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Bob McGaw hen Bluebill on base
Bob McGaw hen Bluebill

 

 

Superb and very scarce full size Bluebill hen by Robert McGaw (1879-1958), Harve de Grace, MD. Circa 1920-40. Excellent all original paint & mounted on original wooden base. Incredible paint suface & form, with best paint style . The color & patina are superb. It does have a dark rub on bottom right side and could be cleaned off and doesn't show when displayed, it is pretty much near mint perfect. Only fault is slight lifting of puddy over nails on top of head. Measures approx 14 inches long with great full body carving. Full size decorative McGaw decoys are seldom found on the resale market anymore & this is a superb decoy for any collector looking to add a very choice Upper Bay or McGaw bird to a collection. E-mail for more pics if interested, outstanding buy here & top notch quality.
$1850

 
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.
$525

 
Rare OS Wildfowler Scooter

 

 

Superb and very scarce Scoter decoy by Decoys Unlimited, Erie, PA, Circa 1961-75. This exact decoy is pictured on page 106 of Ken Trayer's excellent book "North American Factory Decoys". Excellent all original paint & condition, appears to have never been used, paint is about mint except for 2 tiny flakes near tail & a few tiny white spider poop spots from storage. Surface on this beauty is awesome with a great aged patina & very dry, clean and strong. Very nice feathering on sides and a outstanding job on bill carving and blending of several colors of paint. Glass eyes are perfect with no cracks. Measures approx 18 inches long & retains original keel. More pics available. Nice bird here, very scarce species & in unhunted condition like you always hope to find. If you like factory decoys you will be very pleased with this one, great example here.
$750

 
Ward Bufflehead
Ward Bufflehead
Ward signature on bottom Bufflehead
 

 

Scarce hollow carved drake Bufflehead decoy by the Ward Brothers, Crisfield, MD. Circa 1966, signed & dated. Excellent all original paint & condition. Paint is very strong and clean. Beautiful patina & great paint patterns on this one. Minimal wear with a few small flakes and small edge wear. Small area chip on bill has been professionally repaired by Russ Allen.Lots of nice detailed feather painting on this one. Hollow carved cedar body with cedar head that measures approx 12 inches long. Head is turned to left slightly. Great looking classic Ward decoy here, very clean & nicely done style for that era & the condition overall is excellent. The Ward's started to see a influx of collectors in the 1950's and started to focus on more "Collector Grade" type examples instead of just gunning birds. The Collector Grade models are a bit fancier in carving and quite a bit more of the classic Ward Brothers detailing in paint work. The price of good Wards continue to be strong, they are great American folk art & stand on their own. This is a sweet decoy for any collector looking to add a classic but tuff species Ward Brothers and demands excellent original condition examples & investment quality decoys. E-mail for more pics if interested, you will like this one for the price.
$2250

 
Crowe hen BB

Crowel hen Bluebill
Crowel stamp brand
 

 

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

 
All original Ira Hudson Bluebill
Ira Hudson Bluebill
 

 

Very nice, folky & classic fat drake Bluebill by Ira Hudson (1876-1949), Chincoteague Island, VA. Circa 1930-1940. Has good, dry, clean all original paint with some wear from gunning use but most areas look more like some loss from the wood aging or sat in ice up. Still has the paint on tack eyes which is awesome because most rusted bad & paint never lasted. Super nice job on the painting style with lots of nice blending and scratch painting. No repairs or touch ups of any kind. Has a very thinner then a hair ageline around half of bottom of base of neck where it was nailed in to body, also a tiny amount of neck filler gone on right side corner. Measures approx 14 1/2 inches and retains original leather line tie & weight. This is classic & desirable Hudson style, with a great head style with nicely carved bill, flowing football style body, flowing flutted tail carving, solid cedar body, & tack eyes that still retain the original yellow paint. Nicely done paint style & as good as you can expect to find on a bird of this vintage in this price range. This is a really nice Hudson Blackhead, great form & very dry, clean and honest. I have over the years had others in this same style & paint that were from the gunning rig of the late Senator Williams of Delaware, I believe this one is too from that rig. They were donated to the Ward Museum by his family & a few were sold off back in the lates 80's by the museum. I use to get a Hudson Bluebill or two ever year for resale but this is the first I have had in 3 years. Great classic Ira Hudson here and a great addition to any collection of southern classic decoys.
$2050

 
JP 1961 Mallard drake
JP Mallard drake 1961
JP 1961 sig
 

 

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

 


Charles Clark Yellowlegs
Charles Clark Yellowlegs

 

 

Excellent & scarce Yellowlegs decoy by Charles Clark, Chincoteague Island, VA. Circa 1890-1920. Excellent all original paint that is super crisp, thick & clean with a perfect deep patina. Some dryness flaking to bare wood in a couple of spots. Bill is original & retains all of the original paint, so rare to find on a Clark shorebird. Solid carved balsa body measures approx 10 3/4 inches long. Only fault on entire bird is right side edge of flared tail has sheared off & is gone but not visable till in hand. Classic Clark with the sharp ridge carving down the entire back with flared tail & jowl & skull carving. Nice full body has a good look & feel in hand. Charles Clark made some of the best folk art shorebirds made & they have become a high demand item in the last few years. Very rarely are they offered this nice & clean. E-mail for more pics if interested. Classic examples of Clarks shorebirds have sold for over $100,000.+, they are great decoys for any collector of shorebird decoys or collectors of Southern or American folk art. Awesome condition, form and surface on this one. Stand included.
$3750

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

 

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

 
Miles Hancock postcard
Hancock Mallard

Hancock Mallard

Hancock Mallard bottom

 

 

Classic, crisp & very clean Mallard drake decoy by Miles Hancock (1888-1974), Chincoteague Island, VA. Signed & dated 1966 and made for Dick Johnson, Parksley, VA. Excellent all original paint, thats very dry & clean, with very nicely done scratch feather paint patterns. A very sharp full size Mallard. Still retains all the original paint on tack eyes. Measures big at approx 18 inches & is solid cottonwood. Pretty much mint except for slight rub to cheek which can probably be cleaned off. Never rigged to gun over. Full size drake Mallards are nearly impossible to find, he made a ton of mini Mallards but his full size gunners were very scarce & when you do find them they were kind made decorative with glass eyes. Hancock was a neat guy with a great history, lots written on him is available in most all decoy books about historic Virginia carvers. He didnt make the prettiest decoy ever made but probably forgot more about killing ducks then 90% of other makers of the day. His ducks were made to last & are a interesting study, no apologies needed on his classic work. This is a excellent classic Mallard & one of the finest I have seen. It is sure to please any collector of Chincoteague or Virginia historic maker gunning decoys. More pics avail.
$850

 
Verity family Yellowlegs
Verity family Yellowlegs
 

 

Early & rare Yellowlegs from the Verity Family, Seaford, Long Island, NY. Circa 1875-1900. Outstanding 100% all original paint & condition. Paint is excellent with minimal gunning wear with a few shot scars. The surface on this bird is incredible and the way you hope to find them. Bill is all original and has carved eyes, raised wing "V" tips and "S" wing carving. Measures approx 11 inches long. I have taken this bird to several of the Long Island serious collectors I know and none could positively ID it but all felt more likely Verity family then Southard family of makers and gunners. It has to do with they way its painted as carving is the consistant with known Verity makers. Brush work is more the chewed stick style that is more dotted then lined and high sweep to top of wing on grey color. Either way a superb early and classic example from one of the most historic shorebird gunning areas in history. Stand included and more pics avail.
$4650

 
Pete Peterson Canvasback pair
Pete signature
 

 

Very cool and early Canvasback pair by "Hurricane Pete" Peterson, Capeville, VA. Signed & dated 1981. Excellent all original paint & in unused condition. Solid carved cedar bodies measure approx 14 1/2 inches long each, with great head & body carving. Both have slightly turned heads. Glass eyes and never rigged. Both have slight but even sapping but hasn't damaged paint & only shows as some glossy areas which could be evened out with a waxing if prefered but display awesome as they are. Has Pete's brand "PETE" in bottom. Pete makes a great bird & his decoys are a collector favorite, & very hard to find his earlier pairs. This is a really nice pair & classic model by Pete.
SOLD!

