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McNair Cobb style Goose
McNair Goose

McNair signature
 

 

Earlier and very big and very fat Cobb Island style Goose by Mark McNair, Eastern Shore of VA. Carved signature "M.S.McNair". Circa 1970-80's. Excellent all original paint & condition, with some intentional ageing and lite wear. Measures a approx 31 inches with slightly turned and outstreched swimming head. Very nicely done in the classic Nathan Cobb style of 120 years ago. Glass eyes with a nice large hollow carved body and retains original lead pad weight and leather line tie. Measures almost 31 inches around so its as fat as it is long. Carved McNair signature. Very neat bird here for the McNair collector who is looking for a exceptional addition of a Virgina classic. A good buy here. More pics avail.
$3400

 
Jim Currier Canvasback pair
drake currier headCurrier hen
 

 

Super nice matched pair of Canvasback decoys by James "Jim" Currier (1886-1971), Have de Grace, MD. Circa 1940-50's. Very strong and excellent all original paint & condition, with very nice paint patterns. Paint is strong, dry & clean with a great patina. Birds have been rigged but if ever gunned over it was only a trip or two. Measure approx 17 inches on drake and 16 on hen as is proper. No faults or neck cracks. Condition is excellent & nearly mint, & a very well matched full body style. A nearly perfect matched pair of classic upper bay Currier Canvasbacks for any collection.
$1250

 
Ian Ringbill
Ian bottom
 

 

Awesome miniature drake Ringbill decoy carving by Ian McNair, Eastern Shore of VA. Circa less then 5 years old. Has carved "I McNair" signature. Excellent all original aged paint & condition with very well done intentional wear and aging. Measures approx 3 1/8 inches, fat full body style. Tiny glass eyes with a perfect patina surface. Even has a aged lead pad weight & tiny leather line tie. This is a really nice piece, very scarce to ever get these from Ian as he dont make a lot of minis. They are very popular with collectors of Ian's fine work. Carved I McNair signature. More pics available of this great looking McNair. Hard not to want to add this scarce little beauty to your collection, great form, style & paint and a classic. Only one available.
$425

 
Early Bufflehead
Bufflehead drakeBufflehead drake
Early Bufflehead drake
 

 

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

 
Redhead Mason
Mason Redhead
 

 

Super strong and as found Mason Premier Grade drake Redhead decoy, Detroit, Mich. Circa 1910-20. Paint is very strong, clean & all original. Very nice surface that displays very nice. Shows some areas of paint loss to expected areas from some honest gunning wear. But extra nice for a 100 year old gunning decoy. Measures approx 15 1/2 inches and hollow carved with some lead seaming loss as expected. Has a couple of shot scars and a factory in the making fill in back but very good condition. Perfect yellow glass eyes. Great color on this one & lots of nice paint that Mason decoys are famous for. Very clean, great surface and will be a very nice addition to any Mason decoy collection. More pics available of this true classic.
$975

 
Grayson Chesser Red Knot pair

GC C
 

 

Very scarce pair of Red Knot shorebird decoys by Grayson Chesser, Jenkins Bridge, VA. Circa less then 30 years old. Has Grayson's "C" carved in bottom of each. Excellent all original paint & condition. Great patina on this pretty pair. Life size solid carved cedar body measures approx 10 1/4 inches on straight head and 8 on turned head one with a nice fat full body carving. Retains original driftwood stand by Grayson. Nice glass eyes with no cracks. Grayson was the "Carver of the Year" at the 2004 Harve de Grace Decoy Show, and just did an exhibit at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C. More pics available. This is a very scarce find by one of the best classic decoy makers of this generation. Get this modern classic while you can.
$575 pair

 
Strunk Black Duck pair
Strunk bottom BD
 

 

Scarce oversized hollow Delaware River sleeper Black Duck pair by George Strunk, Glendora, NJ. Signed & stamped weight. Just superb all original paint & perfect condition. This beautiful pair are hollow carved & are rigged with lead pad weights & leather line ties proper & ready to hunt with or stick on the shelf. Has stamped into both leads "G. STRUNK". Hollow carved body measures approx 17 1/2 inches long each with turned heads in sleeper position. Have glass eyes & very detailed paint work on both, including some fantastic feather painting. Incredible job on this pair with detailed bill carvings, raised wing-tips & tail carvings. George makes a great looking bird in the classic Delaware River style. His work is highly sought after by collectors of both old & contemporary decoys. Outstanding & great collector species here & sure to please. More pics avail.
$1800 pair

 
Wood Duck Borrett
Borrett Wood Duck
Borrett sig

 

 

Beautiful lifesize standing Wood Duck drake by Mike Borrett (born 1960), Oregon, Wisc. Circa less then 10 years old. Carved signature "BORRETT" on bottom. Paint is all original, very rich in color with good lifelike detailed colors. Glass eyes and carved feathering. Beautiful surface. Overall measurement is about 15 inches long and 11 1/2 inches tall on wooden stand made by Mike. This is quite a stunning carving for the price. This is first pieces I have had by Mike but have seen other pieces he has done and he is a outstanding talent. He is a award winning carver and has done several pieces for Ducks Unlimited. Very good buy here with a great look. More pics available.
$350

 
McNair Godwit
McNair Godwit
McNair signature
 

 

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

 

Ken Anger Bufflehead pair
 

 

Rare never rigged Bufflehead decoy pair by Ken Anger (1905-1961), Dunnville, Ontario, Canada. Circa 1940-50s. One of the rarest species by Anger. Very strong & clean all original paint & condition, with no repairs or touch ups of any kind. Pretty much mint as never rigged. Measures approx 10 1/2 inches. Perfect glass eyes on both. Outstanding offering here. Be sure to see Decoy Magazine May/June 2005 for more info on Ken Anger, truly a classic Canadian maker. Great colors on this pair and superb carving & rasping that Anger was so well known for. This is a rare and outstanding Ken Anger pair for any collector looking for great examples by classic Canadian makers. More pics available.
$4800 pair

 

J McL BB
J McL
J McL BB sig
 

 

Superb gunning drake Bluebill decoy by John "Mickey" McLoughlin (1911-1985), Bordentown, NJ. Circa 1940-60. Superb all original paint and condition that appears to never have 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 14 inches long, has a great looking head with keel. Both eyes are glass with no cracks. A super nice Bluebill 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. From a nice old Chincoteague collection with some of the nicest McLoughlin birds I have seen in a long time. E-mail for more pics if interested, very nice bird here for the money.
$625

 
Joiner Mallard pair
Joiner signature
 

 

Superb & minty pair of Mallards by Charlie Joiner (1921-2015), Chestertown, MD. Signed & circa 1970s. Excellent all original paint, with very clean finish, the paint work on these birds are a killer. Beautiful colors & blending of paint. Condition is minty and the way you hope to find them. A species that has become harder to find by Joiner. Full size with glass eyes, measures approx 16 inches long each. Full size with original weights & line ties, both are signed & are rigmates. Charlie was a classic Chesapeake Bay maker that really reset the standard for upper bay birds that many have tried to put into their work. They say he could paint a pair of Canvasbacks in 14 minutes. Great examples here & sure to please any collector looking for top quality Joiners for their collection.More pics avail.
SOLD!

 
Pete Buff
Pete Buff
Pete brand
 

 

Nice early hen Bufflehead decoy by "Hurricane Pete" Peterson, Capeville, VA. Circa 1970-80's. Hot branded "PETE". Very good plus all original paint that shows slight wear from hunting use. Solid carved body measures approx 11 1/2 inches long, with stylish head & full body carving. No eyes with original leather line tie & lead strip weight. Has Pete's brand "PETE" in bottom. Pete makes a great bird & his decoys are a collector favorite, & certain models can be 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.
$325

 

Gibian Golden Plover
Gibian Golden Plover
Golden Plover by Gibian
Gibian GP
 

 

Superb Golden Plover shorebird decoy by William Gibian, Onancock, Eastern Shore of VA. Circa less then 25 years old. Ink signed biz card on bottom of the base. Excellent all original paint & condition with a nice soft patina finish. Measures approx 10 inches long & is solid carved body with glass eyes and metal legs. Nice detailed carving on this beauty with S-wing carving & raised detailed wing tips with very well done form and detail. Beautifully done hand carved base. 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 belly area. Very nice piece here & sure to please.
$985

 
Rowe Coot
Rowe Coot
Rowe coot brand
 

 

Very fine and scarce to find Coot decoy by James "Jimmie" Rowe (B/D?), Norfolk, VA. Circa 1930-50. Branded "J. L. ROWE" on bottom. Strong, dry & clean original paint with a great surface. Solid body measures about 11 1/2 inches long, head is approx 4 inches tall. Has thin crack running down the back but is secure. Retains original custom cast lead weight & staple ring line tie. Has metal head that was cast by Jimmie as he was a machinist at the Shipyards in Norfolk, VA. Coots by Rowe are considered to be some of the finest made in the VA and NC area. Very nice design and workmanship. Rowe made only about 60 of these and are seldom found. Coots decoys are a scarce addition in most collections and do make a interesting display with good folk art charm. Excellent example here, very clean and as found in rig. It's sure to be a nice addition to any collection. Extra pics avail & a good buy on this one.
$1000

 
Bryan Mallard pair
Bryan signature
 

 

Outstanding pair of Mallard decoys by the late Charlie Bryan, Middle River, MD. Signed and dated 1970. Pair has never been gunned over and the paint is very strong & all original, thick & clean and classic Charlie with scratch painted back on the hen. Never been waxed and very nice dry surface. Retains original weights & line ties. Nice large and fat solid carved bodies measure approx 17 inches long each with painted eyes and wide flaring bills. 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. Awesome 47 year old pair here and a very good buy for the nice work put into it by a well known old time classic decoy maker.
$600 a pair

