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Tower Mich fish decoy
top of line fish collectibles fish decoy
 

 

Very nice Trout fish spearing decoy by unknown maker, possibly Tower, Mich. Circa 1940's. Exact fish pictured on page 25 of Donna Tonnelli's excellent book "Top of the Line Fishing Collectibles". This fish has very excellent all original paint with a beautiful surface. Paint is very clean, & very strong with excellent colors & brush work. Measures approx 6 inches long and retains all 7 original metal fins and line tie. Some dents in metal fins, probably as made condition. Very nice carved gill and painted eyes. Super piece here for the money with nice colors & surface on this one. More pics avail.
$425

 


Bud Stewart Folk Art fish
Bud Stewart Folk Art fish decoy
Bud Stewart top of Folk Art fish decoy
 

 

Outstanding early and rare Sucker fish spearing decoy by Elman "Bud" Stewart (1913-1999), Flint, Michigan. Circa 1930-33, Stewart's "Folk Art' period. Excellent all original paint that is clean & strong with good use of colors with folky painting including a the classic "spotting" that Stewart was best known for. Measures approx 6 inches long and retains all 5 original metal fins which have most of paint intact. Shows very minimal wear, mostly to tail fin. Cool deep carved gill with nail tack eyes. Bud Stewart was a true American Folk artist & his art was the beautiful lures and fish decoys that he made since the 1920s until retiring in 1980. He was named a "legendary angler" in 1984 by the National Fishing Hall of Fame at Hayward, Wisconsin, and he participated at the 1987 Festival of American Folklife in Washington, D.C. and at the 1987 Festival of Michigan Folklife in East Lansing. Scarce piece here for the fishing lure or spearing decoy collector & collectors of American Folk Art. Nice buy here & seldom seen offering at any price. More pics avail. Awesome piece here for the money!
$1600

 
Leroy Howell Fish
Howell fish
 

 

Mint red white fish spearing decoy by Leroy Howell (1898-1989), Hinkley, Minn. Circa 1930-50. This fish has mint all original paint & condition with only very slight paint flaking on fins as would be expected of a fish of this vintage. Paint is very clean, & very strong with excellent colors & brush work in his classic pattern. Measures approx 7 1/4 inches long and retains two metal fins and line tie. Very cool carved eyes. Howell's are classics and highly sought by spearing decoy collectors & collectors of American Folk Art. Howell was born in Guthrie, OK in 1898 and moved with his family by wagon train in 1904 to Minn. He would keep unfinished fish under a floorboad in his house & finish them to order to keep folks from helping themselves. He lead a interesting life growing up with Native Americans who taught him to hunt, fish, spear, make decoys & buckskin suits & moccasins. His buckskin suit was donated to the MN Historical Society in the 1970's. His grandaughter was shown a handwritten dictionary that he started to translate the language of his indian friends while growing up to english. Ex-collection of Ron Adamson. Great piece here for the money & great colors on this one. More pics avail.
SALE PENDING!

 

Unknown maker Crappie fish decoy
Unknown maker Crappie fish decoy-Early
 

 

Fantastic and early Crappie fish spearing decoy by unknown maker, probably Upper Peninsula of Mich. Circa 1920's-30's. Great looking pattern & mix of colors. This fish has very good all original paint & condition with some honest paint loss from age & use. Paint is very clean, & strong with excellent colors & brush work. Measures approx 5 1/2 inches long and retains all 6 metal fins and bent wire line tie. Very cool tiny carved mouth and yellow painted eyes. Very nice piece here for the money & great color and form on this one. More pics avail.
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Peterson Pike
Oscar Peterson Pike
 

 

Very nice Oscar Peterson (1887-1951), Cadillac, Mich., 7 1/4 inch Pike, fish spearing decoy. Circa 1930-40s. All original paint & condition with some honest age & fishing wear but overall very nice surface and paint style on this beauty. Most of wear is more flaking type from age on the metal fins and on the belly and a few other smaller areas. This fish is a pellet tack eye model and has 7 metal fins with some paint loss on fins, more pics avail. See Ron Fritz's excellent book "Michigan's Master Carver OSCAR W. PETERSON ", for like examples. Any Oscar Peterson in condition this clean, strong & honest is desirable & scarce. This fish is guaranteed 100%, & would make a nice addition to any old fish decoy collection. More pics avail.
$1800

 

Ian McNair Whale
Ian Signature

 

 

Super nice Whale carving by Ian McNair, Eastern Shore of VA. Carved signatue "I. McNair", one sided for wall mount. Excellent all original paint that is very slightly aged for a perfect look of a old antique classic. Great looking painting style with a beautiful surface. Body is one sided carved & measures appox 27 inches long with a slightly open mouth with 14 carved teeth & a raised curved tail carving. Carved eye with hang wire on backside. I have had over the years several pieces by Ian & his carvings are superb in style, paint & construction. His workmanship is very high quality as you would expect from a McNair, its in the blood. This beauty is sure to please & priced to sell. See latest issue of Decoy Magazine for very nice story on Ian & his fine work. This is a quite different and very nice carving by Ian and scarce. More pics available on this beauty.
SOLD!