 

Eppard Ruddy Duck
Eppard Ruddy
Eppard brand

 

 

Folky Carolina Style Ruddy Duck by Bruce Eppard (b. 1952), Crofton, Maryland. Circa less then 15 years old. Excellent all original intentional aged paint & condition. Has his stamped brand in bottom. Measures approx 12 inches with nice proud high head. Bruce has been carving decoys in the traditional way for nearly 30 years. He was first inspired by the woodcarving traditions passed down by his grandfather, and later by the master decoy makers he met including Ray Whetzel, Rich Smoker and Reggie Birch.Today, his work, which includes contemporary gunning decoys, working decoys and contemporary antiques, is actively sought out by collectors. In the mid-1990s, Bruce began competing in top decoy shows including the Ward World Championship Wildfowl Carving Competition, the Virginia Beach Show and the Chesapeake Challenge at the Ward Museum in Salisbury, Maryland. He has become a consistent blue ribbon winner at each of them. This dollar duck is a contemporary classic and will be a joy to own.
SOLD!

 
Hudson Bufflehead
Hudson Bufflehead
 

 

Super scarce Bufflehead by Delbert Hudson (1927-1979), Chincoteague Island, VA. Circa 1940s. Very good plus old original paint & condition with some old working touch up to some areas of white, all other colors & most of white is original coat. Has some honest old saltwater hunting wear but is very strong with a great surface. Solid carved body measures approx 13 inches long with nice unsanded spokeshaved body and NO NECK CRACKS!. Original tack eyes & very cool banjo tail that has 11 notched flutes. Retains original screw eye line tie & strip lead weight. Years ago this would have been certainly been called a Ira but with todays additional knowledge it has been decided that Delbert made it, either way it is a great southern decoy with classic folk art form style & paint. More pics available of this beauty. Great old famous maker classic Chincoteague Island Bufflehead decoy here for the money and doubt it will last long.
$975

 
Mitchell hen Redhead

Mitchell 1954 signature
 

 

Super scarce and extra nice 1954 turned head hen Redhead by R. Madison Mitchell (1901-1993), Harve de Grace, MD. Signed & dated 1954. Excellent all original paint that's very strong, clean & dry. Great paint on this one, lots of nice feathering. Measure approx 13 3/4 inches long with a head turned to the left. Retains original weight & staple/ring line tie. Condition is excellent with slight gunning wear with a natural wood flaw on edge of bill as when made and one inch long dent in back as seen in pic above, "NO NECK CRACKS!!!!" Flaws are small and honest and add to look and does'nt distract from this classic beauty. More pics avail. You have seen the Mitchell market grow stronger on early Mitchells this past 10 years & this being a all original early turned head hen decoy of gunning use vintage & strong quality makes it a great addition to any collection. Early Mitchell's have brought 5 figures at Guyette and Schmidt April 2004 sale. A great 61 year old classic Chesapeake Bay hen Redhead decoy by the dean of Upper Chesapeake Bay makers. Priced to sell, you just don't find Mitchell's this early & in this condition anymore, especially turned head and hen birds, good buy on this one & more pics avail.
$425

 

McNair Golden Plover
McNair Golden Plover
 

 

Exceptional Golden Plover shorebird decoy by Mark McNair, Eastern Shore of VA. Circa less then 25 years old. Excellent all original aged paint & condition. New England style bird with slight raised shoulder/wing carving with split tail. Nice fat carved body with glass eyes, measures approx 12 inches long. Has splined bill & carved "McNair" signature. Great style by McNair, a collector must have favorite. The paint on this bird is incredible with Marks best detail & feathering I would say over a thousand paint strokes on this one. This is a fabulous piece by Mark & best style paint that the hard core McNair collectors are all looking for. This is as strong a McNair Golden as you will find, and McNair's continue to be very strong in todays market. As with all shorebirds I sell the stand included with this beauty. Awesome buy here, and room to make some here. More pics avail.
SOLD!

 
Paul Gibson Goose
Paul Gibson Goose
 

 

Super nice never gunned Canada Goose decoy by Paul Gibson (1902-1990s), Havre de Grace, MD. Circa 1950's-60's. Part of a small rig that was found last spring in St. Michaels, MD. Very good plus all original paint & as found condition. Nice painting style & a very dry finish, with lots of nice feathering brush work. Measures approx 22 1/4 inches long & retains original weight but has never had line tie put on to gun with. Only fault is hair thin natural aging wood age lines running length wise in bottom and a area of puddy lift over nails on back of head & very tiny tail chip to wear area on tail. Overall a excellent piece for any collection. Paul was one of the upper Chesapeake Bays finest makers, totally self taught & only made his own decoys. His decoy output was small compared to Mitchell & Goose gunning examples this clean are a great find for the collector of classic Chesapeake Bay makers. More pics avail and a good deal here.
$450

 
John Graham Canvasback
John Graham Canvasback
 

 

Early and classic Canvasback Drake by John Graham (1822-1912), Charlestown,Maryland. Circa 1870-90. John B. Graham is acknowledged as the father of the Cecil County style decoy, though it may have been his father or grandfather who is the true originator. Graham was one of the five major makers based in Charlestown, on the North East River, which flows into the beautiful Susquehanna Flats. This early Canvasback drake shows Graham at the heights of his classic style – plump, full solid carved body, sturdy paddletail, carefully carved neck shelf and finely sculpted head. Measures approx 14 3/4 inches long. The ancient working repaint is clean and tight and very nicely done, unlike so many examples exhibiting significant flaking. Retains early weight & early ring/staple line tie. Has typical neck crack but is very tight and secure and does't distract when displayed. This bird was recently part of two fine Upper Bay collections but was purchased by an earlier collector directly from Henry Fleckenstein in the 1970s and retains an early collector’s note to this effect taped to the bottom. An early, historic and classic decoy that will be a great addition to any collection. More pics available.
SOLD!

 



McNair YL


McNair YL
McNair signature
 

 

Super nice & earlier Yellowlegs shorebird decoy by Mark McNair, Eastern Shore of VA. Circa 1970's according to Mark. When Mark makes this style bird he only makes pairs & calls them "Egyptian" style. Excellent very detailed all original aged paint & condition, superb surface thats very dry and clean with minimal wear for aged look of antique shorebird. Only fault is a flake to wood where bill splined and a flake on knot but both very small. McNair classic style bird with thin neck & alert head and raised wing tip carving. Solid carved body with glass eyes, measures approx 15 inches long. Has splined bill. Carved signature. The paint on this bird is excellent with a beautiful surface, but with Mark it always is. This is a very nice Yellowlegs by Mark & a popular model with collectors. McNair's Yellowlegs decoys are classic and a must have for any collection. You saw some record prices for McNair's this past few years at auction with a choice collection that has started to come to market. McNair's continue to be very strong in todays market & excellent and different examples continue to be very hard to find for sale. Priced to sell. More pics avail. Includes metal stand.
$950

 
Corb Reed Canvasback pair
Corb Reed hen sleepy
Corb Reed drake can
Corb Reed signature & stamp

 

 

Superb and scarce pair of Canvasback decoys by J. Corb Reed (1897-1982), Chincoteague Island, VA. Stamped "J.C. REED" and may be signed by Reed in pencil. Circa 1960-70's. Excellent all original paint & condition.Great detail and the colors and blending on the feathers are the most accurate I have seen on any Canvasback decoys. Corb was a outstanding painter, he could paint vermiculation like no other carver, they say he had a small piece of something he wore on his finger that he used to achive his realistic vermiculation, he would never tell anyone what it was & they say he swallowed it before he died taking his painting secret to the grave. His paint is unmatched by very few. Nice slightly raised wings with great head, tail and feather carvings, and is rarer style with sleepy eyed low head hen. Drake has upright straight head and hen is carved with turned and tucked head & both have perfect glass eyes. Measures approx 17 inches long on drake and hen at 14 1/2 inches. Corb Reed started carving around 1912, he was well known for his decoys and flatwork art of marsh & wildfowl. He painted many wall murals in the government buildings in Washington D.C. This is as fine a Corb Reed Canvasback pair as you will ever find. The decoys by Corb Reed are the most underated & undervalued decoys to come off of Chincoteague Island. Outstanding value here. More pics of these beauties available.
SOLD!

