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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

 

Cameron Curlew
Cameron Curlew
Cameron Curlew
Cameron Curlew
CTM SIGNATURE
 

 

Outstanding Long Bill Curlew decoy by Cameron McIntyre. Excellent all original aged paint & condition. Circa less then 15 years old. The paint style, aging, and patina on this beauty is incredible. Stylish, sleek & very well done Curlew done in a style 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

 
Crowe hen BB

Crowel hen Bluebill
Crowel stamp brand
 

 

Excellent and scarce A.E. Crowell (1862-1952), miniature hen Bluebill carving. East Harwich, Mass. Circa 1900-30. Excellent all original paint & condition, and pretty much perfect with no problems. Paint blending & colors on this bird are superb! Bottom is stamped "A.E. Crowell Maker, East Harwichport, Mass." Has #10 wriiten in pencil by Crowell on bottom to signify it is from a set. Approx 3 3/8 long & 2 5/8 high. More pics avail. Very nice mini & good to find hen species. These have soared in value over the last couple of years & are a solid investment and a joy to own and create a collection with over time. More pics available.
$1250

 
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.
$925 pair

 
Strunk Black Duck pair
Strunk Black Duck HeadStrunk Black Duck
Strunk pad stamping
 

 

Excellent & earlier Delaware River style Black 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 bottom pad weights "G. STRUNK". Hollow carved body on turned head bird measures approx 16 inches, the tucked resting head bird measures approx 15 1/2 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.
$950 pair

 
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.
$475

 
Gibian Dove
Gibian Dove
Gibian Signature
 

 

Beautiful reaching Dove decoy by William Gibian, Onancock, Eastern Shore of VA. Carved Gibian signature. Circa less then 35 years old. Excellent all original paint & condition with a nice soft patina finish. Measures approx 13 3/4 inches long & is solid carved body with glass eyes. Nice detailed carving on this beauty with raised wing carving & raised detailed wing tips 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 of both old & contemporary decoys. Carved "Gibian" signature on rear part of belly area. Metal stand included. Very nice and unique earlier piece here & sure to please.
SALE PENDING!

 


Graves Canvasback drake
Graves Canvasback
Graves Canvasback bottom
 

 

Very nice drake Canvasback by Bert Graves (1887-1956), Peoria, Il . Circa 1920-30s. Very good plus original paint & condition with working touch up painting to the black areas. Paint blending & colors on this bird are excellent & shows the talent of Kathryn Elliston's fine brush work, no doubt who painted this one! Classic comb painting on this beauty and shows some honest gunning wear with a few areas of rubs to wood. Hollow carved with no cracks or age lines the body measures approx 17 inches long. Has glass eyes with one eye having crack but is complete. Retains the original marked "B. GRAVES DECOY CO PEORIA IL" weight & ring line tie. This classic beauty is stenciled "J. B. Black"Graves made a great decoy & are true Illinois River classics. Good Classic Illinois River decoys of quality have been strong values over the last several years & are a solid investment and a joy to own. More pics avail of this beauty.
$2450

 


Awesome Harry Seymour Trout decoy
Harry Seymour trout
 

 

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

 
McNair Eider
Strunk Eider

Strunk Eider bottom
 

 

Stunning and large drake Eider by George Strunk, Glendora, NJ. Ink signed & stamped weight. Ex-Miller collection. Outstanding all original paint & excellent condition. This beautiful bird is hollow carved & is rigged with lead pad weight & leather line tie proper & ready to hunt with or stick on the shelf. Has stamped into lead "G. STRUNK". Hollow carved body with slightly turned style head measures approx 20 1/2 inches long. Has glass eyes & very detailed paint work, including some fantastic plummage detail painting. George can lay some paint like no one else, his blending of color & texture is awesome. Great job on this pretty boy with detailed bill carving, raised wing-tips & tail carving and a great looking slightly turned head. George makes a great looking bird in the classic Delaware River style. His work is highly sought after by collectors of both old & contemporary decoys. Outstanding and rare collector species. Extra pics available and it is sure to please.
$825

 
Murphey BB
Murphey BB
 

 

Rare original paint Bluebill drake by Ralph Murphy (dates unknown), Charlestown, MD. Circa 1930's. Dry and worn but all original paint & condition, which is so very rare to find on Upper Chesapeake Bay birds of this vintage. Has a crack in right side but was there when made & filled with puddy which most has shrunk with age and fallen out. Also one in back of bird but both are stable & secure. Solid body measures approx 12 1/2 inches. Has original leather line tie and original weight. Not much is known about Murphy but that he was a member of the Ducking Police back in the day. Truly a rare example of a classic and historic Susquehanna Flats decoy and finding an all original paint example of this vintage is rare at any price. More pics available.
$650

 
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

 
Lincoln Yellowlegs
Lincoln YL head shot
Lincoln head shot YL
Joe Lincoln Yellowlegs
 

 

Excellent Yellowlegs shorebird decoy by Joseph Lincoln, Accord (Hingham), Massachusetts. Circa pre 1890-1920. Excellent and strong all original paint & condition, including original bill. Paint is very clean, dry & strong, with hundreds of plummage feather painting. This bird has a nice surface with good color with a nice deep patina. Areas of paint loss are mostly on bill and just age drying in areas and has a couple of small old rubs to sides and 2 shot scars, but over all I would rate condition as excellent plus. This is a solid body bird measuring approx 12 inches long and has a nice full body carving. Retains both original tack eyes. Has one filled hole next to stick up hole but was done when made and is original. 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.
SOLD!

 
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.
$825

 
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

 
Cigar Yellowlegs
Cigar Yellowlegs
Cigar signature

 

 

Very nice Yellowlegs shorebird decoy by Delbert "Cigar" Daisey (born 1924), VA. Circa less then 25 years old. Ink signed on base & branded "CIGAR" on bottom of bird. Excellent all original paint in excellent condition. Stylish carved body measures approx 11 1/4 inches with raised wing tip split tail carving. Has black glass eyes. Minty condition with no splits, cracks, repairs or touch ups, as minty as you can hope to find. 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 scarce beauty is. Wooden stand by Cigar included. More pics avail.
SOLD!

 
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

 

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

 
Hancock Canada Goose
Canada Goose
Hancock ink stamp
 

 

Super nice hissing head Canada Goose by Miles Hancock (1888-1974), Chincoteague Island, VA. Unsigned with Hancock's ink stamp. 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. 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.
$225

 
Verity family Yellowlegs
Verity family Yellowlegs
 

 

Early & rare Yellowlegs from the Verity Family, Seaford, Long Island, NY. Circa 1875-1900. 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.
$4650

 
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.
$600

 


 

 

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

 
Hancock Canvasback drake
Hancock Canvasback


 

 

Classic & very strong Canvasback drake decoy by Miles Hancock (1888-1974), Chincoteague Island, VA. Circa 1940-50's. Excellent all original paint, thats very dry & clean, with very nicely done paint patterns. a nice collector piece. Measures big at approx 16 1/2 inches & is solid cottonwood & a bit different with a slightly turned head. Very good plus all original condition with minimal wear from age/storage. Not a real easy species to find in all original condition by Hancock. 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 excellent classic Chincoteague Island Canvasback & not easy to find species by Hancock. It is sure to please any collector of Chincoteague or Virginia historic maker gunning decoys. More pics avail.
SALE PENDING!