 
Kingfisher Box
Kingfisher minnow
Kingfisher minnow
Kingfisher box end


 

 

Very rare Kingfisher 3 hook minnow in original box which is correctly marked. Red color with black handpainted mouth marks. Circa 1908-20's. Box marked 2208. Excellent all original condition with only fault is couple of small paint flakes to belly weight and very tiny one on nose. A few tiny varnish flakes but displays excellent with perfect glass eyes, bright clean hardware and beautiful deep red surface thats super clean and strong. Box shows some wear but is very rare addition to the lure. Kingfisher was a trademark name for Edward K. Tryon Company of Phil, PA. They are actually Pflueger products sold in Kingfisher boxes. Excellent piece here for collection and a great buy. More pics avail.
$585

 
Ross Allen Sr
Ross Allen
 

 

Nice Walleye fish spearing decoy by Native American Indian Ross Allen Sr, Lac Du Flambeau, Wisc. Circa 1970-80. This fish is excellent and looks unfished. Natural finish which is typical for the great American Indian fish decoy makers with good detailed carving. Surface is excellent, very strong & clean.. Measures approx 7 1/2 inches long and retains all 4 original metal fins and curved carved wooden tail. Has nice tiny carved detail with facet bead eyes. Good known classic maker piece here for the spearing decoy collector & collectors of Native American Indian Folk Art. Nice buy here. More pics avail.
$350

 
 
Pearl Bethel red fish
Pearl Bethel Red fish decoy
 

 

Classic and scarce red Trout fish spearing decoy by Pearl Bethel (1894-1960), Park Rapids, Minn. Circa 1940-50s. Scarce color combo here with two tone base with black, red & yellow detail colors. This fish has very good plus all original paint & condition with some small areas of paint loss mostly to fins and on high edges. Measures approx 6 1/4 inches long and retains all 7 metal fins and double line tie. Painted eyes. Pearl was a classic maker who served in WW1. He worked as a stone mason & in the winter sold his fish decoys to Earl Fuller Tackle Shop in Park Rapids. He also encouraged his children to sell to various bait shops when they would take trips. He charged $1 to $1.50 per dozen back in the 1940s & made decoys till he passed in 1960. Pearl Bethel fish decoys are classics and highly sought by spearing decoy collectors & collectors of American Folk Art. Good piece here for the money and nice condition. More pics avail.
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Thomas Cain Brown Trout plague
 

 

Nice Brown Trout fish plaque by Thomas Cain, Cortland, NY. Circa less then 20 years old. Very stylish fish carving on wood plaque. Ink stamped on back. Paint is all original & very rich in color, has painted eyes & Trout measures approx 7 1/4 inches long. Nice turned tail with all fins being carved wood. Tom makes a great fish and this is first time offering of his fine work. A very pretty fish and more pics avail.
$175

 


Awesome Harry Seymour Trout decoy
Harry Seymour trout
 

 

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

 
Trombly Bass
Trombley Bass
 

 

Rare "Bass" fish spearing decoy by Andrew Trombley (1919-1975), St. Clair Shores, Mich. Circa 1950. Exact fish pictured on page 41 of the classic fish decoy collector book, "BENEATH THE ICE" by Apfelbaum, Gottlieb & Michaan. Great color combo here with great paint style & his classic net scale detail. This fish has excellent all original paint & condition with only small areas of loss on metal fin to body area. Nice big size it measures approx 12 3/4 inches long and retains all 4 metal fins and line tie. Perfect & uncracked glass eyes. Fish looks like a Trout to me but is listed as a Bass in the book. Andrew Trombley fish decoys are rare classics and highly sought by spearing decoy collectors & collectors of American Folk Art. Good piece here for the money & rare offering of a fish decoy from the classic collector book. More pics avail.
SOLD!

