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McGaw Mallard drake
McGaw Mallard drake
 

 

Rare never hunted Mallard drake decoy by Robert McGaw (1879-1958), Havre de Grace, MD. Circa 1930-40. Excellent all original paint & in unused condition. Excellent paint detail & form, the detail, color & patina are superb. Beautiful surface that is very clean & pretty much mint with no cracks or checks. Measures approx 16 inches long, with great head style & full body carving. Full size McGaw decoys in never gunned conditon are seldom found on the resale market anymore & this is a superb example for any collector looking to add a very choice example Upper Bay or McGaw bird to a collection. E-mail
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Hancock goose

Hancock Goose mini
 

 

Super nice raised wing Canada Goose miniature by Miles Hancock (1888-1974), Chincoteague Island, VA. Signed & dated but worn away & very faint. Measures approx 6 1/2 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 and raised wing carvng. 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.
$250

 
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

 

Cameron Curlew
Cameron Curlew
Cameron Curlew
Cameron Curlew
CTM SIGNATURE
 

 

Outstanding Long Bill Curlew decoy by Cameron McIntyre. New Church, Eastern Shore of VA. Excellent all original aged paint & condition. Circa less then 15 years old. The paint style, aging, and patina on this beauty is incredible. Stylish, sleek & very well done Curlew done in a style created by Cameron. Measures approx 19 1/4 inches long. Super nice solid body carving with glass eyes. Slight raised wing carving that flows to end of body, oak bill is splined thru head proper. Paint has been aged proper with an incredible soft patina. Carved "CTM" signature in bottom. More pics avail. Cameron's work is nearly impossible to get & this Curlew is a killer. I am constantly amazed at the talent that Cameron exhibits in his work, and this beauty is sure to please. if you know what his work has been bringing privately and at the decoy auctions you will appreciate the deal on this classic beauty. A scarce offering here. Metal stand included.
$2450

 
Pete Black Duck
Pete Black Duck
Pete bottom pic
 

 

Super nice oversized Black Duck decoy by "Hurricane Pete" Peterson, Capeville, VA. Circa 2000, signed and dated on weight. Hot branded "PETE". Excellent all original paint & in unused condition. Hollow carved body measures approx 20 inches long, with stylish head & full body carving. Glass eyes with original leather line tie & pad lead 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

 
Jim Currier mini Mallard
Currier mini Mallard
 

 

Rare half size Mallard drake by Jim Currier (1886-1971), Harve de Grace, MD. Circa 1950-60's. Super nice & mint all original paint & condition, with very nice paint patterns, including some great "feather" painting & blending of colors. This beauty measures approx 10 inches and is solid body with painted eyes. Condition is perfect mint. Great classic decoy maker here who made all of his own decoys & did it by hand. A outstanding decoy for any collection of Classic Chesapeake Bay decoys by one of the most undervalued old time makers from the upper Chesapeake Bay area. Very scarce piece here, you can count on one hand how many minis you will see by Currier in a lifetime. More pics avail.
$475

 
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.
$850

 
Rowe Coot
Rowe Coot
Rowe brand
 

 

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 all original paint that shows some edge wear. Solid body measures about 11 inches long, head is approx 4 inches tall. 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 & all original, sure to be a nice addition to any collection. Extra pics avail & a good buy on this one.
$1250

 
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

 
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.
$5400

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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
$3850

 
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.
$485

 
Alma Fitchett Black Duck

Alma Fitchett Black Duck

 

 

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

 

Chesser Wood Duck pair
Chesser "C"
 

 

Super nice pair of Wood Duck decoys by Grayson Chesser, Jenkins Bridge, VA. Circa less then 25 years old . Has Grayson's "C" carved in bottom of each. Minty all original paint, have never been gunned over with flea bite size loss of paint to edge of slighty lifted nail pops on back of hens head, display perfectly & more pics avail. Great surface on these beauties with superb paint work. Life size hollow carved cedar bodies measures approx 12 inches with turned head on hen and 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.
$850 pair

 
Verity family Yellowlegs
Verity family Yellowlegs
 

 

Early & rare Yellowlegs from the Verity Family, Seaford, Long Island, NY. Outstanding 100% all original paint & condition. Paint is excellent with minimal gunning wear with a few shot scars. The surface on this bird is incredible and the way you hope to find them. Bill is all original and has carved eyes, raised wing "V" tips and "S" wing carving. Measures approx 11 inches long. I have taken this bird to several of the Long Island serious collectors I know and none could positively ID it but all felt more likely Verity family then Southard family of makers and gunners. It has to do with they way its painted as carving is the consistant with known Verity makers. Brush work is more the chewed stick style that is more dotted then lined and high sweep to top of wing on grey color. Either way a superb early and classic example from one of the most historic shorebird gunning areas in history. Stand included and more pics avail. Great buy here.
SOLD!

 
Miles Hancock postcard
Hancock Brant

Hancock Brant

Brant bottom

 

 

Scarce and very nice Brant decoy by Miles Hancock (1888-1974), Chincoteague Island, VA. Signed & dated 1958 by Miles. Very good plus all original paint, thats very dry & clean, with very nicely done paint patterns with only a couple areas of loss. Paint on bottom has been removed where signed along with the weight & line tie. Measures nice size at approx 19 inches & is solid cottonwood. Has his typical metal tack eyes. Brant are one of the harder to find species by Hancock to find as a gunning bird. 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 excellent example for any collection. It is sure to please any collector of Chincoteague or Virginia historic maker gunning decoys. More pics avail.
SOLD!

 
Pete Peterson high head Can
Pete high head Can
 

 

Fantastic high head drake Canvasback decoy by "Hurricane Pete" Peterson, Capeville, VA. Signed, dated 2008 and hot branded "PETE". Excellent all original paint & in unused condition. Big solid carved body measures approx 18 3/4 inches long, with stylish head & full wide style body carving. Carved 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, & some styles are very hard to find. This is a really nice and seldom seen style and guaranteed to be a pleaser. More pics available.
SOLD!

