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Tom Fitzpatrick Mallard
Tom Fitzpatrick Mallard
 

 

Super nice and scarce drake Mallard by Thomas "Fitzie" Fitzpatrick (1887-1958), Delanco, NJ. Circa 1920-45. Superb all original paint and condition, looks as if never gunned over except for one small bump smudge on back left side that is seen in pic above. Very nice surface on this bird. Very strong, clean and dry with strong colors and nice patina. Hollow carved body measures approx 16 inches long, has a great looking low and slightly tilted head with nice raised wing tip carving and incised tail & tips. Both tack eyes are original and retain all paint. Retains original weight & leather line tie. Classic Delaware River Mallard decoy for any collector looking to add a scarce & very nicely done example by historic maker to a collection. Tom made a very fine and stylish decoy in the classic style of the English school. Tom was a "river rat" who spent his life hunting and fishing. He lived on a house-boat and would move if he didnt like the circumstances. He gunned hard and made his decoys from what he could find floating down the river. 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.
$2750

 
Gibson Goose
Gibson Goose
 

 

Very 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 this past 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 along couple areas of back running length wise but are hair thin & very stable, a area of puddy loss over 1 nail on back of head & slight knot lift on left side as can be seen in pic above. 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

 


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

 
Mitchell Mallard
Mitchell Mallard
 

 

Excellent Mallard drake decoy by R. Madison Mitchell (1901-1993), Harve de Grace, MD. Circa 1950s-60s. Excellent all original paint & condition. Paint is strong and clean with minimal wear from gunning use. Measures approx 17 inches long and retains the original weight & staple ring line tie. Nice carved head, and nice thick feather painting. Branded JFG in bottom. Has thinner then hair ageline on 1/2 of neck but doesnt go all the way around, looks more like paint line then wood grain ageline. If you collect Mitchell decoys you know a gunnin Mallard decoy is a bit harder to find then most other species by Mitchell. A honest old hunting decoy by the dean of Upper Chesapeake Bay makers. Super nice Mitchell example here for any collection of classic decoys by Mitchell. More pics avail.
$425

 
Scarce Doug Jester miniature Canada Goose
 

 

Super nice & very scarce Doug Jester (1876-1961) miniature Canada Goose decoy, Chincoteague Island, VA. Circa 1930-50s. Nice classic body style, measuring approx 7 1/2 inches long. Paint is all original & nicely done. Very clean, strong & dry. Very thin ageline around neck, thinner then a hair & is totally secure. Jester was well known for his classic Chincoteague style hunting decoys, but his minis are quite hard to find, especially this nice & a Goose.
$450

 
Dan Brown hen BB
Dan Brown hen BB
Dan Brown ink stamp
 

 

Super nice and scarce hen Bluebill decoy by the late Dan Brown, Hebron, MD. Circa approx 1968. Has Dan's ink stamp 3x on bottom. Excellent all original paint that almost looks never used except for small grain chip on top left side head as seen in top pic & very slight wear to edge of tail. Overall it is excellent plus. Hollow carved body measures approx 17 inches long and with slightly turned head. Glass eyes with no cracks and super wide bill carving with very nice weighted keel. Dan went back to the early days of collecting and was important for the tireless work he did gathering a lot of the info that we know today about the decoy makers and the history of the gunning that was done in this region. He was a competitive carver who won many awards & was instrumental in what the Ward Museum has become to both collectors & carvers today. A very nice man who loved to share his knowledge with others, he is missed. Dan Brown made a great bird & his decoys are a collector favorite and very hard to find, and this pretty girl will be sure to please. More pics avail.
$550

 
Joe Lincoln self bailing WW  Scoter
Joe Lincoln WW Scoter
 

 

Super nice self bailing White Wing Scoter decoy by Joseph W. Lincoln (1859-1938), Accord, Mass. Circa 1900-25. Very well done total professional paint restoration in the Lincoln style over 25 years ago. Paint has a nice surface with a good patina and was aged to give proper look of age. Measures approx 18 1/4 inches long, and has the great workmanship of his self bailing model body style. Has glass eyes & very thin & irregular hairline down the length of back. Has nicely done head & bill. Lincoln decoys are true classics and info on him can be found in all decoy books that touch on Mass decoy history. Top examples by Joe Lincoln continue to go into the 6 figure range at auctions when available. This is a excellent example for any collector looking for a strong classic example of a self bailing WW Scoter by Lincoln to add to a collection. Good buy here as you can buy this professionally restored paint example for less then one tenth the price of an all original example. More nice pics avail.
$1000

 
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

 
Ira Hudson Bluebill
Ira Hudson Bluebill
 

 

Classic drake Bluebill by Ira Hudson (1876-1949), Chincoteague Island, VA. Circa 1925-1940. Has good, dry, clean all original paint with some honest wear from age & gunning. No repairs or touch ups of any kind with exception of cracked bill nailed back in place as a working repair. Has a in the making ageline down the back, but is stable & does not distract, also small amount of neck filler gone as shown above with a thin but secure neck crack. Measures approx 14 3/4 inches. This is classic & desirable Hudson style, with a great head style with nicely carved bill, football flat belly style body, and classic "banjo" flutted tail carving, solid cedar body, & original tack eyes. Nicely done paint style & as good as you can expect to find on a bird of this vintage especially for the price. This is a nice Hudson Blackhead, great classic form, style & paint.
$1250

 
Superb Ward Black Duck


Ward Black Duck
 

 

Exceptional & very fat "High tail " model Black Duck by the Ward Brothers, Crisfield, MD. Circa 1940's, not signed or dated. Excellent all original paint & condition. Paint is very strong, clean & dry. Beautiful patina & great paint patterns on this one. Minimal wear in near perfect as the day it was made condition. Has hairline in puddy areas where head meets body. Classic fat high tail model that collectors love in the 1948 vintage models. Balsa body with cedar head & tail insert that measures approx 17 3/4 inches long. Head is turned to left with perfect glass eyes. Great looking classic Ward decoy here, very clean & nicely done style for that era & the condition is exceptional. The price of good earlier 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 Ward Black Duck and demands exceptional original condition examples & investment quality decoys. E-mail for more pics if interested, you be hard pressed to ever find one better.
$8400

 

Greenwing Teal by Grayson Chesser
Grayson GW Teal signature

 

 

Super nice pair of Greenwing Teal decoys by Grayson Chesser, Jenkins Bridge, VA. Drake is ink signed and dated 2004. Has Grayson's "C" carved in bottom of each. Excellent all original paint, have never been gunned over and condition is perfect. Great surface on these beauties with superb paint work. Life size pair with the drake measuring approx 11 1/2 inches with the pretty hen in a sleeper pose that measures approx 10 1/4 inches long. Also both have a raised wing tip and a nice full body carving. Retains original weights and leather line ties. Nice glass eyes with no cracks. Grayson was the "Carver of the Year" at the 2004 Havre de Grace Decoy Show, and just did an exhibit at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C. More pics available. This is a very nice pair of decoys by one of the best classic decoy makers of this generation. Grayson's decoys continue to be some of the most sought after decoys in todays market, get this modern classic pair while you can.
SOLD!