 




Phillips BB pair
 

 

Early & very scarce matched pair of Bluebill decoys by Capt. Ike Phillips (b-1850's~d-1940's), Wachapreague, VA. Circa is probably 1900-1930 considering Ike's age. Excellent all original paint & condition with no repairs or touch ups & both retain original leather line ties & weights. Both have a hair thin "spiral" neck crack, but doesnt go all the way thru either & is very tight & secure. Measures approx 13 1/4 inches each with a nice full body style. Retains original leather line ties and bottom lead pad weights. Capt Ike Phillips was a decoy maker, waterman & guide to the "sports" that visited the famous Island House of Wachapreague & Cedar Island at the turn of the century. Only a few decoys have surfaced by him & it is thought that he probably made less then 100 duck decoys, Black Ducks & Bluebills are the only species known by him. I think the famous "Parramore Island Flatties" were also made by him & used by the Island House guest that wanted to do some shooting on Cedar & Parramore Island. This pair at one time held the world record price for a pair by Phillips & now offered for less then the past record price. This is a super nice matched pair by one of the historic makers from the very old days on the Eastern Shore of VA. These are very hard to pair up this nice. More pics avail.
SOLD!

 
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

 


Frank Finny Pintail drake
Frank Finney Pintail Drake
Finney initials
 

 

Superb turned resting head Pintail drake by Frank Finney, Capeville, VA. Circa less then 35 years old. Carved "FRSF" signature on bottom. Outstanding and very detailed all original paint & condition. Awesome colors and minuet painting detail that is very lifelike. Super tight comb scratch painting. Beautiful surface that is very clean and strong. Hollow carved body measures approx 18 inches long with a slightly turned & lowered head position. Has glass eyes and retains original lead pad weight & leather line tie. Only fault is 1x2 area on back side of bottom board that has some sap paint shrinkage, but isn't visable when displayed and is dry and stable. This is just a outstanding mix of superb carving and paint skill by Finney. This is a very rare style by Frank as he does very little decorative detailed style work with most being done in old style or Folk Art carvings. Frank started carving back in the late 60's-early 70's and is well known in the decoy and folk art collecting community for his outstanding work. His work is currently some of the most sought after by collectors and dealers and his current work is only available from one gallery dealer. This is a outstanding piece for any collection and guaranteed to thrill. More pics avail.
SOLD!

 
Miles Hancock postcard
Miles Hancok Widgeon drake

Widgeon by Hancock

Hancock signature

 

 

Outstanding & very strong Widgeon drake decoy by Miles Hancock (1888-1974), Chincoteague Island, VA. Signed & dated 1936 by Miles. Excellent all original paint, thats very dry & clean, with very nicely done scratch feather paint patterns especially on head. Measures nice size at approx 14 inches & is solid cottonwood. Has glass eyes which is a bit different but have seen others. Has been signed by Miles on bottom in his favorite red ink and signed as being made in 1936. Made to gun with & retains original weight & TV antenna 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. 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!

 
John Glen field Goose
John Glen Goose
 

 

Very cool field Goose decoy by Capt. John Glen (1876-1954), Rock Hall, MD. Circa 1920-40s. Branded "JEB"Very good old working paint that appears to be a second coat on top side of decoy. Nice brush work on this one & is "classic" Rock Hall paint & form. Condition is very good plus with only faults being a neck crack that was glued back in place but not centered very well, slightly off & probably a working repair. Has a grain check across bottom from when made. Classic flowing body style with hard up swept tail that shows the boat builder influence that the Rock Hall carvers designed into their carvings. Measures approx 22 inches long with a great looking style with the high head and nice long bill carving. Retains original stick up rod and is mounted on shorebird type base not shown in pic but have pics avail on stand. Great old Chesapeake Bay region Goose hunting decoy for any collector looking to add a rare style but classic Rock Hall decoy by John Glen to a collection. E-mail for more pics. Hard to find these and a great buy as Rock Hall birds are undervalued sleepers. Decoys by Glen are Chesapeake Bay classics, he provided decoys for some of the most famous hunting clubs & gunners that ever gunned there. More good pics avail, great buy on this classic and rare model beauty.
SOLD!

 
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!

 
Hen Bufflehead
Hancock mini hen Bufflehead
Hen Bufflehead mini Hancock
 

 

Extra nice miniature Bufflehead hen by Miles Hancock (1888-1974), Chincoteague Island, VA. Signed by Mr Hancock & dated 1967. Measures approx 5 1/4 inches with a slightly turned head. 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 has a great look, & more pics avail.
$225

 
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.
$175

 
 
Miles Hancock postcard
Hancock Mallard

Hancock bottom

Hancock Mallard

 

 

Exceptional very early, crisp & very clean Mallard drake decoy by Miles Hancock (1888-1974), Chincoteague Island, VA. Circa 1930's. Excellent all original paint, thats very dry & clean, with very nicely done feather paint patterns. A very sharp full size Mallard. Still retains most of the original paint on tack eyes. Measures big at approx 16 inches & is solid cedar or white pine. Pretty much mint except for slight rubs to edges and 2 small checks on left side. Does have some wear on bottom from where it always sat & was moved. Never rigged to gun over and very unusual piece here that has 3 circular hoes drilled into bottom that have been filled with lead. May have been used as a door stop or some type of decoration piece for the home. I heard there may be another drake Mallard like this out there. Maybe something Miles made like this for a purpose but I think it was originally made as a gunning bird. Full size drake Mallards are nearly impossible to find, he made a ton of mini Mallards but his full size gunners were very scarce. 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 excellent classic Mallard & one of the finest I have seen. It is sure to please any collector of Chincoteague or Virginia historic maker decoys. Rare piece here. More pics avail.
SOLD!

 
McNair Curlew

McNair Curlew

McNair Long Billed Curlew

 

 

Exceptional and bold Long Billed Curlew shorebird decoy by Mark McNair, Eastern Shore of VA. Carved McNair signature on bottom of the bird. Superb all original aged paint & condition. The surface is outstanding with great looking patina & aging. Lots of nice detailed brush work on this beauty including very nice dot work plummage work on head. Nice bold full body style that measures approx 17 1/2 inches tip to tip with splined bill and head pegged to body with carved square dowells. Carved eyes, nice long curved bill & raised wing carving. This is a very neat style & looks 100 years old. Its tuff getting any McNairs & this is a really nice style that is pure Mark & very sought after species by McNair. If you like shorebirds or McNair carvings this is a piece that you will love owning, it is a absolute killer. Wooden McNair stand included. Priced to sell and more pics of this beauty avail.
$1750

 
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.
$550 a pair

 
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

 

shorebird pic
shorebird pic
 

 

Early and folky Yellowlegs shorebird decoy by unknown maker, mid-Atlantic coastal area. Circa pre-1920. Excellent original paint & condition. Paint is thick, clean, dry & strong, with nice feather strokes and brushwork. This bird has a nice surface and a nice clean patina. Bill is all original and is metal, probably a nail. Solid carved bird measuring approx 9 1/4 inches long. Very excellent old bird here with good form. Good looking old decoy for any collection of folk art or antique shorebirds. Metal stand included & more pics available. Good buy here.
SOLD!