 



Rare "MINNI-SAC"
 

 

Excellent & very scarce "Minni-Sac" from the M-D Mfg Co, Cambridge, O. Circa pre-1940. Excellent all original condition with all original stencil lettering and graphics intact. Great condition on this one. Canvas section is dark green with a dark green screening that pulls tight with coard. Lettering and graphics are yellow stencil & are all readable. Measures approx 6 inches tall in canvas bucket area and another 4 1/2 inches taller with the screened area pulled up. Measures about & 6 inches wide & is round in shape. Good early piece here in very nice all original condition. Neat vintage addition for any fishing lure, folk art or sporting collectible collection. Never seen another. More pics avail.
$225

 
Jess Ramey Perch
Jess Ramey Perch
 

 

Rare & early Perch fish spearing decoy by Jess Ramey (1891-1963), Wexford City, Cadillac area, Mich. Circa 1920-30's. This fish has good thick all original paint & condition with some honest use wear to edges but minimal considering the vintage with most loss being some flaking of paint on metal fins. He left the belly unpainted. Beautiful form & colors on this one. Measures approx 7 inches long and retains all 7 original metal fins and has carved wooden tail with slight curve to back half of body. Nice gill and mouth carving with very cool carved eyes. Good earlier piece by a scarce to find historic maker for the spearing decoy collector & collectors of American Folk Art. Nice buy here. More pics avail.
$1800

 
 
I.G. Fish decoy
IG fish decoy
 

 

Excellent Blue Herring spearing decoy by Isaac Goulette, New Baltimore, Mich. Circa 1920-30's. This fish has excellent all original paint & condition with minimal edge wear from age. Paint is clean & strong with good form & surface. Measures approx 6 1/4 inches long and retains all metal fins and line tie. Very cool tack eyes, carved gills & slight curved wooden carved tail. Good earlier well known maker piece here for the spearing decoy collector & collectors of American Folk Art. Nice buy here. More pics avail.
$525

 
CB Lewis Tadpolly
CB LEWIS Tadpolly
 

 

Outstanding Tadpolly fish decoy by Folk Art artist C.B. Lewis, Haycock Township, Bucks County, PA. Dated 2004. Stamped name in left side fin. Paint is all original, very clean & strong in color. Measures approx 4 3/4 inches long & has black tack or glass eyes. Body is full body carved & has 2 metal fins. Nice carved mouth with lips. C.B. makes a great fish & they are quickly snapped up when available, he only makes a limited amount of pieces a year for the past few years. C.B. has been creating Folk Art for about 35 years and his work captures some of the finest qualities of the classic pieces of the past masters and folk artist. A great looking piece here with good carving, paint style & form. A very pretty and folky fish decoy & sure to please. More pics available.
SOLD!

 

Mr Soules Bass
Mr Soules Bass
 

 

Rare & very cool Rock Bass fish spearing decoy by Mr. Soules. Cadillac, Michigan. Circa 1920-30's. Great looking pattern & mix of colors. This fish has near mint all original paint & condition. Paint is very clean, & very strong with excellent use of colors & detailed brush work. Measures approx 7 inches long and retains all 5 metal fins and line tie. Very cool tiny brad nail eyes. Not much is known on Mr. Soules but some brief info written on him & examples by him on page 84 of "THE FISH DECOY" by the Kimball's. Very nice and rare piece here for the money & great colors on this one. More pics avail.
$325

 

Tombarge Family fish
Tombarge family fish
Tombarge Family fish decoy
 

 

Rare & early Trout fish spearing decoy attrib to the Tombarge Family, George born 1907, died 1987. Frontenak, Minn. Circa 1930's. Great looking pattern & mix of colors. This fish has excellent all original paint & condition. Paint is very clean, & very strong with a beautiful surface. Measures approx 6 3/4 inches long and retains all 5 metal fins and line tie with a very nice clean form. See middle photo that shows dots on fins that are thought to be sizing marks to use as guide before spearing a short fish & getting a ticket from Mr Law. Very cool tiny nail & bead eyes. Very nice, early and rare piece here for the money & great surface on this one. More pics avail.
SALE PENDING!