 


Grayson Brant
Grayson Brant
Grayson Brant signature
 

 

Very sharp Brant hunting decoy by Grayson Chesser, Jenkins Bridge, VA. Has Grayson's "C" carved into bottom. Very good plus all original paint & condition. Hollow carved body measures approx 18 1/2 inches long, with great slightly turned head & full body carving with raised wing tips carving. Condition is super nice but has been gunned over. Retains original leather line tie but weight removed. Has glass eyes with splined bill as that is the way he makes his geese and brant. Slight loss of puddy over knot area near back base of neck. Grayson was the "Carver of the Year" at the 2004 Harve de Grace Decoy Show, and just did an exhibit at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C. Grayson makes a great bird his hunting birds are a hunter and collector favorite. This is a very nice decoy showing Grayson's fine decoy making talent and superb painting skills and will please even the most demanding of collectors or hunters. More pics avail.
$575

 
Glen Black Duck
John Glen Black Duck
 

 

Rare Black Duck decoy by Capt. John Glen (1876-1954), Rock Hall, MD. Circa 1920-40s. Very strong and clean all original paint & condition. Great brush work on this one & is "classic" Rock Hall paint style & form. Condition is excellent with no repairs or touch ups. Shows some very minimal areas of wear from hunting but very clean and strong. Classic wide flowing body style with up swept tail that shows the boat builder influence that the Rock Hall carvers designed into their carvings. Measures approx 15 inches long. Retains original staple and old box swivel line tie and original weight. Great old Chesapeake Bay Black Duck hunting decoy for any collector looking to add a classic and scarce species Rock Hall decoy by John Glen to a collection. E-mail for more pics. Hard to find one nicer then this one & a great buy as Rock Hall birds are undervalued sleepers when it comes to finding these rare all original birds this clean & original. 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 scarce beauty.
SALE PENDING!

 
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.
$585

 

Strunk Ringbills

Strunk pad stamping
 

 

Excellent and scarce species Delaware River style Ringbill pair by George Strunk, Glendora, NJ. Circa less then 35 years old. Both are signed. 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 bodies measure approx 14 inches each. 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 original matched pair and a great and scarce collector species here. More pics avail and sure to please at this price.
$975 pair

 
Eddie Wozny Turkey miniature
Bottom of turkey
 

 

Superb miniature Gobbler Turkey carving by Eddie Wozny, Cambridge, Maryland. Signed and dated 2017 with carved "W" in bottom. Paint is all original & very rich in color. Glass eyes & measures approx 6 inches long with slightly turned head. Measures approx 4 7/8 inches tall on the base. Has nice carved base. Nice deep & rich lifelike colors & good detailed carving with raised wing carving very detailed head carving. Eddie is one of the best carvers out there, & his minis are just superb. He is quick to sell out at any of the shows he does & his carvings are rarely offered for resale. Superb piece here, its sure to please and what a great collector or hunter species. More pics avail.
SOLD!

 
Gibian Black Duck
Black Duck by Gibian
 

 

Excellent & very rare (1 of 1) Jess Heisler style Black Duck decoy by William Gibian, Onancock, Eastern Shore of VA. Carved signature and ink signed business card mounted on bottom, made in 2001. Superb all original paint & condition with a nice soft patina finish. Measures approx 14 inches long with fully turned head & is hollow carved body with glass eyes and leather line tie. Nice detailed carving on this beauty with raised detailed proper wing tips and tail with very well done form and detail. This was a commissioned piece in 2001 and on bottom of bird is a business card with note from bill that states "This is the only Jess Heisler copy that I will ever make. Its 1 of 1. Thanks for the opportunity". This is a neat style & shows the strong use of form & movement that Gibian incorporates in his fine work even when doing a copy of a Delaware River classic. Its tuff getting any Gibian carvings as his decoys are highly sought by collectors of both old & contemporary decoys. Carved "Gibian" signature on bottom of bird. Exceptional piece here & sure to please.
$1700

 
Early Mitchell Canvasbacks
 

 

Very early, clean & matched Canvasback pair by R. Madison Mitchell (1901-1993), Harve de Grace, MD. Circa 1940's. Very good plus all original paint that's very strong, dry & clean. Great paint on this pair, lots of nice feathering with knock out color & patina. Measure approx 15 3/4 inches long each. Both retain original weights & staple/ring line ties. Condition is very good plus with slight gunning wear & "NO NECK CRACKS!". 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 their own as they are impossible to find these days. Early Mitchell's started bringing 5 figures at Guyette and Schmidt April 2004 sale. A superb 70+ year old matched pair by the dean of Upper Chesapeake Bay makers. Priced to sell, you just don't find Mitchell's this early & in this condition anymore, very good buy on this fine pair & a solid investment. This is the earliest pair of Mitchell's I have seen avail for sale in several years & a fantastic matched pair for a collector looking for a great pair of early classic Madison Mitchell decoys.
$1000 pair

 
New England BBP
NE BBP
 

 

Super nice and very early Black Bellied Plover by unknown maker from New England states probably Massachusetts. Circa 1890-1920. Very nice and very strong all original paint & condition, including original bill. Paint is very clean, dry & strong, with hundreds of dots plummage feather painting. This bird has a nice surface with good color with a nice deep patina. Areas of very lite wear from age & gunning use but overall very good plus. This is a solid body bird measuring approx 12 1/4 inches long and has a nice fat body carving and slightly oversize head as a young bird might exibit. Never had eyes and has several tiny shot marks. A super nice old classic New England states shorebird with great folk art form and in really nice all original condtion for any collection of folk art or antique shorebirds. Stand included and more pics available. A very good buy here.
$1250

 
McNair mini Black Duck
McNair sig
 

 

Awesome miniature feeding Black Duck decoy carving by Ian McNair, Eastern Shore of VA. Circa less then 5 years old. Has carved "I McNair" signature. Excellent all original paint & condition. Measures approx 5 1/2 inches, fat full body style with reaching feeding form. Tiny glass eyes with a perfect patina surface and tiny carved corn cobb & pieces. Base measures approx 3 1/2 by 8 inches. This is a really nice piece, very scarce to ever get these from Ian as he dont make a lot of minis. They are very popular with collectors of Ian's fine work. Carved I McNair signature. More pics available of this great looking McNair. Hard not to want to add this scarce little beauty to your collection, great form, style & paint and a classic. Only one available and never seen another like it.
$450

 
Truex Merganser
Truex Merganser

 

 

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

 
Ira Hudson drake Canvasback



Ira Hudson drake Canvasback
 

 

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

 
Yellowlegs tinnys
Yellowlegs box
 

 

Super nice set of 11 Yellowlegs tin shorebird decoys with original box. Circa 1890-1920. Excellent all original paint that is just about mint on most with assorted contact flakes from storage stacking, but most are excellent. No sticks. Paint is very dry, clean & strong with great colors. They look to never have been used. All are strong and retain original wire clasp, one bird is missing one but a easy fix. Box is in good shape with replaced leather string handle. Factory maker unknown but thought to be Reed and Reed company. This is the first I have had any of these in awhile as they are getting very hard to aquire, especially in this nice of condition. More pics avail of each bird, very nice set for the shorebird or tinnie collector. Last set I had was sold to DU for their exibit at the Bass Pro Shop Pyamid now open in Memphis, Tenn!
$1650 for 11 birds and box

 
 



Grayson Redhead
Grayson Redhead
Grayson C
 

 

Very sharp drake Redhead gunning decoy by Grayson Chesser, Jenkins Bridge, VA. Has Grayson's "C" carved into bottom. Excellent all original paint & condition, near mint but has been hunted. Hollow carved body measures approx 15 inches long, with great straight head & full body carving. Condition is near mint. This handsome devil retains original weighted keel & leather line tie, thats the way Grayson makes them, you can gun with it or put it on the shelf. Grayson was the "Carver of the Year" at the 2004 Harve de Grace Decoy Show, and just did an exhibit at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C. Grayson makes a great bird and are a collector and hunter favorite. This is a very nice decoy showing Grayson's fine decoy making talent and superb painting skills and will please even the most demanding of collectors. More pics avail.
$475

 
KM BD decoy

KM oversize Black Duck
KM Black Duck

 

 

Awesome oversized Black Duck decoy by Keith Mueller, Conn. Branded with 2 styles of marking. Circa less then 25 years old. Excellent all original paint and condition. Glass eyes with leather line tie. Measure approx 17 1/2 inches long with tucked back head posture. Very well done solid carved body with raised wing tip and tail carving detail. Keith is a World Champion carver and is also well known for his paintings and several duck stamp wins. If you have ever seen any of Keith's work in hand it is very impressive. Very pretty Black Duck here with great detailed form and painting style. Very strong example for any collection of Black Duck decoys. More pics avail. Very good buy on this one!
$1800

 
McNair Turnstone
McNair Turnstone
McNair signature
 

 

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

 
Pete Bufflehead pair
Pete signature
 

 

Super nice Bufflehead pair by "Hurricane Pete" Peterson, Capeville, VA. Signed & dated 1992 on hen and 1993 on drake. Excellent all original paint and has some lite wear, may have be hunted a couple times. Hollow carved bodies measure approx 12 inches long each, with great head & body carving. Both have slightly turned heads. Glass eyes with original leather line ties & weights. Has Pete's brand "PETE" in bottom. Pete makes a great bird & his decoys are a collector favorite, & getting hard to find, & the style on this pair is superb. This is a really nice classic style pair by Pete.
SOLD!