 
Madison Mitchell Mallard pair 1977
Mitchell signature on hen
 

 

Outstanding matched Mallard pair by R. Madison Mitchell (1901-1993), Harve de Grace, MD. Signed & dated 1977. Excellent and pretty much minty all original paint thats very strong, clean & never waxed dry. Beautiful paint on this pair, lots of nice feathering. Measure approx 17 1/4 inches long each. Both retain original weights & line ties. Conditon is pretty much mint with no wear, no repairs & no cracks except drake has a circular knot outline on belly. A superb matched pair by the dean of Upper Chesapeake Bay makers. Early & top quality Mitchells have a good solid $ future, making this a good buy on this fine pair.
$800 pair

 
Gibian Dove
Gibian Dove
Gibian Signature
 

 

Beautiful reaching Dove decoy by William Gibian, Onancock, Eastern Shore of VA. Carved Gibian signature. Circa less then 35 years old. Excellent all original paint & condition with a nice soft patina finish. Measures approx 13 3/4 inches long & is solid carved body with glass eyes. Nice detailed carving on this beauty with raised wing carving & raised detailed wing tips with very well done form and detail. This is a neat style & shows the strong use of form & movement that Gibian incorporates in his fine work. Its tuff getting any Gibian carvings as his decoys are highly sought by collectors of both old & contemporary decoys. Carved "Gibian" signature on rear part of belly area. Metal stand included. Very nice and unique earlier piece here & sure to please.
$950

 
McGaw mini Canvasback
McGaw mini Canvasback

 

 

Excellent miniature Canvasback drake on base by Robert McGaw (1879-1958), Havre de Grace, MD. Circa 1930-40's. Excellent all original paint with with a strong and very clean surface thats near mint. Tiny wood knot stain as seen on top pic. Form is excellent with no neck cracks & nice long bill style. Measures approx 6 1/4 inches long on nice wooden base, felt bottom gone. McGaw made decorative base birds over the many years he made gunning decoys. He was one of the first makers to produce a decorative bird for sale including many miniatures that were shipped all over the country thru a mail order business. This is a super nice example & a collector favorite species for any nice collection of miniatures or classic Chesapeake Bay decoys. E-mail for more pics if interested.
$425

 
Capt. John Smith Goose
Capt John Smith Goose
 

 

Excellent Canada Goose by Capt John Smith (1871-1959), Ocean City, MD. Circa 1910-45. Excellent all original paint & condition and probably the finest example Goose I have seen by Smith, its a real beauty. Has very nice scratch painting on the back and very minimal wear, looks hardly used. Big & bold at approx 22 1/2 inches long. Has original tack eyes. Very nice old solid carved body with nice tight grain wood used. Has a couple of hair thin age lines but no cracks and shows the cool old hachet marks from when it was made. Retains original lead chunk weight & screw eye line tie. 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). Good one here for the Eastern Shore decoy collector.
SOLD!

 
Joiner Canvasback pair
Joiner signature
 

 

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

 

Lloyd Tyler Black Duck
Lloyd Tyler Black Duck

 

 

Excellent, very scarce Black Duck decoy by Lloyd Tyler (1898-1970), Crisfield, MD. Circa 1920-40. Paint is all original, very strong and very clean. Has some very slight honest loss of paint from age, mostly as seen in pix on upper sides of back.. Has 3 shallow but natural age lines down back as seen in pixs above. No repairs or touch ups. Good age on this classic Tyler with a nice patina. Solid body measures approx 19 inches long with a slightly turned head & is Tyler's best style with long tail & narrow neck that has slightly lifted with age. Retains original lead pad weight & staple line tie. For reasons unknown Tyler Black Ducks are very hard to find especially in original paint. He just didnt make many Black Ducks, I could count on one hand how many I know of in existance in collections today. Lloyd Tyler made a great looking decoy & has become well known as a great Folk artist thanks to Henry Stansbury's outstanding book on Lloyd Tyler's decoys & artwork. His decoys have brought the respect of collectors as evidenced by the sale of his Hooded Merganser in the 6 figure range at the Guyette and Schmidt decoy sale in November 07. This is a great example of Lloyd Tyler's fine work & sure to please any collector that appreciates the good folk art appeal of his work and was the representive Black Duck example in the Lloyd Tyler exibit at the Ward Museum in 2014-15. This scarce classic is sure to please, email for more pics if interested.
$2000

 
Mitchell Redhead pair
 

 

Nice and early matched Redhead pair by R. Madison Mitchell (1901-1993), Harve de Grace, MD. Signed and dated 1956. Very good plus all original paint that's very strong, dry & clean. Good paint style on this pair, lots of nice feathering with good color & patina. Measure approx 14 inches long each. Both retain original weights & staple/ring line ties. Condition is very good plus with honest gunning wear & both have very thin hairline neck cracks but secure and totally tight on both, also a few length wise thin lines in bottom of bodies but again tight & secure. More pics avail. A nice 59 year old matched pair by the dean of Upper Chesapeake Bay makers. Priced to sell, you just don't find true matched pairs of Mitchell's this early & in this condition anymore at this price, very good buy on this nice matched pair. More pics avail.
$550 pair

 
Mitchell Mallard drake
Madison Mitchell
 

 

Superb Mallard drake by R. Madison Mitchell (1901-1993), Harve de Grace, MD. Signed & dated 1977. Excellent and pretty much minty all original paint thats very strong, clean & never waxed dry. Beautiful paint with lots of nice feathering. Measure approx 16 inches long with a slightly turned head. Retains original weight & line tie. Conditon is pretty much mint with no wear, no repairs & no cracks. A superb example by the dean of Upper Chesapeake Bay makers. Early & top quality Mitchells have a good solid $ future, making this a good buy on this superb classic decoy.
SOLD!

 
Black Belly Plover tinnies with sticks & box
Original box for BB plover set
 

 

Super nice set of 3 Black Belly Plover tin Shorebird decoys with original sticks & super nice original box. Circa 1890-1920. Excellent all original paint that is just about mint with minor assorted contact flakes from storage. Paint is very dry, clean & strong with great colors. They look to never have been used. All are superb & retain original wire clasp, one bird is missing one but a easy fix. Retains original sticks for each. Box is in fantastic shape with all hardware present & in good shape. This is the first time I have had a marked "Black Breast Plover" box, you usually only find Yellowlegs boxes & they are hard to find anywhere near this nice. Factory maker unknown but thought not to be S&S as not marked as such on inside but has the same gloss paint finish on inside of decoys as the paint used in the S&S models. 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, very nice set for the shorebird or tinnie collector.
SOLD, see them at the DU exibit at the Bass Pro Shop Pyamid now open in Memphis, Tenn!

 
Bill Cranmer merganser hen
Merganser hen BC
BC signature

 

 

Super nice approx 1/3 size hen Red Breasted Merganser by Bill Cranmer, Beach Haven, NJ. Signed but not dated. Circa 1960's. Superb all original paint & condition. Paint is mint, dry, very clean & detailed. Signed by Cranmer on bottom with species noted. Solid cedar body measures approx 8 1/4 inches long and has a slightly turned head with glass eyes. Only fault is flake of paint off the top tips of crest and hairline lift approx 1 3/4 inches long of puddy or grain but is stable on back near back of head. Cranmer carved mostly in the 1940's, including winning in the 1948 New York Decoy Show. He was strongly influenced by the Ward Brothers. I think he made mostly minis in his later years. Nice looking and scarce species mini here by a very well known NJ classic maker. More pics avail.
SOLD!