 
Steve Ward Mini BB

Steve Ward BB mini
Steve Ward signature
 

 

Very scarce third size drake Bluebill by Steve Ward. Circa Signed and dated 1951 by Steve. Measures approx 8 3/4 inches with slightly turned to the right head. Painted eyes with inserted cedar tail, cedar head and balsa body. Super nice form with classic 1930s style. Only fault is a small area of puddy loss on right side butt area where tail is inserted into body and tail is split in that area, right now a bit loose, I might glue to secure but prefer to leave that to next owner, but displays very nice as can be seen in photos above, area can be seen in top pic. This is a really nice example and minis by Steve are very seldom found at any price. See pics above and more pics available of this great looking 63 year old Steve Ward mini. Hard not to want to add this classic little beauty to your collection, great form, style and paint.
SOLD!

 
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.
$525

 



Milt Watson high head Canvasback pair
 

 

Excellent and scarce matched pair of high-head Canvasback decoys by Milt Watson (1911-1985), Chesapeake City, MD. Circa 1940-50s. Excellent all original paint, with very strong surface with classic Cecil County "Angel Wing" paint jobs on this pair. Full size with very cool carved eyes, measures approx 17 1/2 inches each with each having nice high heads that measure approx 5 3/4 inches tall. They have been gunned over in the past but show very minimal wear with only fault being 2 areas of lifted grain on neck of drake and bb size hole in left side of hens neck but both very secure and display superbly. Both have had original weights & leather line tie removed. Great high head examples here & sure to please any collector looking for top quality vintage Canvasbacks for their collection. Milt Watson lived his entire life in Chesapeake City and worked for the C&D canal and its successor from 1925 to 1973. He made his first decoys in about 1930 and carved in the classic Cecil County tradition and was best known for his high head Canvasback decoys and his fine Bushwack boats. He received Honorable Mention at the American Decoy Show in 1951. Superb pair of classic decoys here by one of the Chesapeake Bays finest and seldom found makers. More pics available.
$1650 pair

 
Alma Fitchett Black Duck

Alma Fitchett Black Duck

 

 

Very early and very rare Black Duck decoy by Alma Fitchett (died 1934), Smith Island, Virginia. Circa 1870-1900. Rare 1 of 4 known Black Ducks known by Fitchett. Paint is all original and very strong considering age & environment where used. Very neat wing patch painting. Excellent surface on this beauty, strong, dry and clean. Black glass eyes with no cracks. Big solid carved body measures approx 17 inches long & has a very neat carved ice dip behind the neck. Has a couple of shot scars in body and head with chip on underside of bill from shot hit. Has wear that would be expected of a hundred plus year old decoy but overall condition is excellent with no neck crack! Alma Fitchett was a member of the "SMITH ISLAND LIFESAVING SERVICE", some great & very historic decoys came from this group of surfman that manned this station. Info on Fitchett & the other decoy makers that worked the Smith Island Station can be found in Henry Fleckenstien's excellent book "Southern Decoys of Virginia & the Carolinas". Smith Island decoys are very rare and some of the most desired decoys for the Southern decoy collector, great classic form & function with a great history attached to each one that still survives. Great piece here for any collector looking to make that strong historic addition to their collection, its sure to please and priced below cost when last sold in auction. Lots of good pics available of this beauty. I bet a lot of Black Ducks have been shot over this historic old decoy.
$10,500

 
Currier Can pair
 

 

Very nice matched pair of Canvasback decoys by James "Jim" Currier (1886-1971), Have de Grace, MD. Circa 1940-50's. Very strong all original paint & condition, with very nice paint patterns. Paint is strong, dry & clean with a great patina. Drake measures approx 16 1/4 inches long with 2 hair thin age lines in bottom and on one side of head. Hen measures approx 16 inches and has thin age line on bottom of neck near base. Both reatin original weights & line ties. Hen has "CAPH" hot branded on bottom, not sure if that makes it from Capt Harry Jobes gunning rig or not. Condition is very good plus, & a very well matched full body style. A nice matched pair of classic upper bay Currier Canvasbacks for any collection.
$950 pair

 
Folger Golden Plover pair
 

 

Early and rare matched pair of Golden Plover shorebird decoys, attributed to the Folger Family, Nantucket, Massachusetts. Circa 1880-1900. Very nice all original paint in breeding plumage with minor wear. Paint is very clean, dry & strong, with nice feather brush work on both birds. Both have a nice surface with good color with a perfect dry patina. Distinct and highly stylized white "eyebrow" painting across the head with olive and gold feather painting on the back indicative of the "Green Plover" as they were called on Nantucket. Has a few small size shot scars with a few tiny dents and a small chip on the top of the head of one bird, but overall in very nice condition for the vintage. They measure approx 9 1/2 inches long each. One has original inserted wooden bill other appears to be a later replacement. Very stylish old Massachusetts shorebirds here with great form and surface. Good looking and rare to find old matched pair of working Nantucket Golden Plover shorebirds for any collection of folk art or antique shorebirds. This exact pair sold in a G&S auction July 2003 for $3200 plus the "bump", good buy here. Stands included and more pics available.
$2500 pair

 
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.
$15,000

 
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.
$4200

 
Miles Hancock Oystercatcher
Miles Hancock Oystercatcher
 

 

Rare half size Oystercatcher shorebird decoy by Miles Hancock (1888-1974), Chincoteague Island, VA. Circa 1950-60. A rare species by Hancock & any shorebirds by Hancock are very scarce. Probably a bit larger then half size as it measures approx 9 inches. Excellent all original paint, with very nicely done paint patterns on back & sides and great colors with a very clean and strong surface. This is cedar body bird with metal tack eyes. Has splined bill thru head, raised wing carving & flutted tail. This is a tuff piece by Hancock, shorebirds are nearly impossible by him & a rare addition for any collection and one of the finest I have ever seen.
$850

 
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

 
Frank Finney Canvasback


Finney sig Finney carved F
 

 

Super nice lifesize Canvasback drake carving by Frank Finney, Capeville, VA. Has Frank's "FF" carved into bottom and is signed in scratch painting style. Circa less then 25 years old. Excellent and all original paint with no repairs or touch ups. Good use of colors and excellent carving of wings, tail and bill all in nice detail. Measures approx 15 inches tall. This is a neat piece & Frank's work is very collectable & highly sought after and currently his recent work is only available thru 1 exclusive seller. Great addition to any collection and a scarce model example of Frank's fine work. More pics available, good buy here.
$1800

 
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

 
Grayson Chesser hen Canvasback
Grayson Chesser hen Can
Grayson initial
 

 

Super nice turned head Canvasback by Grayson Chesser, Jenkins Bridge, VA. Circa less then 35 years old. Has Grayson's "C" carved in bottom. Excellent all original paint & condition, very dry and clean. Great paint job on this beauty and just about perfect mint. Life size hollow carved cedar body measures approx 12 1/2 inches with turned head. Retains original weight & leather line tie. Nice glass eyes with no cracks. Grayson was the "Carver of the Year" at the 2004 Harve de Grace Decoy Show, and just did an exhibit at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C. More pics available. This is a very pretty girl by one of the best classic decoy makers of this generation. Get this modern classic while you can and as nice as you will ever find.
SOLD!