 

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

 
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.
$325

 
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 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 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.
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All original Ira Hudson Bluebill
Ira Hudson Bluebill
 

 

Very nice, folky & classic fat drake Bluebill by Ira Hudson (1876-1949), Chincoteague Island, VA. Circa 1930-1940. Has good, dry, clean all original paint with some wear from gunning use but most areas look more like some loss from the wood aging or sat in ice up. Still has the paint on tack eyes which is awesome because most rusted bad & paint never lasted. Super nice job on the painting style with lots of nice blending and scratch painting. No repairs or touch ups of any kind. Has a very thinner then a hair ageline around half of bottom of base of neck where it was nailed in to body, also a tiny amount of neck filler gone on right side corner. Measures approx 14 1/2 inches and retains original leather line tie & weight. This is classic & desirable Hudson style, with a great head style with nicely carved bill, flowing football style body, flowing flutted tail carving, solid cedar body, & tack eyes that still retain the original yellow paint. Nicely done paint style & as good as you can expect to find on a bird of this vintage in this price range. This is a really nice Hudson Blackhead, great form & very dry, clean and honest. I have over the years had others in this same style & paint that were from the gunning rig of the late Senator Williams of Delaware, I believe this one is too from that rig. They were donated to the Ward Museum by his family & a few were sold off back in the lates 80's by the museum. I use to get a Hudson Bluebill or two ever year for resale but this is the first I have had in 3 years. Great classic Ira Hudson here and a great addition to any collection of southern classic decoys.
SOLD!

 
Corb Reed Black Duck
Corb Reed Black Duck
Corb Reed Stamping Corb Reed Black Duck

 

 

Outstanding Black Duck decoy by J. Corb Reed (1897-1982), Chincoteague Island, VA. Stamped "J.C. REED" on bottom & signed J.C. Reed 81 under bill. Excellent all original paint & condition.Great detail and the colors and blending on the feathers that are best color match I have seen on Black Duck, Corb knew his ducks & plummage well. Corb was a outstanding painter and he could paint vermiculation like no other carver, they say he had a small piece of something he wore on his finger that he used to achive his realistic vermiculation, he would never tell anyone what it was & they say he swallowed it before he died taking his painting secret to the grave. His paint is unmatched by very few. Nice slightly raised wings with great head, tail and feather carving. Bird is solid carved body with straight forward head & glass eyes. Nice size that measures approx 18 1/8 inches long. Corb Reed started carving around 1912, he was well known for his decoys and flatwork art of marsh & wildfowl. He painted many wall murals in the government buildings in Washington D.C. This is a excellent example of a Corb Reed Black Duck. The decoys by Corb Reed are the most underated & undervalued decoys to come off of Chincoteague Island. More pics of this beauty available, you will be happy with this beauty. Made the year before he died.
$950

 
JP 1961 Mallard drake
JP Mallard drake 1961
JP 1961 sig
 

 

Superb and earlier Mallard drake by James "Jimmy" Pierce (born 1931), Havre de Grace, MD. Signed & dated 1961. Excellent and pretty much minty all original paint thats very strong, clean & never waxed dry. Beautiful paint with lots of nice feathering. Stamped "P" on both sides of weight. Measure approx 16 1/2 inches long with a slightly turned head. Retains original weight & staple/ring line tie. Conditon is pretty much mint with no wear, no repairs & only a hair thin ageline along bottom left edge but is tight and stable. A superb and earler example by one of the later classic Upper Chesapeake Bay makers. Earlier pieces of this vintage by Jimmy are very hard to find in unhunted condition, making this a very good buy on this handsome decoy. More pics avail.
SOLD!

 
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

 


Charles Clark Yellowlegs
Charles Clark Yellowlegs

 

 

Excellent & scarce Yellowlegs decoy by Charles Clark, Chincoteague Island, VA. Circa 1890-1920. Excellent all original paint that is super crisp, thick & clean with a perfect deep patina. Some dryness flaking to bare wood in a couple of spots. Bill is original & retains all of the original paint, so rare to find on a Clark shorebird. Solid carved balsa body measures approx 10 3/4 inches long. Only fault on entire bird is right side edge of flared tail has sheared off & is gone but not visable till in hand. Classic Clark with the sharp ridge carving down the entire back with flared tail & jowl & skull carving. Nice full body has a good look & feel in hand. Charles Clark made some of the best folk art shorebirds made & they have become a high demand item in the last few years. Very rarely are they offered this nice & clean. E-mail for more pics if interested. Classic examples of Clarks shorebirds have sold for over $100,000.+, they are great decoys for any collector of shorebird decoys or collectors of Southern or American folk art. Awesome condition, form and surface on this one. Stand included.
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

 



McNair Redhead
McNair Redhead
McNair signature
 

 

Awesome drake Redhead decoy by Mark McNair, Eastern Shore of VA. Circa less then 25 years old. Excellent all original aged paint. Paint is perfect with very detailed scratch feather painting. Perfect patina on this beauty. Great swimming style body that measures approx 16 inches long. Has great form with nice carving and is "blind" with no eyes. Retains original staple/ring line tie. This is a nice style by Mark done in a style that is all Mark's, and the only one I have ever seen like it.. Looks a 100 years old. More pics avail of this very scarce style & species by Mark. Carved McNair signature. Great looking piece by McNair, you wont find another like it.
SALE PENDING!

 
Mark Daisey Black Duck
Mark Daisey Black Duck
 

 

Awesome Black Duck "HUNTING DECOY" by Mark Daisey, Chincoteague Island, VA. Circa less then 10 years old, and branded "MARK", also ink signed on bottom. Strong, dry & clean all original paint that is mint. Nice fat size bird at approx 17 inches long with hollow carved body. Glass eyes with a really nice head & body carving style. Retains original keel & has never been gunned over. 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!

 
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.
$850 pair

 
Mason Black Duck
Mason Black Duck head
Mason Black Duck
Mason Black Duck
 

 

Super nice earlier "PREMIER" grade Black Duck decoy by the Mason Decoy Company (1896-1924), Detroit, Mich. Circa 1905-1915. Excellent all original paint with classic thick Mason swirls, the color & patina are superb. Paint is very crisp & clean with only a minimal amount of gunning wear & remnents of original "PREMIER" ink stamp still slightly visible on bottom. Hollow carved it measures approx 17 3/4 inches long & the glass eyes are perfect. Classic deep carved bill. Has some old honest age/gunning wear with about 30 shot scars mostly on one side but adds to its classic look. Has slight tail chip but is very shallow. Also a thinner then hair ageline around neck but looks to be more of paint crack or puddy shrinkage then wood crack as micro thin & tight. Masons continue to be one of the strongest & most sought after decoys by decoy collectors all over the country. Good original and honest examples are eagerly collected & the price continues to soar on the better pieces. Great buy on this beauty & sure to please. Never been repaired or touched up & from the original family who purchased and gunned with the bird. More pics avail of this fresh to market beauty.
SOLD!