 
Glenn hen Widgeon
Glenn hen widgeon
 

 

Superb and very rare, just one of 2 known Widgeon hens by Capt. John Glen (1876-1954), Rock Hall, MD. From the "SWEETWATER" hunting club rig from South Carolina. Has the metal tack in breast the ID's it. Circa 1920-40s. Excellent strong and clean all original paint & condition. Great brush work on this one & is "classic" Rock Hall paint style & form. Condition is excellent with no repairs or touch ups. Shows some very minimal areas of wear from hunting but very clean and strong. Has a hair thin neck crack that goes thru 80% of the lower neck but very tight and secure. Has very slight lift to back of where head goes on body and would probably push down. 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 16 inches long. Just one other known at this time and it was thought to be the only one when Decoy Magazine article was written on John Glen. A very rare hunting decoy for any collector looking to add a classic Rock Hall decoy by John Glen to a collection. E-mail for more pics. Hard to find one nicer then this one & a great buy as Rock Hall birds are undervalued sleepers when it comes to finding these rare all original birds this clean & original. Decoys by Glen are Chesapeake Bay classics, he provided decoys for some of the most famous hunting clubs & gunners that ever gunned along the coast. More good pics avail, great buy on this classic beauty.
SOLD!

 
Mark Daisey Hancock style Merganser pair
Mark D brand
 

 

Super nice Miles Hancock 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 70 year old classics by Miles Hancock. Nice fat size birds at approx 17 inches long each with solid carved bodies. Original style tack eyes with head crest notches as proper to follow Miles Hancock's classic. Has aged weights & Hancock style line ties. Mark Daisey is the nephew of the "world famous" Cigar Daisey. He makes a excellent decoy in many different styles including copying some of the classics. His work is a very smart buy for the good quality that he puts into his work. Extra pics avail & a great buy on this pair. More pics available.
$675 pair

 
McNair Widgeon
McNair Widgeon
McNair Signature
 

 

Super sharp and very early three quarter size drake Widgeon by Mark McNair, Eastern Shore of VA. Circa late 1970's. Carved "McNair VIRGINIA" signature. Outstanding all original paint that shows a nice even patina. Incredible workmanship on this bird with a mix of paint styles and carving style. Hollow carved body measures approx 12 3/4 inches long with full turned head and glass eyes. This is a neat style & looks 100 years old, its all Mark's style & that is what makes it superb. Its tuff getting any McNairs especially this early and this is a beauty. Extra pics available. Very good buy here and as early as you will ever find a Mark McNair carving. Great find here for the McNair collector looking for the rarest examples.
$1500

 



Leo shorebird
Leo Shorebird
Leo sig
 

 

Superb sleeper Red Knot decoy by the late Leo McIntosh, Woodville, New York. Signed and dated 1987. Excellent all original paint & condition with a nice soft patina finish. Very detailed carving. Measures approx 5 3/4 inches long & is solid carved body with glass eyes. Nice carving on this beauty with raised detailed wing tips with very well done form and detail. Leo started his decoy making career working for Ken Harris Decoys before going out on his own in the 1980's. I use to set up near him at the Easton Waterfowl Festival and he always sold out quickly. He was a very neat guy and was a shame he passed at a young age. This is a beautiful carving and shows the strong use of form & movement detail that Leo incorporated in his fine work. Its tuff getting any McIntosh carvings as his decoys are highly sought by collectors of both old & contemporary decoys. Very nice piece here & sure to please, beautiful carving. More pics avaiilable.
$950

 
Mitchell oversize Bluebills
itchell signature
 

 

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

 


chesser Black Duck pair
 

 

Super nice matched pair of Black Duck decoys by Grayson Chesser, Jenkins Bridge, VA. Scarce painted signature and dated 2003. Has Grayson's "C" carved in bottom of each. Excellent all original paint & condition that is never gunned over. Great surface on these beauties with superb paint work. Life size hollow carved cedar bodies measures approx 17 inches long each. Nice glass eyes with no cracks. Grayson was the "Carver of the Year" at the 2004 Harve de Grace Decoy Show, and just did an exhibit at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C. 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. This is first pair of matched Black Ducks I have had in awhile. More pics avail.
$850 pair

 

George Strunk oversize Eiders
 

 

Outstanding oversized hollow Delaware River style Eider pair by George Strunk, Glendora, NJ. Signed & stamped weight. Just superb all original paint & perfect condition. This beautiful pair are hollow carved & are rigged with lead pad weights & leather line ties proper & ready to hunt with or stick on the shelf. Has stamped into both leads "G. STRUNK". Hollow carved body measures approx 21 inches long each with slightly turned heads. Have glass eyes & very detailed paint work on both. Incredible job on this pair with detailed bill carvings, raised crossed wing-tips & tail carvings and a great looking slightly turned head on both. George makes a great looking bird in the classic Delaware River style. His work is highly sought after by collectors of both old & contemporary decoys. Outstanding & great collector species here & sure to please and one of the finest Eider pairs I've ever seen. Very scarce species here by any carver. More pics avail.
$1950 pair

 
Hudson Brant



Hudson Brant
 

 

Early and scarce raised wing tip style Brant decoy by Ira Hudson (1876-1949), Chincoteague Island, VA. Circa 1920-1930's. Ex-collection of Sam Dyke & is stamped. Has very good all original paint with little wear for the age & useage, lots of great blended painting. No repairs or touch ups of any kind. Has a slight blunting to tip of the bill. Measures approx 17 1/2 inches. This is a classic & very desirable Hudson style, with a turned head style with nicely carved raised wing tips, fat flowing style body, with classic flutted tail carving, solid body that feels like a very hard balsa, & tack eyes. Retains original pad weight & leather line tie. This is a really nice true classic Hudson Brant, great form & very clean. Great bird and in the condition and style everyone wants. More pics avail.
SALE PENDING!

 
GW BARNES REDHEAD

GW BARNES REDHEAD
 

 

Early Chesapeake Bay classic Redhead decoy by George Washington "WASH" Barnes (1861-1915), Carpenter's Point, MD. Circa pre-1910. Has "CH" carved in bottom. Very good plus condition with neck crack that doesnt distract & is secure. Hard working old bird that has been repainted by Ralph Murphy and probably was from his rig at one time. Nice surface that is very dry, clean and strong, never waxed. Measures approx 14 1/2 inches long, with nice full stylish body carving. Retains very old weight and staple line tie. Has painted eyes. "Wash" and his four brothers ran a fish camp at Carpenter's Point and gunned a sinkbox with Perry K. Barnes. 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 maker Redhead to a collection. E-mail for more pics if interested. Very hard to find piece here and a excellent buy on this classic.
SOLD!

 
Miles Hancock postcard
Miles Hancock Black Duck

Miles Black Duck



 

 

Very nice Black Duck 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 scratch feather paint patterns. Has a area of lost paint on back probably where line was wrapped when stored. Measures nice size at approx 17 inches & is solid cottonwood. Has metal tack eyes. Retains original weight and 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 nice classic example for any collection. It is sure to please any collector of Chincoteague or Virginia historic maker gunning decoys. More pics avail.
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Ian McNair Dipper mini
Ian mini Dipper
Ian signature Dipper
 

 

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

 
ruddy duck
Maddox Ruddy

 

 

Nice copy of John Williams style high head Ruddy Duck decoy by unknown maker, probably Jim Brockman or John Paxton. 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

 
Charlie Joiner Canvasback pair
Joiner signature
 

 

Superb & scarce flat bottom "Best Grade" Canvasback pair by Charlie Joiner (Born 1921), Chestertown, MD. Signed & dated 1980. Exceptional all original paint, with very clean finish, the paint work on these birds are a killer. A more fancy model done with flat bottoms and never rigged. Full size with glass eyes and solid carved bodies that measure approx 16 inches each. Both have slightly turned heads. Great examples here and sure to please any collector looking for top quality Joiners for their collection as these models are very rarely found for sale. More pics avail.
$2750 pair

 
Keyes Chadwick BB

Keyes Chadwick BB
 

 

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

 
RUNNING YELLOWLEGS
RUNNING YELLOWLEGS
 

 

Minty and very early running Greater Yellowlegs by unknown maker from New England states probably Massachusetts. Circa 1890-1920. This bird was found in a house with the exceedingly rare Dilly Yellowlegs in Prouts Neck, Maine. Minty all original paint & condition, including original bill. Paint is very clean, thick, dry & strong, with hundreds of dots plummage feather painting. This bird has a incredible surface with good color with a nice deep patina that has darkened with age. This is a solid body bird made out of 3 pieces of wood to get the fat full body effect and measuring approx 13 inches long. Has tiny black shoe button eyes and no wear except to tiny tip of end of bill. A super nice old classic New England states shorebird with great folk art form and in really excellent plus all original condtion for any collection of folk art or antique shorebirds. Running birds are always a big plus in a collection. Stand included and more pics available. A very good buy here.
$1850

 
Gibian Merganser
Gibian Merganser
Gibian signature
 

 

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

 
McGaw minty Canvasback
McGaw Canvasback
McGaw brand
 

 

Near perfect Canvasback drake by Robert McGaw (1879-1958), Harve de Grace, MD. Circa 1930-40. Excellent all original paint & condition, great patina & aging. Never waxed, paint is super strong, dry & crisp. Has never been gunned over & is near perfect, only some tiny paint flake at neck base as shown & small area of lifted puddy over nails in top of head with a couple of very tiny flakes of puddy loss. For the age it is just superb! More pics avail. Measures approx 16 inches long, has original weight & line tie. Also has McGaw's brand, it is thought the birds with his brand were from his personal rig. Outstanding paint patterns in McGaws best style. As good as they come, and of the quality you just can't find at any price these days. You will be thrilled with this beauty, it is as fine a McGaw Canvasback decoy as you will ever be able to find of this vintage, birds of this quality continue to be the strongest investment you can put in a collection.
$1750