 
Hancock mini Mallard
Hancock mini Mallard
Hancock signature, mini Mallard
 

 

Nice miniature Mallard drake by Miles Hancock (1888-1974), Chincoteague Island, VA. Signed by Mr Hancock & dated 1967. Measures approx 6 1/2 inches. Excellent all original paint, thats very dry & clean, with very nicely done scratch paint patterns, a very sharp & clean little bird. Has tack eyes. Has a nice raised wing and flutted tail carving. Hancock started making his "little birds" after a heart attack in the 1960s and selling them to the steady increasing flow of tourist to Chincoteague Island. This one has a great look, & more pics avail.
$225

 
Rogers rig Dowicher
Rogers rig Dowicher
Rogers brand

 

 

Exceptional offering of a very early & scarce classic Dowitcher from the gunning rig of Theodore Rodgers (1831-1903), Jamaica Bay, Long Island, NY. Circa 1870's. With the exception of a few areas of tiny grain flaking the paint is almost mint and considering the vintage makes it an exceptional offering for any high end collection. Has classic hot branded "T.ROGERS" branded into bottom rump area. Bill too is all original. Fat solid carved body measures approx 11 1/4 inches long. Exceptional style & form that make the shorebird decoys from the Rogers rig classics. Theodore Rogers was a wealthy banker who greatly enjoyed hunting and fishing, being a member of 6 different fishing and hunting clubs on Long Island. He was also a early member of the NY Association for the Protection of Fish and Game. They are a rare offering and this example is sure to please any collector of shorebirds or Folk Art. Ex~collection of Frank Murphy who is very well known in the decoy community for his fabulous Hunting Artifact collection and displays. Metal stand included. More pics avail of this Classic Beauty, and priced to sell below appraised value.
SOLD!

 
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

 
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

 
Blind Peep by McNair
McNair blind peep
McNair signature carving
 

 

Outstanding and super fat "Blind" no eye model Verity style Peep shorebird decoy by Mark McNair, Eastern Shore of VA. Signed and dated 2011. Excellent all original & very detailed aged paint & condition with very well done intentional wear. Measures approx 5 3/4 inches, very fat full body style with nice low feeding form. "Blind" no eyes model, splined bill & carved raised wings with some nice shot scars. This is a really nice style & a very popular with collectors of Mark's fine work. Carved McNair signature. McNair made wooden stand included that is signed and dated in ink. More pics available of this great looking McNair. Hard not to want to add this little beauty to your collection, great form, style & paint and a classic.
SOLD!

 
Cigar Daisey Black Duck
Cigar Daisey Black Duck
Cigar brand & signature

 

 

Super nice male Black Duck decoy by Delbert "Cigar" Daisey (born 1924), VA. Circa 1970-80s. Ink signed & branded "CIGAR" on bottom of bird. Excellent all original paint in excellent condition. Stylish carved cork body measures approx 17 3/4 inches with cedar head and bottom board with original keel. Has black glass eyes and only fault is a couple of bottom board edge rubs and a scratch on back about 1/2 X 1/8, a easy touch up but no need to as it doesn't distract and can be seen in pic above. Cigar's decoys have soared thru the roof in the last couple of years & choice examples are hard to get, Cigar has quite the following all over the country. If you have been watching the price of Cigar's decoys the last few years or been to any of the local auctions on Delmarva you know what a good value this handsome Black Duck is. So hard to get these anymore as everyone seems to be holding what they have of Cigar's classic work. More pics avail.
SOLD!

 

Grayson Wood Duck pair
 

 

Super nice pair of Wood Duck decoys by Grayson Chesser, Jenkins Bridge, VA. Circa less then 25 years old . Has Grayson's "C" carved in bottom of each. Excellent all original paint, have never been gunned over with slight loss of paint to edge of hens tail and one tiny flake on side of head, display perfectly & more pics avail. Great surface on these beauties with superb paint work. Life size hollow carved cedar bodies measures approx 13 inches with slightly turned head on both. Also both have a raised wing tip and a nice full body carving. Retains original weight on keel and leather line ties. Nice glass eyes with no cracks. Grayson was the "Carver of the Year" at the 2004 Havre de Grace Decoy Show, and just did an exhibit at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C. More pics available. This is a very nice pair of decoys by one of the best classic decoy makers of this generation. Grayson's decoys continue to be some of the most sought after decoys in todays market, get this modern classic pair while you can.
$850 pair

 
Wilson Black Duck
Wilson Black Duck
Wilson head Black Duck
Wilson Black Duck
 

 

Early & very nice turned head Black Duck by Augustus Aaron "Gus" Wilson (1864-1950), South Portland, Maine. Circa 1900-1925. Excellent all original paint & condition with an outstanding surface that is very strong, dry & clean with a great patinia. Wear is very minimal. Stylish and sleek solid carved body that measures approx 17 1/4 inches long. Very thin and tight ageline around neck but very hard to see when displayed. Very well done with raised wing carving and inletted turned & slightly tilted head and with nicely done carved eyes. Here is a superb example of Gus Wilson's fine work for the collector of classic maker decoys or American folk art carvings. Wilson was a lighthouse keeper & is well known in the decoy & folk art world for his sculptural presence seldom achieved by other decoy makers. Excellent bird here for the money, and a very popular collector species by Wilson. You will be very pleased with this beauty. More pics available.
$12,750

 



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

 

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

 
Fat Jester Black Duck
Jester Black Duck

 

 

Very early and very fat Black Duck decoy by Doug Jester (1876-1961), Chincoteague Island, VA. Circa 1925-40. Super strong, dry & clean all original paint & condition. Great looking scratch feather painting on body. Shows almost no wear from hunting use with only fault is where thin age split in bottom of bird was filled with boat epoxy, I have had other birds by Jester where he did this to seal natural faults in wood. This is Jester's earliest style birds with no shelf carving & metal tack eyes with one starting to rust away. Nice size bird at approx 15 3/4 inches, is solid carved cedar body and head, very cool with lots of nice spoke shave marks. Retains original lead weight by Miles Hancock and staple line tie. Extra pics avail. Nicely done head & very fat 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. This is one of the fattest Black Ducks I have ever seen by Jester. Very cool piece here for the price. More pics avail.
SOLD!

 

Grayson Chesser Gadwall drake
Grayson Gadwall back
Chesser Gadwall
Grayson signature
 

 

Very sharp swimming style drake Gadwall decoy by Grayson Chesser, Jenkins Bridge, VA. Ink signed and dated 1989. Has Grayson's "C" carved into bottom. Excellent all original paint & condition. Hollow carved body measures approx 17 inches long, with great forward swimming head & full body carving. Condition is mint & never gunned over, and is the finest Gadwall I have ever seen by Grayson. This handsome devil retains original weight & leather line tie, thats the way Grayson makes them, you can gun with it or put it on the shelf. Grayson was the "Carver of the Year" at the 2004 Harve de Grace Decoy Show, and just did an exhibit at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C. Grayson makes a great bird & his Gadwalls are pretty scarce. This is a very nice decoy showing Grayson's fine decoy making talent and superb painting skills and will please even the most demanding of collectors. More pics avail.
SOLD!