 
Casey Edwards dead hang dove trio

 

 

Very nice dead hang carving of 3 Doves by Casey Edwards, Mason, Wisc. Circa 2016. Signed on back. Paint is all original, very dry and rich in color with good lifelike colors. Glass eyes on each bird slightly open. Beautiful surface. Overall measurement is about 27 inches with each Dove measuring 15 inches. This is quite a stunning carving for the price. This is first piece I have had by Casey but have seen other pieces he has done and he is a outstanding talent. I think this is only piece he has done like this. Very good buy here with a great look. More pics available.
$750

 
George Strunk mini Wood Duck pair

Strunk brand
 

 

Very scarce miniature Delaware River style Wood Duck pair by George Strunk, Glendora, NJ. Ink signed. Outstanding all original paint & excellent condition. This beautiful miniature pair have hollow carved bodys that measures approx 8 1/4 inches long on drake and about 7 1/2 inches on hen. Both have glass eyes & very detailed paint work, including some fantastic scratch painting. George can lay some paint like no one else, his blending of color & texture is awesome. Great job on this pretty pair with detailed bill carving, raised wing-tips & tail carving and a great looking head positions. 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 pair by George and a great collector species here. It's sure to please.
$500 pr

 
Madison Mitchell Bluebills, very early
 

 

Outstanding, clean & early matched Bluebill pair by R. Madison Mitchell (1901-1993), Havre de Grace, MD. Circa 1940's. Excellent all original paint thats very strong & clean. Great paint on this pair, lots of nice feathering and a perfect surface thats never been waxed or messed with. Measure approx 13 1/4 inches long each. Both retain original single nail weights & B2T staple/ring line ties. Conditon is excellent for vintage with no gunning wear, I dont think these were ever used & should please even the most demanding of condition collectors. Just a couple of storage rubs & one small area of paint loss on grain area on hen & slight lifting of head nails puddy but for the vintage they are awsome. More pics avail. You have seen the Mitchell market soar this past few years & this being a matched pair of this vintage & quality puts them in a class all thier own, early Mitchells have brought 5 figuires at Guyette and Schmidt April 2004 sale. A superb 70+ year old matched pair by the dean of Upper Chesapeake Bay makers, wont find them nicer & cleaner then this at any price. Priced to sell, you just don't find Mitchells this early & in this condition anymore, very good buy on this fine pair & a solid investment.
SOLD!

 


LI SB
LI SB
 

 

Very early Golden Plover in fall plumage shorebird decoy by Gus Bishop, Brookhaven, Long Island, NY. Circa 1870-1900. Excellent and strong all original paint & condition, including original bill. Paint is very clean, dry & strong. This bird has a nice surface with good color with a nice patina. This is a solid body bird measuring approx 10 1/2 inches long and has a nice full body carving that exhibits deeply carved s-wings, raised split wing tips and 4 notches on back. George Ross Starr discusses Bishop as a early Babylon, Long Island carver and gunner. A super nice old shorebird by one of the early lesser known makers in outstanding condition and with great folk art form for any collection of folk art or antique shorebirds. Stand included and more pics available. A very good buy here.
$1850

 
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.
$1850

 

BBP
BBP
 

 

Fantastic Black Bellied Plover shorebird decoy. Maker unknown from Virginia or New Jersey coastal area. Circa pre-1920. Very nice original paint & condition. Paint is very thick, clean, dry & strong, with nice feathering and brush strokes and use of colors. This bird has a awesome surface and a nice clean patina. Has a nice fat body style carving with a real nice jowl carving. Bill is all original and is splined thru head. Solid carved bird measuring approx 9 1/4 inches long. One little age grain line in right shoulder but tight & secure. Very stylish and exceptional old bird here with great folk art form. Good looking old decoy for any collection of folk art or antique shorebirds. Stand included & more pics available.
$1200

 
Hanson Coot
Marty Hanson Coot


Marty Hanson Coot bottom
 

 

Very nice never gunned Coot decoy by Marty Hanson, Prior Lake, Minn. Circa less then 25 years old. Has Marty's "MH" hot brand on bottom & "MH" poured weight. Excellent all original paint & condition with a great surface that is very dry and clean. Body is solid carved and measures approx 11 1/4 inches, and retains original weight and leather line tie with a nice slightly upturned head. I would think this is a earlier piece by Marty and probably not a very common species for him to make. 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. This is a very nice decoy for the old Coot or old Coot hunter in your life.
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.
$1250

 
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

 
Hudson Black Duck
Hudson Black Duck back
Hudson Black Duck
 

 

Superb near mint Black Duck decoy by Ira Hudson (1876-1949), Chincoteague Island, VA. Circa 1930-1940. Has excellent all original paint with very little wear for the age but doubt it has ever been put in the water. lots of great blending and tiny scratch painting. No repairs or touch ups of any kind with a bone dry surface that is clean and strong. Has a area backside of head & area of face where some shrinkage or craquelure has occured but looks great and is not a distraction. Solid carved balsa body measures approx 17 inches. This is a classic & very desirable Hudson style, with a great head style with nicely carved bill, fat, full, flowing style body, with classic flutted tail carving with tack eyes. Retains original pad weight & leather line tie. This is a incredibly beautiful classic Hudson Black Duck, great form & very clean. This bird is rigmate to the group of three swimming in a circle in Henry Stansbury's Ira Hudson Decoy book. Great bird and in the condition and style you always hoped to find a Hudson. More pics available of this rare Chincoteague classic.
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

 
Finney/Cobb Black Duck
Finney/Cobb Black Duck
carved N
 

 

