a couple of storage rubs and just tiny slight nail pops on backside of head but secure and stable. Retains original weight & staple line tie. Charlie only dates 1951 on birds that the ballast weight isnt flattened on ends, line gets caught up on edge, 1952 & on corrected that with flattened edge. They say he is called "Speed" because he could paint a pair of Canvasbacks in 14 minuites. Full size with painted eyes, measures approx 14 inches long with early extra wide bill. Charlie Joiner decoys are classics & still some of the most sought after contemporary birds made, he reset the standards for a lot of todays Chesapeake Bay makers. Great example here & sure to please any collector looking for great quality early Joiners for their collection. More pics avail.
$475

 
McNair Curlew
McNair Curlew

McNair Curlew
 

 

Super nice Nathan Cobb style Curlew shorebird decoy by Mark McNair, Eastern Shore of VA. Circa less then 35 years old. Carved McNair signature on bird. Very nice all original aged paint & condition. The surface is very well done with great looking patina & aging and several shot scars to add to the look of a old original. Nice brush work on this beauty including very well done aging of surface. Nice bold full body style that measures approx 13 inches tip to tip with splined bill. Carved eyes, nice curved bill & raised wing and tail carving. This is a very desirable style & looks 125+ years &this is a really nice and very sought after style by McNair. If you like southern shorebirds or McNair carvings this is a nice piece that you will enjoy adding to any collection of old or new shorebird decoys. Metal stand included. Priced to sell and more pics of this beauty avail.
$1500

 
Phil Babe BW teal pair
 

 

Very nice hollow carved Blue~Winged Teal by Phil Babe, (born 1945), East Tawas, Michigan. Signed and dated 2004. Excellent all original paint and condition. Glass eyes. Measure approx 13 inches long each with slightly turned heads and raised wing tip carving. Phil started carving when he was a child, after a layoff he started again in 1968. See book "Saginaw Bay Waterfowl Hunting and Decoy Carvers" by Wm. Stout for more info. A fine pair of decoys here, very well built and just outstanding paint. You will be very happy with these, especially at the price. More pics avail.
SOLD!

 
Pete Peterson Coot
Pete coot brand
 

 

Super nice Coot decoy by "Hurricane Pete" Peterson, Capeville, VA. Circa 2006. Dated and hot branded "PETE". Excellent all original paint & in unused condition. Solid carved body measures approx 13 1/2 inches long, with stylish head & full body carving. Very cool carved eyes with original leather line tie & lead cast bottom weight. Has Pete's brand "PETE" in bottom. Pete makes a great bird & his decoys are a collector favorite, & very hard to find. This is a really nice model by Pete, great classic Pete form & style, its always a pleaser. More pics available.
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McGaw Canvasback pair
McGaw Canvasback pair
JP brand

 

 

Rare "Postage Stamp" model rig mate pair of Canvasbacks by Robert McGaw (1879-1958), Harve de Grace, MD. Circa 1915-35. Both branded "JP" for the famous Joel Pusey market gunning rig. Excellent condition paint appears to be a second coat or working touch up by McGaw. If didnt have 2nd eye on both they would pass as first coat. Super nice paint that is super strong and very clean. Has very minimal wear that is surprising considering age. For the age they are just super nice. Bottom of hen has small age line but is secure, drake has airline in bottom and thin neck crack and some age grain lines on sides of head as seen above. Measures approx 15 1/2 inches on drake and 14 1/2 on hen. Both have original bottom weights & staple ring line ties. Outstanding paint patterns in McGaws classic style. Joel Pusey was a very famous market gunner out of Swan Creek area of the Flats. He had a large rig but this is really one of the nicest and earliest pairs I have seen from that rig. John Sullivan wrote a excellent book called "Waterfowling on the Chesapeake 1819-1936" that has some great info on Pusey family & the decoy rigs they used. You will be very happy with this classic pair of old market gunner rig mates. Very hard to find a matched pair of "Postage Stamp" models with a famous rig brand. Very strong and nice pair for any level collection from a historic rig by a classic maker, and priced to sell. More pics avail.
SOLD!

 
Gibian Wood Duck
Gibian Wood Duck hen
Gibian signature
 

 

Superb hen Wood Duck decoy by William Gibian, Onancock, Eastern Shore of VA. Carved signature and signed business card mounted on bottom. Superb all original paint & condition with a nice soft patina finish. Lots of great brushwork with a beautiful surface. Measures approx 15 3/4 inches long with slightly turned head & is hollow carved body with glass eyes and leather line tie. Nice detailed carving on this beauty with raised detailed proper wing tips and tail with very well done form and detail. This is a neat style & shows the strong use of form & movement that Gibian incorporates in his fine work. Its tuff getting any Gibian carvings as his decoys are highly sought by collectors "Gibian"signature on bottom of bird. Exceptional piece here & sure to please it is fantastic.
$1650

 
Maine Coot
Maine Coot
 

 

Folky and very early Coot decoy by unknown maker New England area, most likely Maine. Circa 1880-1920. Paint is excellent, bone dry & all original. White dots you see are old spider poop droppings from where it was stored. Has 2 hair thin cracks in bill but are tight & dont go all the way thru. Also has a few tail chips but doesn't distract & displays excellent. Measures approx. 12 inches long. Solid flat bottom body with very well done inletted head. Retains original leather line tie and sand cast weight. Great form & very appealing for any decoy of folk art collection. Very clean & strong little bird here with great Folk Art appeal for the price, more pics avail.
$1250

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

 
unknown Redhead
unknown Redhead
 

 

Fantastic and very early drake Redhead by unknown maker, probably NY or New England area. Circa 1900-1930. Paint is excellent, dry & all original. Superb tiny comb scratch painting that is carefully blended on back and sides. Surface is exceptional with minimal wear to the edges. Superbly done inletted head and the entire bottom edge of the bird has been beveled, never seen that done on a decoy before and obvious that a talented craftsman made this decoy. Measures approx. 13 inches long. Solid carved body with no structural issues and has painted eyes. Retains original leather line tie and original weight. This is a very early and well made decoy with great form & very appealing for any decoy collection. Very clean & strong little bird here with great appeal for the price, more pics avail.
$825

 
Hudson style Pintail by Mark Daisey
Mark Daisey Hudson style Pintail
Mark Pintail signature
 

 

Super nice Ira Hudson style drake Pintail decoy by Mark Daisey, Chincoteague Island, VA. Circa less then 10 years old, and branded "MARK". Strong, dry & clean all original paint that shows intentional wear & aging to give it the look of the eighty five year old classic by Ira Hudson. Has 2 paint flakes on back & tiny amount of mouse nibble to tail, was stored in old barn. Nice fat size bird at approx 17 1/2 inches long with solid carved body. Rusted tack eyes with good flutting to tail & head carving as proper to follow Ira Hudson's classic. Has aged weight & line tie. Mark Daisey is the nephew of the "world famous" Cigar Daisey. He makes a excellent decoy in many different styles including copying some of the classics. His work is a very smart buy for the good quality that he puts into his work and Decoy Magazine just did a excellent article on Mark & his fine work. Extra pics avail.
SALE PENDING!

 
McNair Robin Snipe
McNair Robin Snipe

McNair signature
 

 

Earlier & unique Robin Snipe shorebird decoy by Mark McNair, Eastern Shore of VA. Circa 1970-80. Carved McNair signature on bird . Very nice all original aged paint & condition. The surface is very well done with great looking patina & aging. Nice brush work on this beauty including very nice plummage work thru out. Nice bold full body style that measures approx 10 1/2 inches long and a raised wing carving. This is a scarce style & looks 125+ years old. If you like southern shorebirds or McNair carvings this is a nice piece that you will enjoy adding to any collection of old or new shorebird decoys. Metal stand included. Priced to sell and more pics of this beauty avail.
$1500

 
Pete Peterson Bufflehead pair
PP sig
 

 

Super nice Bufflehead pair by "Hurricane Pete" Peterson, Capeville, VA. Signed & dated 1984. Excellent all original paint & in unused condition. Hollow carved bodies measure approx 10 1/2 inches long each, with great head & body carving. Drake has a slightly tucked head. Glass eyes with original leather line ties & weights. Has Pete's brand "PETE" in bottom. Pete makes a great bird & his decoys are a collector favorite, & getting hard to find, & the style on this pair is superb. This is a really nice &early pair by Pete.
SOLD!

 
Blair school Blackduck
Blair school Black Duck
 

 

Very early and stylish Black Duck decoy by unknown Ohio/Blair school maker. Circa 1900-1935. This bird is from a small rig that was found on Sandusky Bay in Ohio. Paint is excellent and all original and has some very cool and very tiny black dot feathering on face. Very dry and clean with a beautiful surface. Outstanding form and style in excellent condition and a perfect patina. Wear is minimal mostly to high edges. Measures approx. 17 1/4 inches long and is solid carved body with painted eyes. Bird is unweighted and original line tie is gone. Small crack on left side 1/2 of neck near base but is stable and can see in pic above, also hairline from tail up about a third of way up the back. Very well done tiny shelf carving for the head. Some collectors feel this bird was made by John Blair Jr and say there are rig mate examples documented and published. Very clean, stylish & strong bird here with great Folk Art appeal for the price, more pics avail.
$1500

 
Cameron McIntyre GW Teal pair
CTM signature
 

 

Fantastic pair of Greenwing Teal decoys by Cameron McIntyre. Circa less then 5 years old. Excellent all original aged paint & condition. The paint style, aging, and patina on this pair has created a surface that is incredible. Stylish, sleek & very well done pair of carvings done in his style. Measure approx 12 inches long each and are hollow carved bodies. Carved "CTM" signature in bottoms. Both have glass eyes. 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.
SOLD!

 
Darkfeather Black Duck
Darkfeather Black Duck
Darkfeather signature
Darkfeather hot brand
 

 

Fantastic oversized Black Duck by Darkfeather Freedman (born 1953), Saginaw Bay area, Mich. Signed and branded but not dated. Excellent and pretty much minty all original paint thats very strong, clean & never waxed dry. One small paint flake on neck & one on back. Beautiful paint with lots of nice carved feathering. Measures approx 20 inches long and approx 9 inches wide with a slightly turned head and really outstanding feather carving and glass eyes. Retains original keel. Conditon is pretty much mint with no wear, no repairs and no touch ups. Darkfeather is part Native American with Blackfoot Tribe bloodline. He makes a very nice decoy with a strong influence of Ben Schmidt. He found a Schmidt decoy washed on the shore one day while hunting & thought he would try to make his own rig. Really a nicely made decoy here with a outstanding form, style & craftsmanship. A superb example here and sure to please the collector or hunter. More pics avail.
$385

 
Charlie Bryan Bluebill pair
 

 

Nice classic pair of Bluebill decoys by the late Charlie Bryan, Middle River, MD. Signed and dated 1990. Pair has never been gunned over and only show a bit of edge wear from handling. Paint is very strong & all original, thick & clean and classic Charlie with sponge painted backs that only he did with a very effective result. Never been waxed and very nice dry surface. Retains original weights & line ties. Nice fat solid carved bodies measure approx 15 inches long each. Charlie was a great guy, made a great decoy and was very respected by anyone who ever met this fine man. He started making decoys in the 50's and they were well thought out and different in many ways then what most others were doing. He use to make a few each year to pay for his hunting but the demand went crazy & he tried but could never keep up with the demand & really hated charging more then the $60 he got for them for many years. I know a lot of hunters & collectors and more of these folks considered this man a true friend then anyone else I have ever met. He is very much missed by many. Charlie's birds are highly sought by anyone who knew him and I rarely get any for resale. More pics avail. Nice pair here and a good buy for the nice work put into it by a well known old time carver.
$550 a pair

 
Rare OS Wildfowler Scooter

 

 

Superb and very scarce Scoter decoy by Decoys Unlimited, Erie, PA, Circa 1961-75. This exact decoy is pictured on page 106 of Ken Trayer's excellent book "North American Factory Decoys". Excellent all original paint & condition, appears to have never been used, paint is about mint except for 2 tiny flakes near tail & a few tiny white spider poop spots from storage. Surface on this beauty is awesome with a great aged patina & very dry, clean and strong. Very nice feathering on sides and a outstanding job on bill carving and blending of several colors of paint. Glass eyes are perfect with no cracks. Measures approx 18 inches long & retains original keel. More pics available. Nice bird here, very scarce species & in unhunted condition like you always hope to find. If you like factory decoys you will be very pleased with this one, great example here.
SALE PENDING!