 
Charlie Bryan Bluebill pair
 

 

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

 
Sam Barnes Redhead
Sam Barnes Redhead
 

 

Rare & early Redhead drake by Samual Treadway Barnes (1857-1926), Harve de Grace, MD. Circa 1890-1915. Strong all original paint & condition, which is so very rare to find on Upper Chesapeake Bay birds of this vintage. Paint is very clean & thick with minimal wear from hunting with most loss on belly where the decoy probably laid for many years. Has a slight amount of paint around edges of weight which might indicate some repainting but I dont think so on this bird as original coat across the bird is obvious. A few shot scars add to the great look. Solid body is long for a Redhead and measures approx 16 1/4 inches each. Has original ring staple line tie and original weight. Sam Barnes hunted, guided, fished & made decoys his entire life & was the reason for Madison Mitchell's intro into decoy making. Truly a rare example of a classic and historic Susquehanna Flats decoy and finding an all original Redhead of this vintage is rare at any price. More pics available.
$1650

 


Awesome Harry Seymour Trout decoy
Harry Seymour trout
 

 

Exceptional & very early Trout spearing fish decoy by the classic master Harry Seymour, Bemus area in the Chautauqua Lake region of New York. Ex-John Delph collection. Circa pre-1905, that is when spearing was outlawed in NY. Paint is fantastic and all original with very minimal wear & structurally excellent, retaining original leather tail that is in excellent condition. Measures approx 7 1/4 inches long. Has original tack eyes & 6 metal fins all of which have some wear but still have original paint. Has classic carved gills and mouth and tiny detailed painting with different colors that gives fish decoys from this area the best look. Has classic thru body line tie with slight wear in that area. Chautauqua Lake fish decoys are classics & some of the rarest to aquire. Spearing was outlawed in the Chautauqua Lake region in 1905 or 06 & not many examples have survived, especially in this outstanding of original condition. So hard to find but very exciting to collect these. This is a great fish with a perfect suface that is very strong, dry and clean. More pics avail on this rare early beauty.
$4700

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

 

Super nice Nathan Cobb style Curlew shorebird decoy by Mark McNair, Eastern Shore of VA. Carved McNair signature on bird and ink signed and dated 2014 on bottom of McNair made custom wood stand. Very nice all original aged paint & condition. The surface is very well done with great looking patina & aging and several shot scars to add to the look of a old original. Nice brush work on this beauty including very nice plummage work thru out. Nice bold full body style that measures approx 14 1/4 inches tip to tip with splined bill. The body is solid carved with 1 1/2 inch by 1/2 inch rectangular wood patch dowelled in on lower right side near belly, very cool touch of McNair fine workmanship. Glass eyes, nice curved bill & raised wing and tail carving. This is a very desirable style & looks 125+ years old. Its tuff getting any McNairs & this is a really nice and very sought after style by McNair. If you like southern shorebirds or McNair carvings this is a nice piece that you will enjoy adding to any collection of old or new shorebird decoys. Priced to sell and more pics of this beauty avail.
$1250

 
Pete Peterson Buffleheads
Pete brand
 

 

Very cool and early Bufflehead pair by "Hurricane Pete" Peterson, Capeville, VA. Signed & dated 1981. Excellent all original paint & in unused condition. Solid carved cedar bodies measure approx 11 inches long each, with great head & body carving. Both have slightly turned heads. Glass eyes and never rigged. Has Pete's brand "PETE" in bottom. Pete makes a great bird & his decoys are a collector favorite, & very hard to find his earlier pairs. This is a really nice pair & classic model by Pete.
SOLD!

 
Boyce Yellowlegs
Boice Yellowlegs
 

 

Scarce and nice Yellowlegs shorebird decoy by Harry Boice, Absecon, NJ. Circa 1905. Ex-Levinson collection & pictured on page 90 of "SHOREBIRDS, The Birds, The Hunters, The Decoys" by Somers Headley & John Levinson. Paint is very strong & all original and pretty exceptional for the age. Very strong, clean and dry surface on this beauty. Has carved eyes and solid body measures approx 13 3/4 inches including the bill. Bill shows broken in book photo but has been replaced since book written also has neck crack as seen in pics. Not much info is known on Boice but a few examples of his work have survived for collectors. The old NJ shorebirds by named makers are hard to find this clean & original, for the money its a awesome buy here. Stand will be included. More pics avail.
SOLD!

 
ruddy duck
Maddox Ruddy

 

 

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

 
Oliver Lawson Duck House mini Mallard pair
Lawson Duck House sticker
 

 

Perfect minty pair of miniature Mallards by Oliver Lawson, Crisfield, MD. Circa mid 1950's to early 60's, & made for "The Duck House", Rumbley, MD. Mint all original paint & condition, paint is very strong and dry with great color and very detailed feathering. Great fat bodied model with the original "DUCK HOUSE" labels on bottom. Measures approx 8 3/4 inches long each with slightly turned heads and painted eyes. Lawson learned to make decoys under the guidance of his neighbors, the Ward Brothers. He must not have missed a single lesson as his decoys are superb with the strong influence of the Ward's work. Very hard to get any of Lawson's work these days, and here is a great early miniature of a good collector species in outstanding condition & style. Probably wont have a chance at another matched Mallard pair this nice again. More pics avail.
SOLD!

 
Gibian Curlew
Gibian Curlew
Gibian signature
 

 

Superb long bill Curlew shorebird decoy by William Gibian, Onancock, Eastern Shore of VA. Carved Gibian signature. Circa less then 35 years old. Excellent all original paint & condition with a nice soft patina finish. One small area on right side breast where wood has slightly darkened with age. Measures approx 17 3/4 inches long & is solid carved body with glass eyes. Nice detailed carving on this beauty with raised wing carving & raised detailed wing tips with very well done form and detail. This is a neat style & shows the strong use of form & movement that Gibian incorporates in his fine work. Its tuff getting any Gibian carvings as his decoys are highly sought by collectors of both old & contemporary decoys. Carved "Gibian" signature on rear part of belly area. Metal stand included. Very nice and unique earlier piece here & sure to please.
SOLD!

 
1954 Mitchell Canvasback sleeper pair
 

 

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

 
Brant by Hendrickson
brand signature
Hendrickson Brant

 

 

Very nice Brant by Eugene Hendrickson (1899-1971), Northfield, NJ. Circa signed & dated 1971. Stamped J.E.H. in bottom. Excellent all original paint, very strong, dry & clean. Condition is never rigged with slight edge wear from age/storage but about mint. Hollow body measures approx 18 1/2 inches long. Has tack eyes & very nice carving style on head & bill, inlet weighted but never rigged to gun with. Eugene was a waterman all his life & made boats & decoys for sale as early as 1920. Rarely found species, I've had a couple of geese over the years but this Brant is a first. Decoy Magazine did a nice large article on Hendrickson and his classic NJ decoys, its good info & here is a excellent example to add to your collection. If you are looking for a great collector species in near mint condition by a classic NJ maker then this is it. More pics avail.
$475

 



McNair Yellowlegs


McNair Yellowlegs
McNair signature
 

 

Super nice Yellowlegs shorebird decoy by Mark McNair, Eastern Shore of VA. Circa less then 25 years old. Excellent very detailed all original aged paint & condition, superb surface thats very dry and clean with minimal wear for aged look of antique shorebird. McNair classic style bird with thin neck & alert head and raised wing tip carving. Solid carved body with glass eyes, measures approx 14 1/4 inches long. Has splined bill. Carved signature. The paint on this bird is excellent with a beautiful surface, but with Mark it always is. This is a very nice Yellowlegs by Mark & a popular model with collectors. McNair's Yellowlegs decoys are classic and a must have for any collection. You saw some record prices for McNair's this past few years at auction with a choice collection that has started to come to market. McNair's continue to be very strong in todays market & excellent and different examples continue to be very hard to find for sale. Priced to sell. More pics avail. Includes metal stand.
$1050

 
Scotter
Mulak Scoter
Mulak hot brand
 

 

Nice Surf Scoter by John Mulak (b. 1943), Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts.  Circa 1970-80s.  Excellent all original paint & condition. Full size it measures approx 18 1/2 inches with slightly tilted swimming head. Minimal gunning wear with 2 piece solid carved body which is dowelled together. Retains original weight and with "JHM" hot branded into bottom and retains original lead pad weight and rusted tack eyes. Mulak is well known in the decoy community as a knowledgeable, long-time collector and a former auctioneer at Richard A. Bourne Co.  Mulak is a master carver and his interpretations of several waterfowl species are about as good as they come in contemporary working decoys. The majestic surf scoter is one of them. You can't miss this proud bird when he’s sitting on the shelf. Big, bold attitude with great presence – just like the real surf scoter. An incredibly accurate representation of this handsome species, gunned for only a few seasons by Mulak on Cape Cod before being retired to the shelf. A nice bird for the money. More pics avail.
$200
 