 
Tri-color Howell
Tri-color Howell
 

 

Very scarce "Tri-colored" fish spearing decoy by Leroy Howell (1898-1989), Hinkley, Minn. Circa 1930-50. Great looking red, pink, and white colors. This fish has just about mint all original paint & condition with only slight surface rust on unpainted tail fin as would be expected of a fish of this vintage. Paint is very clean, & very strong with excellent colors & brush work in his classic "tri-colored" pattern. Measures approx 7 1/4 inches long and retains all metal fins and line tie. Very cool carved eyes. Howell's are classics and highly sought by spearing decoy collectors & collectors of American Folk Art. Howell was born in Guthrie, OK in 1898 and moved with his family by wagon train in 1904 to Minn. He would keep unfinished fish under a floorboad in his house & finish them to order to keep folks from helping themselves. He lead a interesting life growing up with Native Americans who taught him to hunt, fish, spear, make decoys & buckskin suits & moccasins. His buckskin suit was donated to the MN Historical Society in the 1970's. His grandaughter was shown a handwritten dictionary that he started to translate the language of his indian friends while growing up to english.Great piece here for the money & great colors on this one. More pics avail.
$500

 
Hamlin Trout
Hamlin Trout
 

 

Very rare Trout fish spearing decoy by Native American Eugene Hamlin (1875-1935), Topinabee, Michigan. Circa 1920's. Good all original paint & condition with no repairs or touch ups. Surface is nice and dry and clean with wear as expected of a 80+ year old fish decoy. Measures approx 6 3/4 inches long and retains all 8 original thin metal fins that show some rusting. Has nailed bead eyes. Eugene was a Potawatomi Indian, chief of his tribe, and fishing guide on Mullet Lake, Burt Lake, Black Lake, and surrounding areas of Northern Michigan. While on a fishing trip in 1920, a fish hook became lodged in his foot. The wound became infected, turned into gangrene, and his leg had to be amputated. Thus ending his days of fishing and guiding. A fish like this is the essence of collecting. They are what fish decoy collecting is all about; the link between the past and present, between Native Americans and white settlers. They are history, Native American art, folk art, sculpture, tools, culture, and the evolution of the fish decoy all rolled into one aesthetically pleasing form. A really neat piece here for any collection of fish or folk art by a classic Native American maker. Nice buy here on a very scarce piece. More pics avail.
$675

 
 
Fish Plaque
 

 

Vintage hand carved fish plaque by unknown maker. Circa more then 50 years old. I have blacklighted this piece & shows a excellent old surface with no touch ups or repairs. Fish surface is mix of stain with painted details. No signatures or initials on back and was one time hung by nailing plague to a wall, since then a hanger wire has been put on. Not sure how fish is attached to plaque as no harware showing. Very stylish fish is carved completely from 1 piece of wood including eye & fins and measures approx 15 3 4 inches long with overall length of 20 inches. Nice vintage piece here for the sproting collectable or folk art collection. You will be real happy with this piece and more pics avail.
$675

 
Kazoo Chub
Kazoo Chub


 

 

Excellent Shakespeare Kazoo Chub. Circa 1920-30's. Excellent all original paint with a excellent finish & surface. Not perfect mint but pretty close, especially for the vintage. Has what is known as "Jersey Rigged", NJ had a 3 hook law on fishing lures, so double on back & single on the belly. Has perfect Pink glass eyes and all hardware in very nice condition. Excellent piece here for any antique lure collection and a great buy. More pics avail.
$165

 
Mizera tan fish decoy--unfished
unfished rare color Mizera
 

 

Awesome unfished tan fish spearing decoy by Frank Mizera (1898-1969), Ely, Minn. Circa 1940-50s. Scarce color combo here with tan base with orange & yellow detail colors. This fish has near perfect mint all original paint & condition with only small age lines to paint on tack eyes. Measures approx 8 inches long and retains all 4 metal fins and line tie. Painted tack eyes. Frank was a fishing guide most of his life & commercially fished to sell smoked fish to the tourist in the neighboring Boundary Waters communities. He supplemented his income by making fish decoys and lures to sell as far south as the Twin Cities area. Frank Mizera fish decoys are classics and highly sought by spearing decoy collectors & collectors of American Folk Art. Good piece here for the money & rare color by Mizera. More pics avail.
$650

 

CL FISH DECOY
 

 

Early classic Trout spearing fish decoy from the Chautauqua Lake region of New York. Circa pre-1905, that is when spearing was outlawed in NY. Paint is all original with a beautiful surface and a cross hatch paint job. Has minimal wear & structurally excellent and has a very nice surface. Measures approx 6 1/4 inches long. Has original tack eyes & 6 metal fins. Has classic carved mouth and gills that gives fish decoys from this area the best look. Has single loop staple line tie. Chautauqua Lake fish decoys are classics & some of the hardest to aquire. Spearing was outlawed in 1905 or 06 & not many examples have survived, especially in original condition. So hard to find but very exciting to collect these. Great buy here. More pics avail on this classic early beauty.
SALE PENDING!