 
Pete Ruddy
Pete Ruddy
 

 

Excellent Ruddy Duck decoy by "Hurricane Pete" Peterson, Capeville, VA. Circa 2002. Signed, dated and hot branded "PETE". Excellent all original paint & in unused condition. Solid carved body measures approx 12 inches long, with stylish slightly turned head & full body carving. Perfect glass eyes with original leather line tie & classic lead strip weight. Has Pete's brand "PETE" in bottom. Pete makes a great bird & his decoys are a collector favorite, & very hard to find. This is a really nice and a popular species by Pete, great classic Pete form & style, its always a pleaser. More pics available.
$350

 
McNair Cobb Bluebill

Cobb mini BB by McNair
 

 

Very scarce miniature "Nathan Cobb" style Bluebill decoy by Mark McNair, Eastern Shore of VA. Circa less then 5 years old. Has carved "M" signature. Excellent all original aged paint & condition with very well done intentional wear and aging. Measures approx 3 5/8 inches, fat full body style made exactly like the classic full size Bluebills made by Nathan Cobb. Glass eyes with inletted head & carved raised wingtip carving. Even has a aged lead pad weight & tiny leather line tie. This is a really nice piece, very rare to ever get these from Mark as he makes very few minis. They are very popular with collectors of Mark's fine work. Carved McNair "M" signature. More pics available of this great looking McNair. Hard not to want to add this scarce little beauty to your collection, great form, style & paint and a classic.
SOLD!

 
Hanson Mallard
Hanson Mallard

Hanson Mallard bottom
 

 

Very stylish Mallard drake by Marty Hanson, Prior Lake, Minn. Has Marty's black ink stamp on bottom. Excellent all original paint & condition with a great patina. Paint is very detailed with some outstanding brushwork by Marty. Has been gunned over but wear is honest and very minimal, only fault is super thin hairline crack in neck but is very tight. Body is hollow carved and measures approx 15 1/2 inches, and retains original keel with strip weight. Has lowered and slightly turned head with raised wing tip carving. Shows some staining of the wood thru the paint in the grey areas but doesn't distract. This is a very nice decoy, great paint, surface & form. 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 & keeps a backlog for his fine work. Scarce model here & sure to please. Good buy here. More pics available.
$650

 
Miles Hancock postcard
Hancock Bufflehead pair
Miles Hancock signature

 

 

Very nice pair of Bufflehead decoys by Miles Hancock (1888-1974), Chincoteague Island, VA. Circa 1940s-50s. Hen signed on bottom in ink by Hancock. Branded "MCR" on bottom of each. I think the drake may be about 10+ years older then hen. Very good all original paint, thats very dry & clean, with good paint patterns. Measures approx 12 inches long on drake and about 11 1/4 on hen. Both are solid cottonwood with thinner then a hair age line around neck, may be paint crack and not wood as its very tight & hard to see. Both show a bit of gunning wear but very minimal. Have original tack eyes still intact on hen and drake never had eyes put on. Hen retains original weight & TV antenna line tie, has been removed on drake. Hancock was a neat guy with a great history, lots written on him is available in most all decoy books about historic Virginia carvers. & are a interesting study, no apologies needed on his classic work. This is a very nice pair for any collection. It is sure to please any collector of Chincoteague or Virginia historic maker gunning decoys. Part of a large old collection of Hancocks that I will be selling in the coming year. More pics avail.
SOLD!

 
Folky Coot
Folky Coot
 

 

Folky & early Coot decoy by unknown maker. Circa 1925-50. Strong, dry & clean all original paint that shows some edge wear. Nice folky form that looks like it may have had something nailed on tail like feathers or cloth. Has 1 original glass eye on right side & painted eye on left side, maker must have run out of eyes. Measures approx 8 1/2 inches long with slightly turned head with filler used where head meets body. Has slight crack on back but is very shallow. Not sure who made this one but surely thought to be from Wisconsin, Louisiana or maybe NC, any help would be appreciated. Coots are pretty scarce compared to most species & do make a good collection with good folk art charm. Good example here, very clean & all original, sure to be a nice addition to any collection. Extra pics avail & a good buy on this one.
$450

 
Strunk standing teal


Strunk signature
 

 

Scarce model pair of Bluewing Teal by George Strunk, Glendora, NJ. Ink signed. Outstanding all original paint & excellent condition. This beautiful pair are hollow carved. Hollow carved bodies that measure approx 11 inches long on drake. Have glass eyes & very detailed paint work. George can lay some paint like no one else, his blending of color & texture is awesome. Great job on this beautiful pair with detailed bill carving, raised wing-tips & tail carving and a great looking slightly turned head on drake and full turn on hen. Painted base measures approx 13 1/2 inches long. George makes a great looking bird in the classic Delaware River style and his work is highly sought after by collectors of both old & contemporary decoys. More pics available. Superb piece of work here and sure to please.
$1150 pair

 


 

 

Very nice & early hen Bluebill by unknown maker, probably NY or Canada area. Circa 1900. Paint is excellent, dry & all original. Measures approx. 12 inches long. Solid flat bottom body with very early quality glass eyes. Retains original leather line tie & was never weighted. Retains all its original neck putty, with no cracks. Great form & very appealing for any decoy collection. Very clean & strong little bird here with great appeal for the price, more pics avail.
$325

 
WK Hoodie
W. Koelpin Hooded Merganser
Koelpin Merganser
 

 

Superb and outstanding full size Hooded Merganser drake by William J. Koelpin (1938-1996), West Allis, Wisconsin. Excellent all original paint & condition. Signed and dated 1969. Measures approx 14 inches long. Raised wingtip carving with glass eyes. Has hair thin neck crack but is very hard to find and is secure. 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.
SOLD!

 
Strunk Curlew
Strunk mini Curlew
Strunk signature
 

 

Super nice miniature Curlew shorebird decoy by George Strunk, Glendora, NJ. Ink signed. Outstanding all original paint & mint condition. This beautiful miniature has a solid carved body that measures approx 6 1/8 inches long and about 4 1/2 inches tall on the stand. Has tiny glass eyes & very detailed paint work. George can lay some paint like no one else, his blending of color & texture is awesome. Great job on this beauty with good form and split wing tail carving. George makes a great looking bird in the classic Delaware River style. His work is highly sought after by collectors of both old & contemporary decoys. Outstanding and scarce miniature by George and a great collector species here. It's sure to please and comes with base made by George as shown.
$350

 
Hudson GE
Hudson GE
 

 

Rare and early hen Goldeneye by Ira Hudson (1876-1949), Chincoteague Island, VA. Circa 1925-1940. Has excellent all original paint with very little wear for the age & useage, lots of great blending & scratch painting. No repairs or touch ups of any kind with a beautiful dry and clean surface. Solid carved body measures approx 15 inches. This is a classic & very desirable Hudson style, with a great head style with nicely carved bill, flowing style body with classic flutted tail carving. Has original tack eyes. Retains original pad weight & leather line tie. This is a really scarce species by Hudson & even rarier being a hen. Ex-Charlie Hunter collection. Great bird and in the condition and style you always hope to find a Hudson. More pics available of this Chincoteague classic.
$9000

 
Colin Tern
Colin Tern
Colin sig
 

 

Stylish Tern decoy by Colin McNair, Eastern Shore of VA. Circa less then 20 years old. Excellent all original aged paint & condition with some very lite intentional wear to edges proper. Nice paint work and form on this one. Measures approx 15 1/4 inches with with no eyes. Has nice split tail carving style. Has some areas of staining of the wood thru paint but helps give a deep patina look. Colin is the youngest of the very talented sons of Mark McNair & his work is superb. Its tuff getting any of Colin's carvings these days as he works full time. This is a really nice style. Carved "CSN" signature on bottom. Metal stand included. More pics avail. of this nice Tern by Colin.
$425

 
Pete Bluewing Teal pair
Pete Brand BW Teal
 

 

Super nice Bluewing Teal pair by "Hurricane Pete" Peterson, Capeville, VA. Signed & dated 1993. Excellent and minty all original paint & in excellent condition. Hollow carved cedar bodies measures approx 12 1/2 inches on inletted head drake and 11 1/2 on sleeper head hen, with great stylish head & full body carving. Glass eyes are perfect. The original leather line tie & weight have been removed. Has Pete's brand "PETE" in bottom. Pete makes a great bird & his decoys are a collector favorite, & getting harder to find, & the paint on this pair is very well done with a beautiful surface. This is a really nice pair and a great species by Pete. Sure to please any collector of Pete's great looking work. Very good buy here. More pics available.
SOLD!

 
Early Black Duck
Early Black Duck
 

 

Very early and stylish Black Duck decoy by unknown maker New England area, most likely Conn. Circa 1880-1920. Paint is excellent, very early and thick and may be original, not completely sure but body may have 2nd coat. Body paint has shine & may have been made that way for night gunning. Beautiful form and style in excellent condition. Measures approx. 17 1/2 inches long and is solid carved body with no eyes. Great form & very appealing for any decoy of folk art collection. Very clean, stylish & strong bird here with great Folk Art appeal for the price, more pics avail.
$450

 
Reggie Birch Bufflehead pair

Birch ink signature
 

 

Very neat Ruddy Duck pair by Reggie Birch, Chincoteague Island, VA. Ink signed & dated 2010. Excellent all original aged paint & condition. Nice job by Reggie here on the paint & patinia. Solid carved bodies measures approx 11 inches long each. Glass eyes and has lead pad weight & leather line ties. Nice addition here for the collector of Chincoteague decoys, or collectors of Reggie's fine work. More pics avail.
$600 pair

 
Chesser Black Duck
Chesser Black Duck
Chesser "C"
 

 

Superb tucked head sleepy Black Duck by Grayson Chesser, Jenkins Bridge, VA. Circa less then 30 years old. Has Grayson's "C" carved in bottom. Excellent all original paint & condition, it is perfect, pics avail. Great patina on this beauty. Life size hollow carved cedar body measures approx 16 inches with tucked head with sleepy eyes and a nice full body carving. Retains original weight & leather line tie. Nice glass eyes with no cracks. 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 scarce model by Grayson. 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.
SOLD!