 
Cigar Ruddy Duck pair
Cigar brand & signature



 

 

Super nice matched pair of Ruddy Duck decoys by Delbert "Cigar" Daisey (born 1924), VA. Signed in ink on both with gender. Also hot branded "CIGAR" on both birds. Strong, dry and clean all original paint & condition in excellent condition with a few flea bite size paint flakes but pretty close to mint. Stylish carved pine bodies measure approx 11 inches on each and are solid bodies. Have glass eyes but never rigged to hunt with but have nice detailed wing tip and tail carving. 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 nice matched pair is. Good species here and a favorite of collectors all over the country. If you only have 1 pair of Cigar decoys in your collection then Ruddy Ducks are truely classics and a must have Cigar classic. More pics avail & priced below what last pair I had sold for. Super nice pair.
SOLD!

 
Crockett Owl
Crockett Owl
Crockett signature
 

 

Superb miniature Screech Owl carving by Billy Crockett, Eastern Shore of VA. Dated 2005. Carved " B. Crockett 05" in bottom. Paint is mint, all original & very rich & life like in color. Glass eyes & bird measures almost 3 3/4 inches long not including the driftwood stand. Nice lifelike colors & very detailed carving with a very nicely done posture with lots of nice detail including the half closed eyes. Billy is one of the best carvers out there, & his minis will rival those made by anyone. His work isnt widely known but is eagerly collected here on the Eastern Shore but rarely offered for resale. Great piece here, its sure to please and will quickly become one of your favorites. Good buy here.
SOLD!

 
John Graham Canvasback

John Graham Canvasback
 

 

Early Chesapeake Bay classic Canvasback by John Black Graham (1822-1912), Charlestown, MD. Circa 1850-1890. Very good plus condition with no neck cracks which is nearly impossible to find. Hard working old bird with several coats of old working paint. Nice surface that is very dry, clean and strong, never waxed. Measures approx 13 3/4 inches long, with nice full body carving. Shows a scar on bill that looks to be a old working repair but not replacement. Retains very old weight and staple line tie. Has painted eyes. John Black Graham was a cabinet maker and undertaker. Along with members of his family they probably produced thousands of decoys. They are Cecil County classics and a historic and important addition to any collection. His decoys are seldom found and examples in such nice condition seldom surface to market. This is a very fine and scarce example for any collector looking to add a historic example Upper Bay or classic Canvasback to a collection. E-mail for more pics if interested. Very hard to find piece here and a excellent buy on this classic.
SOLD!

 


Perdew Mallard drake
drake Mallard by Perdew
Perdew Mallard brand
 

 

Nice drake Mallard by Charles Perdew (1874-1963), Henry, Ill. Circa 1930-40's. Good all original paint & condition with honest loss to the top half of the decoy from the piece of wood used. Loss follows grain lines but is now stable.Hollow carved it measures approx 16 3/4 inches long with a straight head and glass eyes with no cracks. Hot branded "W.L. COCROFT". Some great info can be found in any of the books that cover Illinois River decoys. Perdews are classics, & not just in the mid-west, his work is highly sought by many collectors all over the country. This is a very nice all original example of his work & and good buy for this classic. More pics avail if interested.
$1450

 
McNair Peep
McNair Peep
McNair signature
 

 

Outstanding Verity style running Peep shorebird decoy by Mark McNair, Eastern Shore of VA. Circa less then 20 years old. Excellent all original & very detailed aged paint & condition with very well done intentional wear. Measures approx 7 inches, fat full body style with nice low running form. Carved eyes, splined bill & carved raised wings with 2 tiny shot scars with 1 shot stuck in wing. This is a really nice style & a very popular with collectors of Mark's fine work. Carved McNair signature. Metal stand included. More pics available of this great looking McNair. Hard not to want to add this little beauty to your collection, great form, style & paint and a classic.
SOLD!

 
CS GW Teal pair
CS Stamp

 

 

Very rare "best work" Green Wing Teal pair by Chris Sprague (1887-1982), Beach Haven, NJ. Circa 1950s. Stamped "S" in circle on bottom of both birds. Excellent all original paint, very strong, dry & clean. Condition is excellent and may have been hunted once or twice. Hollow bodies measures approx 9 1/2 inches long each. Both have glass eyes & very nice carving style on head & bill with contour wing carving. Has original lead pad weight and original leather line ties. These were part of a old collection and retain original collector hand written history tag. Chris Sprague was a waterman & made decoys for sale as early as 1920. He also was a WW2 vet and worked for the FBI. Rarely found species. Sprague's decoys are very much in the manner of Rowley Horner's decoys and are often confused with them. Here is a excellent and rarely seen pair to add to your collection. If you are looking for a great collector species matched pair by a classic NJ maker then this is it. More pics avail. Won't see a pair of these again for any price.
SOLD!

 
Miles Hancock hen Merganser
Miles Hancock hen Merganser
 

 

Classic hen Red~Breasted Merganser by Miles Hancock (1888-1974), Chincoteague Island, VA. Circa 1940-50's. Very good original paint that was overpainted with a dark wash but has been removed over most of decoy to show a nice strong original coat. Very nice with light gunning wear & a very pretty carved head with 7 tines in crest. Measures approx 16 inches & is solid cottonwood. Has tack eyes but the weight & line tie have been removed. Good full body style with a nice scratch painting style. 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 decoys were made to last & are a interesting study, no apologies needed on his classic work. This is a neat example of a classic Chincoteague Merganser & sure to please any collector of Chincoteague or Virginia decoys. More pics avail.
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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.
$450

 
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

 
Corb Reed Wood Duck drake
Corb Reed Wood Duck
CORB REED STAMPING

 

 

Outstanding & very scarce Wood Duck decoy by J. Corb Reed (1897-1982), Chincoteague Island, VA. Double stamped "J.C. REED". Circa 1960-70. Excellent all original paint & condition.Great detail and the colors and blending on the feathers are the most accurate I have seen on any Wood Duck decoy that I have ever handled. Corb was a outstanding painter, he could paint vermiculation like no other carver, they say he had a small piece of something he wore on his finger that he used to achive his realistic vermiculation, he would never tell anyone what it was & they say he swallowed it before he died taking his painting secret to the grave. His paint is unmatched by very few. Nice slightly raised wings with great head, tail and feather carving, and is rarer style with double leg and feet carving on sides of body. Bird is carved with turned head & glass eyes. Measures approx 14 1/4 inches long. Corb Reed started carving around 1912, he was well known for his decoys and flatwork art of marsh & wildfowl. He painted many wall murals in the government buildings in Washington D.C. This is as fine a Corb Reed decoy as you will ever find. The decoys by Corb Reed are the most underated & undervalued decoys to come off of Chincoteague Island. More pics of this rare beauty available.
$2100

 
Hancock GE mini
Hancock mini GE
Hancock GE drake
 

 

Scarce miniature Golden Eye drake by Miles Hancock (1888-1974), Chincoteague Island, VA. Signed by Mr Hancock & dated 1969. Measures approx 6 inches. Excellent all original paint, thats very dry & clean, with very nicely done paint patterns, a very sharp & clean little bird. Has tack eyes. Hancock was a historic classic 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 good look & tuff species to find, & more pics avail.
SOLD!

 
Madison Mitchell Mallard pair 1977
Mitchell signature on hen
 

 

Outstanding matched Mallard pair by R. Madison Mitchell (1901-1993), Havre de Grace, MD. Signed & dated 1977. 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 17 1/4 inches long each. Both retain original weights & line ties. Conditon is pretty much mint with no wear, no repairs & no cracks except drake has a circular knot outline on belly. 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.
SOLD!