 
Wozny Pidgeon
W pidgeon
Wozny Pidgeon
W pidgeon

 

 

Rare 1 of 6, Red Bill Pigeon decoy by Eddie Wozny, Cambridge, Maryland. Circa 1991. Signed & dated in ink & carved "W" in bottom. Very nice holow carved piece that is life size with metal hanger with screw eye in back. Paint is all original & very rich in color. Glass eyes & measures approx 13 inches long. Nice lifelike colors & very detailed carving. This was made for his father-in-law, the famous Bobby Richardson, for a hunting trip to Le Pesca, Mexico in 1991. One of just 6 made for that hunting trip. It was later donated and sold at a Virginia State DU event. 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 rare gunning piece here, its sure to please. More pics avail.
$600

 
Mason BB
Mason BB
 

 

Strong and as found Mason Premier Grade drake Bluebill decoy, Detroit, Mich. Circa 1910-20. Paint is very strong, clean & all original. Very nice surface that displays very nice. Shows some areas of paint loss to expected areas from some honest gunning wear. But extra nice for a 100 year old gunning decoy. Measures approx 15 inches and hollow carved with some lead seaming loss as expected. Perfect yellow glass eyes. Great color on this one & lots of nice paint that Mason decoys are famous for. Very clean, great surface and will be a very nice addition to any Mason decoy collection. More pics available of this true classic.
$650

 
Bob McGaw hen Bluebill on base
Bob McGaw hen Bluebill

 

 

Superb and very scarce full size Bluebill hen by Robert McGaw (1879-1958), Havre de Grace, MD. Circa 1920-40. Excellent all original paint & mounted on original wooden base. Incredible paint suface & form, with best paint style . The color & patina are superb. It does have a dark rub on bottom right side and could be cleaned off and doesn't show when displayed, it is pretty much near mint perfect. Only fault is slight lifting of puddy over nails on top of head. Measures approx 14 inches long with great full body carving. Full size decorative McGaw decoys are seldom found on the resale market anymore & this is a superb decoy for any collector looking to add a very choice Upper Bay or McGaw bird to a collection. E-mail for more pics if interested, outstanding buy here & top notch quality.
$1750

 
GC sleeper Teal
GRAYSON SLEEPER GW TEAL

 

 

Exceptional sleeper head drake Greenwing Teal decoy by Grayson Chesser, Jenkins Bridge, VA. Signed and dated 1991. Has Grayson's "C" carved in bottom. Excellent all original paint & condition with no touch ups or repairs. Great patina on this beauty. Life size solid carved body measures approx 10 inches with full turned sleeper head and a nice fat full body carving. Nice glass eyes with no cracks. Grayson was the "Carver of the Year" at the 2004 Harve de Grace Decoy Show, and just did an exhibit at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C. This is a scarce model by Grayson. More pics available. This is a very beautiful decoy by one of the best classic decoy makers of this generation. Get this modern classic while you can.
$400

 
Gallop Brothers Coot
Peg head Coot by Gallop Bros
 

 

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

 
Joiner Redhead pair
Joiner signature
 

 

Superb & minty matched pair of Redhead decoys by Charlie Joiner (1921-2015), Chestertown, MD. Signed & circa 1970-80. Excellent all original paint, with very clean finish, the paint work on these birds are a killer and pretty much mint. Beautiful colors & blending of paint and stipple painting. A species that has always been a collector favorite. Full size with painted eyes, measures approx 14 3/4 inches long each. Full size with original weights & line ties, both are signed & are matched pair rigmates. Charlie was a classic Chesapeake Bay maker that really reset the standard for upper bay birds that many have tried to put into their work. They say he could paint a pair of Canvasbacks in 14 minutes. Great examples here & sure to please any collector looking for top quality Joiners for their collection. More pics avail.
SOLD!

 
Mark McNair Golden Plover
Mark McNair Golden Plover
Mark McNair Golden Plover
 

 

Exceptional hollow carved Golden Plover shorebird decoy by Mark McNair, Eastern Shore of VA. Circa 1980s. Excellent all original aged paint & condition. New England style bird with slight raised shoulder/wing carving with split tail. Hollow very fat carved body with glass eyes, measures approx 12 1/2 inches long. Has splined bill & a hardwood insert at hole in bottom. Body is perfect, you cannot find the seam. Carved signature. Rarely seen style by McNair, even the neck & head are hollow. The paint on this bird is incredible with Marks best detail & feathering I would say several thousand paint strokes on this one. This is a fabulous piece by Mark & good early 80's vintage the hard core McNair collectors are all looking for. You saw record price for a group of 5 McNair Golden Plovers in this style that sold for 37k at a Copley auction. This is as strong a McNair Golden as you will find, and as fine as the record price examples. More pics avail of this beauty.
$1900

 
Cook Bufflehead
Cook Bufflehead
 

 

Super fat Bufflehead drake by George Cook, Kent Island, MD. Circa 1950-60s. Paint is very good, dry & all original. Shows slight wear from gunning and age. No eyes and retains original sand cast weight & screw eye line tie. Measures just 8 3/4 inches long and super fat body and a very slightly turned head. George was a high school shop teacher and not known if he made any other species or rigs. Great form & very appealing for any decoy collection. Very clean & strong little bird here with great appeal for the price, more pics avail.
SOLD!

 
IM turned head Curlew
McNair curlew
sig of I McNair
 

 

Awesome turned head miniature Curlew shorebird decoy carving by Ian McNair, Eastern Shore of VA. Circa less then 5 years old. Has carved "I McNair" signature. Excellent all original aged paint & condition with very well done intentional aging. Measures approx 3 1/2 inches, fat full body style. Tiny glass eyes with a perfect patina surface. Includes custom stand made by Ian. This is a really nice piece, very scarce to ever get these from Ian as he dont make a lot of minis. They are very popular with collectors of Ian's fine work. Carved I McNair signature. More pics available of this great looking McNair. Hard not to want to add this scarce little beauty to your collection, great form, style & paint and a classic. Only one available.
SOLD!

 
Capt John Smith
Capt J. Smith Pintail
 

 

Never gunned Pintail drake decoy by Capt John Smith (1871-1959), Ocean City, MD. Circa 1940-50's. Excellent all original paint & condition thats super strong, dry and clean. Has very nice scratch painting. Solid carved body measures approx 17 3/4 inches long. Has original tack eyes and only fault is thin but tight neck crack which is pretty common with his decoys. Capt John Smith was a farmer, boat builder & a fisherman and would row his catch to sell at the wharf in Ocean City. He was also a avid hunter and a gunsmith, it is said that he owned over 100 shotguns when he died in 1959 (many thanks to Jim Trimble for sharing this info from his excellent article in Decoy Magazine July/Aug 96). They say he was color blind but his wing patches are the best color blended I have seen by any maker. Good one here for the Eastern Shore decoy collector, very hard to find this nice. More pics available.
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.
$1250

 



Leo teal
Leo Teal
Leo bottom of Teal
 

 

Superb Green-Wing Teal hen decoy by the late Leo McIntosh, Woodville, New York. Signed and dated 1989. Excellent all original paint & condition with a nice soft patina finish. Very highly detailed carving. Measures approx 11 inches long & is solid carved body with glass eyes. Nice and very detailed carving on this beauty with raised detailed wing tips with very well done form and detail. Leo started his decoy making career working for Ken Harris Decoys before going out on his own in the 1980's. I use to set up near him at the Easton Waterfowl Festival and he always sold out quickly. He was a very neat guy and was a shame he passed at a young age. This is a beautiful carving and shows the strong use of form & movement detail that Leo incorporated in his fine work. Its tuff getting any McIntosh carvings as his decoys are highly sought by collectors of both old & contemporary decoys. Very nice piece here & sure to please, the workmanship is incredible. More pics avaiilable.
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Jester mini
Jester mini
 

 

Very nice and scarce miniature hen Pintail decoy by Doug Jester (1876-1961), Chincoteague Island, VA. Circa 1930-50s. Nice classic body style, measuring approx 6 inches long. Paint is all original & nicely done. Very clean, strong & dry with great Jester style brush strokes and slightly different colors then what he usually used on hen Pintails. Tiny shelf carving for the head with thin neck crack that is hairline and secure. Jester was well known for his classic Chincoteague style hunting decoys, but his minis are quite hard to find, especially this nice & a hen Pintail is one of the harder species to find as a mini.
$425

 
 

Oversized Canvasback pair by the Ward Brothers

Ward signature
 

 

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

 
Pete BB Plover
PETE BBP
Pete BBP
 

 

Scarce Black Belly Plover shorebird decoy by "Hurricane Pete" Peterson, Capeville, VA. Circa 1984. Signed, dated 1984 and hot branded "PETE". Excellent all original paint & in unused condition with intentional wear for look of antique gunning bird. Solid carved body measures approx 10 inches long, with stylish fat full body carving in a alert position. Glass eyes and will include old wooden stand made by Pete. Pete makes a great bird & his shorebird 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.
SOLD!