 
Hancock Mallard hen

Hancock mini
Hancock mini
 

 

Very nice raised wing hen Mallard miniature by Miles Hancock (1888-1974), Chincoteague Island, VA. Signed & dated 1969. Measures approx 6 1/4 inches. Excellent all original paint, thats very dry & clean, with very nicely done scratch paint patterns, a very sharp & clean little bird with only fault being a thin neck crack but is tight & secure. Has tack eyes and raised wing carvng and flutted tail. Miles Hancock was a classic decoy maker and started making his "little birds" after a heart attack in the 1960s and selling them to the steady increasing flow of tourist to Chincoteague Island. This one has a great look, & more pics avail.
$200

 
Strunk RB MERGANSERS
Strunk weight
 

 

Outstanding oversized hollow Delaware River Red~Breasted Merganser pair by George Strunk, Glendora, NJ. Signed & stamped weight. Just superb all original paint & perfect condition. This beautiful pair are hollow carved & are rigged with lead pad weights & leather line ties proper & ready to hunt with or stick on the shelf. Has stamped into both leads "G. STRUNK". Hollow carved body measures approx 20 1/2 inches long each with slightly turned heads in swimming position. Have glass eyes & very detailed paint work on both, including some fantastic scratch comb painting. Incredible job on this pair with detailed bill carvings, raised crossed wing-tips & tail carvings and a great looking slightly turned head on both. George makes a great looking bird in the classic Delaware River style. His work is highly sought after by collectors of both old & contemporary decoys. Outstanding & great collector species here & sure to please and one of the finest Merganser pairs I've ever seen. More pics avail.
$1650 pair

 
McNair mini Goose
McNair mini Goose
McNair sig
 

 

Very scarce miniature high head Goose decoy by Mark McNair, Eastern Shore of VA. Circa less then 5 years old. Carved signature. Excellent all original aged paint & condition with very well done aging of paint. Measures approx 4 1/2 inches, fat full body style made with no eyes, & paddletail carving. Even has a aged lead pad weight & tiny nail in breast line tie. This is a really nice piece, very rare to ever get these from Mark as he makes very few minis. They are very popular with collectors of Mark's fine work. Carved McNair signature. More pics available of this great looking McNair. Hard not to want to add this scarce little beauty to your collection, great form, style & paint and a classic. Get this while you can.
SALE PENDING!

 
Ben Schmidt Redhead pair
 

 

Excellent matched pair of Redhead decoys by Ben Schmidt (1884-1968), Detroit, Mich. Circa 1930-40's. Superb all original paint & condition with very minimal rubs to edges and hen has about a dozen shot scars. Nice painting style & a very nicely done carved feathering finish. Measures approx 15 3/4 inches long and both retain original weighted keels and line tie. Ben Schmidt probably made more decoys then any other Michigan maker and that was because they were great decoys to hunt with. Very strongly made but yet very life like. An earlier and excellent quality pair here by one of the greatest of the old time Mississippi Flyway makers. Sure to please any collector of top shelf quality examples of historic makers or Redhead decoy collectors. More pics avail.
$1250

 
CS Curlew decoy
CS signature

 

 

Very nice Long Bill Curlew shorebird decoy by Charles Spiron, Goldsboro, NC. Carved "Spiron" on bottom of bird. Excellent all original paint in excellent condition. Stylish carved body with slightly turned head that measures approx 16 1/2 inches with raised wing tip split tail carving. Bill is splined through head and has glass eyes. Charles has been carving for almost 40 years and selling under the name "Currituck Decoy Company". His work was sold thru the Folk Art Museum at Colonial Willliamsburg, Winterthur Museum in Del, and the Smithsonian Institute. His work is well known and has started carving for the collector market. More pics avail and metal stand will be included. Good buy here!
SOLD!

 

Decoys Unlimited oversize Canvasback
Decoys Unlimited Canvasback
DU stencil

 

 

Nice oversized Canvasback Drake decoy by Decoys Unlimited (1961-75), Erie, PA. Very good all original paint with a great patina & color. Nice scratch and comb painting style. Has been gunned over and shows edge wear. Great stylish full size body that measures approx 20 inches long. This beauty is solid carved very hard balsa body with cedar or pine head. Both eyes are carved with tacks in center. Original keel has been removed. Has makers stencil on bottom. Has knot in bill but is original. These were great factory made decoys to use for hunting, very good quality & nice big size, its a real shame no factory makes a wooden decoy of this quality to use for gunning these days. I will take these over plastic anyday. Great decoy to collect, these are quite affordable & make a nice collection. More pics avail. & guaranteed to please. This is the first oversized Canvasback I have had by Decoys Unlimited decoy Co. More pics available.
$175

 
Cobb Red Knot McNair

 

 

Very scarce miniature "Nathan Cobb" style Red Knot decoy by Mark McNair, Eastern Shore of VA. Circa less then 5 years old. Carved "M" signature on bottom. Excellent all original aged paint & condition with very well done intentional wear. Measures approx 3 inches, fat full body style made exactly like the classic full size shorebirds by Nathan Cobb. Carved eyes, splined bill & carved raised wingtip carving. This is a really nice piece, very rare to ever get these from Mark as he makes very few minis. They are very popular with collectors of Mark's fine work. Carved McNair "M" signature. More pics available of this great looking McNair. Hard not to want to add this scarce little beauty to your collection, great form, style & paint and a classic. Stand made by Mark included, it is a leaded brass of 12 guage shell.
SALE PENDING!

 
NJ Old-Squaw
NJ Old-squaw
 

 

Very scarce & early drake Old Squaw by unknown maker, Atlantic City, Somers Point area. Circa 1910. Exact bird pictured on page 148 of NEW JERSEY DECOYS by Henry Fleckenstein. Ex-Fred Ellenberg collection. Paint is all original with gunning wear but very good overall. Measures approx. 13 inches long. Super thin hollow carved body with weight & line tie removed. Has old metal tack eyes. Great form & very appealing for any decoy collection and a seldom found species for the collector of old decoys in the mid-Atlantic area. More pics avail.
$1200

 

Chesser BW Teal pair
GC sig BW Teal
 

 

Super nice pair of Blue Wing Teal decoys by Grayson Chesser, Jenkins Bridge, VA. Signed and dated in ink 2012. Has Grayson's "C" carved in bottom of each. Minty all original paint and have never been gunned over. Great surface on these beauties with superb paint work. Life size hollow carved cedar bodies measures approx 11 1/4 inches with slightly tucked heads on both birds. Also both have a raised wing tip and a nice full body carving. Retains original weight on keel and leather line ties. Nice glass eyes with no cracks. Grayson was the "Carver of the Year" at the 2004 Havre de Grace Decoy Show, and just did an exhibit at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C. More pics available. This is a very nice pair of decoys by one of the best classic decoy makers of this generation. Grayson's decoys continue to be some of the most sought after decoys in todays market, get this modern classic pair while you can.
SOLD!

 
George Strunk Wood Duck pair
Strunk WD drakeStrunk hen WD
Strunk brand
 

 

Superb & earlier Delaware River style Wood Duck pair by George Strunk, Glendora, NJ. Circa less then 35 years old. Outstanding pretty much mint all original paint & condition. This beautiful pair are hollow carved & are rigged with lead pad weights & leather line ties proper & ready to hunt with or stick on the shelf. Has stamped into both bottoms "G. STRUNK". Hollow carved body on drake measures approx 13 1/2 inches with slightly tucked head, hen has prenner head & measures approx 12 1/4 inches. Have glass eyes & very detailed paint work on both. Great job on this pair with detailed bill carvings, raised wing-tips & tail carvings and a great looking heads on both. George makes a great looking bird in the classic Delaware River style. His work is highly sought after by collectors of both old & contemporary decoys. Outstanding earlier original matched pair and a great collector species here. More pics avail and sure to please at this price.
$800 pair

 

Old shorebird
old shorebird, probably NJ
 

 

Early and folky Black Belly Plover shorebird decoy by unknown mid-Atlantic coastal area maker, probably NJ. Circa pre-1920. Very good original paint & condition. Paint is thick, clean, dry & strong, with nice plummage painting. This bird has a nice surface and a nice clean patina. Bill is a professional replacement and looks really nice in this bird. Has a few shot scars and some edge wear. Solid carved bird measuring approx 11 inches long. Nice old bird with good form for any collection of folk art or antique shorebirds. Metal stand included & more pics available. Good buy here.
SALE PENDING!

 
 
Pete Peterson Ruddy
Peterson Ruddy
Pete signature
 

 

Awesome diminutive Ruddy Duck decoy by "Hurricane Pete" Peterson, Capeville, VA. Circa 2002. Signed, dated and hot branded "PETE". Excellent all original paint & in unused condition. Solid carved body measures just 9 1/2 inches long, with stylish head & full body carving. Glass eyes with original leather line tie & lead strip weight. Has Pete's brand "PETE" in bottom. Pete makes a great bird & his decoys are a collector favorite, & certain models are getting very hard to find. This is a really nice and a popular species by Pete, great classic Pete form & style, its always a pleaser. More pics available.
SOLD!

 
Mitchell Black Duck
Mitchell Black Duck
Mitchell signature
 

 

Super nice Black Duck by R. Madison Mitchell (1901-1993), Harve de Grace, MD. Signed and dated 1972. Near mint all original paint & condition. Nice scratch painting style. Very strong and clean surface on this one. Measures approx 17 1/8 inches long in excellent condition with only fault being a 1/2 inch nick in tail as you can see above. Has never gunned over. Retains original weight & line tie. A classic Black Duck decoy by the dean of Upper Chesapeake Bay makers. Excellent example here for any collection of classic decoys by Mitchell. More pics avail.
$425

 
M. Daisey Merganser pair
Signature merganser pair
 

 

Super nice Ira Hudson style Red~Breasted Merganser pair by Mark Daisey, Chincoteague Island, VA. Circa less then 10 years old, and branded "MARK". Strong, dry & clean all original paint that shows intentional wear & aging to give them the look of the hundred year old classics by Ira Hudson. Nice fat size birds at approx 17 inches long each with rarely done hollow carved bodies. Rusted tack eyes with good flutting to tail & head crest notches as proper to follow Ira Hudson's classic. Has aged weight & line tie. Mark Daisey is the nephew of the "world famous" Cigar Daisey. He makes a excellent decoy in many different styles including copying some of the classics. His work is a very smart buy for the good quality that he puts into his work. Extra pics avail & a great buy on this hollow carved pair. More pics available.
$600 pair

 
McNair Godwit
McNair Godwit
McNair signature
 

 

Outstanding and earlier Godwit shorebird decoy by Mark McNair, Eastern Shore of VA. Circa 1980-90's. Carved McNair signature. Excellent all original & very detailed aged paint & condition with very well done but lite intentional wear. Beautiful surface on this bird with superb detailed painting style. Measures approx 14 inches, fat full body style with nice tucked head form. Carved eyes, splined bill and carved raised wing tips. Outstanding shorebird here. This is a really nice and scarce style & a very popular with collectors of Mark's fine work. Carved McNair signature. Metal stand included. More pics available of this great looking McNair. Hard not to want to add this beauty to your collection, great form, style & paint and a McNair style classic. I have 2 available.
$1250

 
Mason Mallard drake
Mason Mallard
 

 

Very nice long bill style Premier grade drake Mallard decoy by the Mason Decoy Company, Detroit, Michigan. Circa pre-1924. Very good plus all original paint & condition with exception of tail chips and some old touch up of white on end of tail and on speculums. Paint is very clean & strong but has some honest paint loss and wear from hunting. Looks as if someone put finish feeder on bird years ago, it has nice surface with good patinia. Retains both original glass eyes and is hot branded "RAH" in bottom. Measures approx 17 1/8 inches long & has a great looking long bill & head with no damage or body cracks. More pics avail. This is a nice example with honest gunning & age wear, no excuses needed on this one & will be a nice addition to any collection. Very good buy on this one for the Mason collectors.
SALE PENDING!