 
Jode Hillman Black Duck
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.
$425

 
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

 
Joiner Canvasback pair
Joiner signature
 

 

Super nice Canvasback pair by Charlie "Speed" Joiner (1921-2015), Chestertown, MD. Signed in ink & circa 1970's. Excellent all original paint, with very clean finish, the paint work on these birds are superb as always with Joiner. A species that has become "The Classic" by Joiner. They say he was called "Speed" because he can paint a pair of Canvasbacks in 14 minuites. Full size with painted eyes, measures approx 16 1/4 each. Retains original weights & staple line ties. Charlie Joiner decoys are classics & still some of the most sought after contemporary birds made, he reset the standards for a lot of todays Chesapeake Bay makers. Great examples here for the price & sure to please any collector looking for great quality Joiners for their collection. More pics avail. Mr. Joiner just passed away in early March. He was a very kind & nice man who always would make time for collectors. I hope you had a chance to meet him, he will be missed.
SOLD!

 
Herter's Curlew
Heter's Curlew
 

 

Minty Curlew decoy by Herters, Waseca, Minnesota. Circa late 1950s-60. Excellent all original paint that's strong, dry & clean, nice brush work on this beauty. Pretty much perfect mint except for one small flake to primer on bill as seen in pic above. Measures approx 12 1/2 inches long with a nicely done head and body carving style. Solid body with glass eyes and original bill. I think these were made by Herters around 1960 for collectors. I have seen a few of these over the years but never a Curlew this nice of condition, most have broken bill issues, 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. Custom wooden stand included.
$225

 
 
McNair Merganser
McNair RB Merganser
McNair sig RBM
 

 

Very early & scarce drake Red-Breasted Merganser decoy by Mark McNair, Eastern Shore of VA. Circa 1970s-80's. Outstanding all original paint that has been aged & shows a strong patina. Slight shine as most of McNair's earlier work. Measures approx 16 3/4 inches. Glass eyes and hollow body carving. No line tie or weight & probably made this way. This is a neat style & looks 100 years old, its all Mark's style and is a beauty. Carved McNair signature. Hard to find these at any price & probably one of your only chances to ever get a McNair Merganser this early of a vintage. Good buy on this one.
SALE PENDING!

 
Hancock Redhead mini
Hancock Redhead mini
hancock mini Redhead
 

 

Scarce miniature Redhead drake by Miles Hancock (1888-1974), Chincoteague Island, VA. Signed by Mr Hancock & dated 1969. Measures approx 6 inches. Excellent all original paint, thats very dry & clean, with very nicely done paint patterns, a very sharp & clean little bird with only fault being a few tiny tooth marks that looks like a bad puppy checking it out. Has tack eyes. Hancock was a historic classic 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 good look & tuff species to find, & more pics avail.
SALE PENDING!

 
John Holloway Merganser
Holloway Merganser
Holloway drake Merganser
 

 

Beautiful American Merganser drake by John Holloway, Parkertown, NJ. Ink signed on bottom. Excellent all original paint & in unused condition. Big hollow carved body measures approx 20 inches long, with stylish full body carving with raised wing tips and paddle tail in the classic Delaware River style. Glass eyes and retains original lead pad weight and leather line tie. Lots of great brush work on this beauty with great blending of color & detail with the brush. John is a long time decoy maker in the classic style of Delaware River decoys. He makes a great bird & his decoys are a collector favorite. This is a really nice and a seldom species by any carver, and a great buy for the quality John puts into his outstanding award winning work. More pics available. You will be very happy with this one.
SOLD!

 
Early Hancock Redhead drake
early Hancock Redhead drake


 

 

Earliest style Redhead drake decoy by Miles Hancock (1888-1974), Chincoteague Island, VA. Circa 1925-30's. Very good all original paint, thats very dry & strong, with very nicely done paint patterns. a nice collector piece. There is one area on right side head where you can see undercoat but think thats primer used as rest of decoy is obvious original. Measures big at approx 15 1/4 inches & is solid cedar or white pine. Very good plus all original condition with some honest old gunning wear and has neck crack but is secure. This is Hancock's earliest style decoy and very much in the style of Ira Hudson's fine work. Decoys of this vintage by Hancock are very scarce especially in original paint and are highly sought after and have been confused as Ira Hudson's in the past. 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 excellent classic Chincoteague Island Redhead & not easy to find species by Hancock. It is sure to please any collector of Chincoteague or Virginia historic maker gunning decoys. More pics avail.
SOLD!

 
Mitchell Mallard drake
Madison Mitchell
 

 

Superb Mallard drake by R. Madison Mitchell (1901-1993), Havre de Grace, MD. Signed & dated 1977. Excellent and pretty much minty all original paint thats very strong, clean & never waxed dry. Beautiful paint with lots of nice feathering. Measure approx 16 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. Early & top quality Mitchells have a good solid $ future, making this a good buy on this superb classic decoy.
SOLD!

 
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

 

Decoys Unlimited Mallard pair
DU mallard stamping
 

 

Very nice matched pair of Mallard decoys by Decoys Unlimited (1961-75), Erie, PA. Very good all original paint with a good patina & color. Nice scratch, brush and comb painting style. Shows some honest wear from gunning use, mostly to edges but overall they are a very strong pair. Has 2 small spots of orange paint drip but does not distract in anyway. Great stylish full size body that measures approx 17 3/4 inches long. This beauties are solid carved very hard balsa body with cedar or pine heads. Both sets of glass eyes very clean with no cracks. Retains original keels. Both have makers stencil on bottom. 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 decoys to collect, these are quite affordable & make a nice collection. More pics avail. & guaranteed to please as pairs of these this nice are very hard to find.
SOLD!

 
Pete Bufflehead
Pete Peterson Bufflehead
 

 

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

 
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.
$350

 
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

 
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.
$1650

 
McNair Cobb Curlew
Cobb style Curlew by McNair
McNair Cobb Curlew stand bottom signature
McNair signature
 

 

Super nice Nathan Cobb style Curlew shorebird decoy by Mark McNair, Eastern Shore of VA. Carved McNair signature on bird and ink signed and dated 2014 on bottom of McNair made custom wood stand. 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 nice plummage work thru out. Nice bold full body style that measures approx 14 1/4 inches tip to tip with splined bill. The body is solid carved with 1 1/2 inch by 1/2 inch rectangular wood patch dowelled in on lower right side near belly, very cool touch of McNair fine workmanship. Glass eyes, nice curved bill & raised wing and tail carving. 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.
SOLD!