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

 

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

 
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.
$185

 
 

Chesser Widgeon pair

 

 

Nice pair of Widgeon decoys by Grayson Chesser, Jenkins Bridge, VA. Circa less then 40 years old . Has Grayson's "C" carved in bottom of each. Very good plus all original paint & condition that has some lite gunning wear. Great surface on these beauties with nice thick paint work. Life size hollow carved cedar bodies measures approx 15 inches each with tucked head on hen and upright on drake. Nice strong and fat full body carving with both retaining original keels & weights and are ready to gun with again. Both have glass eyes. Grayson was the "Carver of the Year" at the 2004 Havre de Grace Decoy Show, and just did an exhibit at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C. More pics available. This is a very nice pair of decoys by one of the best classic decoy makers of this generation. Grayson's decoys continue to be some of the most sought after decoys in todays market, get this modern classic pair while you can. Very nice and collector favorite species by Grayson. More pics avail.
$850 pair

 

Joiner Redhead 1951
Joiner 1951 Redhead
Joiner signature
 

 

Super nice 1951 Redhead drake decoy by Charlie "Speed" Joiner (1921-2015), Chestertown, MD. Signed & dated 1951. Excellent and pretty much mint original paint, with very clean and bone dry finish, the paint work on this bird is superb as always with Joiner. This beauty appears to have never been gunned over, just about perfect mint condition with a couple of storage rubs and just tiny slight nail pops on backside of head but secure and stable. Retains original weight & staple line tie. Charlie only dates 1951 on birds that the ballast weight isnt flattened on ends, line gets caught up on edge, 1952 & on corrected that with flattened edge. They say he is called "Speed" because he could paint a pair of Canvasbacks in 14 minuites. Full size with painted eyes, measures approx 14 inches long with early extra wide bill. Charlie Joiner decoys are classics & still some of the most sought after contemporary birds made, he reset the standards for a lot of todays Chesapeake Bay makers. Great example here & sure to please any collector looking for great quality early Joiners for their collection. More pics avail.
$425

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

 


GC Coot
Grayson Coot
 

 

Very and scarce Coot gunning decoy by Grayson Chesser, Jenkins Bridge, VA. Has Grayson's "C" carved into bottom, also has "Conover Collection" stamp on the bottom. Very good all original paint & condition. Hollow carved body measures approx 13 1/2 inches long, with great swimming forward head & full body carving with raised s-wing carving. Condition is very good plus and has been gunned over. Has hairline neck crack but hard to see and weight and line tie removed. Grayson was the "Carver of the Year" at the 2004 Harve de Grace Decoy Show, and just did an exhibit at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C. Grayson makes a great bird & his Coots are very scarce and a collector favorite. This is a very nice decoy showing Grayson's fine decoy making talent and skills and will please even the most demanding of collectors. More pics avail.
$425

 

Bill Birk GW Teal
Bill Birk GW Teal
Birk sig
Birk bookB BIRK BOOK
 

 

Superb Green~Wing Teal decoy by Bill Birk, Bridgeport, Conn. Signed and circa 1960's. Excellent all original paint and condition. Glass eyes. Measure approx 11 inches long with turned preener head and raised detailed feather carving mounted on base. He started his carving career in 1950 and was hoping at the time to be a competition carver which he later did. He sold decoys for years in Abercrombie and Fitch. He worked for the Remington Arms company in Bridgeport. Outstanding vintage piece here with incredible workmanship and painting style. Very nice piece for any collection of Teal or competition maker decoys. 1968 North American Decoys magazine book included. More pics available and a outstanding value.
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McNair Robin Snipe
McNair Robin Snipe

McNair signature
 

 

Super nice Nathan Cobb style Robin Snipe shorebird decoy by Mark McNair, Eastern Shore of VA. Circa less then 35 years old. Carved McNair signature on bird. Very nice all original aged paint & condition. The surface is very well done with great looking patina & aging and several shot scars to add to the look of a old original. Nice brush work on this beauty including very well done aging of surface. Nice bold full body style that measures approx 9 3/4 inches tip to tip. Glass eyes, nice splined bill & raised wing and tail carving. This is a very desirable style & looks 125+ years &this is a really nice and very sought after style by McNair. If you like southern shorebirds or McNair carvings this is a nice piece that you will enjoy adding to any collection of old or new shorebird decoys. Metal stand included. More pics of this beauty avail.
$1400

 
unknown Redhead
unknown Redhead
 

 

Fantastic and very early drake Redhead by unknown maker, probably NY or New England area. Circa 1900-1930. Paint is excellent, dry & all original. Superb tiny comb scratch painting that is carefully blended on back and sides. Surface is exceptional with minimal wear to the edges. Superbly done inletted head and the entire bottom edge of the bird has been beveled, never seen that done on a decoy before and obvious that a talented craftsman made this decoy. Measures approx. 13 inches long. Solid carved body with no structural issues and has painted eyes. Retains original leather line tie and original weight. This is a very early and well made decoy with great form & very appealing for any decoy collection. Very clean & strong little bird here with great appeal for the price, more pics avail.
$725

 
Joiner Canvasback pair
Charlie Joiner signature
 

 

Super nice & earlier Canvasback pair by Charlie "Speed" Joiner (1921-2015), Chestertown, MD. Signed not dated but made in the late 1950's to 1960's period. Excellent pretty much mint all original paint, with very clean finish, the paint work on these birds are superb as always with Joiner. A species that has become "The Classic" by Joiner. They say he is called "Speed" because he can paint a pair of Canvasbacks in 14 minuites. Full size with painted eyes, measures approx 16 1/2 inches each. Hen was never rigged and weight & line tie removed from drake and display perfectly. Charlie Joiner decoys are classics & still some of the most sought after contemporary birds made, he reset the standards for a lot of todays Chesapeake Bay makers. Outstanding examples here & sure to please any collector looking for great quality Joiners for their collection. More pics avail.
$675 pair

 
Darkfeather Black Duck
Darkfeather Black Duck
Darkfeather signature
Darkfeather hot brand
 

 

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

 
Charlie Bryan Bluebill pair
 

 

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

 


CURLEW SANDPIPER
CURLEW SANDPIPER
MCNAIR
McNair
 

 

Outstanding & very scarce Curlew Sandpiper shorebird decoy by Mark McNair, Eastern Shore of VA. Signed and dated 2006 on stand. Excellent all original aged paint & condition with very well done intentional wear. Measures approx 8 3/4 inches, fat full body style with low resting head. Brass tack eyes, splined sperm whale bone bill & raised wing carving, all very accurate in detail. Tthis is a really nice style & a very seldom seen species by Mark. Carved McNair signature. McNair made wooden stand included. More pics avail. of this great looking McNair. Hard not to want to add this little beauty to your collection, great form, style & paint.
$1050

 
GE Canada
GE hen

 

 

Super nice & early hen Goldeneye by unknown maker, Verdun, Quebec area of Canada. I dont have much knowledge about maker ID from that area but think its probably a easy ID for a collector in that area. Circa 1910-1940. Paint is excellent, bone dry & all original with some natural age crazing. A couple of shot scars add to the great look. Measures approx. 13 inches long. Solid flat bottom body with perfect glass eyes. Retains original staple line tie. Outstanding heavy carving detail which is classic trait in the Quebec school of carvers. Great form and surface that is very appealing for any decoy collection. Very strong hen bird here with great appeal for the price, more pics avail.
$1000

 
I McNair Mallard
McNair mini Mallard
Ian McNair mini Mallard
 

 

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

 
Pete Ruddy
Pete ruddy
Bottom sig
 

 

Excellent Ruddy Duck decoy by "Hurricane Pete" Peterson, Capeville, VA. Circa 2013. Signed, dated and hot branded "PETE". Excellent all original paint & in unused condition. Has rub to bare wood on back of neck that looks like Pete grabbed when still wet. Solid carved body measures approx 10 1/2 inches long, with stylish alert head & full body carving. No eyes "Blind" model with original leather line tie & classic lead strip weight. Has Pete's brand "PETE" in bottom. Pete makes a great bird & his decoys are a collector favorite, & very hard to find. This is a really nice and a popular species by Pete, great classic Pete form & style, its always a pleaser. More pics available.
$325

 
Strunk standing teal


Strunk signature
 

 

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

 


 

 

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

 
Strunk Curlew
Strunk mini Curlew
Strunk signature
 

 

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

 
Hudson GE
Hudson GE
 

 

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

 
Mitchell Canvasback pair
 

 

Super nice matched pair of Canvasback decoys by R. Madison Mitchell (1901-1993), Havre de Grace, MD. Both are signed and dated 1958. Excellent all original paint that's strong, dry & clean, great brush work on these beauties. Nice fat bodies that measure approx 15 3/4 inches long each with nicely done heads. Retains original weights & ring staple line ties. Shows minimal wear & probably only hunted over just a few times. Only issue is a neck crack on hen but is pretty tight and secure. More pics avail. A super nice classic species thats almost 60 years old. Excellent pair by the dean of Upper Chesapeake Bay makers & for the Mitchell collector looking for choice examples. More pics avail, these are priced to sell, a great deal on these beauties.
$675 pair

 
Stevens Bluebill
Stevens Bluebill
 

 

Very nice & early Bluebill by Stevens Decoy Company, Weedsport, NY. Circa 1860's-1900. Paint is very good plus condition that is dry & all original. Excellent brushwork and comb feather painting style on these decoys. Shows some edge wear especially on the sides but pretty awesome for 125+ year old decoy. Approx 1/2 of the bill has been replaced by a pro and overpainted in that area to match. Measures approx. 13 inches long. Solid body with very early quality glass eyes. Retains original countersunk wire line tie and typical round poured lead weighting. George and Harvey Stevens began in the late 1860's and actually started advertising in the 1870's. These are very scarce to find in original condition and show beautiful workmanship and balance, Great form & very appealing for any decoy collection. Very clean & strong classic Bluebill here with great appeal for the price, more pics avail.
SOLD!