McNair Curlew


McNair curlew
McNair signature
 

 

Nice running Curlew shorebird decoy by Mark McNair, Eastern Shore of VA. Circa less then 25 years old. Excellent all original aged paint & condition, superb surface thats very dry and clean with proper wear for aged look of antique shorebird. Solid carved body with no eyes, measures approx 16 1/2 inches long. Has splined bill. Carved signature. The paint on this bird is excellent with a beautiful surface, but with Mark it always is. This is a very nice Curlew by Mark & a very unique style, never seen another like it. McNair's Curlew decoys are classic and a must have for any collection. You saw some record prices for McNair's this past few years at auction with a choice collection that has started to come to market. McNair's continue to be very strong in todays market & excellent and different examples continue to be very hard to find for sale. Priced to sell. More pics avail. Includes metal stand.
$1350

 
McGaw Redhead
McGaw drake redhead

 

 

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

 
Ward 1932 BB
Ward 1932 BB
 

 

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

 
Mitchell Up-The-River Canvasback pair
 

 

Super nice matched pair of oversize "Up The River" model Canvasback decoys by R. Madison Mitchell (1901-1993), Harve de Grace, MD. Circa 1950's. Excellent all original paint that's strong, dry & clean, great brush work on these oversize beauties. Nice fat bodies that measure approx 16 1/2 inches long each with nicely done heads. Retains original weights & leather line ties. Shows minimal wear & probably only hunted over just a few times. Drake has a few thin body checks but all are secure and just the piece of wood Mitchell used. Both have slight lifting to puddy on tops of head where nailed in, but again, secrue but something that happens with decoy aging. More pics avail. You have seen the scarce model Mitchell market soar the past few years & this pair is super clean, strong and dry, just the way you want them. A superb & scarce model 50+ year old decoy pair by the dean of Upper Chesapeake Bay makers & for the Mitchell collector looking for choice examples. More pics avail, these are priced to sell, a great deal on these beauties.
$1100

 
Jester Black Duck
Jester Black Duck
 

 

Early & very strong Black Duck decoy by Doug Jester (1876-1961), Chincoteague Island, VA. Circa 1925-40. Strong, dry & clean all original paint & condition. Great looking scratch painting on this one with very nice tiny scratch painting on head. Shows wear from some hunting use with a few shot scars and some paint gone on breast area as seen above & other pics avail. Nice size bird at approx 16 inches, cedar body with cedar head model with 2 lifted grain areas, one on top side of head other at base of neck that lifted & were resecured with tiny nail by Jester when made, can be seen in top photo. Painted slash eye model bird with great feather scratch painting, and classic Jester form. Retains original leather line tie & original lead pad weight. Extra pics avail. Nicely done head & long style bill that are deeply carved. A classic & very clean Jester for any Southern or Chincoteague decoy collection. Very nice one here, getting hard to find this nice. More pics avail
$750

 
Chambers Redhead

Chambers Redhead
Chambers Redhead with branding
 

 

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

 
Mark Daisey BB pair
 

 

Super nice Bluebill pair by Mark Daisey, Chincoteague Island, VA. Circa 1998, signed and dated in ink and hot branded "MARK". Strong, dry & clean all original paint that shows no wear, probably never hunted over. Measure approx 12 inches long each with solid carved bodies. Glass eyes and fully rigged to gun with. Mark Daisey is the nephew of the "world famous" Cigar Daisey. He is very talented and makes a excellent decoy in many different styles including copying some of the classics. His work is a very smart buy for the good quality that he puts into his work. Extra pics avail & a great buy on this pair
$550 pair

 
HC Black Duck
Conklin Black Duck

 

 

Very nice Black Duck by Hurley Conklin (1913-19??), Manahawkin, NJ. Circa 1950-75. Branded "H. CONKLIN". Superb all original paint, very strong & clean, with a nice painting style. Condition is excellent with slight edge wear from age/storage just in area seen in above pic. Hollow body measures approx 17 1/2 inches long with slightly turned head. Has glass eyes & very nice carving style on head & bill, with inletted drilled hole weighting. Hurley is a NJ classic decoy maker and made decoys for sale as early as 1928. If you are looking for a excellent example of a NJ classic Black Duck this is it. Good buy here. More pics avail.
SOLD!

 
McNair wire leg birdMcNair wireleg plover
McNair wireleg GP
 

 

Excellent wire leg Golden Plover shorebird decoy by Mark McNair, Eastern Shore of VA. Circa less then 20 years old, carved signature on bottom of bird. Excellent all original aged paint & condition with very minimal intentional wear. Lots of nice old looking paint work & time on this beauty with very detailed brushwork feathering and detail. Measures approx 14 1/2 inches on the stand tall, bird measures approx 11 inches long with a nice fat body style. Metal tack eyes with rusted metal wire legs and a splined bill and raised shoulder & wing carving. This beauty is a neat style & looks over 100 years old. Its tuff getting any McNairs & this is a really nice style that is seldom seen. Will fit in nicely with any McNair collector looking for something different. More pics avail.
$1475

 
John Glen field Goose
John Glen Goose
 

 

Very cool field Goose decoy by Capt. John Glen (1876-1954), Rock Hall, MD. Circa 1920-40s. Branded "JEB"Very good old working paint that appears to be a second coat on top side of decoy. Nice brush work on this one & is "classic" Rock Hall paint & form. Condition is very good plus with only faults being a neck crack that was glued back in place but not centered very well, slightly off & probably a working repair. Has a grain check across bottom from when made. Classic flowing body style with hard up swept tail that shows the boat builder influence that the Rock Hall carvers designed into their carvings. Measures approx 22 inches long with a great looking style with the high head and nice long bill carving. Retains original stick up rod and is mounted on shorebird type base not shown in pic but have pics avail on stand. Great old Chesapeake Bay region Goose hunting decoy for any collector looking to add a rare style but classic Rock Hall decoy by John Glen to a collection. E-mail for more pics. Hard to find these and a great buy as Rock Hall birds are undervalued sleepers. Decoys by Glen are Chesapeake Bay classics, he provided decoys for some of the most famous hunting clubs & gunners that ever gunned there. More good pics avail, great buy on this classic and rare model beauty.
$2200

 



McNair Redhead
McNair Redhead
McNair signature
 

 

Awesome drake Redhead decoy by Mark McNair, Eastern Shore of VA. Circa less then 25 years old. Excellent all original aged paint. Paint is perfect with very detailed scratch feather painting. Perfect patina on this beauty. Great swimming style body that measures approx 16 inches long. Has great form with nice carving and is "blind" with no eyes. Retains original staple/ring line tie. This is a nice style by Mark done in a style that is all Mark's, and the only one I have ever seen like it.. Looks a 100 years old. More pics avail of this very scarce style & species by Mark. Carved McNair signature. Great looking piece by McNair, you wont find another like it.
$1850

 
Cinniamon Teal, Phil Babe
 

 

Very nice hollow carved Cinnamon Teal pair by Phil Babe, (born 1945), East Tawas, Michigan. Signed in ink on both. Excellent all original paint and condition. Glass eyes. Measure approx 12 3/4 inches long each with slightly turned heads and raised wing tip carving. Phil started carving when he was a child, after a layoff he started again in 1968. See book "Saginaw Bay Waterfowl Hunting and Decoy Carvers" by Wm. Stout for more info. A fine pair of decoys here, very well built and just outstanding paint. You will be very happy with these, especially at the price. More pics avail.
$550 pair

 
Gus Moak BB
Gus Moak BB

 

 

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

 
Pete Peterson Coot
Pete coot brand
 

 

Super nice Coot decoy by "Hurricane Pete" Peterson, Capeville, VA. Circa 2006. Dated and hot branded "PETE". Excellent all original paint & in unused condition. Solid carved body measures approx 13 1/2 inches long, with stylish head & full body carving. Very cool carved eyes with original leather line tie & lead cast bottom weight. Has Pete's brand "PETE" in bottom. Pete makes a great bird & his decoys are a collector favorite, & very hard to find. This is a really nice model by Pete, great classic Pete form & style, its always a pleaser. More pics available.
$375

 
Eddie Wozny Blue Heron
 

 

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

 
Peterson Ruddy
Peterson Ruddy
PPeterson sig
 

 

Very early Ruddy Duck by "Hurricane Pete" Peterson, Capeville, VA. Signed and dated 1973. Written on bottom is "From Cherrystone Rig" Excellent all original paint & in unused condition. Solid carved body measures approx 11 3/4 inches long, with great head & full body carving. No eyes with original leather line tie & old Dudley style bottom weight. Has Pete's brand "PETE" in bottom. Pete makes a great bird & his decoys are a collector favorite, & very hard to find. This is a really nice and a scarce model by Pete, great classic Pete form & style, its always a pleaser. More pics available.
SOLD!