 
Hancock mini BB drake
BB mini Hancock
Hancock mini BB drake
 

 

Scarce miniature Bluebill drake by Miles Hancock (1888-1974), Chincoteague Island, VA. Signed by Mr Hancock & dated 1969. 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. Hancock was a historic classic 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 good look & tuff species to find, & more pics avail.
$185

 
Bill Cranmer Pintail pair
Cranmer signature


 

 

Super nice and very scarce Pintail pair by Bill Cranmer, Beach Haven, NJ. Signed and dated 1980. Superb all original paint & condition. Paint is near mint, dry, very clean & detailed with one slight paint smear on upper hen breast but looks natural. Signed by Cranmer on bottoms with species noted. Hollow carved bodies measure approx 16 inches long on hen and 19 1/4 inches on the drake. Both have straight heads with glass eyes. Cranmer carved mostly in the 1940's, including winning in the 1948 New York Decoy Show. He was strongly influenced by the Ward Brothers. I think he made mostly minis in his later years and his full size birds are pretty scarce & seldom offered. Nice looking and good collector species here by a well known classic NJ maker. More 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

 
Oliver Lawson Duck House mini Mallard pair
Lawson Duck House sticker
 

 

Perfect minty pair of miniature Mallards by Oliver Lawson, Crisfield, MD. Circa mid 1950's to early 60's, & made for "The Duck House", Rumbley, MD. Mint all original paint & condition, paint is very strong and dry with great color and very detailed feathering. Great fat bodied model with the original "DUCK HOUSE" labels on bottom. Measures approx 8 3/4 inches long each with slightly turned heads and 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 great early miniature of a good collector species in outstanding condition & style. Probably wont have a chance at another matched Mallard pair this nice again. More pics avail.
SOLD!

 
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.
$1050

 
Charlie Birch Pintail
Birch Pintail
 

 

Very rare and 1 of just 12 made drake Pintail decoy by Charlie Birch (1868-1956), Willis Wharf, Northampton Co., VA. Circa 1910-30. Paint is original coat but is not by Charlie Birch but by the man he made them for a Mr Byrd from Keller, VA. This bird is from a Eastern Shore family and is a rig mate to the bird that just sold at the Guyette & Deeter decoy auction in November 2015. Shows some wear but looks as if most loss is from way it was maybe stored wet. Surface dry and clean. Shows honest gunning wear with only fault being approx 1/2 inch on tip of bill gone & has been filled and reshaped but not painted over as seen in above pics. Nice size and classic Birch form body that measures approx 17 1/4 inches long, has original tack eyes and is a fat solid carved body bird. Line tie and weight removed. This is a very scarce decoy by Charlie with classic form and style. Extra pics avail. Good one here for the money, and a rare offering as only a few are known to still exist.
SOLD!

 
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
 



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.
$1350

 
Ward 1932 BB
Ward 1932 BB
 

 

Exceptional & very rare classic 1932 model drake Bluebill by the Ward Brothers, Crisfield, MD. Best example of the group of 6 that still owned by the family surfaced last year at Easton. Circa 1920-30's. Signed in 1950 by the Wards. Very good plus all original paint & condition. Paint is very strong, clean & dry. Beautiful patina & great paint patterns on this one. Minimal gunning & age wear with a few areas of loss to wood but very minimal considering age & enviroment. Has a slight age line in neck but is tight and secure, also loss of puddy over nail that holds head on. Head is turned to the left with nice wide bill carving and perfect glass eyes with no cracks. Displays perfect. Has the Ward Brothers mark under the tail and date 1950 for when the son of original owner had them marked. Great looking classic Ward decoy here and the best of the group of 6 that surfaced. See like examples pictured in Gard & McGrath's great book "The WARD BROTHERS' DECOYS, A Collectors Guide". Solid carved body measures approx 15 3/4 inches long. Original weight & line tie removed. Very clean & nicely done classic style for that era. The price of good early Wards continue to be strong, they are great American folk art & stand on their own. This is a sweet decoy for any collector looking to add a early Ward Bluebill and demands great or classic examples & investment quality decoys. E-mail for more pics if interested.
SOLD!

 
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.
SALE PENDING!

 
Mitchell Up-The-River Canvasback pair
 

 

Super nice matched pair of oversize "Up The River" model Canvasback decoys by R. Madison Mitchell (1901-1993), Havre de Grace, MD. Circa 1950's. Excellent all original paint that's strong, dry & clean, great brush work on these oversize beauties. Nice fat bodies that measure approx 16 1/2 inches long each with nicely done heads. Retains original weights & leather line ties. Shows minimal wear & probably only hunted over just a few times. Drake has a few thin body checks but all are secure and just the piece of wood Mitchell used. Both have slight lifting to puddy on tops of head where nailed in, but again, secrue but something that happens with decoy aging. More pics avail. You have seen the scarce model Mitchell market soar the past few years & this pair is super clean, strong and dry, just the way you want them. A superb & scarce model 50+ year old decoy pair by the dean of Upper Chesapeake Bay makers & for the Mitchell collector looking for choice examples. More pics avail, these are priced to sell, a great deal on these beauties.
SALE PENDING!

 
Charlie Joiner Wood Duck 1/2 size pair
Joiner Woodies signature
 

 

Super nice & scarce 1/2 size Wood Duck pair by Charlie "Speed" Joiner (1921-2015), Chestertown, MD. Signed in ink & dated 1993. Excellent all original paint, with very clean finish, the paint work on these birds are superb as always with Joiner. A species and size that has become highly sought and a collector favorite by Joiner. They say he was called "Speed" because he can paint a pair of Canvasbacks in 14 minuites. One half size with glass eyes, with turned heads each measures approx 9 inches. Charlie Joiner decoys are classics & still some of the most sought after contemporary birds made, he reset the standards for a lot of todays Chesapeake Bay makers. Great examples here for the price & sure to please any collector looking for great quality and scarce half size Joiners for their collection. More pics avail. Mr. Joiner just passed away in early March. He was a very kind & nice man who always would make time for collectors. I hope you had a chance to meet him, he will be missed.
SOLD!

 
Chambers Redhead

Chambers Redhead
Chambers Redhead with branding
 

 

Outstanding & early classic hollow carved drake Redhead decoy by Thomas Chambers (1864-1950), Ontario, Canada. Circa 1905-15. Excellent all original paint that is very clean & strong. Beautiful surface on this fine bird. Very nice tiny comb painting that Chambers was a master at. No repairs or touch ups of any kind. Shows very minimal gunning & age wear, with small paint loss on small knot in wood on right side as seen in above pic. Glass eyes are perfect condition. Paint shows a beautiful surface from age & a fantastic patinia. Very stylish decoy with a hollow carved body that measures approx 16 1/4 inches long. Weight removed but leather line tie intact. "WLM" and "H.M.J." hot brands on bottom means this bird was from the St. Clair Flats Shooting Club. The initials are for Harry M. Jewett who was a member from 1924-1933, and W. L. Mitchell who was a member from 1938 to 1944. Chambers managed the club from 1903-1943 & was the primary maker of decoys for the club members. Prior to that he managed the St. Annes Club from the 1880's till 1903. Great early historic & classic example here & sure to please any collector looking for an outstanding Tom Chambers decoy for their collection. This is as fine an example as you will ever find at any price. More pics available.
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

 
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

 
Hancock mini Red Breasted Merganser pair
Merganser Hancock mini pair
 

 

Scarce matched pair of miniature Red Breasted Mergansers by Miles Hancock (1888-1974), Chincoteague Island, VA. Signed by Mr Hancock & drake dated 1970. Measures approx 6 1/4 inches long on each. Excellent all original paint, thats very dry & clean, with very nicely done scratch paint patterns on back, a very sharp & clean little birds. Drake has hairline crack in neck but is tight & hard to see. Have tack eyes, still has all paint on eyes. Has a nice raised wing carvings. 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 scarce matched pair have a great look, & more pics avail.
SOLD!