 
McNair mini Swan
McNair swan
Ian McNair Swan
 

 

Awesome miniature turned head Swan decoy carving by Ian McNair, Eastern Shore of VA. Circa less then 5 years old. Has carved "I McNair" signature. Excellent all original aged paint & condition with very well done intentional aging. Measures approx 5 inches with full turned head and fat full body style. Tiny glass eyes with a perfect patina surface. Even has a aged lead pad weight & tiny leather line tie. This is a really nice piece, very scarce to ever get these from Ian as he dont make a lot of minis. They are very popular with collectors of Ian's fine work. Carved I McNair signature. More pics available of this great looking McNair. Hard not to want to add this scarce little beauty to your collection, great form, style & paint and a classic. Only one available.
$525

 
MJ Ruddy
MJ Ruddy
mj rd

 

 

Very nice Ruddy Duck in the classic Alvera Wright style by Michael Johnson, Inman, SC. Circa 2017. Carved "MJ" signature. This is a copy of a Alvera Wright Ruddy duck, a true classic decoy and fine example of wildfowl folk art. Paint is all original and done with intentional wear. Has no eyes & is lifesize and measures approx 12 inches long. Body is solid carved with lead strip weight and staple ring line tie. Very nicely done copy in the style of the great classic maker Alvera Wright. Michael has been carving for 30 years and carves mostly in the styles of the old classic makers. He carves a few pieces to order for long time customers but mostly his work is only sold at The Audubon Gallery in Charleston, SC. A very nicely done Wright style Ruddy duck carving with good folk art appeal, more pics avail. Good buy here!
$325

 


Chesser Merganser
Merganser by Grayson
GC C
Grayson Sig
 

 

Minty drake Red~Breasted Merganser decoy by Grayson Chesser, Jenkins Bridge, VA. Has Grayson's "C" carved into bottom also signed and dated 2003. Excellent plus all original paint & condition. Hollow carved body measures approx 18 1/2 inches long, with great slightly forward swimming head & full body carving. Condition is mint & never gunned over with perfect glass eyes. This handsome devil retains original weight & leather line tie, thats the way Grayson makes them, you can gun with it or put it on the shelf. Grayson was the "Carver of the Year" at the 2004 Harve de Grace Decoy Show, and just did an exhibit at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C. Grayson makes a great bird & his Mergansers are scarce and a collector favorite. This is a very nice decoy showing Grayson's fine decoy making talent and superb painting skills and will please even the most demanding of collectors. More pics avail.
SOLD!

 
Mark Daisey Canvasbacks
MD Can pair
 

 

Super nice Ira Hudson style Canvasback decoy pair by Mark Daisey, Chincoteague Island, VA. Ink signed 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 carving as proper to follow Ira Hudson's classic. Has aged weight & line tie. Mark Daisey is the nephew of the late "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
$650 pair

 
Colin Tern
Colin Tern
Colin sig
 

 

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

 
Warin Redhead
Warin Redhead
Warin brand
 

 

Very nice and early drake Redhead by unkown maker, Toronto, Canada. Circa 1880-1900. Branded "JFWR". Paint is very nice and all original paint with a coat of wax or finish feeder that has darkened with age. Bill looks to have a repair and probably repainted on bill. Incredible super tight classic comb painting as was done by Canada's finest makers. Shows some wear from age & gunning use. Super thin walled hollow carved body that measures approx 15 1/4 inches long. Has perfect glass eyes and notice the nice neck shelf with nice bill carving. For more info on Canadian decoys see Brisco’s "Waterfowl Decoys of Southwestern Ontario and the Men Who Made Them." More pics avail, bird nicer then my pics show. Good buy here!
$850

 
Reggie Birch Bufflehead pair

Birch ink signature
 

 

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

 
Early Black Duck
Early Black Duck
 

 

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

 
Hancock Mallard hen

Hancock mini
Hancock mini
 

 

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

 
Strunk RB MERGANSERS
Strunk weight
 

 

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

 
McNair Goose mini
IMCN Goose mini
McNair sig
 

 

Awesome miniature Canada Goose decoy carving by Ian McNair, Eastern Shore of VA. Circa less then 5 years old. Has carved "I McNair" signature. Excellent all original aged paint & condition with very well done intentional aging. Measures approx 4 1/2 inches, fat full body style with raised wing tip carving. Tiny glass eyes with a perfect patina surface. Even has a aged lead pad weight & tiny leather line tie. This is a really nice piece, very scarce to ever get these from Ian as he dont make a lot of minis. They are very popular with collectors of Ian's fine work. Carved I McNair signature. More pics available of this great looking McNair. Hard not to want to add this scarce little beauty to your collection, great form, style & paint and a classic. Only one available.
$500

 


Ken Harris Black Duck pair
Harris Black Duck pair

 

 

Superb matched Black Duck decoy pair by Ken Harris (1906-81), Woodville, NY. Circa 1940-50's. Both are ink stamped. Excellent all original paint with a great patina & color. Nice scratch painting style. Looks nearly unused and only a bit of edge wear. Great stylish oversized bodies that measures approx 17 inches long. This beauties are three piece bodies with hollow area and keels. Both have perfect glass eyes very clean with no cracks. Retains original keels. Has Ken's stencil on bottom of each and gunners name also. These were very nicely made decoys to use for hunting, very good quality & nice big size, its a real shame no factory makes a wooden decoy of this quality to use for gunning these days. I will take these over plastic anyday. Great decoy to collect, these are quite affordable & make a nice collection. More pics avail. & guaranteed to please. This is the nicest Black Duck pair I have had by Harris and matched hen and drake. Harris was famous for his Black Ducks and that is what started him making decoys to prove Black Ducks would decoy to a decoy. Good buy here on this scarce rig mate pair. More good pics available.
$1200 pair

 
Ben Schmidt Redhead pair
 

 

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

 

Decoys Unlimited oversize Canvasback
Decoys Unlimited Canvasback
DU stencil

 

 

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

 
Finney Black Duck
Finney Ward Black Duck
FF int
 

 

Super 1930's Ward pinch breast style Black Duck decoy by Frank Finney, Capeville, VA. Circa 1980's. Has Frank's "FSF" script carved into bottom. Excellent aged original paint to make this classic beauty look like an original 80+ year old decoy by Lem & Steve Ward. Measures approx 19 1/2 inches long & has weight removed and staple ring line tie which adds to its realistic look. This is a neat piece & Frank's work is very collectable & sought after. Great addition to any collection, if you love the classics but cant afford what the real one will cost then this one should fill the bill at a small fraction of price of the authentic one. First piece like this of Frank's I've had in years as his work is quickly bought up by collectors and dealers. More pics avail.
$750

 
Mitchell Black Duck
Mitchell Black Duck
Mitchell signature
 

 

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

 
M. Daisey Merganser pair
Signature merganser pair
 

 

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

 
McNair Godwit
McNair Godwit
McNair signature
 

 

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

 


Billy Ellis hen BB
Billy Ellis hen BB
 

 

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

 
Bryan Widgeon pair
Bryan sig
 

 

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

 
NY Bufflehead
NY Bufflehead
 

 

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

 

Ohio/Dodge Mallard pair
 

 

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

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

 

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

 
Quebec GE hen
Quebec GE hen

 

 

Super nice & early hen Goldeneye by unknown maker, probably Quebec area of Canada. I dont have much knowledge about maker ID from that area but think its probably a easy ID for a collector in that area. Circa 1910-1940. Paint is excellent, dry & all original. Measures approx. 12 1/2 inches long. Solid flat bottom body with painted eyes. Retains original ring line tie and lead pad weight. Outstanding heavy carving detail which is classic trait in the Quebec school of carvers. Great form & very appealing for any decoy collection. Very clean & strong little bird here with great appeal for the price, more pics avail.
$650

 

Sutton BW Teal pr
Sutton bottom

 

 

Super nice Bluewing Teal decoy pair by Sean Sutton, Paulsboro, NJ. Ink signed and stamped weight. Outstanding all original paint & excellent condition. This pretty pair of Teal have hollow carved bodies that measures approx 13 inches on drake and approx 14 1/2 inches long on hen with slightly turned head with raised wing tip carving. Both have glass eyes and retain original leather line ties & lead pad bottom weight thats stamped by Sutton. Sean makes a great looking bird in the classic Delaware River style. His work is highly sought after by collectors of both old & contemporary decoys. He makes decoys using the techniques of the classic makers of Delaware River region. First time I have offered birds by Sean, they are very impressive and sure to please. More pics avail.
SALE PENDING!

 
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.
SOLD!

 
Ken Marshall RB MERGANSER
Marshall Merganser
SIG
 

 

Super nice Red~Breasted Merganser drake decoy by Ken Marshall, Red Bank, VA. Signed and dated 2013 with carved "KM" signature. Excellent all original paint & in unused condition with some intentional aging to edges. Hollow carved body measures approx 16 inches long, with stylish inletted head & full body carving. Glass eyes with original leather line tie & pad lead weight. Ken makes a great bird & his decoys are a local collector favorite, & very hard to find. This is a really nice and a popular species by Ken. More pics available.
SOLD!