 

John McLoughlin Bufflehead
John McLoughlin bufflehead sig
 

 

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

 


McNair Yellowlegs in Holmes style
Holmes style Yellowlegs by McNair
McNair signature on LH Yellowlegs
 

 

Exceptional Lothrop Holmes style Yellowlegs shorebird decoy by Mark McNair, Eastern Shore of VA. Circa 1980-90's. Excellent all original aged paint & condition with very well done but very minimal intentional wear. Very beautifully done paint work on this beauty with lots of nice tiny detail. Mint condition with exception of one very thin 1/4 inch lite scratch on side of head, but hard to see. Measures approx 13 inches with full body style carving with relief wings carving and split tail. Glass eyes, splined bill with great flowing form and style. Its tuff getting any McNairs & this is a really nice style & a collector favorite and his earlier pieces are getting very hard to get for resale. Carved McNair signature with capital "R". Metal stand included. More pics avail. of this great looking McNair, he just does such a great job on them.
$1800

 
Isdell Black Duck
Isdell Black Duck

 

 

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

 
Anger BB pair

 

 

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

 
Doug Jester Bufflehead
Doug Jester Bufflehead
Jester signature
 

 

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

 
Ward hen Mini Mallard

Ward hen mini Mallard
 

 

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

 

McNair Black Duck
McNair Black Duck- ex-Bagley Walker

McNair Signature
 

 

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

 
Corb reed can
Corb Reed Canvasback
Corb signature
 

 

Earlier never rigged gunning Canvasback decoy by J. Corb Reed (1897-1982), Chincoteague Island, VA. Signed "J.C. REED". Dated 1962. Excellent all original paint & condition. It has the vermiculation feathering on body that Corb was famous for. They said he had a secret tool he would wear on his finger to get his incredible vermiculation and that he swallowed it right before he died so no one else would find it. Bird is carved to hunt with but was never rigged and has straight head & glass eyes. Measures approx 16 inches long. Two piece body with hairline separation from age as can be seen in pics above. Also has 2 knot stains on left side wood. Corb Reed started carving around 1912, he was well known for his decoys and flatwork art of marsh & wildfowl. He painted many wall murals in the government buildings in Washington D.C. This is a neat Corb Reed and as clean as you will find a hunting bird as many found are cork. The decoys by Corb Reed are the most underated & undervalued decoys to come off of Chincoteague Island. More pics of this nice gunning classic maker Canvasback available.
SALE PENDING!

 
Doug Jester mini Goose
Doug Jester mini Goose
 

 

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

 
Wildfowler hen Widgeon
Wildfowler hen Widgeon
Wildfowler stamp OS
 

 

Very scarce Old Saybrook hen Widgeon decoy by the Wildfowler Decoy Company, Old Saybrook, Connecticut, Circa 1945-50. Ex-Harvey Pitt collection. Has excellent Old Saybrook brand stamp in bottom. Excellent all original paint & condition with slight gunning wear. Has glass eyes & both have small cracks but are intact. Great patina on this beauty. Measures approx 13 1/2 inches long & retains original keel. More pics available. Very nice bird here, seems that most of the Old Saybrook decoys just arent found with the highly sought brand stamp, this one has a excellent one as pic shows above. If you like nice scarce example Old Saybrook decoys you will be very pleased with this one.
SOLD!

 
2 headed Coot
Capt Harry signature
 

 

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

 
Mason Redhead
Mason Redhead
 

 

Strong and as found Mason Challenge Grade drake Redhead decoy, Detroit, Mich. Circa 1910-20. Paint is very strong, thick, dry, clean & all original. Very nice surface and has not been screwed with, all original. Shows some areas of paint loss but think it is more how it was put away wet & stored wrapped, more so then gunning wear. Most of those areas are to primer coat not to the wood. Measures approx 15 inches. Perfect yellow glass eyes. Great color on this one & lots of nice thick paint swirls that Mason decoys are famous for. Very clean, great surface and will be a very nice addition to any Mason decoy collection.
$1850

 
Ken Anger BB
Ken Anger BB

 

 

Nice and very early "Pancake style" Bluebill by Ken Anger (1905-1961), Dunnville, Ontario, Canada. Circa 1930s. Very good plus all original paint & condition, with no repairs or touch ups of any kind. Measures approx 15 inches and is solid carved body. Glass eyes with no cracks or chips. Keel has been removed but still has original eye bolt and swivel line tie. More pics avail. Great carving style with classic rasping that Anger was so well known for. This is a really nice Ken Anger for any collector looking for good paint, form, carving style & condition. Very nice buy here for the money.
$425

 
Gibian Red Knot
Gibian Red knot
Gibian signature
 

 

Excellent Red Knot shorebird decoy by William Gibian, Onancock, Eastern Shore of VA. Carved Gibian signature. Circa less then 35 years old. Excellent all original paint & condition with a nice soft patina finish. Measures approx 9 3/4 inches long & is solid carved body with glass eyes. Nice detailed carving on this beauty with raised wing carving & raised detailed wing tips with very well done form and detail. This is a neat style & shows the strong use of form & movement that Gibian incorporates in his fine work. Its tuff getting any Gibian carvings as his decoys are highly sought by collectors of both old & contemporary decoys. Carved "Gibian" signature on rear part of belly area. Metal stand included. Very nice and unique earlier piece here & sure to please.
SOLD!

 
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

 


 

 

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.
$450

 
LR RB Merganser
LR RB Meerganser
LR sig
 

 

Very nice Red-Breasted Merganser decoy by Lou Reneri, Chincoteague Island, VA. Circa 1970-80s. Ink signed "Reineri" Nice racey body style, measuring approx 17 inches long and is solid carved with very detailed feather carving on wings and tail. Paint is all original and very detailed with great strong colors and brush work. Reneri has made decoys for many years & in many styles and continue to be popular with collectors, this is a earlier piece by him. More pics avail, very good buy here.
SOLD!

 
Keyes Chadwick BB
Keyes Chadwick BB
 

 

Rare middle period Bluebill drake decoy by H. Keyes Chadwick (1868-1959), Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard, Mass. Circa 1910-30. Good all original paint & condition with moderate gunning wear with thin crack in back but is secure & tight, also lightly hit by shot. Nice form with nice head carving that is slightly turned. Measures approx 15 inches long & retains original inletted poured weight. Chadwick's decoys are true Mass classics and with good reason as his workmanship was always superb. He carved for approx 70 years & it is thought he made 700 to 800 decoys in his lifetime, not really a lot for making a living by. Sure to please any collector looking to add a all original Martha's Vineyard classic. More pics avail.
SALE PENDING!

 


Moreland oversized Brant
Moreland OS Brant
BM sig

 

 

Outstanding oversized swimming Brant decoy by Bob Moreland from VA. Ex-John Maddox collection from the Chincoteague Refuge Museum collection. Circa 1993 per makers mark. Excellent original paint with no repairs with a awesome surface that is pretty much mint with only 2 small knot stains on left side as can be seen in upper pic above. Great colors and fantastic paint work by Bob on this fine piece. Incredible blend of carved & painted surfaces make this look very lifelike with crossed wingtips & glass eyes. Measures approx 25 1/2 inches long in a swimming posture with slightly turned head. And measures about 14 inches tall at highest point on head. This awesome piece was displayed for many years and was part of the now famous sale of the John Maddox collection of decoys from the Chincoteague Refuge Musuem collection. This is a neat piece & Bob's work is very collectable & sought after. Great addition to any collection and one of the better big display pieces that came out of that sale. More pics avail.
$685

 
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

 
Phil Babe GW Teal
 

 

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

 


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

 
Charles Nelson Barnard Canvasback
CN Barnard Canvasback
 

 

Classic & best style drake Canvasback decoy by Charles Nelson Barnard (1876-1958), Harve de Grace, MD. Circa 1920-40. Very good plus condition with several coats of very old gunning repaint. Nice painting style & a very dry finish, with lots of nice feathering brush work. Measures approx 15 1/4 inches long & retains original weight, line tie staple. As found from the gunning rig condition. Condition is excellent considering the vintage and best part is no neck cracks. Does have a thin grain line crack on bottom but is secure. Head is slightly lifted off body shelf but all secure & no distractions when displayed. Barnard was one of the upper Chesapeake Bays finest makers, his style and form were exceptional and examples of his decoys are some of the most sought after decoys by collectors. His high headed decoys are superb pieces of art. A super nice and very classic example of his best style decoy here for the price. More pics avail.
SOLD!