 
Shorebird trio

 

 

Super nice trio of Cobb style shorebird decoys attrib to Frank Finney, Capeville, VA. Ex-John Maddox collection from the Chincoteague Refuge Museum collection. Circa 1970-80s. Excellent aged almost to wood original paint to make these beauties look like an original 125+ year old decoys by Nathan Cobb. Has 2 Robin Snipes with glass eyes and 1 Yellowlegs with carved eyes. All 3 have carved wing carving in the Cobb style. Measures approx 10 inches on Yellowlegs and about 9 inches each on Robin Snipe. The driftwood measures approx 26 inches long and about 27 inches tall, not looking forward to shipping this one. This nice size display piece was displayed for many years and were part of the now famous sale of the John Maddox collection of decoys from the Chincoteague Refuge Musuem collection. This is a neat piece & Frank's work is very collectable & sought after and even more so now that Franks recent work is only available thru one exclusive seller. Great addition to any collection and one of the finest quality shorebird display pieces that came out of that sale. More pics avail.
$1850

 
Mason Mallard
Mason Mallard
back Mason Mallard
 

 

Very nice Premier grade drake Mallard decoy by the Mason Decoy Company, Detroit, Michigan. Circa 1905-1915. Excellent all original paint & condition, has a very small factory filled tail chip that was done at factory and the paint shows the translucence of age over that spot. Paint is very clean & strong with beautiful classic Mason feathering on back and a perfect aged patina. Must have been done by one of the best painters at the factory, every line and brush stroke show the artistic skills of the painter. Has some honest hunting wear and a few shot scars and a thinner then hair ageline around base of neck but overall its excellent & un-screwed with! Retains both original glass eyes with no cracks. Measures approx 17 1/2 inches long & has a great looking long bill & head with no damage. More pics avail. This is a nice example with honest gunning & age wear, no excuses needed on this one & will be a nice addition to any collection. Very good buy on this one as "unrepaired", "as found" Premier grade Masons in this condition are getting more scarce by the day and are highly prized by the Mason collectors.
SOLD!

 
Al Ponte Bluewing Teal


 

 

Very nice and lifelike Bluewing Teal by Al Ponte, Michigan. Ink signed & dated 1978 on bottom. Excellent all original and very detailed paint and condition. Glass eyes & hollow carved. A couple of flakes of paint are only fault but no problems & displays like a high end competition carving. Measures approx 11 inches long with very detailed feather carving and keel. Very nice job on this bird and a nice addition for any collection of Teal or Michigan maker decoys. Outstanding piece of work here for the money. More pics avail.
$225

 
Finney~Cobb style Black Duck
Cobb Style Black Duck by Finney
"N" on Cobb style Black Duck by Finney
 

 

Super serious Nathan Cobb style Black Duck decoy attrib to Frank Finney, Capeville, VA. Has proper "N" perfectly serfied carved into bottom. Ex-John Maddox collection from the Chincoteague Refuge Museum collection. Excellent aged original paint to make this classic beauty look like an original 125+ year old decoy by Nathan Cobb Jr. Measures approx 16 1/4 inches long & has proper authentic lead pad weight with brass screws & a leather line tie which adds to its realistic look. Hollow carved body pegged together with glass eyes and proper style inletted head. A small group of these Black Ducks were found along with some reproduced Mason Swans that were found in a bank vault and were part of the now famous sale of the John Maddox collection of decoys from the Chincoteague Refuge Musuem collection. They have become one of the most sought after items from the sale. This is a neat piece & Frank's work is very collectable & sought after and even more so now that Franks recent work is only available thru one exclusive seller. Great addition to any collection, if you love the classics but cant afford what the real one will cost then this one should fill the bill at a small fraction of price of a authentic vintage one. More pics avail.
$1250

 
Wildfowler Bufflehead


 

 

Scarce model Bufflehead drake by the Wildfowler Decoy Company, Point Pleasant, NJ. Circa 1960's. Very good all original paint & condition with some honest and even gunning wear. Great surface on this beauty thats strong and clean. Has original glass eyes. Measures approx 10 1/8 inches long with slightly turned head & retains original screw in weight. More pics available. Very nice bird here and when showed to the co-author of "Wildfowler Decoys" Dick LaFountain he said it was a very scarce model with a unique paint style but was Wildfowler paint. If you like nice Wildfowler decoys in harder to find species you will be very pleased with this one.
$350

 


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

 

Grayson Chesser Oldsquaw drake
 

 

Super scarce drake Oldsquaw decoy by Grayson Chesser, Jenkins Bridge, VA. Circa less then 40 years old . Has Grayson's "C" carved in bottom. Excellent all original paint & condition that looks as if never gunned over but with a few storage paint rubs. Great surface on this beauty with nice thick paint work. Life size hollow carved body measures approx 17 3/4 inches long. Nice fat full body carving with wooden tail. Retains original weight and line tie. Nice glass eyes with no cracks. Grayson was the "Carver of the Year" at the 2004 Harve de Grace Decoy Show, and just did an exhibit at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C. More pics available. This is a very scarce species by one of the best classic decoy makers of this generation. Grayson's decoys continue to be some of the most sought after decoys in todays market, get this modern classic while you can. More pics avail.
SALE PENDING!

 
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

 
Corb Reed Shoveler
Corb Reed Shoveler
Corb stamp


 

 

Outstanding & very scarce Shoveler decoy by J. Corb Reed (1897-1982), Chincoteague Island, VA. Stamped "J. C. REED". Circa 1960-70. Excellent all original paint & condition. Great detail and the colors and blending on the feathers are the most accurate I have seen on any Shoveler decoy, Corb knows how to paint a Shoveler. Corb was a outstanding painter, he could paint vermiculation like no other carver, they say he had a small piece of something he wore on his finger that he used to achive his realistic vermiculation, he would never tell anyone what it was & they say he swallowed it before he died taking his painting secret to the grave. His paint is unmatched by very few. Nice slightly raised wings with great head, tail and feather carving. Bird is carved with a very slightly turned head & glass eyes. Measures approx 16 3/4 inches long. Corb Reed started carving around 1912, he was well known for his decoys and flatwork art of marsh & wildfowl. He painted many wall murals in the government buildings in Washington D.C. The decoys by Corb Reed are the most underated & undervalued decoys to come off of Chincoteague Island. More pics of this beauty available.
SOLD!

 
Superb S&D 1954 Madison Mitchell Redhead pair
 

 

Outstanding, clean & early matched Redhead pair by R. Madison Mitchell (1901-1993), Harve de Grace, MD. Signed & dated 1954. Excellent all original paint thats very strong & clean. Great paint on this pair, lots of nice feathering. Measure approx 14 3/4 inches long each. Both retain original weights & staple/ring line ties. Conditon is just about perfect, with no gunning wear, I dont think these were ever used & should please even the most demanding of condition collectors. More pics avail. You have seen the Mitchell market soar this past year & this being a matched pair of this vintage & quality puts them in a class all thier own, early Mitchells have brought 5 figuires at Guyette and Schmidt April 2004 sale. A superb 54 year old matched pair by the dean of Upper Chesapeake Bay makers, wont find them nicer & cleaner then this at any price. Priced to sell, you just don't find Mitchells this early & in this condition anymore, very good buy on this fine pair & a solid investment.
$1050 pair

 
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

 
Edgar Burke original oil of Geese & Brant
Burke original oil of Geese & Brant
 

 