 
Mitchell Black Duck
Mitchell Black Duck
 

 

Very early Black Duck decoy by R. Madison Mitchell (1901-1993), Harve de Grace, MD. Circa 1930s-40s. Very good plus all original paint & condition. Paint is strong and clean with some honest wear from gunning use. Measures approx 16 1/4 inches long and retains the original 2 nail weight & staple ring line tie that runs breast to tail. Nice carved head, and nice intense scratch painting. Is as found conditon and fresh to market, 1st time offered. If you collect Mitchell decoys you know a gunnin Black Duck decoy is a bit harder to find then most other species by Mitchell, especially of this vintage & fine condition. A honest old hunting decoy by the dean of Upper Chesapeake Bay makers. Scarce and choice Mitchell example here for any collection of classic decoys by Mitchell. More pics avail.
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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

 



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.
$950

 
Ira Hudson Black Duck



Hudson Black Duck
 

 

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

 
Animal Trap Bluewing teal pair
AT stamp
 

 

Scarce pair of unused Bluewing Teal pair by Animal Trap Company, Pascagoula, Miss. Circa 1939-1943 and 1946-57. Has ink stamp on bottom of each. Excellent all original paint and condition with minimal wear from age. Most original neck filler intact. Glass eyes with one broke on each. Measure approx 11 1/2 inches long each with slightly turned heads. Would be considered mint except drake head was broken in middle area and glued back together, may be factory repair not sure what was allowed out the door. Animal Trap was one of the last factory makers and ending up buying many of the past historic factories. Pascagoula was considered the factory decoy making capital of the world in the 1940's-50's. See any factory decoy book for more info. A fine and scarce pair of decoys here and seldom found in this condition. You will be very happy with these, especially at the price. More pics avail.
$525 pair

 
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

 
King family Bluebill pair
 

 

Excellent matched pair of Bluebill decoys attrib to Tuffield King (1908-1986), Go Home Bay, Port Severn, Ontario. Circa 1930-50. Excellent all original paint & condition with very minimal rubs to areas from gunning use. Nice basic painting style and color with a very nicely done rasped feathering finish with raised wing tip. Nicely carved heads with wide bills and perfect glass eyes. Measures approx 16 inches long and both retain original lead strip piece weight. The King brothers and their cousin Oliver show how that even in remote areas away from major hunting areas the decoy carving tradition prospered. Very strongly made with a great feel to them. Sure to please any collector of nice matched Bluebill pairs or birds from the Ontario area. More pics avail.
$500 pair

 
Pete Can
Pete Can
Pete Can
Pete Can
 

 

Early "Dudley" style Canvasback decoy by "Hurricane Pete" Peterson, Capeville, VA. Circa 1971. Signed, dated and double hot branded "PETE". Written on bottom is that is one of very first in this style. Excellent all original paint with some intentional edge wear. Has crack down the back but displays very nicely. Solid carved body measures approx 14 inches long, with stylish Dudley style head & full body carving. Painted eye model with original staple line tie & classic 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 46 year old decoy and a popular species by Pete, great classic Pete form & style, its always a pleaser. About as early as you will see by Pete. More pics available.
$425

 
MJ Burgess
MJ Burgess style
MJ Sig

 

 

Very nice Ruddy Duck in the classic Ned Burgess style by Michael Johnson, Inman, SC. Circa 2017. Carved "MJ" signature. This is a copy of a Ned Burgess Ruddy duck, a true classic decoy and fine example of wildfowl folk art. Paint is all original and done with intentional wear. Has no eyes & is lifesize and measures approx 10 1/4 inches long. Body is solid carved with lead strip weight and square nail line tie. Very nicely done copy in the style of the great classic maker Ned Burgess. Michael has been carving for 30 years and carves mostly in the styles of the old classic makers. He carves a few pieces to order for long time customers but mostly his work is only sold at The Audubon Gallery in Charleston, SC. A very nicely done Burgess style Ruddy duck carving with good folk art appeal, more pics avail. Good buy here!
$300

 
CS BNS
CS BNS
CS BNS sig

 

 

Very nice Black Neck Stilt shorebird decoy by Charles Spiron, Goldsboro, NC. Carved "SPIRON" on bottom of bird. Excellent all original paint in excellent condition. Stylish carved body with a reaching alert posture that measures approx 15 3/4 inches with raised wing and tip tail carving. Metal tack eyes with some intentional wear to give a nice look of age. Charles has been carving for almost 40 years and selling under the name "Currituck Decoy Company". His work was sold thru the Folk Art Museum at Colonial Willliamsburg, Winterthur Museum in Del, and the Smithsonian Institute. His work is well known and has started carving for the collector market. More pics avail and metal stand will be included. Good buy here!
$275

 
Ian mini Teal
Ian McNair GW Teal
McNair signature
 

 

Awesome miniature drake Green~wing Teal decoy carving by Ian McNair, Eastern Shore of VA. Circa less then 5 years old. Has carved "I McNair" signature. Excellent all original aged paint & condition with very well done intentional aging. Measures approx 4 1/8 inches, fat full body style with raised wing tip carving. Tiny glass eyes with a perfect patina surface. Even has a aged lead pad weight & tiny leather line tie. This is a really nice piece, very scarce to ever get these from Ian as he dont make a lot of minis. They are very popular with collectors of Ian's fine work. Carved I McNair signature. More pics available of this great looking McNair. Hard not to want to add this scarce little beauty to your collection, great form, style & paint and a classic. Only one available.
SOLD!

 
Conklin Bufflehead pair
Conklin brand

 

 

Never rigged Bufflehead pair of decoys by Hurley Conklin (1913-1991), Manahawkin, NJ. Circa 1950-75. Branded "H. CONKLIN". Superb all original paint, very strong & clean, with a nice painting style. Condition is excellent, strong and dry. Hollow bodies measures approx 12 inches long with slightly turned heads on each. Perfect glass eyes & very nice carving style on head & bill, with raised wing tips. Have inletted drilled holes weighting but never a line tie attached. Hurley is a WW2 vet and a NJ classic decoy maker and was making decoys for sale as early as 1928. If you are looking for a excellent example of a NJ classic maker Bufflehead pair this is it. Good buy here. More pics avail.
$465 pair

 
Mitchell Cans, Sam Dyke collection
SAM DYKE COLLECTION STAMP
 

 

Super nice matched pair of Canvasback decoys by R. Madison Mitchell (1901-1993), Havre de Grace, MD. Circa 1950's and ex-collection of Sam Dyke and ink stamped as such. Very good plus all original paint that's strong, dry & clean, great brush work on these beauties. Nice fat bodies that measure approx 16 1/4 inches long each with nicely done heads with no neck cracks. Retains original weights & staple ring line ties. Shows minimal gunning wear & are in as found condition. More pics avail. A super nice classic species thats over 60 years old. Excellent pair by the dean of Upper &for the Mitchell collector looking for choice examples of classic Chesapeake Bay Canvasback decoys.
$750 pair

 
McNair Ruddy Duck
McNair Ruddy
McNair sig
 

 

Very nice fat body "Cannonball" Ruddy Duck decoy by Mark McNair, Eastern Shore of VA. Circa less then 35 years old. Outstanding all original paint that has been aged & shows a nice even patina. Solid carved body measures approx 9 3/4 inches long and 16 1/2 inches around the body! No eye "blind" model with aged line tie and carved lead pad weight. This is a neat style & looks 100 years old, its all Mark's style & that is what makes it superb. Its tuff getting any McNairs & this is a beauty. Carved McNair signature. Extra pics available. Very good buy here and a collector favorite style!
$1800

 
Canvas Merganser

Canvas Merganser hen
 

 

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

 
Anger BB pair

 

 

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

 
Spiron BBP
CS BBP
CS SIG

 

 

Very nice fat running Black-Bellied Plover shorebird decoy by Charles Spiron, Goldsboro, NC. Carved "SPIRON" on bottom of bird. Excellent all original paint in excellent condition. Stylish carved body with a running posture that measures approx 12 1/2 inches with raised wing and tip tail carving. Metal tack eyes with some intentional wear to give a nice look of age. Charles has been carving for almost 40 years and selling under the name "Currituck Decoy Company". His work was sold thru the Folk Art Museum at Colonial Willliamsburg, Winterthur Museum in Del, and the Smithsonian Institute. His work is well known and has started carving for the collector market. More pics avail and metal stand will be included. Good buy here!
$275

 
Pete Peterson Merganser pair
Signature P Peterson


 

 

Super nice and very early swimming Red~Breasted Merganser pair of decoys by "Hurricane Pete" Peterson, Capeville, VA. Circa 1982. Signed, dated and hot branded "PETE". Excellent all original paint & in unused condition. Super nice surface that is dry, clean and very strong. Pretty close to mint with a couple of tiny grain bumps. Solid carved bodies, each measures approx 18 3/4 inches long, with stylish head and swimming body style carving and slightly turned heads. Perfect glass eyes. Has Pete's brand "PETE" in bottom. Pete makes a great bird & his decoys are a collector favorite, & earlier models are getting very hard to find. This is a really nice &style, its always a pleaser. More pics available.
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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

 
E BRO MALLARD
E BRO MALLARD

 

 

Very rare species Mallard drake by the Elliott Brothers, Bill (1907-83) and Chank (1907-1971), Easton, MD. Circa 1950-60's. Strong and dry all original paint & condition. Nice brush work that is "classic" Elliott Brothers paint style & form. Condition is excellent with no repairs or touch ups. Flowing body style with upswept tail that shows the boat builder influence that the "Him & I" twins designed into their carvings. Measures approx 17 1/2 inches long. Retains original bottom weight and "U" staple line tie. Puddle ducks are very scarce by the Elliott Brothers and this is only Mallard I have seen. Very scarce Chesapeake Bay Mallard for any collector looking to add a classic near mint Talbot county decoy by the Elliott twins to a collection. E-mail for more pics. Hard to find Elliott Brother decoys and this is a great buy as Elliott Brother birds are undervalued sleepers when it comes to finding these all original birds this clean. More good pics avail.
$1000