 


Billy Ellis hen BB
Billy Ellis hen BB
 

 

Nice tucked head hen Bluebill by William "Billy" Ellis (1865-1963), Whitby, Ontario, Canada. Circa 1930-40's. Very good all original paint & condition with minimal gunning wear. Beautiful surface with good feather paint detail. Small area of loss of paint over knot on right side of head and area on bottom of decoy. Solid carved it measures approx 13 3/4 inches long with a slightly turned head and glass eyes with no cracks. Keel and line tie have been removed. Billy Ellis unique decoys are classics, & not just in Canada, his work is highly sought by many collectors all over. This is a very nice all original example of his work & and good buy for this classic. More pics avail if interested.
$425

 
Bryan Widgeon pair
Bryan sig
 

 

Superb pair of Widgeon decoys by the late Charlie Bryan, Middle River, MD. Signed and dated 1994. Pair has never been gunned over and are minty. Paint is very strong & all original, thick & clean and classic Charlie. Never been waxed and very nice surface. Retains original keels. Nice fat solid carved bodies measure approx 15 inches long each. Charlie was a great guy, made a great decoy and was very respected by anyone who ever met this fine man. He started making decoys in the 50's and they were well thought out and different in many ways then what most others were doing. He use to make a few each year to pay for his hunting but the demand went crazy & he tried but could never keep up with the demand & really hated charging more then the $60 he got for them for many years. I know a lot of hunters & collectors and more of these folks considered this man a true friend then anyone else I have ever met. He is very much missed by many. Charlie's birds are highly sought by anyone who knew him and I don't get many for resale, especially Widgeons. More pics avail. Nice pair here and a good buy for the price.
$575 a pair

 
McNair Curlew
McNair Curlew

Curlew McNair signature
 

 

Superb Curlew shorebird decoy by Mark McNair, Eastern Shore of VA. Carved McNair signature on bird. Very nice all original aged paint & condition. The surface is very well done with great looking patina & aging. Nice bold full solid body style that measures approx 13 inches tip to tip with a whale bone bill. No eyes with raised wing and tail carving and a carry hole through tail. This is a very desirable style & looks 125+ years old. Its tuff getting any McNairs & this is a really nice and very sought after style by McNair. If you like southern shorebirds or McNair carvings this is a nice piece that you will enjoy adding to any collection of old or new shorebird decoys. Priced to sell and more pics of this beauty avail.
$1400

 
Merganser mini
McNair mini merganser
McNair Merganser mini
McNair mini merganser bottom
 

 

Very scarce miniature and stylish drake Red-Breasted Merganser decoy by Mark McNair, Eastern Shore of VA. Circa less then 5 years old. Excellent all original aged paint & condition with very well done intentional wear and aging. Has nice carved signature. Measures approx 4 inches, fat and stylish full body style. Carved eyes and has a aged lead pad weight & tiny leather line tie. This is a really nice piece, very rare to ever get these from Mark as he makes very few minis. They are very popular with collectors of Mark's fine work. Carved McNair signature. More pics available of this great looking McNair. Hard not to want to add this scarce little beauty to your collection, great form, style & paint and a classic. This one won't last long.
SOLD!

 
NY Bufflehead
NY Bufflehead
 

 

Very nice & early Bufflehead drake by unknown maker, probably NY area. Circa 1920-40s. Paint is very good, dry & all original. Measures approx. 12 inches long. Solid balsa body with pine head & bottom board. Painted eyes with some edge wear & line wrap stain. Great form & very appealing for any decoy collection. Very clean & strong little bird here with great appeal for the price, more pics avail.
$325

 

Ohio/Dodge Mallard pair
 

 

Very early Mallard decoy pair by unknown Ohio/Dodge school maker. Circa pre 1900. Paint is very good and all original with a professional repair to 1/2 of the bill by Russ Allen. Very dry and clean with a beautiful surface. Nice form and style in good condition and a nice patina. Wear is mostly to high edges. Measures approx. 15 1/2 inches long each and are solid carved bodies with tack eyes. Birds are unweighted and original staple line tie is gone. Small thin crack on neck of drake near base but is stable and hard to see. Some collectors feel these birds were made before the start of the Dodge decoy company and most likely were from the Ohio area. Always some confusion with birds of this vintage but there are rig mate examples documented and published. Very early pair here with a nice original surface for the price, more pics avail.
$2200

 
Oliver Lawson
Oliver Lawson signature
 

 

Excellent miniature hen Goldeneye by Oliver Lawson, Crisfield, MD. Circa less then 25 years old & signed in ink by Lawson. Mint all original paint & condition. Measures approx 7 1/2 inches long with slightly turned head and painted tack eyes. 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 good collector species in outstanding condition & style. More pics avail.
$325

 
Corb Reed gunning Mallard
Corb Reed Mallard

 

 

Outstanding and pretty scarce gunning Mallard decoy by J. Corb Reed (1897-1982), Chincoteague Island, VA. Circa 1950-70. Excellent all original paint & condition.Great brush work on this one. What is scarce about this bird is its all wood, most of his gunning birds were cork with wooden bottom and head. Bird is carved with straight head & glass eyes. Measures approx 17 inches long and is solid carved body. Corb was a outstanding painter, he could paint vermiculation like no other carver, they say he had a small piece of something he wore on his finger that he used to achive his realistic vermiculation, he would never tell anyone what it was & they say he swallowed it before he died taking his painting secret to the grave. His paint is unmatched by very few. 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 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 available.
$600

 
Ian McNair Curlew mini
Ian McNair mini Curlew
McNair signature curlew mini
 

 

Awesome miniature Curlew shorebird decoy carving by Ian McNair, Eastern Shore of VA. Circa less then 5 years old. Has carved "I McNair" signature. Excellent all original aged paint & condition with very well done intentional wear and aging. Measures approx 5 3/4 inches, fat full body style. Tiny glass eyes with a perfect patina surface. Includes custom stand made by Ian. This is a really nice piece, very scarce to ever get these from Ian as he dont make a lot of minis. They are very popular with collectors of Ian's fine work. Carved I McNair signature. More pics available of this great looking McNair. Hard not to want to add this scarce little beauty to your collection, great form, style & paint and a classic. Only one available.
$400

 
Bryan Pintails
Bryan sig
 

 

Super nice pair of Pintail decoys by the late Charlie Bryan, Middle River, MD. Signed and dated 1998. Pair has never been gunned over and are minty. Paint is very &all original, thick & clean and classic Charlie. Retains original keels. Nice fat solid carved bodies measure approx 18 1/2 inches long on drake. Charlie was a great guy, made a great decoy and was very respected by anyone who ever met this fine man. He started making decoys in the 50's and they were well thought out and different in many ways then what most others were doing. He use to make a few each year to pay for his hunting but the demand went crazy & he tried but could never keep up with the demand & really hated charging more then the $60 he got for them for many years. I know a lot of hunters & collectors and more of these folks considered this man a true friend then anyone else I have ever met. He is very much missed by many. Charlie's birds are highly sought by anyone who knew him and I don't get many for resale. More pics avail. Nice pair here and a good buy.
SOLD!

 



McNair Curlew


McNair curlew
McNair signature
 

 

Nice running Curlew shorebird decoy by Mark McNair, Eastern Shore of VA. Circa less then 25 years old. Excellent all original aged paint & condition, superb surface thats very dry and clean with proper wear for aged look of antique shorebird. Solid carved body with no eyes, measures approx 16 1/2 inches long. Has splined bill. Carved signature. The paint on this bird is excellent with a beautiful surface, but with Mark it always is. This is a very nice Curlew by Mark & a very unique style, never seen another like it. McNair's Curlew decoys are classic and a must have for any collection. You saw some record prices for McNair's this past few years at auction with a choice collection that has started to come to market. McNair's continue to be very strong in todays market & excellent and different examples continue to be very hard to find for sale. Priced to sell. More pics avail. Includes metal stand.
$1150

 
Mark Daisey hen BB
Daisey hen BB
hot brand Hudson style
 

 

Super nice Ira Hudson style hen Bluebill by Mark Daisey, Chincoteague Island, VA. Circa less then 10 years old, and branded "MARK". Strong, dry & clean all original paint that shows intentional wear & aging to give it the look of the eighty five year old classic by Ira Hudson. Nice fat size bird at approx 14 inches long with solid carved body. Rusted tack eyes with good flutting to tail & head carving as proper to follow Ira Hudson's classic. Has aged weight & line tie. Mark Daisey is the nephew of the "world famous" Cigar Daisey. He makes a excellent decoy in many different styles including copying some of the classics. His work is a very smart buy for the good quality that he puts into his work and Decoy Magazine just did a excellent article on Mark & his fine work. Extra pics avail.
$285

 
Mason PE Black Duck
Mason PE Black Duck
 

 

Early, scarce & nice "Painted-Eye" Black Duck decoy by the Mason Decoy Company, Detroit, Michigan. Circa 1896-1924. All original paint, very clean & dry but has some honest wood grain paint loss and some lite gunning wear. Most of the neck puddy has been lost to old man time. Has a beautiful surface with a very nice patina from nice aging. Very nice painting style. Measures approx 16 1/8 inches long. Has natural flaw in wood on bottom with 3 small checks but not visable when displayed. All rigging removed. More pics avail. This is a nice example with honest gunning & age wear, no excuses needed on this one & will be a nice addition to any collection, plus nice painted eye Black Ducks in original paint aren't easy to find. Good buy on this one.
SOLD!

 
Pete Bufflehead
Pete Peterson Bufflehead
 

 

Nice style Bufflehead drake decoy by "Hurricane Pete" Peterson, Capeville, VA. Circa 2009. Signed, dated and hot branded "PETE". Excellent all original paint & in unused condition. Hollow carved body measures approx 10 1/2 inches long, with stylish head & full body carving. Carved eyes with original leather line tie & carved lead strip weight. Has Pete's brand "PETE" in bottom. Pete makes a great bird & his decoys are a collector favorite, & very hard to find. This is a really nice and a popular species by Pete, great classic Pete form & style, its always a pleaser. More pics available.
$350

 

Grayson Chesser Cinnamon Teal
GC CT SIG
 

 

Super nice & scarce pair of Cinnamon Teal decoys by Grayson Chesser, Jenkins Bridge, VA. Signed and dated in ink 2012. Has Grayson's "C" carved in bottom of each. Minty all original paint and have never been gunned over. Great surface on these beauties with superb paint work. Life size hollow carved cedar bodies measures approx 11 1/2 inches with slightly tucked head on drake. Also both have a raised wing tip and a nice full body carving. Retains original weight on keel and leather line ties. Nice glass eyes with no cracks. Grayson was the "Carver of the Year" at the 2004 Havre de Grace Decoy Show, and just did an exhibit at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C. More pics available. This is a very nice pair of decoys by one of the best classic decoy makers of this generation. Grayson's decoys continue to be some of the most sought after decoys in todays market, get this modern classic pair while you can.
SOLD!

 
Ira Hudson Black Duck



Hudson Black Duck
 

 

Super nice classic flowing body style Black Duck by Ira Hudson (1876-1949), Chincoteague Island, VA. Circa 1920-1940. Has excellent all original paint with very little wear for the age & useage, lots of great blending & scratch painting. No repairs or touch ups of any kind. Has a small amount of neck filler gone on backsides of neck but no neck cracks. Measures approx 17 inches. This is a classic & very desirable Hudson style, with a great head style with nicely carved bill, fat flowing style body, with classic flutted tail carving, solid cedar body, & tack eyes. Retains original pad weights & leather line tie. This is a really nice true classic Hudson Black Duck, great form & very clean. Great bird and in the condition and style you always hope to find
SOLD!