 
Gus Moak BB
Gus Moak BB

 

 

Exceptional & very scarce turned head drake Bluebill decoy by August "Gus" Moak (1852-1942), Tustin, Wisconsin. Circa 1920-30. Excellent all original paint, thats very dry & clean, with very nicely done paint patterns. Great surface on this classic beauty with some honest but very minimal wear from age & gunning. A very sharp and classic example of Moak's finest style Bluebill. Measures an impressive 16 inches & is hollow carved. Has perfect red glass eyes but the original weight & line tie have been removed. Moak specialized in boat making which was a trade he learned from his father. His workmanship is exceptional and show the influence of his boat making skills. His decoys were high demand by the local hunters in the Lake Poygan area and he sold all he could make. His artistry and craftsmanship make them not only top of list for Wisconsin decoy collectors but also collectors of Folk Art. It is sure to please any investor or collector of premier quality classic decoys. More detailed pics avail.
$7200

 
Reggie Birch Ruddy duck
Reggie Birch Rudy Duck
Reg signature
 

 

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

 
Pete 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

 
Eddie Wozny Blue Heron
 

 

Nice approx 1/2 size turned head Blue Heron carving by Eddie Wozny, Cambridge, Maryland. Circa 1993. Signed & dated in ink & carved "W" in bottom. Nice piece that is life like and mounted on a nice driftwood base. Paint is all original & very rich in color. Glass eyes & measures approx 16 1/2 inches long, on base carving measures approx 22 1/2 inches tall and 15 1/2 inches wide. Nice lifelike colors & smooth body carving with raised crest carving. Eddie is one of the best carvers out there, & his work will rival anything being made. He is quick to sell out at any of the shows he does & his carvings are rarely offered for resale. Good piece here not done in higher detail, higher priced range and its sure to please. More pics avail.
$450

 

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

 
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

 

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.
$425

 
Doug Jester Bufflehead
Doug Jester Bufflehead
Jester signature
 

 

Rare unused & signed drake Bufflehead decoy by Samuel Douglas Melvin Jester (1876-1961), Chincoteague Island, VA. Circa 1950 the year it was purchased by original owner who had Jester sign it for her. Strong, dry & clean all original paint & condition, & has never been rigged to hunt. Shows light edge wear from age/storage. Nice fat bird at approx 11 1/2 inches long, cottonwood body & head model with no checks or cracks. No eyes painted on this one. This was just purchased from the son of the original owner who visited Doug Jester in 1950 to watch him carve. While there she purchased 3 Hooded Mergansers & this drake Bufflehead. Jester signed all but the one hen Merganser. This is a fresh first time offered & a outstanding example of one of Jester collectors favorite species. Extra pics avail. Nicely done head & bill that are deeply carved. A classic & very clean Jester for any Southern or Chincoteague decoy collection. Rare one here, in impossible to find condition.
SALE PENDING!

 
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

 
Doug Jester mini Goose
Doug Jester mini Goose
 

 

Super mint & scarce Doug Jester (1876-1961) miniature Canada Goose decoy, Chincoteague Island, VA. Circa 1930-50s. Nice classic body style, measuring approx 5 1/2 inches long. Paint is all original & nicely done with tiny gold dots painted on rear back for feather coloring. Very clean, strong & bone dry surface on this little beauty. Very small shelf carving to mount head as he did on many of his gunning decoys. Jester was well known for his classic Chincoteague style hunting decoys, but his minis are quite hard to find, especially this nice and a Goose.
SOLD!

 
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

 
Hancock mini Pintail pair
 

 

Super nice matched pair of miniature Pintails by Miles Hancock (1888-1974), Chincoteague Island, VA. Measures approx 6 1/2 inches long on drake and 5 3/4 on hen. Excellent all original paint, thats very dry & clean, with very nicely done scratch paint patterns on back, a very sharp & clean little birds. Have tack eyes, still has all paint on eyes. Has a nice raised wing carvings and hen has fluted tail. 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 scarce & minty matched pair have a great look, & more pics avail.
SOLD!

 
Ken Anger BB
Ken Anger BB

 

 

Nice and very early "Pancake style" Bluebill by Ken Anger (1905-1961), Dunnville, Ontario, Canada. Circa 1930s. Very good plus all original paint & condition, with no repairs or touch ups of any kind. Measures approx 15 inches and is solid carved body. Glass eyes with no cracks or chips. Keel has been removed but still has original eye bolt and swivel line tie. More pics avail. Great carving style with classic rasping that Anger was so well known for. This is a really nice Ken Anger for any collector looking for good paint, form, carving style & condition. Very nice buy here for the money.
SALE PENDING!

 
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

 
Cape Charles Dunlin
Cape Charles Dunlin
 

 

Early and scarce Red-Backed Sandpiper shorebird decoy attrib to Leon Pearson, Cape Charles area, Eastern Shore of VA. Circa 1880-1920. Good original paint with honest old age and gunning wear and has the correct red specks to ID it as a very scarce shorebird species to find. Has a professional bill replacement. This is a smaller size bird measuring just under 7 inches long with a nice fat body with a ridge down the back. See rig mate on page 109 of Southern Decoys by Fleckenstein. Also have seen these maker id'ed as a Leon Pearson andwere made and used around the Cape Charles area of the Eastern Shore of VA. Somewhat crude but stylish old Eastern Shore Dunlin with a nice primitive folk art form. Scarce old decoy for any collection of folk art or antique Eastern Shore shorebirds. Stand included & more pics available.
SOLD!

 
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

 


Moreland oversized Brant
Moreland OS Brant
BM sig

 

 

Outstanding oversized swimming Brant decoy by Bob Moreland from VA. Ex-John Maddox collection from the Chincoteague Refuge Museum collection. Circa 1993 per makers mark. Excellent original paint with no repairs with a awesome surface that is pretty much mint with only 2 small knot stains on left side as can be seen in upper pic above. Great colors and fantastic paint work by Bob on this fine piece. Incredible blend of carved & painted surfaces make this look very lifelike with crossed wingtips & glass eyes. Measures approx 25 1/2 inches long in a swimming posture with slightly turned head. And measures about 14 inches tall at highest point on head. This awesome piece was displayed for many years and was part of the now famous sale of the John Maddox collection of decoys from the Chincoteague Refuge Musuem collection. This is a neat piece & Bob's work is very collectable & sought after. Great addition to any collection and one of the better big display pieces that came out of that sale. More pics avail.
SALE PENDING!

 

Currier Black Duck

 

 

Scarce Black Duck by Jim Currier (1886-1971), Havre de Grace, MD. Circa 1940-50. Very good all original paint & condition, with very nice scratch paint patterns and blending of colors. Has nice patina and shows some shine from being waxed. This scarce boy measures approx 16 1/2 inches & has a great fat full body style. Retains original weight & line tie. Condition is very good with only fault being honest neck crack from gunning use, but is tight & secure. Great classic decoy maker here who made all of his own decoys & did it by hand. A nice decoy for any collection of Classic Chesapeake Bay decoys and one of the most scarce species by Currier. Probably less then a dozen of these in collections today. More pics avail
SOLD!