 
TC Brook Trout plaque
 

 

Nice Brook Trout fish plaque by Thomas Cain, Cortland, NY. Circa less then 20 years old. Very stylish fish carving on wood plaque. Ink stamped on back. Paint is all original & very rich in color, has painted eyes & Trout measures approx 6 3/4 inches long. Nice turned tail with all fins being carved wood. Tom makes a great fish and this is first time offering of his fine work. A very pretty fish and more pics avail.
$175

 
Louie Anderson Trout
Louie Anderson trout
 

 

Unfished Brown Trout fish spearing decoy by Lewis "Louie" Anderson (1905-1986), Park Rapids, Minn. Circa 1960. Beautiful color combo here with nice brush work blending and some good tiny detailing, with reddish orange painted fins with white undersides. This fish has excellent all original paint & condition with only small flea bite size loss areas on edges of side fins. Measures approx 7 1/2 inches long and retains all 7 metal fins and line tie. Painted eyes. His style was influenced by Pearl Bethal. Louie was a farmer by profession & worked some in carpentry. He supplemented his income by making fish decoys and lures to sell mostly in the Park Rapids area. Louie Anderson fish decoys are classics and highly sought by spearing decoy collectors & collectors of American Folk Art. Good piece here for the money & great color by Louie. More pics avail.
$325

 

Ian McNair Sperm Whale
Ian McNair Sperm Whale
McNair Signature
Ian signed base

 

 

Super nice & unique full bodied Sperm Whale carving by Ian McNair, Eastern Shore of VA. Carved signatue "I. McNair" on Whale and ink signed & dated on custom McNair base. Excellent all original paint that is very slightly aged for a perfect look of a old antique classic. Great looking painting style with a beautiful surface. Body is double sided & full bodied carved & measures appox 20 3/4 inches long with a slightly open mouth with double rowed 22 carved teeth & a flat tail carving. Carved eyes and fins. Included is original signed stand that measures approx 15 3/4 inches long with a approx 6 inch tall brass dowell custom holder. I have had over the years several pieces by Ian & his carvings are superb in style, paint & construction. His workmanship is very calculated and high quality as you would expect from a McNair, its in the blood. This beauty is sure to please & priced to sell. See recent issue of Decoy Magazine for very nice story on Ian & his fine work. This is a unique and very nice carving by Ian and sure to please. More pics available on this beauty.
SOLD!

 
Jack Spaulding
Jack Spaulding
 

 

Excellent unfished Trout spearing decoy by Jack Spaulding Sr., Mich. Circa 1930-40. This fish has excellent all original paint & condition with minimal edge wear from age. Paint is clean & strong with good form & surface. Measures approx 8 inches long and retains all 8 metal fins and line tie with only a small amount of loss from age. Very cool painted eyes with painted line details and appears to be natural base body color with slight curved wooden carved tail. Good earlier known maker piece here for the spearing decoy collector & collectors of American Folk Art. Nice buy here a excellent fish here for any collection. Check out the fins. More pixs avail.
$425

 
Floyd Bruce Bluegill fish decoy
Floyd Bruce Sunfish spearing decoy
 

 

Superb bluegill fish spearing decoy by Floyd Bruce, Saginaw Bay, Mich. Circa 1950-60's. Signed in tiny letters "D.N. from F.B.". This fish has near mint all original paint & condition. Measures approx 3 3/4 inches long and retains all 4 metal fins with line tie. Cool very detailed mouth and gill carving with perfect glass eyes. Good piece here for the spearing decoy collector & collectors of American Folk Art. Nice buy here. More pics avail.
SALE PENDING!

 
Oscar Peterson Trout
Oscar Peterson Brown Trout
 

 

Very nice Oscar Peterson (1887-1951), Cadillac, Mich., 7 1/4 inch Brown Trout fish spearing decoy. Circa 1930-40s. All original paint & condition with some honest age & fishing wear but overall very nice surface and paint style on this beauty. Most of wear is more flaking type from age on the metal fins and on the belly and a few other smaller areas. This fish is a pellet tack eye model and has 7 metal fins with some paint loss on fins, more pics avail. Kind of funny where Oscar Peterson forgot to paint the moustache on right side of mouth. 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.
$2050

 



Fishing combo mint
 

 

Excellent never fished white and red wooden fishing bobber with spreader, line & double hook set up. Probably factory made. Circa 30-50's vintage. Excellent all original paint & condition. Great surface on this one and is unfished. Super nice red and white bobber with original adjuster ball. Measures approx 7 1/8 inches long and body of bobber measures approx 4 1/8 inches long. Retains original wire spreader with line and double hook set up. Good collector piece here in excellent all original condition, you don't find them any better condition then this one, especially with such great classic color combo. Neat vintage addition for any fishing lure, folk art or sporting collectible collection. More pics avail.
SOLD!