Super serious Nathan Cobb style Black Duck decoy attrib to Frank Finney, Capeville, VA. Has proper "N" perfectly serfied carved into bottom. Ex-John Maddox collection from the Chincoteague Refuge Museum collection. Excellent aged original paint to make this classic beauty look like an original 125+ year old decoy by Nathan Cobb Jr. Measures approx 17 inches long & has proper authentic lead pad weight with brass screws & a leather line tie which adds to its realistic look. Hollow carved body pegged together with glass eyes and proper style inletted head. A small group of these Black Ducks were found along with some reproduced Mason Swans that were found in a bank vault and were part of the now famous sale of the John Maddox collection of decoys from the Chincoteague Refuge Musuem collection. They have become one of the most sought after items from the sale. This is a neat piece & Frank's work is very collectable & sought after and even more so now that Franks recent work is only available thru one exclusive seller. Great addition to any collection, if you love the classics but cant afford what the real one will cost then this one should fill the bill at a small fraction of price of a authentic vintage one. More pics avail.
SOLD!

 
Holmes Yellowlegs


Holmes Yellowlegs
 

 

Fantastic Yellowlegs shorebird decoy by Lothrop Holmes (1824-1899), Kingston, Massachusetts. Circa 1850-1890. Excellent and strong all original paint & condition, including original bill. Paint is very clean, dry & strong, with a excellent patina. Areas of paint loss are mostly on bill and edges and has some shot scars, but over all I would rate condition as very good plus to excellent for a vintage gunning bird almost 150 years old. This is a solid body bird measuring approx 12 1/4 inches long and has a nice full body carving with slightly raised wings & nice raised wing tips. Has hole thru tail for carrying and small old staple ring in belly. A super nice old classic shorebird by one of the most historic makers in outstanding condition and with great folk art form for any collection of folk art or antique shorebirds. Stand included and more pics available. A very good buy here, just a outstanding form & surface.
SOLD!

 

Ian McNair Whale
McNair signature

 

 

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

 

GC Gadwall
GC Gadwall

GC "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. 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 & leather line tie, 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!

 
Charlie Bryan Black Duck
Charlie Bryan Black Duck
 

 

Nice classic Black Duck decoy by the late Charlie Bryan, Middle River, MD. Circa 1960's, recently found rig that was purchased from Tochermans Sporting Goods in Baltimore. May have been hunted once or twice but looks like it 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. Never been waxed and very nice surface with excellent scratch painting patterns. Retains original weight & line tie. Nice fat solid carved body that measures approx 17 inches long. 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 many for resale. More pics avail. Super nice Black Duck here and a good buy for the nice work put into it by a well known old time carver.
$325

 
Elliott Brothers Canvasback pair

 

 

Super nice pair of Canvasbacks 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 16 inches long each. Retains original 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 tight & secure. Great old matched pair of Chesapeake Bay Canvasback 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.
SALE PENDING!

 
 
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.
$1800

 
Hancock Widgeon drake

Widgeon drake mini
Widgeon sig, Hancock
 

 

Super nice raised wing drake Widgeon miniature by Miles Hancock (1888-1974), Chincoteague Island, VA. Signed & dated 1968. Measures approx 5 3/4 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 and raised wing carvng. 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.
$250

 
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.
$475

 
Strunk Ruddy Duck pairs


Strunk signature
 

 

Outstanding pair of Ruddy Ducks by George Strunk, Glendora, NJ. Ink signed & stamped weight. Outstanding all original paint & excellent 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 lead "G. STRUNK". Hollow carved bodies with flared tails measure approx 11 3/4 inches long each with slightly turned heads. Have glass eyes & very detailed paint work, with the drake being painted in breeding plummage. George can lay some paint like no one else, his blending of color & texture is awesome. Great job on this pretty pair with detailed bill carving, raised crossed wing-tips & tail carving and a great looking slightly turned heads. George makes a great looking bird in the classic Delaware River style and his birds are highly sought by collectors of old and contemporary decoys. More pics available. They are awesome and sure to please.
$1350 pair

 
McNair Hudson style Yellowlegs
McNair Hudson style Yellowlegs
McNair signature
 

 

Very nice Ira Hudson classic running style Yellowlegs shorebird decoy by Mark McNair, Eastern Shore of VA. Circa less then 35 years old. Earlier carving with capital "R" in signature. Excellent all original aged paint that gives the perfect look of a 100 year old shorebird decoy. Superb painting on this one with nice true Hudson style tight scratch painting & good brush work. Great stylish full body that measures approx 11 1/2 inches long. Has great form with no eyes & a splined thru head bill. McNair decoys are modern classics and his work is awesome with many pieces of his work bringing in the 5 figuire range at auction & private sales. Classic & stylish McNair workmanship that looks a 100 years old. Comes with stand and has carved signature. More pics avail. of this beauty and it is sure to please for the price as this is always a popular style for collectors.
SOLD!

 
Marty Hanson Cinnamon Teal
Hanson stamp
 

 

Super scarce pair of preener~sleeper Cinnamon Teal by Marty Hanson, Prior Lake, Minn. Circa less then 35 years old. Ink stamp branded on bottom of each. Excellent all original paint & condition. Paint is very detailed, its very dry & clean with a great bold colors and superb blending. Have never been rigged in mint condition. Have glass eyes with raised wing tip carving. Hollow carved bodies measure approx 10 inches long each. This is a very scarce species by any carver and a nice pair of decoys for any collector, 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 sleeper pair here & sure to please. Good buy here. More pics available.
$1250 pr

 
Miles Hancock postcard
Hancock Canvasback pair

 

 

Scarce matched pair of Canvasback decoys by Miles Hancock (1888-1974), Chincoteague Island, VA. Circa 1940-50. Branded "MCR" on bottom of each. Very good all original paint, thats very dry & clean, with very nicely done scratch feather paint patterns on hens back. Measures nice size at approx 16 inches long each & both are solid cottonwood with no neck cracks. Both show a bit of gunning wear and drake has a few shot scars. Have original tack eyes still intact on both. Both retain original weights & TV antenna line ties. 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 excellent example 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!