 

McNair Root-Head
McNair signature
 

 

Big & bold Root- head Curlew shorebird decoy by Mark McNair, Eastern Shore of VA. Circa less then 25 years old. Excellent all original aged paint & condition with perfect intentional wear. Nice paint work on this one with great color & paint detail. Measures approx 17 inches, stylish full body style. No eyes or raised wing carving. Root head just pulls out with no nail or peg construction. This is a neat style & looks over 100 years old. Its tuff getting any McNairs & this is a really nice & unique style. Carved McNair signature. Metal stand included. More pics avail. of this very cool folk art shorebird. E-mail for more pics.
SALE PENDING!

 
 

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

 
 
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

 
 
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

 
 

yellowlegs shorebird
yellowlegs shorebird
 

 

Early and folky Yellowlegs shorebird decoy by unknown maker, mid-Atlantic coastal area. Circa pre-1920. Very good original paint & condition. Paint is thick, clean, dry & strong, with nice feather strokes and brushwork. This bird has a nice surface and a nice clean patina. Bill is all original and is metal, probably a nail. Has several shot scars. Solid carved bird measuring approx 10 1/2 inches long. Nice old bird with good form. Nice looking old & all original decoy for any collection of folk art or antique shorebirds. Metal stand included & more pics available. Good buy here.
SOLD!

 
 
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

 
 
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.
$800 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.
$700

 
 
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

 
Hudson Bufflehead
Hudson Bufflehead
 

 

Super scarce Bufflehead by Delbert Hudson (1927-1979), Chincoteague Island, VA. Circa 1940s. Very good plus old original paint & condition with some old working touch up to some areas of white, all other colors & most of white is original coat. Has some honest old saltwater hunting wear but is very strong with a great surface. Solid carved body measures approx 13 inches long with nice unsanded spokeshaved body and NO NECK CRACKS!. Original tack eyes & very cool banjo tail that has 11 notched flutes. Retains original screw eye line tie & strip lead weight. Years ago this would have been certainly been called a Ira but with todays additional knowledge it has been decided that Delbert made it, either way it is a great southern decoy with classic folk art form style & paint. More pics available of this beauty. Great old famous maker classic Chincoteague Island Bufflehead decoy here for the money and doubt it will last long.
SOLD!

 
Pete Peterson Dove
Pete Peterson Dove
 

 

Super nice Dove decoy by "Hurricane Pete" Peterson, Capeville, VA. Signed, branded & dated 1997. Excellent all original paint & in excellent condition. Beautiful blended colors with a nice dry and clean surface. Solid carved cedar body measures approx 14 inches long, with great stylish slightly turned head & full body carving with raised wing tip. Eyes are glass. Has Pete's brand "PETE" in bottom. Pete makes a great bird & his decoys are a collector favorite, & getting harder to find, & the paint on this beauty is very well done. This is a pretty hard to find species by Pete. Sure to please any collector of Pete's great looking work. Wooden stand made by Pete included. More pics available.
SOLD!

 
 

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

 
 
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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Len Carnaghi Teal pair

 

 

Very nice Green~Wing Teal pair by Len Carnaghi, Clinton Township, Michigan. Signed and dated 2004 on bottom of both. Excellent all original paint and condition. Glass eyes. Measure approx 10 3/4 inches long each with slightly turned heads and raised feather carving and keels. Drake is hollow carved and hen is solid carved. Note on bottom of hen reads "Sixties head by Dave Dreschel". Len carves just a few decoys a year for customers. He started his carving career in the late 1960's as a competition carver. Very nice pair here with good workmanship and painting style. Very nice pair for any collection of Teal or Michigan maker decoys. More pics avail.
$950 pair

 
 

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

 
 
Hancock drake Pintail
mini Hancock Pintail
mini Pintail by Hancock
 

 

Nice miniature Pintail drake by Miles Hancock (1888-1974), Chincoteague Island, VA. Signed by Mr Hancock & not dated but thought to be a later bird. Measures approx 7 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 very different then most style tail & wing carving then most you see by Hancock. 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 nice look, & more pics avail.
SOLD!

 
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

 
 
Early & very scarce miniature Canvasback by Doug Jester, Chincoteague Island, VA
Doug Jester Canvasback miniature, very scarce species
 

 

Super nice & very scarce Doug Jester (1876-1961) miniature Canvasback decoy, Chincoteague Island, VA. Circa 1930-50s. Nice classic body style, measuring approx 6 3/4 inches long. Paint is all original & nicely done. Very clean, strong & dry & has a few very small flakes to wood on back. Jester was well known for his classic Chincoteague style hunting decoys, but his minis are quite hard to find, especially this nice & a Canvasback is one of the hardest species to find as a mini.
SOLD!

 
 
Oliver Lawson 1968 cedar Pintail pair
Lawson signature 19
 

 

Exceptional miniature Pintail pair by Oliver Lawson, Crisfield, MD. Circa ink signed and dated 1968. Excellent all original paint & condition, paint about mint with great color, very tiny rub pinhead size to side of breast and side of hip on drake as can be seen in pic above, may clean off but just about perfect mint. Very seldom seen model that is all cedar instead of balsa and done much finer detail and with glass eyes. Measures approx 9 1/2 inches long on drake with slightly turned head, hen at approx 7 1/8 inches with slightly turned head also. Lawson learned to make decoys under the guidance of his neighbors, the Ward Brothers. He must not have missed a single lesson as his decoys are superb with the strong influence of the Ward's work. Very hard to get any of Lawson's work these days, and here is a great early miniature of a good collector species in outstanding condition & a scarce style. Probably wont have a chance at another miniature Pintail pair this nice again. More pics avail.
SOLD!

 
 
Miles Hancock mini Mallard pair
signature Hancocks
 

 

Nice matched pair of miniature Mallards by Miles Hancock (1888-1974), Chincoteague Island, VA. Signed by Mr Hancock & circa 1960-70. Measures approx 6 1/2 inches long on each. Excellent all original paint, thats very dry & clean, with very nicely done scratch paint patterns on back, a very sharp & clean little birds, pretty much crispy mint. Have tack eyes, still has all paint on eyes. Has a nice raised wing carvings. 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 minty matched pair have a great look, & more pics avail.
SOLD!

 
John Glen Canvasback pair

 

 

Super nice matched pair of Canvasbacks by Capt. John Glen (1876-1954), Rock Hall, MD. Circa 1920-40s. Strong and dry all original paint & condition. Great brush work on this pair & is "classic" Rock Hall 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 sharp chine & upswept tail that shows the boat builder influence that the Rock Hall carvers designed into their carvings. Measures approx 16 inches long each. Retains original staple and ring line ties and original weights. Hen has very thin neck crack thru 1/2 of neck but secure & should'nt get any longer. Few dents in bottom of drake, looks like it was used to hammer something. Great old matched pair of Chesapeake Bay Canvasback hunting decoys for any collector looking to add a classic matched pair of Rock Hall decoys by John Glen 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 Rock Hall birds are undervalued sleepers when it comes to finding these all original birds this clean & unrepaired. Decoys by Glen are Chesapeake Bay classics, he provided decoys for some of the most famous hunting clubs & gunners that ever gunned there. More good pics avail, great buy on these classic beauties.
SOLD!

 
 
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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