 
Pearl Bethel trou
Pearl Bethel trout
 

 

Classic Trout fish spearing decoy by Pearl Bethel (1894-1960), Park Rapids, Minn. Circa 1940-50s. Nice color combo here with two tone base with black, red & silver detail colors. This fish has very good plus all original paint & condition with some small areas of paint loss mostly to fins and on tack eyes. Measures approx 5 3/4 inches long and retains all 7 metal fins and line tie. Painted tack eyes. Pearl was a classic maker who served in WW1. He worked as a stone mason & in the winter sold his fish decoys to Earl Fuller Tackle Shop in Park Rapids. He also encouraged his children to sell to various bait shops when they would take trips. He charged $1 to $1.50 per dozen back in the 1940s & made decoys till he passed in 1960. Pearl Bethel fish decoys are classics and highly sought by spearing decoy collectors & collectors of American Folk Art. Good piece here for the money and nice condition. More pics avail.
SOLD!

 
Creek Chub Pikie
Creek Chub Pikie


 

 

Excellent in original box Creek Chub Pikie. Red head with white body. Circa 1950's. Box marked 702. Excellent all original condition with hard to see wood grain staining but very slight. Glass eye model and all hardware shiney. Eyes are perfect and surface is "Lipstick Shiney". Tiny hole punched in bottom portion of box. Excellent piece here for collection and a great buy. More pics avail.
SOLD!

 
Jess Ramey Shiner
Jess Ramey Shiner
 

 

Rare & early Shiner fish spearing decoy by Jess Ramey (1891-1963), Wexford City, Cadillac area, Mich. Circa 1920-30's. Still has original $1.50 price on front right fin. This fish has good thick all original paint & condition with pretty much no wear except a few flakes to metal fins. Protected by nice coat of varnish. Great looking form on this one. Measures approx 6 1/2 inches long and retains all 5 original metal fins and has carved wooden tail with slight curve to back half of body. Nice gill and mouth carving with very cool carved eyes. Good earlier piece by a scarce to find historic maker for the spearing decoy collector & collectors of American Folk Art. Nice buy here. More pics avail.
$850

 
 


Stewart Rainbow Trout
Bud Stewart Trout
 

 

Scarce scaled Trout fish spearing decoy by Elman "Bud" Stewart (1913-1999), Flint, Michigan. Circa 1950's. This handcarved decoy has probably never been fished and has excellent all original paint with minimal edge wear. Paint is clean & strong with good use of colors with folky painting including a "scaling" finish on the sides and sparkles added to top edge. Measures approx 10 1/8 inches long with 4 spinner blades used as fins. Bud Stewart was a true American Folk artist & his art was the beautiful lures and fish decoys that he made since the 1920s until retiring in 1980. He was named a "legendary angler" in 1984 by the National Fishing Hall of Fame at Hayward, Wisconsin, and he participated at the 1987 Festival of American Folklife in Washington, D.C. and at the 1987 Festival of Michigan Folklife in East Lansing. Scarce piece here for the fishing lure or spearing decoy collector & collectors of American Folk Art. Nice buy here & seldom seen offering at any price. More pics avail.
$750

 



super big bobber, early & pristine
early and very large bobber
 

 

Excellent and very large blue, yellow and red wooden fishing bobber. Probably not made by factory. Circa pre-1950 vintage. Excellent all original paint & condition. Great old surface on this one and looks unfished. Super nice blue, red and yellow with black marker lines. Measures approx 16 3/4 inches long and body of bobber measures approx 6 1/4 inches long. Retains original wire loop held in place with empty 22 cal shell casing & original adjuster ball. Looks unfished. Good early piece here in excellent all original condition, you don't find them any better condition then this one, especially this big and with such great color combo. Neat vintage addition for any fishing lure, folk art or sporting collectible collection. Would go good with other bobber by same hand currently being offered. More pics avail.
SOLD!

 
Thomas Cain Salmon carving
 

 

Nice Salmon fish plaque by Thomas Cain, Cortland, NY. Circa less then 20 years old. Very stylish fish carving on wood plaque. Ink stamped on back. Paint is all original & very rich in color, has painted eyes and measures approx 5 1/2 inches long. Nice turned tail with all fins being carved wood. Tom makes a great fish and this is first time offering of his fine work. A very pretty fish and more pics avail.
$175

 



early & large bobber
Big bobber
 

 

Excellent and very large blue, yellow and red wooden fishing bobber. Probably not made by factory. Circa pre-1950 vintage. Excellent all original paint & condition. Great old surface on this one and looks unfished. Super nice blue, red and yellow with black marker lines. Measures approx 17 inches long and body of bobber measures approx 7 1/4 inches long. Retains original wire loop held in place with empty 22 cal shell casing and has original adjuster ball. Looks unfished. Good early piece here in excellent all original condition, you don't find them any better condition then this one, especially this big and with such great color combo. Neat vintage addition for any fishing lure, folk art or sporting collectible collection. Would go good with other bobber by same hand currently being offered. More pics avail.
SOLD!