 
McGaw drake BB

McGaw BB drake
 

 

Early & nice drake Bluebill by Robert McGaw (1879-1958), Havre de Grace, MD. Circa 1930-40. Very good plus all original paint & condition, great patina & aging. Has seen a bit of gunning & shows some wear as would be expected for a bird of this vintage. Has thin neck crack in neck and bottom that has been filled, looks like a old hunter repair, some painting over neck crack. Has hairline shallow ageline down back but secure. Measures approx 14 inches long, has original weight & line tie. Good paint patterns in McGaws classic style. Getting very hard to find any McGaws in original paint, this is the first gunning Bluebill I have had by McGaw in a few years, it is fresh to market from a Eastern Shore of MD collection. You will be very happy with this McGaw classic, especially at this price, more pics available.
SOLD!

 
Dave Blackiston Widgeon pair
DB signature
 

 

Superb & minty pair of Widgeon by Dave Blackiston (born 1928), Chestertown, MD. Signed & dated 2013. Excellent all original paint, with very clean finish, the paint work on these birds are exceptional. Beautiful colors & blending of paint. A species that has become harder to find by Dave. Full size with glass eyes, measures approx 15 inches long each. Full size with original weights & line ties, both are signed & are rigmates. Dave starting making decoys with Charlie Joiner in 1953 and his work is highly sought by collectors. Great examples here & sure to please any collector looking for top quality widgeon decoys for their collection. More pics avail.
SOLD!

 
ruddy duck
Maddox Ruddy

 

 

Nice copy of John Williams style high head Ruddy Duck decoy by unknown maker. Nicely painted to make this classic beauty look like an 100 year old decoy by John Williams. Measures approx 11 inches long & has proper authentic weight and square nail line tie which adds to its realistic look. This is a neat piece and a cool addition to any collection. If you love the Southern classics but cant afford what the real one will cost then this one should fill the bill at a small fraction of price of an authentic John Williams Ruddy. More pics avail and a good buy here.
$275

 
Grayson Chesser Bluewing Teal
GC Bluewing Teal
Chesser Bluewing teal swimmer
 

 

Exceptional swimming head Bluewing Teal decoy by Grayson Chesser, Jenkins Bridge, VA. Circa less then 30 years old. Has Grayson's "C" carved in bottom. Excellent all original paint & condition, it is perfect with only fault being 2 tiny paint flakes on back as seen in pic above.. Great patina on this beauty. Life size solid carved cedar body measures approx 13 1/4 inches with streched swimming head and a nice fat full body carving. Retains original weight & leather line tie. Nice glass eyes with no cracks. 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 scarce model by Grayson. 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.
$400

 
King family Bluebill pair
 

 

Excellent matched pair of Bluebill decoys attrib to Tuffield King (1908-1986), Go Home Bay, Port Severn, Ontario. Circa 1930-50. Excellent all original paint & condition with very minimal rubs to areas from gunning use. Nice basic painting style and color with a very nicely done rasped feathering finish with raised wing tip. Nicely carved heads with wide bills and perfect glass eyes. Measures approx 16 inches long and both retain original lead strip piece weight. The King brothers and their cousin Oliver show how that even in remote areas away from major hunting areas the decoy carving tradition prospered. Very strongly made with a great feel to them. Sure to please any collector of nice matched Bluebill pairs or birds from the Ontario area. More pics avail.
$650 pair

 



McNair Yellowlegs


McNair Yellowlegs
McNair signature
 

 

Super nice Yellowlegs shorebird decoy by Mark McNair, Eastern Shore of VA. Circa less then 25 years old. Excellent very detailed all original aged paint & condition, superb surface thats very dry and clean with minimal wear for aged look of antique shorebird. McNair classic style bird with thin neck & alert head and raised wing tip carving. Solid carved body with glass eyes, measures approx 14 1/4 inches long. Has splined bill. Carved signature. The paint on this bird is excellent with a beautiful surface, but with Mark it always is. This is a very nice Yellowlegs by Mark & a popular model with collectors. McNair's Yellowlegs decoys are classic and a must have for any collection. You saw some record prices for McNair's this past few years at auction with a choice collection that has started to come to market. McNair's continue to be very strong in todays market & excellent and different examples continue to be very hard to find for sale. Priced to sell. More pics avail. Includes metal stand.
$800

 
Mitchell Canvasback pair
 

 

Super nice matched pair of Canvasback decoys by R. Madison Mitchell (1901-1993), Havre de Grace, MD. Both are signed and dated 1958. Excellent all original paint that's strong, dry & clean, great brush work on these beauties. Nice fat bodies that measure approx 15 3/4 inches long each with nicely done heads. Retains original weights & leather line ties. Shows minimal wear & probably only hunted over just a few times. Only issue is a neck crack but is pretty tight and secure. More pics avail. A super nice classic species thats almost 60 years old. Excellent pair by the dean of Upper Chesapeake Bay makers & for the Mitchell collector looking for choice examples. More pics avail, these are priced to sell, a great deal on these beauties.
$750 pair

 
Scotter
Mulak Scoter
Mulak hot brand
 

 

Nice Surf Scoter by John Mulak (b. 1943), Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts.  Circa 1970-80s.  Excellent all original paint & condition. Full size it measures approx 18 1/2 inches with slightly tilted swimming head. Minimal gunning wear with 2 piece solid carved body which is dowelled together. Retains original weight and with "JHM" hot branded into bottom and retains original lead pad weight and rusted tack eyes. Mulak is well known in the decoy community as a knowledgeable, long-time collector and a former auctioneer at Richard A. Bourne Co.  Mulak is a master carver and his interpretations of several waterfowl species are about as good as they come in contemporary working decoys. The majestic surf scoter is one of them. You can't miss this proud bird when he’s sitting on the shelf. Big, bold attitude with great presence – just like the real surf scoter. An incredibly accurate representation of this handsome species, gunned for only a few seasons by Mulak on Cape Cod before being retired to the shelf. A nice bird for the money. More pics avail.
SOLD!
 
Mark Daisey BB pair
 

 

Super nice Bluebill pair by Mark Daisey, Chincoteague Island, VA. Circa 1998, signed and dated in ink and hot branded "MARK". Strong, dry & clean all original paint that shows no wear, probably never hunted over. Measure approx 12 inches long each with solid carved bodies. Glass eyes and fully rigged to gun with. Mark Daisey is the nephew of the "world famous" Cigar Daisey. He is very talented and makes a excellent decoy in many different styles including copying some of the classics. His work is a very smart buy for the good quality that he puts into his work. Extra pics avail & a great buy on this pair
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McNair Cobb Black Duck
Cobb mini Black by MM
McNair mini Cobb Black Duck
 

 

Very scarce miniature "Nathan Cobb" style Black Duck decoy by Mark McNair, Eastern Shore of VA. Circa less then 5 years old. Has carved "M" signature. Excellent all original aged paint & condition with very well done intentional wear and aging. Measures approx 4 1/4 inches, fat full body style made exactly like the classic full size Black Ducks made by Nathan Cobb. Glass eyes with inletted head & carved raised wingtip carving. Even has a aged lead pad weight & tiny leather line tie. This is a really nice piece, very rare to ever get these from Mark as he makes very few minis. They are very popular with collectors of Mark's fine work. Carved McNair "M" signature. More pics available of this great looking McNair. Hard not to want to add this scarce little beauty to your collection, great form, style & paint and a classic.
SOLD!

 
Canvas Merganser

Canvas Merganser hen
 

 

Very interesting and very early canvas hen Merganser decoy by unknown maker, probably Mass or North. Circa 1900-1935. Very good all original paint & condition. Nice painting style with nice feathering brush work. Very lightweight with glass eyes. Measures approx 16 inches long and is a nicely done piece of experienced workmanship. It is a very hard finished thin canvas. The tail & bill are wood with a beveled bottom board with a very nicely done keel and weight. Its amazing workmanship and has no tears or rips. Condition is very good plus with some old honest hunting wear. I dont know who made this but feel it is from the Northeast part of the country. It is a very interesting piece that was very well thought out. You will enjoy this decoy, great species, very early, beautiful surface and just fun to hold & study. More pics available.
$550

 
Anger BB pair

 

 

Super nice pair of Bluebills by Ken Anger (1905-1961), Dunnville, Ontario, Canada. Circa 1930-50. Drake is mint & hen only shows some wear to top of head. Excellent, strong & clean all original paint & condition, with no repairs or touch ups of any kind. Measures approx 14 1/2 inches long each. Glass eyes and nice wide bill carving. Rigging removed. Great colors on both & superb carving & rasping that Anger was so well known for. This is a outstanding Ken Anger pair for any collector looking for great paint, form, vintage & condition. A outstanding matched pair for any collection of Ontario classic decoys. More pics avail of this fine pair.
$1950 pair

 

Grayson Chesser Widgeon pair
 

 

Nice pair of Widgeon decoys by Grayson Chesser, Jenkins Bridge, VA. Circa less then 40 years old . Has Grayson's "C" carved in bottom of each. Very good plus all original paint & condition that has some lite gunning wear with most loss from flaking on drake head. Great surface on these beauties with nice thick paint work. Life size hollow carved cedar bodies measures approx 16 inches on hen and 15 on drake because of tucked head. Nice strong and fat full body carving with both retaining original keels & weights and are ready to gun with again. Both have glass eyes. Grayson was the "Carver of the Year" at the 2004 Havre de Grace Decoy Show, and just did an exhibit at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C. More pics available. This is a very nice pair of decoys by one of the best classic decoy makers of this generation. Grayson's decoys continue to be some of the most sought after decoys in todays market, get this modern classic pair while you can. Very nice and collector favorite species by Grayson. More pics avail.
SOLD!

 
Pete Peterson Black Duck
Black Duck Peterson
Bottom of Black Duck
 

 

Super nice Black Duck decoy by "Hurricane Pete" Peterson, Capeville, VA. Signed and dated 1988 and hot branded "PETE". Excellent all original paint & in unused condition with only fault being 3 small pencil tip size dings, one on head & 2 on back. Hollow carved body measures approx 16 1/2 inches long with stylish slightly tucked head & full body carving with raised wing tip. Perfect glass eyes with original leather line tie & lead pad bottom weight. Has Pete's brand "PETE" in bottom. Pete makes a great bird & his decoys are a collector favorite, & very hard to find. This is a really nice model by Pete, great classic Pete form & style, its always a pleaser. More pics available.
SOLD!