 
Port Rowan Decoy pr
 

 

Cool pair of lowhead Bluebills by Ted Palister, Port Rowan, Lake Erie, Ontario. Circa 2008. Painted signature on keel of hen. Excellent all original paint & in unused condition. Solid wide carved body measures approx 12 1/4 inches long, with stylish low head with original keels. Glass eyes with nice head carving style. This pair of decoys were purchased on a duck hunt in the fall of 2008 out of Howie's Hardware Store which is in Port Rowan which is on the banks of Lake Erie & right at the base of Long Point, Ontario. Very famous duck hunting area. Palister made high & snuggle head models as above. They were sold thru "Howie's Hardware Store" to use for gunning in area up until the closing of Howie's last year. Cool pair of birds to collect or add to the hunting rig. More pics available.
$225 pair

 
Long Island Marlin Shorebird
 

 

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

 
Pete Coot
Pete Coot brand
 

 

Nice Coastal style Coot decoy by "Hurricane Pete" Peterson, Capeville, VA. Circa 2008. Dated and hot branded "PETE". Excellent all original paint & in unused condition. Solid carved body measures approx 12 1/2 inches long, with stylish head & full body carving. No eyes with original leather line tie & Dudley style lead style bottom weight. Has Pete's brand "PETE" in bottom. Pete makes a great bird & his decoys are a collector favorite, & very hard to find. This is a really nice and a seldom seen model by Pete, great classic Pete form & style, its always a pleaser. More pics available.
$425

 
Early Marty Hanson Canvasback


Hanson ink signature
 

 

Very early gunning Canvasback decoy by Marty Hanson, Prior Lake, Minn. Signed and dated 1981. Excellent all original paint & condition with a great surface that is very dry and clean. Body is solid carved and measures approx 16 inches, and retains original large weighted keel with a nice slightly down turned head with glass eyes. I would think this is as early a piece by Marty that you will find. Marty is a great talent & if you have ever tried to get any decoys at a show by Marty you know he sells out fast & keeps a backlog for his fine work. Very scarce early piece here & sure to please. Good buy here. More pics available.
$400

 
Maddox Ruddy
Maddox Ruddy

 

 

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

 
Herter Eider decoy
Herters Eider
 

 

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

 
Early Jester Black Duck
Jester  Black Duck

 

 

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

 
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.
$800 pair

 
Crow pair
 

 

Very stylish Crow pair by unknown maker. Circa 1950s-70s. Maker unknown but they were found at estate sale in Penn. Excellent all original paint & condition. Great looking surface on these that shows some age. Solid carved bodies measures approx 14 1/2 inches long each with glass eyes and wire legs and slightly turned head on front bird. Piece of driftwood they are mounted on measures approx 23 inches. Nice addition here for the collector of Crow decoys or Folk art. More pics avail of this nice pair and a good buy for the price.
$650 pair

 
Long Island Yellowlegs
Long Island Yellowlegs
 

 

Nice early Yellowlegs shorebird decoy, maker unknown but Long Island area. Circa 1890-1920. Ex-George Ross Starr Collection. Very nice and very strong all original paint & condition, including original nail bill. Paint is very clean, dry & strong, with nice basic feather plummage painting. This bird has a nice surface with good colors with a nice deep patina. This is a nice sized bird measuring approx 11 3/4 inches long and is a flattie type of carving approx 1 1/8 inches thick. Very neat alert body style with outstreched neck. Very nice old Long Island shorebird with great primitive folk art form and pretty cool that it is ex-collection of George Ross Starr. Good looking old decoy for any collection of folk art or antique shorebirds. Stand included and more pics available.
$700

 
Algard Canvasback
Algard Canvasback
 

 

Nice late style Canvasback drake by Carroll Cleveland “Wally” Algard (1883-1959), Charlestown,Maryland. Circa 1940-50. Excellent structural condition and all original paint, showing only a few seasons of use. Solid body measures approx 16 inches. Wally Algard was one of the five major makers based in Charlestown, on the North East River, which flows into the beautiful Susquehanna Flats. He made sturdy, quality canvasback decoys to supply the local sinkbox rigs and bushwhack hunters, but his output was never great and his birds remain somewhat scarce. His cans exhibit the typical Cecil County characteristics of a raised neck shelf and thick paddle tails, along with some folky attributes all his own, namely a pronounced hump to the back, a higher than normal chine line and bill cuts that continue to thebottom end of the bills. This well-crafted bird was made toward the end of Algard’s active carving career and was used as part of the famous Nichols sneakboat rig. A collector has noted this on the decoy’s underside. A fine, hard to find decoy from a historic Susquehanna Flats gunning rig.
SOLD!

 
Pete Peterson Dove
Pete Peterson Dove
 

 

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

 
Reg Birch Ruddy pair
Birch signature
 

 

Nice Ruddy Duck pair by Reggie Birch, Chincoteague Island, VA. Ink signature "Reg Birch" in bottom of each. Excellent all original aged paint & condition. Solid carved bodies measures approx 11 inches long each. Glass eyes with lead pad weights & leather line ties. Nice addition here for the collector of Ruddy Duck decoys, or collectors of Reggie's fine work. More pics avail of this nice pair.
SOLD!

 

McNair Black Duck
McNair Black Duck

McNair Signature
 

 

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

 
JK GW Teal
JK GW Teal

 

 

Very nice Green~Wing Teal pair by John Kouchinsky, Georgetown, SC. Signed and dated 2008 on bottom of both. Excellent all original paint and condition. Glass eyes. Measure approx 11 1/4 inches long each with slightly turned heads and raised wing carving and keels. Both are solid carved. Very nice pair for any collection of Teal or South Carolina maker decoys. More pics avail.
SOLD!

 
Reggie Birch Cobb style Brant
Birch signature
 

 

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

 
Oscar Peterson small Perch decoy
Oscar Peterson Perch fish decoy
Check out the "FISHING" page for more nice fish spearing decoys just added!
 

 

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!

 
Len Carnaghi Teal pair

 

 

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

 

Early Grayson Brant
Early Grayson Brant
 

 

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

 
David Rhodes GW Teal pair
DR sig

 

 

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

 
Cobb style BBP
COBB STYLE BBP


 

 

Nice Cobb style Black Bellied Plover from the collectiion of John Maddox & was part of the Chincoteague Refuge Museum collection that is now gone. Probably made by Frank Finney, or maybe John Brockman or Cigar Daisey as most of the Cobb copies were made by one of these 3 men. Nicely painted and aged surface to make these classic beauties look like an 125 year old decoys by Nathan Cobb. Measures approx 10 3/4 inches long with carved eyes with split raised wing and splined bill which adds to its realistic look. This is a neat addition to any collection. If you love the Southern classics but cant afford what the real one will cost then this copy should fill the bill at a small fraction of price of an authentic Nathan Cobb Black Belly Plover shorebird decoy. Metal stand included. More pics avail and a good buy here for a piece of the history of the now gone Chincoteague Refuge Museum.
SALE PENDING!