 
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.
$1800

 
Darkfeather
Darkfeather Black Duck
Darkfeather Black Duck
 

 

Fantastic Black Duck by Darkfeather Freedman (born 1953), Saginaw Bay area, Mich. Signed but not dated. Excellent and pretty much minty all original paint thats very strong, clean & never waxed dry. Beautiful paint with lots of nice carved feathering. Measures approx 17 1/4 inches long with a slightly tilted 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.
$350

 


Baleen bill YL
Baleen bill YL
 

 

Excellent Yellowlegs shorebird decoy attrib to Hervey Beckman (1863-1963), Seabrook, NH. Circa pre 1925-1950. Excellent and strong all original paint & condition, including original baleen bill. Paint is very clean, dry & strong, with plummage painting. This bird has a nice surface with good color with a nice deep patina and shows some areas of craquelure. Areas of paint loss are mostly on edges but overall I would rate condition as excellent plus. This is a solid body bird made with two pieces of wood put together and measures approx 11 1/8 inches long including the bill. Retains both original very tiny tack eyes. A super clean & nice old shorebird by one of New Hampshire's makers in outstanding condition and with nice folk art form for any collection of folk art or antique shorebirds. Stand included and more pics available. A very good buy here.
$750

 
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

 
Miles Hancock Goose
Hancock Goose
hot brand, Hancock Goose


 

 

Classic & very nice Canada Goose decoy by Miles Hancock (1888-1974), Chincoteague Island, VA. Circa 1940-50's. Very good all original paint, thats very dry & clean, with very nicely done paint patterns. a nice collector piece. Measures big at approx 23 1/4 inches & is solid cottonwood. Very good plus all original condition with some honest gunning wear and thin crack on right side of neck but doesn't go thru, only about half way. Miles 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. This is a very nice classic Chincoteague Island Canada Goose by Hancock. It is sure to please any collector of Chincoteague or Virginia historic maker gunning decoys. More pics avail.
SOLD!

 
Strunk Yellowlegs mini
Strunk mini Yellowlegs
Strunk mini YL signature
 

 

Super nice miniature running Yellowlegs shorebird decoy by George Strunk, Glendora, NJ. Ink signed. Outstanding all original paint & excellent condition with a few edge rubs to give a look of old bird. This beautiful miniature has a solid carved body that measures approx 5 3/4 inches long and about 4 1/4 inches tall on the 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 running 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.
$325

 
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.
$750

 
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.
$550 pair

 
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.
$850

 
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

 
PEARSON CANVASBACK
PEARSON CANVASBACK
 

 

Scarce & early Canvasback drake by Edwin Ergood Pearson (1859-1932), Havre de Grace, MD. Circa 1890-1925. Strong and clean surface that is early working repaint as expected on Chesapeake Bay decoy of this vintage. Beautiful style solid body measures approx 16 1/4 inches. Has a thin & tight neck crack which is secure and old ageline unfer the paint in the body, both are stable & secure. Original line tie and original weight have been removed. Pearson lived in Havre de Grace his entire life & owned a lumberyard there. He made a very fine bushwack boat & was said they were only second to the ones made by James Holly. He made mostly decoys for his own used which are branded "E. PEARSON" but some were made for sale for others and sold unbranded as is this bird. Truly a scarce example of a classic and historic Susquehanna Flats decoy that are very hard to find for a collection. More pics available.
SOLD!

 
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

 
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

 
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.
$950

 
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!

 
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

 
Old Coot
Coot decoy
 

 

Folky & earlier boat shaped body Coot decoy by unknown maker from VA or NC. Circa 1930-50. Strong, dry & clean all original paint that appears to have never been used. I sold a rigmate to this bird a few years ago but wasn't this minty. Nice folky form with solid boat shaped body that retains original round inletted circular poured weight & thin strip weight still intact, also has original staple line tie. Measures approx just 9 inches long. Not sure who made this one but surely thought to be from the Back Bay or Currituck Sound area or even the coastal area of NC. 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 Coot or Folk Art collection. Extra pics avail & a good buy on this one.
$350

 
Cigar Green Wing Teal
Cigar green wing teal
Cigar Teal bottom


 

 

Early & scarce Green Wing Teal drake decoy by Delbert "Cigar" Daisey (born 1924), VA. Circa 1960's-70's. Signed in ink and also hot branded "CIGAR". Excellent & detailed all original paint & condition with only fault being slight but dry & stable sapping on ends but no distortion to the paint. Stylish turned head and a detailed carved cedar or pine body measures approx 11 1/8 inches and has thin age line along the bottom but is stable & secure. Has glass eyes and is hunting decoy but never rigged to gun with. 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 sure to thrill the lucky hard core Cigar collector. More pics of this handsome teal available.
SOLD!

 
Tin Yellowlegs
Tin Yellowlegs
 

 

Extra nice tin Yellowlegs shorebird decoy with original stick. Probably the Read Decoy Co. Circa 1890-1920. Very good plus all original paint that is very dry, clean & strong with great colors. Shows very little use with 1 pencil eraser size flake to metal on right side rear area. Retains original wire staples that hold the body together. Retains original stick. Factory maker unknown but thought not to be S&S as not marked as such on inside. More pics avail, very nice example for the shorebird or tinnie collector.
SOLD!