 
Reggie Birch Ruddy duck
Reggie Birch Rudy Duck
Reg signature
 

 

Very neat Ruddy Duck by Reggie Birch, Chincoteague Island, VA. Ink signed & dated 2009. Excellent all original aged paint & condition. Nice job by Reggie here on the paint & patinia. Solid carved body measures approx 9 inches long with straight head. Glass eyes and has never been rigged. Nice addition here for the collector of Chincoteague decoys, or collectors of Reggie's fine work. More pics avail.
$300

 
Pete Wilbur Brant
Pete Wilbur Brant
Pete Wilbur signature
 

 

Excellent hollow carved reaching head Brant decoy by Charles "PETE" Wilbur (carved 1920s-60), Island Heights, NJ. Circa 1950's and is signed on bottom. Ex-Mort Hansen collection. Near mint all original paint & condition. Nice painting style with nice feathering brush work. Hot branded "CW" and with glass eyes. Measures approx 20 inches long and is a nicely done hollow carved body. Condition is excellent and has never been hunted over but is rigged. Pete was one of the classic Jersey makers & info & a example of his Brant can be found in the New Jersey Decoys book by Fleckenstein. More pics available.
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Cigar Daisey Merganser
Cigar Merganser
Cigar Merganser bottom


 

 

Very early and nice Jester style Hooded Merganser decoy by Delbert "Cigar" Daisey (born 1924), VA. Ink signed and dated 1960. Also hot branded "BARRON ISLAND" and steel stamped "CIGAR". Excellent all original paint & condition in excellent condition. Jester style detailed carved cottonwood body measures approx 12 1/2 inches. Has carved eyes and original belly weight has been removed. Cigar's decoys have soared thru the roof in the last couple of years & choice examples are hard to get, Cigar has quite the following all over the country. If you have been watching the price of Cigar's decoys the last few years or been to any of the local auctions on Delmarva you know what a good value this early beauty is. Good species here, and one of the earlier decoys I have ever seen by Cigar, sure to thrill the lucky hard core Cigar collector. May have been from the John Maddox decoy museum collection sale. You just won't find another at any price this early. More pics available.
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Early Redhead
early Redhead

 

 

Folky and very early drake Redhead by unknown maker, probably Ohio or southern Michigan area. Circa 1900-1925. Paint is excellent, dry & all original. Measures approx. 14 1/2 inches long with nicely done spokeshaved body and a very folky head style. Has a couple shot scars and one scar about 1 1/2 inches long as seen above but displays awesome. Solid flat bottom body with nice brass tack eyes. Retains original leather line tie but bottom weight has been removed. Great form & very appealing for any folk art or Ohio/ Mich decoy collection. Very clean & strong bird here with great appeal for the price, more pics avail.
$875

 

John McLoughlin Bufflehead
John McLoughlin bufflehead sig
 

 

Super nice drake Bufflehead by John "Mickey" McLoughlin (1911-unknown), Bordentown, NJ. Circa 1960-70. Superb all original paint and condition thats never been gunned over. Very nice surface on this bird. Very strong, clean and dry with strong colors and nice patina. Hollow carved body measures approx 12 inches long, has a great looking low and slightly tilted head with nice raised wing tip carving and incised tail & tips. Both eyes are glass with no cracks. Only fault is a couple of small dents on left side where it bumped something & small area on one wing tip cracked in shipping & was glued back & tiny touch up in that hairline area. A few old sap pimples on breast but over all a very nice Bufflehead by a classic Delaware River maker. John starting making decoys in 1921 when just 10 years old with the help of his mom. By the time he got out of school he was making skiffs and rigs of decoys for sale to local hunters. He made a very fine and stylish decoy in the classic style of the Delaware River school but as time went on he carved in just about every style including the highly decorative contest birds which he won many of and became one of the most well known decoy makers in the country. One of the most prolific makers on the Delaware River make his decoys true classics. E-mail for more pics if interested, very nice bird here for the money.
$675

 
Ward hen Mini Mallard

Ward hen mini Mallard
 

 

Very pretty third size hen Mallard by The Ward Brothers. Circa 1950-60's. Unsigned. Measures approx 9 1/2 inches with slightly turned head. Painted eyes with inserted tail, cedar head and balsa body. Super nice form with high back style. Only fault is a couple of shallow rubs on body & a few flakes of black paint on bill with a couple of tiny teeth marks done by a bad, bad cat on the bill, but displays very nice. This is a really nice style and not found much as a single. See pics above and more pics available of this great looking Ward Brothers mini. Hard not to want to add this classic little beauty to your collection, great form, style and paint.
$1000

 
Elmer Crowell Black Duck
Crowell Black Duck
bottom tag on Crowell
 

 

Nice old Iver Johnson model Black Duck by A. Elmer Crowell (1862-1952), East Harwich, Mass. Circa 1890-15, pre brand vintage. Very good all original paint & condition. Paint is very dry, clean with a perfect patina of age. Has moderate wear from hunting use with a few shot scars and a sheared area on front right side of bill. Measures approx 17 1/2 inches long, and has the big full body style. Solid body with glass eyes and NO BODY CHECKS which is so common with Crowells big ducks. Has nicely done rasped head & breast. Head is moveable back & forth but is secure to bird. Extra pics available. This is a nice example for any collector looking for a early all original Crowell Black Duck to add to a collection. Good buy here as Crowell decoys continue to be strong in the decoy market. More pics available.
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McNair Godwit
McNair Godwit
McNair signature
 

 

Outstanding and earlier Godwit shorebird decoy by Mark McNair, Eastern Shore of VA. Circa 1980-90's. Carved McNair signature. Excellent all original & very detailed aged paint & condition with very well done but lite intentional wear. Beautiful surface on this bird with superb detailed painting style. Measures approx 14 inches, fat full body style with nice tucked head form. Carved eyes, splined bill and carved raised wing tips with very cool inserted piece in breast. Outstanding shorebird here. This is a really nice and scarce style & a very popular with collectors of Mark's fine work. Carved McNair signature. Metal stand included. More pics available of this great looking McNair. Hard not to want to add this beauty to your collection, great form, style & paint and a McNair style classic. I have 2 available.
$1250

 
Pete GW Teal pr for DU

Pete brand
Pete GW Teal bottoms
 

 

Super nice & earlier Greenwing Teal pair of decoys by "Hurricane Pete" Peterson, Capeville, VA. Signed "Made pertickular for Eastern Shore Chapter Ducks Unlimited". Circa 1985. Signed, dated and hot branded "PETE". Excellent all original paint & in unused condition with some intentional lite wear. Hollow carved bodies, each measures approx 10 1/2 inches long, with stylish head & full body carving and slightly turned heads. Perfect glass eyes with original leather line tie and lead pad style weight. Has Pete's brand "PETE" in bottom. Pete makes a great bird & his decoys are a collector favorite, & earlier models are getting very hard to find. This is a really nice early pair and a popular species by Pete, great classic Pete form & style, its always a pleaser. More pics available.
SOLD!

 
Mason Redhead
Mason Redhead
 

 

Strong and as found Mason Challenge Grade drake Redhead decoy, Detroit, Mich. Circa 1910-20. Paint is very strong, thick, dry, clean & all original. Very nice surface and has not been screwed with, all original. Shows some areas of paint loss but think it is more how it was put away wet & stored wrapped, more so then gunning wear. Most of those areas are to primer coat not to the wood. Measures approx 15 inches. Perfect yellow glass eyes. Great color on this one & lots of nice thick paint swirls that Mason decoys are famous for. Very clean, great surface and will be a very nice addition to any Mason decoy collection.
$1250

 
Mitchell Mallards
 

 

Outstanding matched Mallard pair by R. Madison Mitchell (1901-1993), Havre de Grace, MD. Signed & dated 1974. Excellent and pretty much minty all original paint thats very strong, clean & never waxed dry. Beautiful paint on this pair, lots of nice feathering. Measure approx 15 3/4 inches long each. Both have never been rigged to gun with. Conditon is pretty much mint with a beautiful surface. A superb matched pair by the dean of Upper Chesapeake Bay makers. Early & top quality Mitchells have a good solid $ future, making this a good buy on this fine pair.
$750 pair

 
Strunk sandpiper
Strunk signature

 

 

Super nice Sanderling shorebird decoy by George Strunk, Glendora, NJ. Ink signed. Outstanding all original paint and in mint condition. This beautiful shorebird has a solid carved body that measures approx 8 1/4 inches long and about 8 1/8 inches tall on the handcarved clam shell stand. Has glass eyes & very detailed paint work. George can lay some paint like no one else, his blending of color & texture is awesome. Great job on this beauty with great form and split wing tail carving. George makes a great looking bird in the classic Delaware River style. His work is highly sought after by collectors of both old & contemporary decoys. Outstanding and scarce style carving by George. It's sure to please and comes with clam shell base made by George as shown. More pics available & priced to sell.
$475

 
Grayson Loon
Grayson Chesser Loon

Grayson sig loon

 

 

Very cool and one of a kind primitive root head Loon decoy by Grayson Chesser, Jenkins Bridge, VA. Circa signed & dated 1985. Also carved "C". Ex-collectiion of John Maddox & was part of the Chincoteague Refuge Museum collection. Written on bottom is "1st Loon" and Graysons signature & date. Very good all original paint & condition that shows slight intentional wear by Grayson for the effect of age. Great surface on this beauty, looks 100 years old. Has 1 smaller then a dime flake to wood at base on left side of bottom of neck and a few hair thin agelines in body as would be expected from 30+ year old decoy that was part of outer building display. Big girl has solid carved body and measures approx 28 1/2 inches with root head. Large primitive carved eyes. Weight & line tie removed, probably by Maddox for display. Grayson was the "Carver of the Year" at the 2004 Havre de Grace Decoy Show, and just did an exhibit at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C. This is a very nice carving with great folk art appeal. It is one of a kind and by one of the best classic decoy makers of this generation. Grayson's decoys continue to be some of the most sought after decoys in todays market. Get this piece of Chincoteague Refuge Museum history and a true & unique modern classic while you can. More pics avail.
$950

 
Ferd Hommee Canvasback
Ferd Hommee Canvasback
 

 

Rare drake Canvasback decoy by Ferd Hommee (1900-1963), Stoughton, Wisconsin. Circa 1925-45. Excellent all original paint & condition, a few rubs and has some slight edge wear from gunning but is still very strong. Paint is very well done with intricate comb painting in all the white area. Balsa body measures approx 15 inches long with turned head and nicely done crossed raised wing tips. Ferd was the brother of Mandt Hommee, he was another historic Wisconsin maker and they both enjoyed the outdoors fishing and hunting with friends. Ferd lived his whole life in Stoughton and served as secretary of the Stoughton Sportsmans Club. He became known as the town historian and in 1947 was hired by the Stoughton Historical Society to write the history of the town for its centennial celebration. Very nice example here of a classic and historic Canvasback decoy. Decoys by both Ferd and Mandt Hommee are strong and important additions to any collection of Wisconsin decoys. More pics avail.
$4350

 
Ruddy by PETE
Pete ruddy duck
PETE brand
 

 

Very nice & earlier Ruddy Duck decoy by "Hurricane Pete" Peterson, Capeville, VA. Circa 1978. Signed, dated and hot branded "PETE". Excellent all original paint & in unused condition. Hollow carved body measures approx 12 inches long, with stylish head & full body carving. No eyes with original leather line tie & Dudley style lead strip weight. Has Pete's brand "PETE" in bottom. Pete makes a great bird & his decoys are a collector favorite, & very hard to find. This is a really nice and a popular species by Pete, great classic Pete form & style, its always a pleaser. More pics available.
$350

 
Mark Daisey Goose
Mark Daisey Black Duck
Mark Daisey brand
 

 

Excellent Black Duck "HUNTING DECOY" by Mark Daisey, Chincoteague Island, VA. Circa less then 10 years old, and branded "MARK". Strong, dry & clean all original paint that grades near mint. Nice fat size bird at approx 17 1/2 inches long with hollow carved body. Glass eyes with a really nice head & body carving style. Retains original keel. Mark Daisey is the nephew of the "world famous" Cigar Daisey. He makes a excellent decoy in many different styles including copying some of the classics. His work is a very smart buy for the good quality that he puts into his work and Decoy Magazine just did a excellent article on Mark & his fine work. My lighting when taking pics didnt do justice on the color of this bird, it is awesome. Extra pics avail.
$350

 

Mason Old Squaw
Mason Old Squaw

 

 