 
 
Early Redhead
early Redhead

 

 

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

 

John McLoughlin Bufflehead
John McLoughlin bufflehead sig
 

 

Super nice drake Bufflehead by John "Mickey" McLoughlin (1911-1985), 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

 
Ian McNair mini Canvasback pair

McNair signature
 

 

Very scarce pair of mini Canvasback decoy carvings by Ian McNair, Eastern Shore of VA. Circa less then 5 years old. Has carved "I McNair" signature on each. Excellent all original aged paint & condition with very well done intentional aging. Measures approx 3 1/2 inches, fat full body style with turned head carving. Tiny glass eyes with a perfect patina surfaces. Even has a aged lead pad weights & tiny leather line ties. This is a really nice pair, very scarce to ever get these from Ian as he dont make a lot of minis. They are very popular with collectors of Ian's fine work. Carved I McNair signatures. More pics available of these great looking McNair's. Hard not to want to add these scarce little beauties to your collection, great form, style & paint and a classic. Only one pair available.
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Mitchell Mallards
 

 

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

 
JS BUFF
JS BUFF
JAS BUFF
JAS BOTTOM BUFF
 

 

Exceptional and scarce Bufflehead drake gunning decoy by the late Jim Schmiedlin (1945-2015). Bradfordwoods, PA. Circa 2-99 as written on bottom. Branded "JAS" and painted bottom sig as seen above. Superb all original paint & condition with a nice soft patina finish. Measures approx 13 1/2 inches long with turned head & is hollow carved body with glass eyes and original keel was removed. Nice detailed carving on this beauty with raised detailed proper wing tips and tail with very well done form and detail. Great looking head carving and painting. This is a neat style & shows the strong use of form & movement that Jim incorporated in his fine work. Jim Schmiedlin's work is highly sought and agressive collectors make it hard to get a example for a collection at auctions. Exceptional offering here & sure to please. More pics avail.
$4200

 
Grayson Loon
Grayson Chesser Loon

Grayson sig loon

 

 

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

 
Ferd Hommee Canvasback
Ferd Hommee Canvasback
 

 

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

 
Ruddy by PETE
Pete ruddy duck
PETE brand
 

 

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

 

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

 
 
Dan Brown Mallard mini
Dan Brown Mallard

 

 

Super nice and scarce half size Mallard hen decoy by the late Dan Brown, Hebron, MD. Circa approx 1960-70. Unsigned and unstamped. Excellent all original paint with just a couple tiny age flakes. Overall it is excellent plus. Solid carved body measures approx 9 inches long and with slightly turned head. Glass eyes with no cracks. Dan went back to the early days of collecting and was important for the tireless work he did gathering a lot of the info that we know today about the decoy makers and the history of the gunning that was done in this region. He was a competitive carver who won many awards & was instrumental in what the Ward Museum has become to both collectors & carvers today. A very nice man who loved to share his knowledge with others, he is missed. Dan Brown made a great bird & his decoys are a collector favorite and very hard to find, and this pretty girl will be sure to please. More pics avail.
$250

 
Hudson style YL
Hudson style YL
MJ sig

 

 

Very nice reaching and turned head Yellowlegs in the Ira Hudson style by Michael Johnson, Inman, SC. Circa 2017. Carved "MJ" signature. This is a copy of a Ira Hudson that was sold in decoy auction in Charleston, SC in Feb 2017. Paint is all original & very rich in color, and done in his scratch painting style. Has no eyes & is lifesize and measures approx 12 inches long. Body is solid carved with very proper splined oak bill. Very nicely done copy in the style of a very unique bird by the great classic maker Ira Hudson. Michael has been carving for 30 years and carves mostly in the styles of the old classic makers. He carves a few pieces to order for long time customers but mostly his work is only sold at The Audubon Gallery in Charleston, SC. Metal stand included. A very nicely done Hudson style Yellowlegs carving with good folk art appeal, more pics avail. Good buy here!
SOLD!

 
Mitchell Snow Goose
Mitchell Snow Goose
Mitchell sig
 

 

Superb and scarce species Snow Goose decoy by R. Madison Mitchell (1901-1993), Havre de Grace, MD. Signed and dated 1983. Excellent all original paint thats very strong, clean & never waxed dry. Beautiful paint with nice feathering. Measure approx 23 inches long with a slightly forward swimming head. Retains original weight & line tie. Conditon is excellent and has never been gunned over. A super nice example of a scarce species by the dean of Upper Chesapeake Bay makers. Extra pics available.
$525

 
Maddox Ruddy
Maddox Ruddy

 

 

Nice copy of John Williams style high head Ruddy Duck decoy by unknown maker, probably Jim Brockman or John Paxton. 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

 
 
Ian pintail mini
Ian Pintail mini
Ian McNair Pintail mini
 

 

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

 


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

 
 
GC TEAL
GC Teal
Grayson C

 

 

Exceptional sleeper head hen Greenwing Teal decoy by Grayson Chesser, Jenkins Bridge, VA. Has Grayson's "C" carved in bottom. Excellent all original paint & condition with no touch ups or repairs. Great patina on this beauty. Life size solid carved body measures approx 10 inches with full turned sleeper head and a nice fat full body carving. Nice glass eyes with no cracks. Grayson was the "Carver of the Year" at the 2004 Harve de Grace Decoy Show, and just did an exhibit at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C. This is a scarce model by Grayson. More pics available. This is a very beautiful decoy by one of the best classic decoy makers of this generation. Get this modern classic while you can.
$400

 

Maine Black Duck
Maine Black Duck
 

 

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

 
Clint Chase hissing goose
Chase brand

 

 

Very nice half size hissing Canada Goose decoy carving by Clint Chase, Monroe, CT. Branded on bottom. Excellent all original and nice detailed paint and near mint condition. Glass eyes & hollow carved. Has leather line tie. Measures approx 16 1/2 inches long with hissing headl. Very nice job on this bird and a nice addition for any collection of Canada Goose or Conn maker decoys. More pics avail.
$425

 
Long Island Marlin Shorebird
 

 

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

 
 
Mitchell Widgeon
Madison Mitchell Widgeon
 

 

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

 
Oversize Chesser Black Duck


 

 

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

 
Borrett GE

Borrett signature

 

 

Beautiful lifesize standing Goldeneye drake by Mike Borrett (born 1960), Oregon, Wisc. Circa less then 10 years old. Carved signature "BORRETT" on bottom. Paint is all original, very rich in color with good lifelike detailed colors. Glass eyes and carved feathering. Beautiful surface. Overall measurement is about 14 1/2 inches long and 12 1/2 inches tall on wooden stand made by Mike. This is quite a stunning carving for the price. This is first pieces I have had by Mike but have seen other pieces he has done and he is a outstanding talent. He is a award winning carver and has done several pieces for Ducks Unlimited. Very good buy here with a great look. More pics available.
$300

 
MJ TERN
MJ TERN
MJ sig

 

 

Very nice reaching Tern in the Verity family style by Michael Johnson, Inman, SC. Circa 2017. Carved "MJ" signature. Paint is all original with intentional wear. Has glass eyes & is lifesize and measures approx 14 inches long. Body is solid carved. Very nicely done copy in the style of a very unique bird by the great classic makers of the Verity family of Long Island. Michael has been carving for 30 years and carves mostly in the styles of the old classic makers. He carves a few pieces to order for long time customers but mostly his work is only sold at The Audubon Gallery in Charleston, SC. Metal stand included. A very nicely done Verity tern style carving with good folk art appeal, more pics avail. Good buy here!
$300

 
Gallop Coot
Gallop Coot
 

 

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

 
Herter Eider decoy
Herters Eider
 

 

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

 
 
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

 
 
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.
SALE PENDING!

 
 
Ian Black Duck
Ian Black Duck
Ian sig
 

 

Nice oversize Black Duck by Ian McNair, Eastern Shore of VA. Circa less then 15 years old. Excellent all original paint & condition. This big boy measures approx 18 1/2 inches with a turned head. Glass eyes, cork body, wooden head, tail insert & keel. This is from a local hunting rig. Its tuff getting any McNairs & this one is cool, I bet it did a good job fooling the ducks. Carved Ian McNair initial signature. Very neat bird here for the McNair collector who is looking for something different or wants a great gunning bird. Good buy on this one.
$275

 
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

 
 
BP PLOVER
KM BP PLOVER
KM SIG
 

 

Super nice Black Belly Plover shorebird decoy by Ken Marshall, Red Bank, VA. Signed and dated 2014 with carved "KM" signature. Excellent all original paint & in unused condition with some intentional aging to edges. Solid carved body measures approx 11 1/4 inches long, with stylish wide head & full body carving. Glass eyes with original handmade wooden stand included. Ken makes a great bird & his decoys are a local collector favorite, & very hard to find. This is a really nice and a popular species by Ken. More pics available.
SOLD!

 
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

 
Bufflehead
Bufflehead Mulak

 

 

Nice Bufflehead drake decoy by John Mulak (b. 1943), Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts.  Circa 1970-80s.  Excellent all original paint & condition. Full size it measures approx 12 1/2 inches with resting head and glass eyes. Minimal gunning wear with solid detailed carved body. The original weight and line tie removed. 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. An incredibly accurate representation of this handsome species, gunned for only a few times by Mulak on Cape Cod before being retired to the shelf. A nice bird for the money. More pics avail.
$150
 
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.
SOLD!

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

 
 

Early Grayson Brant
Early Grayson Brant
 

 

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

 
 
Zack Ward Teal

 

 

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

 
 
Spirt of the birdSpirt of the bird - DVD
 

 

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

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