 
 
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

 

Hancock mini Mallard
Hancock mini mallard
 

 

Nice miniature Mallard drake by Miles Hancock (1888-1974), Chincoteague Island, VA. Signed by Mr Hancock & dated 1968. Measures approx 6 1/2 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 nice raised wing and flutted tail 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 has a great look, & more pics avail.
$185

 

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.
$285

 
Charlie Bryan Canvasback pair
Charlie Bryan Canvasback pair
 

 

Nice classic pair of Canvasback decoys by the late Charlie Bryan, Middle River, MD. Signed and dated 2003. 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. Never been waxed and very nice surface with a couple of tiny handling dents. Retains original weights & line ties. Nice fat solid carved bodies measure approx 16 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.
$525 a pair

 
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.
$750

 
William Hart hen GE
Hart hen GE

 

 

Early and super nice Goldeneye hen decoy by William Hart (1875-1946), Belleville, Ontario. Circa 1900-1930. Has "DRW" carved in bottom. Excellent all original paint that is very clean and dry with a great patina. Has been gunned but wear is very minimal. Great looking form with nicely done paint style and color. Body is solid carved & measures appox 14 inches long with a straight forward head. Has perfect glass eyes, original keel has been removed. Nice looking bird here and in the condition collectors love to find. This beauty is sure to please & priced to sell, its well below market with a Merganser by Hart selling for over 200 thousand dollars. Will make nice addition to any Goldeneye or Canadian decoy collection. More pics avail.
SALE PENDING!

 
Mark Daisey Hudson style 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 lite intentional wear & aging to give them the look of the hundred year old classics by Ira Hudson. Nice fat size birds at approx 16 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
$500 pair

 
Rube Corless Black Duck
Rube Corless Black Duck
 

 

Excellent hollow Black Duck decoy by Rueben "Rube" Corliss (Carved 1930-60), Manahawkin, NJ. Paint is excellent and all original with no touch up or repairs. Surface is very strong, dry and clean. Has been gunned but wear minimal and only slightly on edges and side of bill but more from age then wear. Nice size for a Black Duck it measures approx 17 inches long, has original glass eyes and is a fat hollow carved body bird. Retains original inletted weight and leather line tie. This is Rube's classic and his most sought after style. Extra pics avail. Excellent buy here for the money, getting hard & expensive finding all original NJ Black Ducks.
SOLD!

 
Ward Bufflehead
Ward Bufflehead
Ward signature on bottom Bufflehead
 

 

Scarce hollow carved drake Bufflehead decoy by the Ward Brothers, Crisfield, MD. Circa 1966, signed & dated. Excellent all original paint & condition. Paint is very strong and clean. Beautiful patina & great paint patterns on this one. Minimal wear with a few small flakes and small edge wear. Small area chip on bill has been professionally repaired by Russ Allen.Lots of nice detailed feather painting on this one. Hollow carved cedar body with cedar head that measures approx 12 inches long. Head is turned to left slightly. Great looking classic Ward decoy here, very clean & nicely done style for that era & the condition overall is excellent. The Ward's started to see a influx of collectors in the 1950's and started to focus on more "Collector Grade" type examples instead of just gunning birds. The Collector Grade models are a bit fancier in carving and quite a bit more of the classic Ward Brothers detailing in paint work. The price of good Wards continue to be strong, they are great American folk art & stand on their own. This is a sweet decoy for any collector looking to add a classic but tuff species Ward Brothers and demands excellent original condition examples & investment quality decoys. E-mail for more pics if interested, you will like this one for the price.
SOLD!

 
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.
$375

 

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.
SALE PENDING!

 
Pete Peterson Bufflehead pair
Pete brand & sig
 

 

Very cool and stylish Bufflehead pair by "Hurricane Pete" Peterson, Capeville, VA. Signed & dated 1993. Excellent all original paint & in excellent condition with a few paint rubs from being used 1 or 2 times. Hollow carved cedar bodies measure approx 12 inches long each, with great head & body carving. Both have slightly turned heads with drake in alert position. Glass eyes and retains original leather line tie & lead pad weights. Has Pete's brand "PETE" in bottom. Pete makes a great bird & his decoys are a collector favorite, & very hard to find his earlier pairs. This is a really nice pair & classic model by Pete.
$650 pair

 
SB


YL SB
YL flattie back
 

 

Early flat sided Yellowlegs shorebird decoy by unknown maker, probably Long Island. Circa pre 1890-1920. Good and strong original paint & condition. Bill may be original looks good under a blacklight. Paint is clean, dry & strong with areas of paint loss as would be expected from hard gunning use, but over all I would rate condition as very good. This is a solid body bird made from 2 pieces of wood that measures approx 11 1/4 inches long and has a nice raised wing & carved out area on back as seen above. A nice old shorebird for the price with good folk art look for any collection of folk art or antique shorebirds. Stand included and more pics available. A good buy here.
SOLD!

 
Hancock mini mallard
mini Mallard Hancock
Hancocks mini ink stamp
 

 

Extra nice miniature Mallard drake by Miles Hancock (1888-1974), Chincoteague Island, VA. Ink stamped. Measures approx 5 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.
$225

 
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.
$250

 
Hen BB mini
mini hen bb
mini hen bb
 

 

Extra nice miniature Bluebill hen by Miles Hancock (1888-1974), Chincoteague Island, VA. Signed and dated April 1968. Measures approx 6 1/2 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.
SALE PENDING!

 
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

 


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.
$450

 
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

 
Paul Gibson Goose
Paul Gibson Goose
 

 

Super nice never gunned Canada Goose decoy by Paul Gibson (1902-1990s), Havre de Grace, MD. Circa 1950's-60's. Part of a small rig that was found last spring in St. Michaels, MD. Very good plus all original paint & as found condition. Nice painting style & a very dry finish, with lots of nice feathering brush work. Measures approx 22 1/4 inches long & retains original weight but has never had line tie put on to gun with. Only fault is hair thin natural aging wood age lines running length wise in bottom and a area of puddy lift over nails on back of head & very tiny tail chip to wear area on tail. Overall a excellent piece for any collection. Paul was one of the upper Chesapeake Bays finest makers, totally self taught & only made his own decoys. His decoy output was small compared to Mitchell & Goose gunning examples this clean are a great find for the collector of classic Chesapeake Bay makers. More pics avail and a good deal here.
SOLD!