 


Bud Stewart wiggler
Bud Stewart wiggler
Bud Stewart signature
 

 

Scarce "Bleeding Wiggler" fishing lure by Elman "Bud" Stewart (1913-1999), Flint, Michigan. Circa 1960-70's. Signed by Bud on belly. This handcarved lure has never been fished and has excellent all original paint with no chips or flakes. Paint is clean & strong with good use of bright colors with folky detail painting including a "scaling" finish on the sides. Measures approx 4 inches long not counting hooks. Very cool piece here with jiggly "baby doll" eyes and "bleeding" area coming out of the mouth. Bud Stewart was a true American Folk artist & his art was the beautiful lures and fish decoys that he made since the 1920s until retiring in 1980. He was named a "legendary angler" in 1984 by the National Fishing Hall of Fame at Hayward, Wisconsin, and he participated at the 1987 Festival of American Folklife in Washington, D.C. and at the 1987 Festival of Michigan Folklife in East Lansing. Scarce piece here for the fishing lure or spearing decoy collector & collectors of American Folk Art. Nice buy here & seldom seen offering at any price. More pics avail.
$275

 
CL fish decoy
CL fish decoy
CL fish decoy
CL fish decoy
 

 

Rare & very early Trout spearing fish decoy from the Chautauqua Lake region of New York. Ex-Annie Hooper collection. Attrib to Harry Seymour, Bemus, NY by the G&S auction house when sold. Circa pre-1905, that is when spearing was outlawed in NY. Paint is fantastic and all original with very minimal wear & structurally excellent, retaining original leather tail. Most of the wear is in nose area & could just be from age and storage as it may have never been used, leather tail is very flexable. Measures approx 7 1/4 inches long. Has original brass braid eyes & 6 metal fins all of which have some great looking tiny scratch painting on each fin. Has classic carved gills very detailed pattern painting with different colors that gives fish decoys from this area the best look. Does not have a line tie but faint line marks can be seen where either it was tied around body to fish or dry after painting. Chautauqua Lake fish decoys are classics & some of the rarest to aquire. Spearing was outlawed in the Chautauqua Lake region in 1905 or 06 & not many examples have survived, especially in this outstanding of original condition. So hard to find but very exciting to collect these. This is a great fish with a awesome suface that is very strong, dry and clean. More pics avail on this rare early beauty.
SOLD!

 
Hooked on wood book
 

 

Scarce limited edition copy of "HOOKED ON WOOD, The Allure of the Fish Decoy". Limited edition of 1000 copies that were printed in 2012 for the exhibition of fish decoys at the Center for Art in Wood, Philadelphia, PA. Excellent conditon and very limited quanity available. The top makers & some very rare examples are presented thru out this 50 page book. Almost all photos and all in colorMeasures approx 8 1/2 X 5 1/2. Don't miss out on this one, this is a very hard book to find.
$30

 


Bud Stewart Bass
Bud Stewart Bass
 

 

Scarce Bass fish spearing decoy by Elman "Bud" Stewart (1913-1999), Flint, Michigan. Circa 1960-70's. This handcarved decoy has probably never been fished and has excellent all original paint with no chips or wear. Paint is clean & strong with good use of colors with folky painting including a "scaling" finish on the sides and sparkles added to side and belly. Measures approx 7 1/4 inches long. Bud Stewart was a true American Folk artist & his art was the beautiful lures and fish decoys that he made since the 1920s until retiring in 1980. He was named a "legendary angler" in 1984 by the National Fishing Hall of Fame at Hayward, Wisconsin, and he participated at the 1987 Festival of American Folklife in Washington, D.C. and at the 1987 Festival of Michigan Folklife in East Lansing. Scarce piece here for the fishing lure or spearing decoy collector & collectors of American Folk Art. Nice buy here & seldom seen offering at any price. More pics avail.
$925

 
Lacrosse fish decoy
Lacrosse fish
 

 