Exceptional & very scarce original oil painting on canvas board by Dr. Edgar Burke (1889-1950). Circa 1940's. Titled " Canada Geese and Brant ". Exact painting was used in "Duck Shooting along the Atlantic Tidewater" by Eugene Connett, page 212/213. Excellent oil painting in 100% original conditon with no problems or repairs. Beautiful colors with great detail of 2 Canada Geese and 2 Atlantic Brant. Neat history on this one as being the original painting chosen for Connett's classic book. Nice black and gold color frame that measures approx 18 X 14 1/4, painting size is approx 16 X 12 1/4. Dr Burke was one of the most famous of the waterfowl artist between the 1920s thru the 1940's. Dr Burke along with Lynn Bogue Hunt did more sporting art for the books and magazines of that era then any one else, and examples of his original paintings are very rarely available at any price. This is a superb painting with a great subject matter and a great example of Dr. Burke's fine work. You dont find these very often and a good investment piece for any flat art or decoy collector and priced below original cost. More detailed pics available.
$4200

 
Mason Black Duck
Mason Black Duck
 

 

Super strong and crisp "PREMIER" grade Black Duck decoy by the Mason Decoy Company (1896-1924), Detroit, Mich. Circa 1905-1920. Excellent all original paint with classic thick Mason swirls, the color & patina are superb. Paint is very crisp, dry & very clean with only a minimal amount of gunning wear & original "PREMIER" ink stamp still slightly visible on bottom. Hollow carved it measures approx 18 inches long and never had a weight put on. The glass eyes are perfect. Classic deep carved bill. Very minimal wear, 99% of original neck filler still in place, only fault is approx 3/4 X 1 inch pie shaped chip in tail fell out & was put back in place with tiny touch up in that spot, 1/8 inch at widest point piece missing, looks like small dent in tail. No other touch ups or repairs, more pics avail. Strong quality Masons continue to be one of the strongest & most sought after decoys in today's decoy market. 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. 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

 
Robbie Lewis Hooded Merganser
Robbie Lewis Hooded Merganser
 

 

Very nice Hooded Merganser by Robbie Lewis, Onancock, Eastern Shore of VA. Signed & dated 2013 on bottom. Carved "RKL" signature & carved Masonic symbol on bottom. Paint is all original and done in a nice gunning bird stye. This handsome Hoodie has carved eyes and measures approx 14 inches long. Body is hollow carved with nice raised wing tip carving in the classic Eastern Shore style. Decoy is rigged to gun with including "teddy bear" ballast weight, star anchor weight and leather line tie. Robbie has been carving for many years and carves mostly in the styles of the old classic Eastern Shore of VA makers, using only the traditional old style hand tools to make them like they did 100+ years ago. He was the Eastern Shore of VA Ducks Unlimited Carver of the Year in 2010 and was covered in a 2013 issue of "From the bench" in "Hunting and Fishing Collectibles" as a carver write up & bio. A very nicely done Hooded Merganser in a style that is all Robbie's. Great buy on this one and his Mergansers are a collector favorite. More pics avail.
$300

 
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

 
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.
$1250 set

 
BS mini Goose
BS Joiner style mini
 

 

Very nice miniature "1950's Charlie Joiner" style Goose decoy by Bill Schauber, Chestertown, MD. Signed and dated 2012, and from the R. Madison Mitchell Endowment Trust auction and numbered 19 of 20 made. Excellent all original paint & condition. Measures approx 8 1/2 inches, fat full body style and painted like the classic full size Geese made by Charlie Joiner in the 1950's. This is a nice piece and more pics are available.
$350

 
Dan Brown drake BB

Dan Brown ink signature
 

 

Nice & scarce drake Bluebill decoy by the late Dan Brown, Hebron, MD. Circa approx 1968. Has Dan's ink stamp on bottom. Very good all original paint that shows just slight honest gunning wear. Overall it is excellent. Hollow carved body measures approx 16 inches long and with slightly turned head. Glass eyes with no cracks with very nice weighted keel. Dan went back to the early days of collecting and was important for the tireless work he did gathering a lot of the info that we know today about the decoy makers and the history of the gunning that was done in this region. He was a competitive carver who won many awards & was instrumental in what the Ward Museum has become to both collectors & carvers today. A very nice man who loved to share his knowledge with others, he is missed. Dan Brown made a great bird & his decoys are a collector favorite and very hard to find, and this handsome drake will be sure to please. More pics avail.
$550

 
Lem Ward oil painting
Ward painting signature
 

 

Outstanding & very scarce oil painting on canvas by Lem Ward (1896-1984), Crisfield, MD. Signed and dated 1950. Titled "Mallards at Cedar Island". Excellent oil painting in 100% original conditon with no problems or repairs. Beautiful colors with great detail of 4 Mallards and good large size. Neat history on this one as Cedar Island was where Lem hunted and this painting was done by Lem as payment for a dental bill to his dentist. Nice gold color frame that measures approx 27 1/2 X 21 1/2, painting size is approx 24 X 18 1/4. This is a superb painting and a early example of flat work by Lem. You dont find these very often and a good investment piece for any Ward decoy collector and priced below original cost. More detailed pics available.
$7250

 

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.
$1800

 
RC mini Goose
bottom of mini goose
 

 

Very nice miniature sleeper Goose decoy by Roy Corkendell. Signed and from the Sporting Connection collection and numbered 28 of 40 made. Excellent all original paint & condition. Measures approx 5 3/4 inches, sleeper body style. This is a nice piece for the price and more pics are available.
$75

 
Grayson Chesser standing black Duck

 

 

Very cool, very fat and unique lifesize Black Duck decoy on carved base by Grayson Chesser, Jenkins Bridge, VA. Circa 1980-90. Ex-collectiion of John Maddox & was part of the Chincoteague Refuge Museum collection. Has Grayson's "C" carved in bottom of duck. Excellent all original paint & condition that displays awesome. Great surface on this beauty. Large hollow carved body measures approx 16 1/4 inches with tucked head with sleepy eyes and partial foot, also has a raised wing tip and a nice fat full body carving. 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 a very unique piece 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 modern classic while you can. More pics avail.
$1150

 
Mitchell Up-the-river Canvasbacks
 

 

Super nice matched pair of oversize "Up The River" model Canvasback decoys by R. Madison Mitchell (1901-1993), Harve de Grace, MD. Circa 1958. 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 on both. Drake has "brad nail in butt" to mark them as "best wood, white pine". Retains original weights & staple rig line ties. Shows minimal wear & probably never hunted over. 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 only choice examples. More pics avail, these are priced to sell, a great deal on these beauties.
SOLD!

 
RD Wilson Teal
RD Wilson Teal
 

 

Very nice Greenwing Teal by RD Wilson, Mineola, Texas. Carved signature "rd". Excellent all original aged paint & condition. Nice job by RD here on the paint & patinia. Hollow carved body measures approx 11 1/4 inches long with flat bottom and straight swimming head. Tiny tack eyes with metal eye line tie. Nice addition here for the collector of folky Teal decoys, or collectors of RD's fine work. RD does a really great job getting his birds to look old with great form that even the folk art collecting crowd loves. Good buy on this beauty. More pics avail.
$350

 
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.
$450

 
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.
$475

 
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

 
Robbie Lewis Crow
Robbie Lewis Signature
 

 

Very nice large Crow by Robbie Lewis, Onancock, Eastern Shore of VA. Signed & dated 2013 on stand. Carved "RKL" signature & carved Masonic symbol on bottom. Paint is all original & has carved eyes and done in a nice large size that measures approx 18 inches long. Body is solid carved. Nice raised wing tip with fanned out tail carving in the classic Eastern Shore style. Robbie has been carving for many years and carves mostly in the styles of the old classic Eastern Shore of VA makers, using only the traditional old style hand tools to make them like they did 100+ years ago. He was the Eastern Shore of VA Ducks Unlimited Carver of the Year in 2010 and was covered in a 2013 issue of "From the bench" in "Hunting and Fishing Collectibles" as a carver write up & bio. A very nicely done Crow in a style that is all Robbie's. Great buy on this one and his Crows are neat folk art and a collector favorite. More pics avail.
SOLD!