Very rare & early Mason Old Squaw decoy, Detroit, Mich. Circa 1920. Exact rigmate is pictured on page 117 of "MASON DECOYS - EXPANDED EDITION, A Complete Pictorial Guide", By Russ J. Goldberger and Alan G. Haid. These were sold as unpainted blanks, glass eyed models and they did include a Mason weight which this one still retains. Paint is dry, clean & all original. Neck filler is all original & retains approx 50%. Measures approx 14 1/2 inches and both eyes are nice. Some moderate wear to the bird from honest gunning use, mostly to top sides but overall it is very strong. If your a hardcore Mason collector & are looking for the impossible here is a nice one & a exact rigmate to one documented in the best known & complete book on Mason decoys. A very rare addition to any Mason decoy collection. More pics available.
$1950

 
 
Pete Peterson Black Duck
Pete Peterson Black Duck
Pete brand
 

 

Superb Hog or Cobb Island style Black Duck by "Hurricane Pete" Peterson, Capeville, VA. Circa less then 20 years old. Excellent all original paint & in excellent condition, maybe gunned over a couple times. Solid carved cedar body measures approx 18 inches long, with great inletted head & full fat body carving. Carved eyes with original leather line tie & lead pad bottom weight. Has Pete's brand "PETE" in bottom. Pete makes a great bird & his decoys are a collector favorite, & very hard to find. This is a really nice and a scarce model by Pete, great classic Pete form & style, its always a pleaser. More pics available.
$385

 
Ian pintail mini
Ian Pintail mini
Ian McNair Pintail mini
 

 

Awesome miniature sleeping drake Pintail decoy carving by Ian McNair, Eastern Shore of VA. Circa less then 5 years old. Has carved "I McNair" signature. Excellent all original aged paint & condition with very well done intentional wear and aging. Measures approx 5 1/2 inches, sleek body style. Tiny glass eyes with a perfect patina surface. This is a really nice piece, very scarce to ever get these from Ian as he dont make a lot of minis. They are very popular with collectors of Ian's fine work. Carved I McNair signature. More pics available of this great looking McNair. Hard not to want to add this scarce little beauty to your collection, great form, style & paint and a classic. Only one available.
$450

 


Early Perdew Crow
 

 

Very earliest style Crow by Charles Perdew (1874-1963), Henry, Ill. Circa 1925-45. Good all original paint & condition. Paint shows some honest wear from gunning but heavier wear on right side of bird where decoy was left out in the weather for a while. Solid carved it measures approx 16 1/2 inches long with a very slightly turned head and tack eyes. 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 cool example of his earliest work & you would have a hard time finding one with the same vintage in this condition. Great piece here for folk art or decoy collector. Comes with McCleery style base stand. More pics avail if interested.
$1250

 
 

Maine Black Duck
Maine Black Duck
 

 

Very early Black Duck decoy by Charles Newman (unknown), Pumpkin Island, Deere Isl, Maine. Circa 1900-1925. Very good plus all original paint & condition with an nice surface that is very strong & clean with a great patinia. Wear is very minimal with only fault being neck crack but is secure and small age lines in bottom. Stylish and sleek solid carved body that measures approx 16 inches long. Very neatly done head that is inletted into body with nicely done carved out area with tack inserted eyes. Here is a nice example for the collector of Maine decoys or those who appreciate folk art styling in their decoys. Very similar to the work of Gus Wilson. Excellent bird here for the money, you will be pleased with this beauty. More pics available.
$600

 
McNair Turnstone
McNair Turnstone
McNair signature
 

 

Outstanding and rare style Ruddy Turnstone shorebird decoy by Mark McNair, Eastern Shore of VA. Circa 1980-90's. Carved McNair signature. Excellent all original & very detailed aged paint & condition with very well done intentional wear. Measures approx 8 inches, fat full body style with nice form. Carved eyes, splined bill and raised carved style wings. This is a really nice style & a very popular with collectors of Mark's fine work. Carved McNair signature. Metal stand included. More pics available of this great looking McNair. Hard not to want to add this beauty to your collection, great form, style & paint and a McNair style classic. This is only one of this style I have seen.
$1050

 
Port Rowan Decoy pr
 

 

Cool pair of lowhead Bluebills by Ted Palister, Port Rowan, Lake Erie, Ontario. Circa 2008. Painted signature on keel of hen. Excellent all original paint & in unused condition. Solid wide carved body measures approx 12 1/4 inches long, with stylish low head with original keels. Glass eyes with nice head carving style. This pair of decoys were purchased on a duck hunt in the fall of 2008 out of Howie's Hardware Store which is in Port Rowan which is on the banks of Lake Erie & right at the base of Long Point, Ontario. Very famous duck hunting area. Palister made high & snuggle head models as above. They were sold thru "Howie's Hardware Store" to use for gunning in area up until the closing of Howie's last year. Cool pair of birds to collect or add to the hunting rig. More pics available.
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Hillman Pintails
Hillman signature

 

 

Very nice Delaware River style Pintail pair by Jode Hillman, Mullica Hill, NJ. Ink signed and dated 2006. Outstanding all original paint & excellent condition. This pretty pair of Pintails have hollow carved bodies that measures approx 22 1/2 inches on drake and approx 17 inches long with slightly turned head with raised wing tip carving. Both have glass eyes and retain original leather line ties & lead pad bottom weight thats stamped by Hillman. Jode makes a great looking bird in the classic Delaware River style. His work is highly sought after by collectors of both old & contemporary decoys. More pics avail.
SOLD!

 

Robby Lewis Black Duck
 

 

Very nice Black Duck decoy by Robbie Lewis, Onancock, Eastern Shore of VA. Carved "RKL" signature on bottom. Paint is all original and done in a nice gunning bird stye. This handsome gunning bird has carved eyes and measures approx 15 1/2 inches long. Body is hollow carved with nice raised wing tip carving in the classic Eastern Shore style. Decoy is rigged to gun with and retains original corn cobb anchor weight and leather line tie. Has been hunted with & shows wear to bill & tail areas. Robbie has been carving for many years and carves mostly in the styles of the old classic Eastern Shore of VA makers, using only the traditional old style hand tools to make them like they did 100+ years ago. He was the Eastern Shore of VA Ducks Unlimited Carver of the Year in 2010 and was covered in a 2013 issue of "From the bench" in "Hunting and Fishing Collectibles" as a carver write up & bio. A very nicely done Black Duck in a style that is all Robbie's. Great buy on this one. More pics avail.
SOLD!

 
Long Island Marlin Shorebird
 

 

Early and bold Willet shorebird decoy, Long Island, NY. Circa 1880-1910. Very nice dry, strong & clean all original paint that shows some dry paint shrinkage on wood grain areas from age but is even and shows good with nice patina. Paint shows some nice feathering. Retains original wood bill that is very well done, especially the workmanship where it mounts into head. Nice alert form with high neck and full body that measures approx 12 1/2 inches long. This bird was part of a small rig found in a house on LI years ago. Good looking old decoy for any collection of folk art or antique Long Island shorebirds. Metal shorebird stand included and more good pics available.
$1350

 
 
Mitchell Widgeon
Madison Mitchell Widgeon
 

 

Superb Widgeon drake by R. Madison Mitchell (1901-1993), Havre de Grace, MD. Unsigned. Circa 1974. Excellent and pretty much minty all original paint thats very strong, clean & never waxed dry. Beautiful paint with lots of nice feathering. Measure approx 15 inches long with a slightly turned head. Retains original weight & line tie. Conditon is pretty much mint with no wear, no repairs & no cracks. A superb example by the dean of Upper Chesapeake Bay makers. Extra pics available.
$375

 
Oversize Chesser Black Duck


 

 

Early & very large cork Black Duck decoy by Grayson Chesser, Jenkins Bridge, VA. Circa 1970's. Good all original paint & condition with some wear from gunning. Solid carved cork body measures approx 23 inches long with low turned head, with raised wing carving, wood head with bottom board & tail insert, and has glass eyes. This is biggest Black Duck I have seen by him & was probably part of his early gunning rig. Grayson was the "Carver of the Year" at the 2004 Havre de Grace Decoy Show, and just did an exhibit at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C. Grayson did a nice job on this one and is a early example that is pretty scarce style. This is a good decoy for any collector of Grayson looking for something hard to find. More pics avail.
$200

 
Pete Coot
Pete Coot brand
 

 

Nice Coastal style Coot decoy by "Hurricane Pete" Peterson, Capeville, VA. Circa 2008. Dated and hot branded "PETE". Excellent all original paint & in unused condition. Solid carved body measures approx 12 1/2 inches long, with stylish head & full body carving. No eyes with original leather line tie & Dudley style lead style bottom weight. Has Pete's brand "PETE" in bottom. Pete makes a great bird & his decoys are a collector favorite, & very hard to find. This is a really nice and a seldom seen model by Pete, great classic Pete form & style, its always a pleaser. More pics available.
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Maddox Ruddy
Maddox Ruddy

 

 

Nice copy of John Williams style high head Ruddy Duck decoy by unknown maker. Nicely painted to make this classic beauty look like an 100 year old decoy by John Williams. Measures approx 11 inches long & has proper authentic weight and square nail line tie which adds to its realistic look. This is a neat piece and a cool addition to any collection. If you love the Southern classics but cant afford what the real one will cost then this one should fill the bill at a small fraction of price of an authentic John Williams Ruddy. More pics avail and a good buy here.
$275

 
 
Gibian Widgeon
Gibian Widgeon
Gibian Signature
 

 

Fantastic turned head drake Widgeon decoy by William Gibian, Onancock, Eastern Shore of VA. Carved signature and signed business card mounted on bottom. Circa 2008. Superb all original paint & condition with a nice soft patina finish. Lots of great brushwork with a beautiful surface. Measures approx 14 1/2 inches long with full turned head & is hollow carved body with glass eyes and leather line tie. Nice detailed carving on this beauty with raised detailed proper wing tips and tail with very well done form and detail. This is a neat style & shows the strong use of form & movement that Gibian incorporates in his fine work. Its tuff "Gibian"signature on bottom of bird. Exceptional piece here & sure to please it is fantastic.
SOLD!