 
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.
$1700

 
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.
$950

 
Arthur Johnson 1952 Black Duck
Arthur Johnson Black Duck
AEJ hot brand circa 1952
 

 

Excellent and scarce Black Duck decoy by Arthur "Sonny" E. Johnson, Bay Island, NJ. Branded with stamped weight and dated 1952 in weight. Paint is excellent and all original with no touch up or repairs. Surface is very strong, dry and clean. Has been gunned but wear minimal and only slightly on edges but more from age then wear. Nice size for a Black Duck it measures approx 16 1/2 inches long, has original glass eyes and is a wide balsa body bird. Retains original lead pad weight and leather line tie. This is a very well made & designed Black Duck that is more Michigan style then what you see in a NJ maker style. Betting it was very effective drawing ducks to gun. Extra pics avail. Excellent buy here for the money, getting hard & expensive finding all original NJ Black Ducks.
$285

 
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.
$1500

 

Jode Hillman Black Duck

 

 

Very nice Delaware River style Black Duck by Jode Hillman, Mullica Hill, NJ. Ink signed and branded "J.H.". Outstanding all original paint & excellent condition. This pretty Black duck has a hollow carved body that measures approx 16 inches long with slightly tucked back head with raised wing tip carving. Has glass eyes and retains original leather line tie & lead cast bottom weight. 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. Outstanding bird here by Jode and a NJ classic collector species here. It's sure to please & more pics avail.
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

 
mini Can Hancock
drake can hancock
mini Can bottom
 

 

Nice miniature Canvasback drake by Miles Hancock (1888-1974), Chincoteague Island, VA. Signed but not dated. Measures approx 6 3/4 inches. Excellent all original paint, thats very dry & clean, with very nicely done 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.
$200

 
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

 

Ian McNair Whale
McNair signature

 

 

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

 
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.
$650 a pair

 



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.
$325

 
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

 
Sam Barnes Redhead
Sam Barnes Redhead
 

 

Rare & early Redhead drake by Samual Treadway Barnes (1857-1926), Havre de Grace, MD. Circa 1890-1915. Strong all original paint & condition, which is so very rare to find on Upper Chesapeake Bay birds of this vintage. Paint is very clean & thick with minimal wear from hunting with most loss on belly where the decoy probably laid for many years. Has a slight amount of paint around edges of weight which might indicate some repainting but I dont think so on this bird as original coat across the bird is obvious. A few shot scars add to the great look. Solid body is long for a Redhead and measures approx 16 1/4 inches each. Has original ring staple line tie and original weight. Sam Barnes hunted, guided, fished & made decoys his entire life & was the reason for Madison Mitchell's intro into decoy making. Truly a rare example of a classic and historic Susquehanna Flats decoy and finding an all original Redhead of this vintage is rare at any price. More pics available.
SOLD!

 
Daisey Black Duck
Mark 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 shows just a small amount of edge wear from being used a few times to hunt. 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. Extra pics avail.
SOLD!

 

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.
$750 pair

 
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.
$625

 
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

 
1954 Mitchell Canvasback sleeper pair
 

 

Superb, early & rare sleeper Canvasback pair by R. Madison Mitchell (1901-1993), Havre de Grace, MD. Signed & dated 1954. Excellent never gunned all original condition. Excellent all original paint thats strong, dry & clean, great brush work on these early beauties, with just a couple of handling rubs from age. Measure approx 14 inches long each. This early matched pair have never been used & is as nice a Mitchell matched pair of sleeper Canvasbacks as you will ever find at any price. Retains original single nail end weight & staple rig line tie in each bird. Also have the "brad nail in butt" that marks them as his best quality wood. More pics avail. You have seen the Mitchell market soar this year & this being a matched sleeper pair of this vintage & high quality puts them in a class all their own, a sleeper Black Duck from the 40s sold for over 6K at Guyette and Schmidt April 2004 sale. This pair was sold earlier this past year from a small group that was fresh to market from the shelf of the original purchaser, which he bought from Mitchell in 1954. A superb & rare old decoy pair by the dean of Upper Chesapeake Bay makers & for the Mitchell collector looking for only the best. Priced to sell, you will be thrilled with this pair.
(Consignment pair)
$2750 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.
$950

 
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.
$350

 
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.
$200
 
mini redhead
mini redhead
mini sig RH
 

 

Nice miniature Redhead drake by Miles Hancock (1888-1974), Chincoteague Island, VA. Signed and dated 1973. Probably one of the last group of minis he made with very little detail. Measures approx 6 1/2 inches. Excellent all original paint, thats very dry & clean, with very nicely done 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.
$150

 
Rick Kellam Curlew
Rick Kellam Curlew
Kellam initals
 

 

Excellent Cobb Island style Curlew by Capt. Rick Kellam, Eastern Shore of VA. Circa less then 25 years old. Very well done copy of a classic Cobb Island Curlew. Carved "KELLAM" in bottom of bird. Paint is excellent and all original with no repairs. Has glass eyes with proper splined bill & is lifesize solid carved body that measures approx 14 inches long with raised wing & tip carving. Capt. Rick is a Eastern Shore historian and runs the very popular "Broadwater Bay" tours. He is well known for his collection of hunting & Eastern Shore artifacts. I knew he made a few decoys but this is first I have seen or had available in the many years I have known him. More pics avail. Very nice shorebird here for the money and metal stand will be included.
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
$550 pair

 
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.
$850

 
Paul Gibson BW Teal
Gibson BW Teal
 

 