 
Ferd Hommee Canvasback
Ferd Hommee Canvasback
 

 

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

 

Earlier McNair Black Duck
McNair Delaware River Black Duck

 

 

Very scarce and earlier Delaware River style Black Duck by Mark McNair, Eastern Shore of VA. Circa 1980. Ex-collection of Jim Kappler and Bernie Roob . Carved "M. McNair " signature with capital "R". Excellent all original aged paint & condition with intentional wear by Mark in the way that makes him a master at recreating the look of a 100 year old decoy. Paint has shrinkage on breast and under tail area from wood used but displays well & is dry and stable. Paint is well done in classic Delaware River style with basic feather painted body & very detailed scratch painting on head. Measures approx 17 inches long with very hollow carved body with raised wingtips and snuggled head posture. Glass eyes and retains original leather line tie but weight has been removed. Done in the classic style of the finest examples of Delaware River classic Black Duck decoys. Very neat bird here for the McNair collector who is looking for something different. This bird is pretty early and a seldom seen model by McNair. More pics avail.
$2600

 

Chesser Redhead pair
 

 

Nice pair of Redhead decoys by Grayson Chesser, Jenkins Bridge, VA. Circa less then 40 years old . Has Grayson's "C" carved in bottom of each. Excellent all original paint & condition that looks as if maybe gunned over a couple times with a few storage paint rubs and maybe a lite cleaning would make like new. Great surface on these beauties with nice thick paint work. Life size hollow carved cedar bodies measures approx 14 inches each. Nice strong and fat full body carving on both with good fat heads. Retains original weights and leather line ties and are ready to gun with. Both have glass eyes. Grayson was the "Carver of the Year" at the 2004 Havre de Grace Decoy Show, and just did an exhibit at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C. More pics available. This is a very nice pair of decoys by one of the best classic decoy makers of this generation. Grayson's decoys continue to be some of the most sought after decoys in todays market, get this modern classic pair while you can. Very nice and seldom seen species by Grayson. More pics avail.
SOLD!

 
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.
$350

 
Hudson flying Mallard mini
 

 

Very nice and early half size flying Mallard drake by Ira Hudson (1876-1949) and Delbert Hudson (1927-1979), Chincoteague Island, VA. Circa 1940's. Excellent all original paint with very little areas of shrinkage of paint over grain areas on back of carving. No repairs or touch ups of any kind. Measures approx 11 3/4 inches long. Has Hudson's original over coat of varnish that he put on most of his decorative and flying pieces. This is classic & desirable Hudson style of decorative flyer. Nicely done paint style with great small detail feathering. This bird is ex-collection of Bill Purnell who felt the carving was probably done by Delbert but the painting was all Ira. I met a collector years ago who remembered back when he was a child that Hudson and different members of the Hudson family would go door to door selling miniature style carvings and flyers before Christmas. His family bought several great ones over those early years. This is a great piece here for any collection of minis or collectors of Southern Folk Art carvings. I also have a pair of these avail, if interested pics avail.
$3600

 
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

 


McNair Curlew
McNair Curlew
McNair Curlew
 

 

Excellent Mass. style Curlew shorebird decoy by Mark McNair, Eastern Shore of VA. Circa 2000. Excellent all original aged paint & condition with very well done intentional wear. Very beautifully done paint work on this beauty with lots of nice tiny detail. Measures approx 13 1/2 inches with full body style carving with relief wings carving and split tail. Carved eyes, splined bill with great running form and style. Its tuff getting any McNairs & this is a really nice style & a collector favorite. Carved McNair signature. Metal stand included. More pics avail. of this great looking McNair, hard to not want them all as he just does such a great job on them.
$1950

 


 

 

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

 
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.
$550 pair

 


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

 
Ben Schmidt Redhead
Ben Schmidt Redhead
 

 

Very nice drake Redhead decoy by Ben Schmidt (1884-1968), Detroit, Mich. Circa 1930-40's. Strong all original paint & condition with some honest gunning wear but would rate very good plus. Nice form with nice wingtip carving and slightly turned head. Measures approx 15 inches long & retains original weighted keel & swivel line tie. Has a few shot scars and thin age line in front center of back. Has "EAO" branded into bottom. Ben Schmidt probably made more decoys then any other Michigan maker and that was because they were great decoys to hunt with. Very strongly made but yet very life like. An very nice quality example here by one of the greatest of the old time Mississippi Flyway makers. Sure to please any collector of quality examples of historic makers or Michigan decoy collectors. More pics avail.
$475

 
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.
$325 pair

 
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

 
Danny Marshall Brant
Danny Marshall sig
 

 

Super nice "Seaside" Brant decoy by Danny Marshall, Saxis and Chincoteague Island, VA. Circa 2011. Superb, clean, & dry all original paint & condition. Signed by Danny. Solid body with turned head & measures approx 16 inches long. Condition is excellent. Glass eyes & slight wing/back/tail carving. I have seen very few of Danny's birds come to market in the past, Danny never carved a lot of birds, but his work is superb and seldom offered up for resale. He is a retired Game Warden on the Eastern Shore of VA, he learned to carve under the guidance of his good friends the Ward Brothers of Crisfield, and the lesson's of Lem & Steve Ward was well learned and applied as the results show in his fine decoy carving & paint style. Danny was born in Saxis and spent several years as a private guide on Fox Island. Good looking Brant here and guaranteed to please. More pics avail.
SOLD!

 
Bear Claw Pike
Bear Claw Peterson Pike
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Very nice Oscar Peterson (1887-1951), Cadillac, Mich., 6 inch Pike, fish spearing decoy. Circa 1930-40s. Rarer "Bear claw" paint pattern. All original paint & condition with some honest age & fishing wear but overall very nice surface and paint style on this beauty. Most of wear is more flaking type from age as can be seen in photo directly above in face area and on the belly and a few other smaller areas. This fish is a painted eye model and has 7 metal fins with some paint loss on fins, more pics avail. See Ron Fritz's excellent book "Michigan's Master Carver OSCAR W. PETERSON ", for like examples. Any Oscar Peterson in condition this clean, strong & honest is desirable & scarce. This fish is guaranteed 100%, & would make a nice addition to any old fish decoy collection. More pics avail. This is a very nice fish for the money and seldom seen paint pattern on one of his fish spearing decoys.
SOLD!