 
Gallop Coot
Gallop Coot
 

 

Folky and scarce Coot decoy by the Gallup Brothers, Upper Back Bay, VA. Circa 1940's. Shows heavy wear with crack in back that looks like it was made there when made as has paint inside that area. Retains original spindle head with nail & canvas cloth bill and retains original nail line tie. Measures approx 10 1/2 inches long. The Gallup Brothers owned Premier Millworks Co. in Virginia Beach area. They gunned in Ships Bay area of Back Bay for over 30 years and worked together on their rig of Coot decoys. Spindle lathe turned heads with a canvas cloth bill with nail for shaping make them a very effective decoy thats very popular with collectors. Coots are pretty scarce compared to most species & do make a good collection with good folk art charm. Good example here, great folky form and all original, sure to be a nice addition to any collection. Extra pics avail & a good buy on this one.
$200

 
Herter Eider decoy
Herters Eider
 

 

Super nice Eider drake decoy by Herters, Waseca, Minnesota. Circa late 1950s-60. Excellent all original paint that's strong, dry & clean, nice brush work on this beauty. Has a few edge scrapes to wood but overall it is in super nice condition. Measures approx 18 1/4 inches long with a nicely done head and body carving. Solid body with glass eyes. Has flattened bottom for shelf or lamp display. I think these were made by Herters around 1960 for collectors. I have seen a few of these over the years but not many Eiders, I would think this is quite a nice addition of a approx 50 year old decoy for the collector of choice factory made birds. More pics avail, this beauty is priced to sell.
$225

 
 
McNair Brant
McNair Brant
McNair mini  Brant
 

 

Very scarce miniature swimming Brant decoy by Mark McNair, Eastern Shore of VA. Circa less then 5 years old. Carved signature. Excellent all original aged paint & condition with very well done aging of paint. Measures approx 4 3/4 inches, fat full body style made with glass eyes, & carved raised wingtip carving. Even has a aged lead pad weight & tiny leather line tie. This is a really nice piece, very rare to ever get these from Mark as he makes very few minis. They are very popular with collectors of Mark's fine work. Carved "M" signature. More pics available of this great looking McNair. Hard not to want to add this scarce little beauty to your collection, great form, style & paint and a classic. Get this while you can.
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Pete Bufflehead
Pete brand
 

 

Nice river style Bufflehead drake decoy by "Hurricane Pete" Peterson, Capeville, VA. Circa 2010. Signed, dated and hot branded "PETE". Excellent all original paint & in unused condition. Solid carved body measures approx 11 inches long, with stylish head & full body carving. No eyes with original leather line tie & weighted river style wooden keel. Has Pete's brand "PETE" in bottom. Pete makes a great bird & his decoys are a collector favorite, & very hard to find. This is a really nice and a seldom seen model by Pete, great classic Pete form & style, its always a pleaser. More pics available.
$425

 
 
Hancock Black Duck
Hancock Black Duck

 

 

Classic Black Duck decoy by Miles Hancock (1888-1974), Chincoteague Island, VA. Circa 1940-50's. Good all original paint, thats very dry & clean, with very nicely done scratch paint patterns on body. Measures big at approx 17 1/2 inches & is solid cottonwood. Has tack eyes and shows wear from gunning. Retains original sand cast weight & line tie. Hancock was a neat guy with a great history, lots written on him is available in most all decoy books about historic Virginia carvers. He didnt make the prettiest decoy ever made but probably forgot more about killing ducks then 90% of other makers of the day. His ducks were made to last & are a interesting study, no apologies needed on his classic work. Nice clean old all original gunning bird here that is sure to please any collector of Chincoteague or Virginia Black Ducks. More pics avail.
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Lawson mini Canvasback pair
 

 

Super nice and early miniature Canvasback pair by Oliver Lawson, Crisfield, MD. Signed & dated 1962. Superb all original paint & condition. Paint is perfect mint, dry, very clean & detailed, with only fault is vert tiny flake on under hens tail. Both are signed by Lawson on bottom with 1962 date. Solid bodies measure approx 8 1/2 inches long each & both have slightly turned heads with painted eyes. 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 perfect matched pair of a very scarce collector species in outstanding condition & style. More pics avail.
$550 pair

 
 
Elliott Brothers Redhead pair

 

 

Scarce matched pair of Redheads by the Elliott Brothers, Bill (1907-83) and Chank (1907-1971), Easton, MD. Circa 1950's. Strong and dry all original paint & condition. Great brush work on this pair & is "classic" Elliott Brothers paint style & form. Condition is very good plus with no repairs or touch ups. Shows some areas of honest wear from hunting but clean and strong. Flowing body style with upswept tail that shows the boat builder influence that the "Him & I" twins designed into their carvings. Measures approx 15 inches long each. Retains original leather line ties and original weights. Have some natural thin grain lines in bodies from the old poles they used for their decoys, but all are secure but show areas of flaking. Great old matched pair of Chesapeake Bay Redhead hunting decoys for any collector looking to add a classic matched pair of Talbot county decoys by the Elliott twins to a collection. E-mail for more pics. Hard to find these matched and all original pairs and this pair is a great buy as Elliott Brother birds are undervalued sleepers when it comes to finding these all original birds this clean & unrepaired. More good pics avail, great buy on these classic beauties.
$750 pair

 
 
Reneri Black Duck pair
Signature
 

 

Nice pair of Black Duck decoys by Lou Reineri, Chincoteague Island, VA. Circa 1970-80s. Nice matched pair, measuring approx 16 3/4 inches long each and bodies are solid carved. Paint is exceptional and all original with outstanding feathering detail and use of color. Reineri made decoys for many years & in many styles that were very popular with collectors. Both birds have painted signature. More pics avail.
$650 pair

 
Waterfield YL
Waterfield YL

 

 

Very nice Lesser Yellowlegs by Curtis Waterfield, Knotts Island, NC. Circa 1960-70's. Superb all original paint, very strong & clean, with a nice painting style. Condition is pretty much mint. Mounted on driftwood measures approx 10 inches long with slightly turned head. Has glass eyes & very nice carving style with wire legs. Curtis is from a family of early decoy makers & started making in 1966. He has won numerous awards and is listed in Neal Conoley Jr's excellent book "WATERFOWL HERITAGE, North Carolina Decoys and Gunning Lore". Has remnent of his business card still attached to bottom. Good buy here & a very nice piece. More pics avail.
SOLD!

 

Decoys Unlimited Black Duck
Decoys Unlimited Black Duck
Decoys unlimited bottom of bird
price label
 

 

Superb Black Duck decoy by Decoys Unlimited (1961-75), Erie, PA. Hot branded "EDD". Near mint all original paint with a great patina & color. Nice scratch and comb painting style. Looks unused and only tiny fault is 1 small ding on rear back and a bit of edge wear. Great stylish full size body that measures approx 18 inches long. This beauty is solid carved very hard balsa body with cedar or pine head. Both glass eyes very clean with no cracks. Retains original keel. Has makers stencil on bottom, also has the original price label on the keel as found. These were great factory made decoys to use for hunting, very good quality & nice big size, its a real shame no factory makes a wooden decoy of this quality to use for gunning these days. I will take these over plastic anyday. Great decoy to collect, these are quite affordable & make a nice collection. More pics avail. & guaranteed to please. This is the nicest Black Duck I have had by Decoys Unlimited decoy Co., this is a exceptional example.
SOLD!

 
Hancock mini Merganser
Hancock mini Merganser
mini Merganser by Hancock
 

 

Extra nice miniature Red~Breasted Merganser hen by Miles Hancock (1888-1974), Chincoteague Island, VA. Signed and dated June 1969. Measures approx 6 1/4 inches. Excellent all original paint, thats very dry & clean, with very nicely done scratch paint patterns, a very sharp & clean little bird. Has tack eyes. Has a smooth body style carving. Hancock started making his "little birds" after a heart attack in the 1960s and selling them to the steady increasing flow of tourist to Chincoteague Island. This one is a different style and has a great look, & more pics avail.
$250

 
Reggie Birch Cobb style Brant
Birch signature
 

 

Nice Cobb style Brant by Reggie Birch, Chincoteague Island, VA. Carved signature "R.Birch". Excellent all original aged paint & condition. Nice job by Reggie with good job on the paint, the surface and the stylish form. Hollow and very fat carved body measures approx 17 inches long with raised wing carving and nice slightly tucked turned head with splined bill. Carved eyes with aged lead pad weight & leather line tie. Nice addition here for the collector of Brant decoys, or collectors of Reggie's fine work. More pics avail of this nice copy of a southern classic.
$800

 
 
Oscar Peterson small Perch decoy
Oscar Peterson Perch fish decoy
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Super nice and scarce small size Perch fish spearing decoy by Oscar Peterson (1887-1951), Cadillac, Mich. Measures just under 5 inches long. Circa 1930's. This fish has an excellent surface, the paint is all original and exceptionally clean, & very strong with excellent color & brush work & nice original varnished finish with some paint loss on fins & belly weights.. This fish is a flat tack eye model with typical Peterson carved gills and mouth. Its kinda cool as you can see in top pic where Peterson drove his nail too low for the eye placement, so instead of giving it what he tought was a goofy look he painted where the eye should be. Has 7 metal fins with some paint loss on all, more pics avail. See Ron Fritz's excellent book "Michigan's Master Carver OSCAR W. PETERSON ", for like examples. Any Oscar Peterson in condition this clean, strong & honest is desirable & very scarce to find in this small size. This fish is guaranteed 100%, & would make a nice addition to any old fish decoy collection. More pics avail. This is a beauty and one of the better Peterson fish I have had in quite awhile!
SOLD!

 
 

Early Grayson Brant
Early Grayson Brant
 

 

Early primitive Cobb style Brant decoy by Grayson Chesser, Jenkins Bridge, VA. Circa 1970's. Has Grayson's "C" carved into bottom. Good all original paint & condition with some intentional wear by Grayson to wood in several areas. Hollow carved body measures approx 18 inches long including the splined bill, with raised wing carving, root wood head, and has glass eyes. Has check in bottom and another along top back but may have been made like this to make look very old as this has more intentional wear then other "old style" birds I have seen by Grayson and I do see some paint in both check areas, so some spliting was there when painted. Grayson was the "Carver of the Year" at the 2004 Havre de Grace Decoy Show, and just did an exhibit at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C. Grayson did a nice job on this one and is a early example that is pretty scarce style. This is a very nice decoy for any collector of Grayson looking for something hard to find. More pics avail.
$800

 
 
David Rhodes GW Teal pair
DR sig

 

 

Very nice Green~Wing Teal pair by David Rhodes, Absecon, NJ. Signed and dated "Y2K" on bottom of both. Excellent all original paint and condition. Painted eyes. Measure approx 9 1/2 inches long each. Both are solid carved and retain original weights & line ties. Very nice pair for any collection of Teal or New Jersey maker decoys. More pics avail.
$365 pair

 
 
Mitchell Redhead pair
 

 

Nice and early matched Redhead pair by R. Madison Mitchell (1901-1993), Havre de Grace, MD. Signed and dated 1956. Very good plus all original paint that's very strong, dry & clean. Good paint style on this pair, lots of nice feathering with good color & patina. Measure approx 14 inches long each. Both retain original weights & staple/ring line ties. Condition is very good plus with honest gunning wear & both have very thin hairline neck cracks but secure and totally tight on both, also a few length wise thin lines in bottom of bodies but again tight & secure. More pics avail. A nice 59 year old matched pair by the dean of Upper Chesapeake Bay makers. Priced to sell, you just don't find true matched pairs of Mitchell's this early & in this condition anymore at this price, very good buy on this nice matched pair. More pics avail.
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Zack Ward Teal

 

 

Very nice Greenwing & Bluewing Teal drakes by the late Zack Ward, Crisfield, MD. Circa less then 25 years old, never signed or dated. Excellent all original aged paint & condition. Nice job by Zack here on the paint & patinia in the classic Crisfield style. Solid carved bodies measures approx 12 inches long each with flat bottoms and straight head on Blue & slightly turned on Green. Tack eyes with lead pad weight & metal staple line tie. If you know Zack you know he is quite the legend in Crisfield. Nice addition here for the collector of Eastern Shore decoys, or collectors of Zack's classic work. More pics avail.
$350 pair

 
 
Spirt of the birdSpirt of the bird - DVD
 

 

"SPIRIT OF THE BIRD"
Featuring Delbert "Cigar" Daisey, Grayson Chesser, Mark McNair, Cork McGee, and P.G. Ross. Excellent documentry by award winning film maker James Spione. A well done look at the barrier islands and marshy coastline of Virginia's Eastern Shore and generations of decoy makers who have honed their craft here. From mere subsistence tool, to market hunting yield booster, and finally to rarified art objects that are much sought after by collectors, it follows some history of decoy makers past and present. You will enjoy this 37 min dvd documentry, and the sale of each helps support the "Barrier Islands Center" located in Machipongo, on Virginia's Eastern Shore!

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