Excellent hen BW Teal decoy by Paul Gibson (1902-1990s), Harve de Grace, MD. Circa 1950-60. Minty all original paint & condition. Nice painting style & a dry surface with lots of nice feathering brush work. Measures approx 13 inches long and is solid body. Condition is excellent and has never been rigged to gun with. Paul was one of the upper Chesapeake Bays finest makers, totally self taught & only made his own decoys. His decoy output was small compared to Mitchell. A superb decoy by one of the great old time classic Upper Chesapeake Bay makers. More pics available.
$300

 
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

 
Cinniamon Teal, Phil Babe
 

 

Very nice hollow carved Cinnamon Teal pair by Phil Babe, (born 1945), East Tawas, Michigan. Signed in ink on both. Excellent all original paint and condition. Glass eyes. Measure approx 12 3/4 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.
$550 pair

 
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

 
Grayson Mallard
Chesser Mallard
CHESSER C


 

 

Extra nice cork Mallard drake decoy by Grayson Chesser, Jenkins Bridge, VA. Signed and dated 1996 by Grayson. Also has "HOLDEN CREEK GUN CLUB RIG" written on bottom along with Grayson's "C" carved on keel. Excellent all original paint & condition with some wear from gunning. Solid carved cork body measures approx 18 1/2 inches long with slightly turned head, with wood head with bottom keel & tail insert. 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 nice example that was part of his gunning rig. This is a good decoy for any collector of Grayson looking for something hard to find. 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.
$375

 

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

 
Isdell Black Duck
Isdell Black Duck

 

 

Very early & scarce Black Duck decoy attrib to Capt. George Isdell. He lived in town of Oyster, VA and was a guide on Cobb Island, VA. Circa 1875-1900. Paint is a very early mix of original & working repaint with nice scratch painting on the head. Very cool carved eyes and a solid carved body measures approx 17 inches long & has nice raised wing tip carving as in the best style Cobb Island decoys of that era. Has a nice deeply inletted head, again another trait of the best style influence of the great decoys by Nathan Cobb. Body is solid & made from a lopsided piece of wood but must have worked just fine as it looks like a lot of ducks were killed over this heavy gunned bird. Has some old but secure age lines in body, also has a couple of neck cracks & separation but is secure and displays nicely. Retains two original lead pad weights and the original leather line tie. Very cool decoy here that has great age and history and from Cobb Island that make this a true Eastern Shore of Virginia classic. Capt George Isdell owned the rail service in Oyster for the pulling of boats. He was a guide for 2 generations of the Cobb family. He also also the personal guide and Captain of the famous author Thomas Dixon and his gunning and pleasure yacht "The Dixie". Some great info on Capt Isdell and the Cobb family and the hunting on the island can be found in Henry Fleckenstein's excellent book "SOUTHERN DECOYS of Virginia and the Carolinas", and several other important decoy history books too. The decoys made on Cobb Island are some of the finest style decoys ever made on Virginia's Eastern Shore and are very rare and a strong and important addition to any collection of great classic Southern decoys. They are a rare offering and this example is sure to please any collector of Eastern Shore Black Ducks. More pics avail of this southern rarity.
$6000

 

GW Teal
GC GW Teal
GC SIG GW Teal
 

 

Super nice drake Green Wing Teal decoy by Grayson Chesser, Jenkins Bridge, VA. Signed and dated in ink 2011 and noted that it was made for Ducks Unlimited. Has Grayson's "C" carved in bottom. Minty all original paint and has never been gunned over. Great surface on this handsome boy with superb paint work. Life size hollow carved cedar body measures approx 12 inches with slightly turned head. Also has a raised wing tip and a nice full body carving. Retains original weight on keel and leather line tie. 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 Teal decoy 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 while you can.
SOLD!

 
Pete hog-cobb style
Pete ES Black Duck
Pete ES Black bottom
 

 

Superb Hog Island style Black Duck by "Hurricane Pete" Peterson, Capeville, VA. Signed and dated 2010. Excellent all original aged style paint. Hollow carved cedar body measures approx 17 1/2 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 and is ink signed. Pete makes a great bird & his decoys are a collector favorite, and certain styles can be very hard to find. This is a really nice and sure to please. More pics available.
$375

 
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

 

McNair Black Duck
McNair Black Duck- ex-Bagley Walker

McNair Signature
 

 

Early model gunning Black Duck by Mark McNair, Eastern Shore of VA. Circa 1980-90. Carved signature. Very good plus all original paint & condition, with some slight wear from gunning use. Measures a approx 18 1/4 inches with slightly turned head. Very nicely done slightly raised wings with great detail to head carving & scratch painting on head. Glass eyes with a nice large hollow carved body, keel has been removed but retains original copper staple & ring line tie. This bird is part of a small rig I have aquired that was made for original gunner owner in payment for a medical bill by Mark. Its tuff getting any McNairs & 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 something different. A good buy here. More pics avail.
$1500

 
Bufflehead Hancock
Buff Hancock
Buff Hancock
 

 

Nice miniature Bufflehead by Miles Hancock (1888-1974), Chincoteague Island, VA. Signed and dated 1973. Probably one of the last group of minis he made with very little detail. Measures approx 6 1/2 inches. Excellent all original paint, thats very dry & clean, with very nicely done 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.
$150

 
2 headed Coot
Capt Harry signature
 

 