 

Early pr Joiner Redheads
 

 

Very early 1950 and 1951 Redhead decoy pair by Charlie "Speed" Joiner (Born 1921), Chestertown, MD. Signed & dated 1951 on drake & 1950 on hen. Good all original paint with some gunning wear and battle scars as expected on 60+ year old working decoys. Retains original weights & staple line ties. Drake has crack in neck, both have some natural wood faults. This is only bird by Charlie I have seen dated 1950. Charlie only dates 1951 on birds that the ballast weight isnt flattened on ends, line gets caught up on edge, 1952 & on corrected that with flattened edge. They say he is called "Speed" because he can paint a pair of Canvasbacks in 14 minuites. Full size with painted eyes, measures approx 13 3/4 inches long with early wide bill. Charlie Joiner decoys are classics & still some of the most sought after contemporary birds made, he reset the standards for a lot of todays Chesapeake Bay makers. Great old gunning pair here & sure to please any collector looking for early matched pair Joiners for their collection. More pics avail.
$750 pair

 
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

 
Madison Mitchell early Bluebill pair
 

 

Nice early matched Bluebill pair by R. Madison Mitchell (1901-1993), Harve de Grace, MD. Signed and dated 1954 but this rig which was found & purchased from original owner had reciepts dated 1948 from Mitchell. Very good plus all original paint that's very strong, dry & clean. Good paint 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 hairline neck cracks but thin and secrue on both More pics avail. A nice 60+ year old matched pair by the dean of Upper Chesapeake Bay makers. Priced to sell, you just don't find Mitchell's this early & in this condition anymore at this price, very good buy on this nice matched pair. More pics avail.
$650

 
BB American Merganser
BB stamping
 

 

Very nice stylish drake American Merganser by Byron Bruffee, Middleboro, Mass. Circa less then 25 years old. Stamped signature. Paint is all original & very dry and rich in color. Tack eyes. Stylish form with slightly turned and uplifted head. Bird is lifesize and measures approx 17 1/4 inches long. Body is solid carved. A very nicely done Mass. style classic with good folk art appeal, more pics avail. Good buy here!
$225

 
Pete Bufflehead
Pete brand
 

 

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

 
McNair whale bone Curlew
McNair whale bone Curlew
 

 

Outstanding & very scarce model bone bill Curlew shorebird decoy by Mark McNair, Eastern Shore of VA. Circa less then 10 years old. Excellent all original & very detailed aged paint & condition with very well done intentional wear. Measures approx 13 inches, fat full body style with wide fat beetle type head. No eyes, splined bone bill & deeply carved raised wings with carry hole in tail. This is a really nice style & a very seldom seen species by Mark, I was told that only a small few of these were ever made. Incised McNair signature. Metal stand included. More pics avail. of this great looking McNair. Hard not to want to add this bold beauty to your collection, great form, style & paint and very scarce model.
$1850

 
Eldon Willis BB
Eldon Willis Bluebill

 

 

Nice Bluebill drake decoy by Eldon Willis (1908-1981), Stacy, NC. Circa late 50's-early 60's. Very good plus all original paint, thats very dry, strong and clean. Measures approx 13 inches & is solid carved with body being two pieces and has a rasped finish on body. Has some honest old wear from gunning but still very strong with good paint patterns & color. This bird has a keel which was probably added from the man who purchased the gunning rig from Willis. He was from Michigan and thought all decoys were suppose to have a keel. Eldon started carving in the 1920s with Telford Gaskill then in 1926 or 27 he teamed up with Elmer Salter to make decoys till Salter's death in 1964. Eldon carved many decoys on his own in this time frame & this is an fine example of Eldon's work. Eldon was "old school" yet lived to see hunting decoys become collectible as folk art. Today he is widely known & regarded highly for his classic decoys. More info and pics can be found in the NC decoy collecting books including Jack Dudley's excellent book "Carteret Waterfowl Heritage". This is a very nice all original Bluebill gunning decoy for the collector and is sure to please any collector of North Carolina or Bluebill decoys. More pics avail, nice buy here.
$425

 
McAlpin BW Teal
McAlpin stamp
 

 

Excellent pair of Bluewing Teal by Cline McAlpin (1919-1969), Chicago, Ill. Circa 1960s. Has Cline's ink stamp on bottom of both. Pretty much mint condition thats very nice and dry, strong & clean all original paint that shows a nice patina. Paint shows some nice feathering and brush work by Cline. Nice form with turned head drake and very nice sleeper/preener head on hen. Hollow full bodies that measures approx 11 3/4 inches long on drake and 10 1/2 on hen. Glass eyes in both in perfect shape. Cline starting making decoys in 1945 learning techniques from the master Charles Perdew. He even borrowed some of Perdew's patterns & tools early on and that is why his fine decoys show so much Perdew influence in both the carving and painting. His earliest work is very similar to Perdew's. Cline's probably produced over a thousand decoys over the years, they were highly sought and very popular amongst the contemporary decoy collectors of that era. Cline was a police officer in the city of Chicago and was tragically killed in a car accident while on duty. Good looking and not often found pair of BW Teal for any collection of classic Illinois River decoys. Excellent matched pair here for the money and more nice pics available.
$1950 pair

 
Early mini Can, turned head
Mini Can
Early mini Can drake pair
 

 

Very early with great style miniature Canvasback decoy pair by unknown Upper Chesapeake Bay maker. Circa pre 1920, probably pre-1900. Excellent & detailed all original paint & condition in excellent condition with exception of straight head one having chip to top of head. Very nicely detailed feather and wing patch painting on both. They have slight shine, not sure what was put on them, it may be a coat of some type of wax as they are not yellowed like varnish or shellac. Stylish detailed carved bodies measure approx 3 1/2 inches on straight head & approx 3 1/2 inches on turned head example. Both have painted eyes. These little beauties are a killer. If you collect early minis you know how rarely they turn up and at what early stylish examples like these are offered at when available. Little ducks don't always bring little prices. I don't know who made them but would love to have some of thier gunning birds. Good classic Chesapeke Bay species here, and some of the earliest and coolest miniature decoys I have ever seen . More pics avail. You just don't find minis of this vintage very often at any price. You will love these in hand.
$1950 pair

 
RD Wilson Jersey style Redhead
RD Wilson Redhead
 

 

Very nice hollow carved Redhead by RD Wilson, Mineola, Texas. Carved signature "rd". Excellent all original aged paint & condition. Nice job by RD here on the paint & patinia. Hollow carved body measures approx 15 inches long with Tiny tack eyes with lead pad weight. Nice addition here for the collector of folky old style decoys, or collectors of RD's fine work. RD does a really great job getting his birds to look old with great form that even the folk art collecting crowd loves. Good buy on this beauty. More pics avail.
$350

 
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

 
Mason painted eye hen BB
Mason PE hen BB
 

 

Early, scarce & very nice "Painted-Eye" hen Broadbill decoy by the Mason Decoy Company, Detroit, Michigan. Circa 1896-1924. Excellent all original paint & condition except for professional neck filler replacement. All original paint, very clean & dry but has some honest wood grain paint loss and some lite gunning wear. Has a beautiful surface with a very nice patina from nice aging. Very nice painting style. Measures approx 13 3/4 inches long. Has natural flaw in wood on left side that was filled & still intact at factory. Has RR painted on bottom. All rigging removed. More pics avail. This is a nice example with honest gunning & age wear, no excuses needed on this one & will be a nice addition to any collection, plus nice painted eye Broadbills in original paint aren't easy to find. Good buy on this one.
$550

 
Alvin Meekins Merganser drake
Alvin Meekins Merganser hen
 

 