 
Zack Ward Teal

 

 

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

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

 

Super nice & very scarce Doug Jester (1876-1961) miniature Canvasback decoy, Chincoteague Island, VA. Circa 1930-50s. Nice classic body style, measuring approx 6 3/4 inches long. Paint is all original & nicely done. Very clean, strong & dry & has a few very small flakes to wood on back. Jester was well known for his classic Chincoteague style hunting decoys, but his minis are quite hard to find, especially this nice & a Canvasback is one of the hardest species to find as a mini.
$450

 


McNair Yellowlegs



McNair Yellowlegs
McNair Yellowlegs
 

 

Exceptional feeder Yellowlegs shorebird decoy by Mark McNair, Eastern Shore of VA. Circa 2014. Excellent very detailed all original aged paint & condition, superb surface thats very dry and clean with minimal intentional wear for aged look of antique shorebird. McNair style bird with feeding head and high raised shoulder/wing carving with split tail. Solid carved body with no eyes, measures approx 12 3/4 inches long as the crow flies and 16 3/4 tip to tip with 3 3/4 inch splined bill. Carved signature. The paint on this bird is exceptional and very detailed, but with Mark it always is. This is a very nice Yellowlegs by Mark not a design I have seen before. McNair's shorebirds 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 collection that has started to come to market. McNair's continue to be very strong in todays market & excellent and different style examples continue to be very hard to find for sale. More pics avail. Includes signed and dated wooden stand by McNair.
SOLD!

 
Oliver Lawson 1968 cedar Pintail pair
Lawson signature 19
 

 

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

 
Madison Mitchell Canvasback pair
Mitchell signature
 

 

Super nice and early matched Canvasback pair by R. Madison Mitchell (1901-1993), Harve de Grace, MD. Signed and dated 1952. Very good plus all original paint that's very strong, dry & clean. Good paint style on this pair, lots of nice feathering with good color & patina. Measure approx 15 1/4 inches long each. Both retain original single nail end weights & staple/ring line ties. Condition is very good plus with honest gunning wear but have no body age lines & "NO NECK CRACKS!". More pics avail. A nice 63 year old matched pair by the dean of Upper Chesapeake Bay makers. Priced to sell, you just don't find matched pairs of Mitchell's this early & in this condition anymore at this price, very good buy on this nice matched pair. More pics avail.
SOLD!

 
Awesome Madison Mitchell pair of Mallards
 

 

Outstanding matched Mallard pair by R. Madison Mitchell (1901-1993), Harve de Grace, MD. Signed & dated 1963. Excellent all original paint thats very strong, clean & never waxed dry. Beautiful paint on this pair, lots of nice feathering. Measure approx 16 1/2 inches long each. Both retain original weights & line ties. Conditon is excellent with no wear, no repairs & no cracks. Both have slightl puddy lift over head nails. More pics avail. Both have the brad nail in butt which indicates the decoys are "best grade" wood which is pine. A great 52 year old matched pair by the dean of Upper Chesapeake Bay makers. Early & top quality Mitchells have a good solid $ future, making this a good buy on this fine pair.
SOLD!

 
Jim Currier Bluebill pair
 

 

Very nice matched pair of Bluebill decoys by James "Jim" Currier (1886-1971), Have de Grace, MD. Circa 1940-50's. Scarce species to find as matched pair here. Very strong all original paint & condition, with very nice paint patterns. Paint is strong, dry & clean with a great patina. Drake measures approx 14 1/2 inches long and the hen measures approx 14 1/4 inches and has some natural knot wood flaws & knot stain as seen above. Both reatin original weights & line ties. Condition is very good plus, & a very well matched full body style. A nice matched pair of classic upper bay Currier Bluebills for any collection.
SOLD!

 
Heinfield BB
Heinfield BB
 

 

Scarce and all original drake Bluebill decoy by August Heinefield (1883-1952), Rock Hall, MD. Circa 1930-40's. Double branded "J. BRAYTON". Very good all original paint with moderate wear, but if you collect Rock Hall decoys you know how rare OP is to find on these birds, especially the fine work of Heinefield. Good brush work with the paint on this one. Measures approx 13 1/4 inches & has original line tie with original weight. Neck is clean with no cracks, has a check in bottom that was there when made with some puddy loss there & over nail head on top of head. Also has thin age line down the back that goes approx 3/4 of the length of bird, also some wear to both sides of bill but overall very good plus with excellent form & surface. Heinefield shows a lot of boat builder influence in his decoys & the long upswept tail is part of it.. Lots of good pics available. Heinefield didnt make a lot of decoys & his original paint decoys are some of the most sought after of the Chesapeake Bay makers today. Hard to find species here by Heinfield, and harder to find this nice in all original paint & condition. Good buy here.
SOLD!

 
Mitchell Bluebill pair
 

 

Very nice and early matched Bluebill pair by R. Madison Mitchell (1901-1993), Harve de Grace, MD. Signed and dated 1958. Very good plus all original paint that's very strong, dry & clean. Good paint style on this pair, lots of nice feathering with good color & patina. Measure approx 14 1/2 inches long each. Both retain original weights & staple/ring line ties. Condition is very good plus with honest gunning wear & both have very thin hairline neck cracks but secure and totally tight on both, also a few length wise thin lines in bottom of hen but again tight & secure. More pics avail. A nice 57 year old matched pair by the dean of Upper Chesapeake Bay makers. Priced to sell, you just don't find matched pairs of Mitchell's this early & in this condition anymore at this price, very good buy on this nice matched pair. More pics avail.
SOLD!

 
John Glenn BB
John Glen BB
 

 

Nice old Bluebill drake by Capt. John Glen (1876-1954), Rock Hall, MD. Circa 1920-40s. Strong and dry all original paint & condition. Great brush work on this one & is "classic" Rock Hall paint style & form. Condition is very good plus with no repairs or touch ups. Shows some areas of wear from hunting but clean and strong. Thin flowing body style with sharp chine & upswept tail that shows the boat builder influence that the Rock Hall carvers designed into their carvings. Measures approx 12 1/2 inches long and has several thin age lines in bottom & 1 thin one in back, it was the wood used and all is tight & secure. Retains original staple and ring line tie and original weight. Great old Chesapeake Bay Bluebill 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 these and this one is 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 beauty.
SOLD!

 

Severn Hall Canvasback
Svern Hall Canvasback
Severn Hall signature
 

 

Very scarce drake Canvasback decoy by Severn Hall (1910-1997), Northeast, MD. Scratch painted signed & dated 1947. Excellent surface and paint appears to be all original. Surface is very strong, clean and dry with nice patina. Full size solid carved cork body with wooden bottom board that measures approx 17 inches long with original keel & weight. Has pretty very full size Only fault is where midway in bill the bill broke downward angle but has been very tightly put back into place, shows line along that area and may have been gunning repair by Hall. Has a very cool signature that has been scratch painted 2x in bottom by Hall & is dated 1947. Pretty sure that most if not all of the decoys made by Hall were done in the 40's and included Coots & Canvasbacks. Severn Hall was well known for his painting on many of the decoys of several classic & historic makers from the upper bay and Flats area but his decoys are rarely seen or offered. Great buy on this rare Canvasback by one of the Chesapeake Bays finest and seldom found decoy makers. More pics available.
SOLD!

 
John Glen Canvasback pair

 

 

Super nice matched pair of Canvasbacks by Capt. John Glen (1876-1954), Rock Hall, MD. Circa 1920-40s. Strong and dry all original paint & condition. Great brush work on this pair & is "classic" Rock Hall paint style & form. Condition is very good plus with no repairs or touch ups. Shows some areas of honest wear from hunting but clean and strong. Flowing body style with sharp chine & upswept tail that shows the boat builder influence that the Rock Hall carvers designed into their carvings. Measures approx 16 inches long each. Retains original staple and ring line ties and original weights. Hen has very thin neck crack thru 1/2 of neck but secure & should'nt get any longer. Few dents in bottom of drake, looks like it was used to hammer something. Great old matched pair of Chesapeake Bay Canvasback hunting decoys for any collector looking to add a classic matched pair of Rock Hall decoys by John Glen to a collection. E-mail for more pics. Hard to find these matched and all original pairs and this pair is a great buy as Rock Hall birds are undervalued sleepers when it comes to finding these all original birds this clean & unrepaired. Decoys by Glen are Chesapeake Bay classics, he provided decoys for some of the most famous hunting clubs & gunners that ever gunned there. More good pics avail, great buy on these classic beauties.
SOLD!

 
Spirt of the birdSpirt of the bird - DVD
 

 

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

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