Very cool & scarce Two-Headed Coot decoy by the very well known Capt Harry Jobes, (born 1936) Aberdeen, MD. Number 3 of 100 made. Signed and dated 1980. Excellent all original paint & condition with some edge wear from the shelf & handling. Solid & classic carved body measures approx 14 inches bill to bill with no cracks to body and only fault is hair thin crack line thru 1/2 of neck as seen in pic above, is secure & stable. Retains original weight & double staple line tie & rings and both ends have turned heads. Capt Harry is a Chesapeake Bay classic, he has decoy making in his blood & his 3 sons are proof as all 3 are fine decoy makers that carry on the family tradition. Capt Harry & his sons were featured on QVC and sold 750 Mallard decoys in 3 1/2 minutes while the Capt told some of his famous stories, a record at QVC that may still stand. Nice addition here for the collector who has everything or wants to add some fun to a collection. More pics avail.
$300

 
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.
$1550

 
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

 
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

 
Hancock Widgeon
Hancock Widgeon
 

 

Rare size and extra nice half size Widgeon drake by Miles Hancock (1888-1974), Chincoteague Island, VA. Measures approx 9 3/4 inches. Excellent all original paint, thats very dry & clean, with very nicely done scratch paint patterns, a very sharp & clean bird. Has tack eyes. Has a raised wing body style carving with flutted tail, body is solid carved balsa. 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

 

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

 
 


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

 
 
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.
$225 pair

 
 

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.
$1100 pair

 
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.
$250

 
Hancock Pintail drake
Hancock mini Pintail
mini Pintail bottom
 

 

Nice miniature Pintail drake by Miles Hancock (1888-1974), Chincoteague Island, VA. Signed by Mr Hancock & dated Jan 17 1968. Measures approx 7 1/2 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 with only fault being tiny tip missing from tip of tail but looks fine. Has a nice raised wing and pin tail 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 has a great look, & 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.
$425

 
 
Early Marty Hanson Canvasback


Hanson ink signature
 

 

Very early gunning Canvasback decoy by Marty Hanson, Prior Lake, Minn. Signed and dated 1981. Excellent all original paint & condition with a great surface that is very dry and clean. Body is solid carved and measures approx 16 inches, and retains original large weighted keel with a nice slightly down turned head with glass eyes. I would think this is as early a piece by Marty that you will find. 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. Very scarce early piece here & sure to please. Good buy here. More pics available.
$400

 
 
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

 
 
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

 
 
Early Jester Black Duck
Jester  Black Duck

 

 

Very early Black Duck decoy by Doug Jester (1876-1961), Chincoteague Island, VA. Circa 1925-40. Strong, dry & clean all original paint & condition. Great looking tiny scratch painted face and scratched feather painting on body. Shows some honest wear from hunting use with only fault is where old metal tack eyes have rusted away. Nice size bird at approx 15 1/4 inches, is solid carved cedar body and head. Retains original lead weight and staple line tie. Extra pics avail. Nicely done head & body style carving. A classic and all original Doug Jester for any Southern or Chincoteague decoy collection. Very early one here, getting hard to find this nice in original paint and a good buy for an all original classic. More pics avail
$700

 
 
Mark Daisey Mallard
Mark Daisey Mallard
MARK Brand
 

 

Very nice Mallard "HUNTING DECOY" by Mark Daisey, Chincoteague Island, VA. Circa less then 10 years old, and branded "MARK". Strong, dry & clean all original paint that is mint, has a slight yellowing of wood grain showing in areas but is even and doesn't distract. Nice big full hollow carved body style that measures approx 17 1/4 inches long. Has detailed head and raised wing carving with original glass eyes and 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. Extra pics avail.
SOLD!

 
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.
$450

 
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

 
 
Long Island Yellowlegs
Long Island Yellowlegs
 

 

Nice early Yellowlegs shorebird decoy, maker unknown but Long Island area. Circa 1890-1920. Ex-George Ross Starr Collection. Very nice and very strong all original paint & condition, including original nail bill. Paint is very clean, dry & strong, with nice basic feather plummage painting. This bird has a nice surface with good colors with a nice deep patina. This is a nice sized bird measuring approx 11 3/4 inches long and is a flattie type of carving approx 1 1/8 inches thick. Very neat alert body style with outstreched neck. Very nice old Long Island shorebird with great primitive folk art form and pretty cool that it is ex-collection of George Ross Starr. Good looking old decoy for any collection of folk art or antique shorebirds. Stand included and more pics available.
$600

 
 
Oliver Lawson Ruddy Duck pair
 

 

Superb pair of Top Grade Oliver Lawson Ruddy Duck pair, Crisfield, MD. Circa less then 25 years old. Superb all original paint & condition. Paint is excellent and is very sharp, dry, very clean & detailed. Both are signed by Lawson on bottom with species noted. Solid bodies measure approx 11 1/2 inches long each & both have slightly turned heads with glass eyes. Both have carved wing tips and tails. 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. Getting harder to get any of Lawson's work these days, and here is a great matched pair of a good collector species in outstanding mint condition & style. More pics available.
$2050 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.
$800 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

 

McNair Black Duck
McNair Black Duck

McNair Signature
 

 

Early model gunning Black Duck by Mark McNair, Eastern Shore of VA. Circa 1980-90. Carved signature. Very good plus all original paint & condition, with some slight wear from gunning use. Measures a approx 18 inches with slightly turned head. Very nicely done slightly raised wings with great detail to head carving & scratch painting on head. Glass eyes with a nice large hollow carved body, keel has been removed but retains original copper staple & ring line tie. This bird is part of a small rig I have aquired that was made for original gunner owner in payment for a medical bill by Mark. Its tuff getting any McNairs & 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 something different. A good buy here. More pics avail.
$1500

 
 
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.
$425

 
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!
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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

 
 
GE Hancock mini

sig GE Hancock
 

 

Nice miniature Goldeneye drake by Miles Hancock (1888-1974), Chincoteague Island, VA. Signed and dated 1973. Probably one of the last group of minis he made with very little detail. Measures approx 6 1/2 inches. Excellent all original paint, thats very dry & clean, with very nicely done 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.
$150

 
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!

$25 ppd to lower 48 .....
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