Early, rig-mated pair of red-breasted merganser gunning decoys by Hooper’s Island, Maryland master decoy maker Alvin Meekins (1918-1992). Circa 1950s. All original paint with gunning wear; hen has light wear, drake is worn to bare wood in places on sides. Drake measures approximately 16 1/2 inches long and hen is approx 14 3/4 inches long. Folky paint pattern is simple but effective. Original tack eyes. “Gunner” Alvin Meekins’ classic iron chain weights and line ties are intact. Very good condition overall. Drake’s has neck crack and head is slightly loose but easy to secure. Meekins made decoys for many years starting in the 1950s, originally for his own use and for sale to local gunners and later for sale to tourists. This pair was made for hunting and exhibits his earliest and best, classic style with fluid, well carved bodies and single crested heads. Truly a great pair of Hoopers Island “fence post pheasants” by the Island’s most famous maker. If you’ve always wanted a pair of these for your collection, these are as good and as early as gunning models come. This exact pair is pictured in the article on Meekins and Hoopers Island in The Canvasback magazine, Fall 2001 issue. Very nice for the Folk Art decoy collector or collector of Eastern Shore decoys.
$1250 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

 
Tom Matus Wood Duck
Tom Matus brand

 

 

Very nice Wood Duck by Tom Matus (b-1962), Boise, ID. Circa less then 10 years old. Branded. Used on the Snake River in Idaho. Perfect all original paint & condition. Paint is mint, dry, very clean & detailed with great color blending and brush work. Measures approx 14 3/4 inches long with slightly turned head and has glass eyes. Retains original keel and body is made of a very light weight wood. This is a outstanding bird. Tom Matus has won more than 125 Best of Show ribbons and garnered a number of awards and accolades, including- 5 time winner of the Shang Wheeler Division at The New England Wildlife exposition, 5 time US National Decoy Show Winner in Shore birds, 2000 Ward Foundation World Champion, 2000/2002 California Waterfowlers Gunning Pairs winner, 2001 Nevada Carver of the Year Cinnamon Teal, 2001/2003 California Ducks Unlimited Carver of the Year, 2002 International Wildfowl Carvers Assoc. National Champion, 2002 Ward Foundation Gunning Pair Champion, 2002 PSWA IWCA Best of Show winner, 2002 PFDA IWCA Winner, Featured artist in Wildfowl Carving magazine. Tom's fine work is very hard to find as they are highly sought by collectors and who wouldnt love to have a hunting rig of these? More pics avail of this fine Wood Duck.
$675

 
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

 
Chesser Brant from Museum
Chesser Brant
John Maddox collection brand

 

 

Very cool and one of a kind primitive root head Brant decoy by Grayson Chesser, Jenkins Bridge, VA. Circa 1980's. Ex-collectiion of John Maddox & was part of the Chincoteague Refuge Museum collection. Has Maddox's collection hot brand. Very good all original paint & condition that shows heavy intentional wear by Grayson including a chip on back of neck at base. Great surface on this beauty, looks 100 years old. Large solid carved body measures approx 17 1/2 inches with root head. Glass eyes and old rigging attached. 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 modern classic while you can. More pics avail.
$450

 
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

 
Clint Chase GW Teal
CC brand

 

 

Very nice preener Green~Wing Teal by Clint Chase, Monroe, CT. Branded on bottom. Excellent all original and very detailed paint and condition. Glass eyes & hollow carved. Measures approx 10 1/2 inches long with preener head and raised crossed wingtip carving and keel. Very nice job on this bird and a nice addition for any collection of Teal or Conn maker decoys. More pics avail.
$600

 
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.
$400

 
Mulak Scoter
Mulak Scoter
 

 

Neat Surf Scoter by John Mulak (b. 1943), Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts.  Circa 1970-80s.  Excellent all original paint & condition. Full size it measures approx 19 1/4 inches with slightly swimming head. Minimal gunning wear. Retains original weight and with "JHM" hot branded into bottom and 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.  He is also one of the most talented decoy makers of the past 30 years, having produced several hundred birds, a dozen or so per year, for his own gunning rigs from the late 1970s up through the 1990s.  Over the years, he has made a wide variety of species and this was 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.
$225
 
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.
$700 pr

 

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.
$1800

 
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.
$450 pair

 
McNair Dove
 

 

Neat Dove decoy by Mark McNair, Eastern Shore of VA. Circa less then 25 years old. Never painted by Mark but the surface is very dry and clean with proper wear for aged look of antique shorebird. McNair classic style Dove with slight raised shoulder/wing carving with split wing & long tail carving. Solid carved body with no eyes, measures approx 13 inches long. Has splined bill. Carved signature on bottom. This is a pretty cool piece, it was made to hang by hook on back. The original owner of it hung it on his outside porch & several times he noticed a carpenter bee flying around it. One day when he went out there & took it down he saw where the bee bored a perfect hole in the bottom right thru McNair's signature. The spot was perfect as you can see above, that is how the bird sits on stand before I remove when posting pics on site. This is a very neat piece by Mark & a popular species with collectors, I doubt he ever made very many unpainted. You saw some record prices for McNair's this past 2 years at auction with a collection that has started to come to market. McNair's continue to be very strong in todays market & they also continue to be very hard to find for sale. Metal stand will be included. Priced to sell. 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
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Super nice and scarce small size Perch fish spearing decoy by Oscar Peterson (1887-1951), Cadillac, Mich. Measures just under 5 inches long. Circa 1930's. This fish has an excellent surface, the paint is all original and exceptionally clean, & very strong with excellent color & brush work & nice original varnished finish with some paint loss on fins & belly weights.. This fish is a flat tack eye model with typical Peterson carved gills and mouth. Its kinda cool as you can see in top pic where Peterson drove his nail too low for the eye placement, so instead of giving it what he tought was a goofy look he painted where the eye should be. Has 7 metal fins with some paint loss on all, more pics avail. See Ron Fritz's excellent book "Michigan's Master Carver OSCAR W. PETERSON ", for like examples. Any Oscar Peterson in condition this clean, strong & honest is desirable & very scarce to find in this small size. This fish is guaranteed 100%, & would make a nice addition to any old fish decoy collection. More pics avail. This is a beauty and one of the better Peterson fish I have had in quite awhile!
SOLD!

 
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

 
Lou Reneri Ward style Pintails
 

 

Nice pair of Ward style Pintails by Lou Reneri, Chincoteague Island, VA. Circa 1970-80s. Nice classic Ward Bros body style, measuring approx 15 3/4 inches long each. Paint is all original & nicely done with some intentional wear to show wear. Reneri has made decoys for many years & in many styles but his Ward Bro style is the most popular with collectors. Never signed which isnt uncommon for Reneri carvings. More pics avail.
$525 pair

 
McNair hollow Curlew
McNair Curlew
McNair Curlew
Nice Mark McNair Curlew decoy
 

 

Scarce Virginia style Curlew shorebird decoy by Mark McNair, Eastern Shore of VA. Carved McNair signature on bird. Very nice all original aged paint & condition. The surface is very well done with great looking patina & aging. Nice detailed brush work on this beauty including very nice plummage work on head. Nice bold full body style that measures approx 16 inches tip to tip with splined bill and head inletted and pegged to body with carved dowells. The body is hollow carved and put together with hand carved dowells. Glass eyes, nice curved bill & raised wing and tail carving. This is a very neat and seldom seen style & looks 100 years old. Its tuff getting any McNairs & this is a really nice style that is pure Mark & very sought after species by McNair. If you like shorebirds or McNair carvings this is a 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.
SALE PENDING!

 
Zack Ward Teal

 

 

Very nice Greenwing & Bluewing Teal drakes by 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

 
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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