Early Trout or Smelt fish spearing decoy by Clyde Butterfield, La Crosse River, Wisc. Circa 1910-30. This early fish has all original paint. Measures approx 5 1/4 inches long with a very slight curve to body and carved tail. Retains all 5 metal fins. Has typical LaCrosse style line tie. Fish from La Crosse River region of Wisconsin are very hard to find and are a rare addition to any collection in original condition. . Has a poured belly weight that retains most all of the original paint. Good piece here for the fish spearing decoy collector & collectors of American Folk Art. Nice buy here. More pics avail.
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old spools of silk line
 

 

Two old spools of silk casting line. COHANTIC LINE COMPANY, Phila, PA. Circa pre-1920. Very good plus all original condition & both spools full. Both retain full paper labels on side shown, on other side Dowagiac spool missing approx 5% of label & white spool missing approx 40% of label, more pics avail. Good pieces here with good labels & full of original line. Neat addition for any fishing lure or sporting collectible collection. More pics avail.
SOLD!

 
Bud Stewart Duck lure

Bud Stewart Duck lure
Bud Stewart Duck signature
 

 

Rare "Swimming Duckling" fishing lure by Elman "Bud" Stewart (1913-1999), Flint, Michigan. Circa 1960-70's. Signed by Bud on belly. This handcarved lure has never been fished and has excellent all original paint with no chips or flakes. Paint is clean & strong with good use of bright colors with folky detail painting including the famous "spotting" that Bud was so famous for. Measures approx 5 1/2 inches long not counting hooks. Very cool piece here with open mouth and real feathers for wings. Bud Stewart was a true American Folk artist & his art was the beautiful lures and fish decoys that he made since the 1920s until retiring in 1980. He was named a "legendary angler" in 1984 by the National Fishing Hall of Fame at Hayward, Wisconsin, and he participated at the 1987 Festival of American Folklife in Washington, D.C. and at the 1987 Festival of Michigan Folklife in East Lansing. Scarce piece here for the fishing lure or spearing decoy collector & collectors of American Folk Art. Nice buy here & seldom seen offering at any price. More pics avail.
SOLD!

 
Oscar Peterson small Perch decoy
Oscar Peterson Perch fish decoy
 

 

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!

 
CL Brown Trout
CL FISH DECOY BROWN TROUT
 

 

Rare & very early Trout spearing fish decoy from the Chautauqua Lake region of New York. Circa pre-1905, that is when spearing was outlawed in NY. Paint is all original with minimal wear & structurally excellent with a excellent surface. Measures approx 8 3/4 inches long. Has original tiny brass tack eyes & 6 metal fins and a metal tail which is slightly different then the leather tails used only in this region. Has classic carved gills & mouth that gives fish decoys from this area the best look. Has small wire line tie. Chautauqua Lake fish decoys are classics & some of the hardest to aquire. Spearing was outlawed in 1905 or 06 & not many examples have survived, especially in this outstanding of original condition. So hard to find but very exciting to collect these. More pics avail on this classic beauty.
SALE PENDING!

 
Jess Ramey Fish
Jess Ramey fish
 

 

Rare & early striped fish spearing decoy by Jess Ramey (1891-1963), Wexford City, Cadillac area, Mich. Circa 1920-30's. This fish has good thick all original paint on tail, eyes, fins mouth & gills but body has a very appealing coat of repaint. Very good condition with some honest use wear to edges but minimal considering the vintage but does have old break at bottom of tail. He left the belly unpainted. Beautiful form & colors on this one. Measures approx 8 1/2 inches long and retains all 6 original metal fins and has carved wooden tail with slight curve to back half of body. Nice gill and mouth carving with very cool carved eyes. Has screw eye line tie. Good earlier piece by a scarce to find historic maker for the spearing decoy collector & collectors of American Folk Art. Nice buy here. More pics avail.
$1700

 
 



Early metal bait pail
 

 

Very early Falls City WADE~IN bait pail. Circa pre-1920. Very good plus all original condition with all original paint & gold stencil lettering. Great surface on this one. Paint is dark green with nice old patina. Lettering is gold stencil & is all readable. Size is #1 & great made in the USA workmanship. Measures approx 8 inches tall & 5 1/2 inches wide & is oval in shape. Retains all of the interior screen separator. Only thing missing on this one is original rope. Good early piece here in very nice all original condition. Neat vintage addition for any fishing lure, folk art or sporting collectible collection. More pics avail.
SOLD!

 
Unknown small yellow fish decoy
Unknown yellow fish
 

 

Folky small yellow minnow fish spearing decoy by unknown maker, probably Minn. Circa 1930-50s. This fish has good all original paint & condition with almost no wear except some age flaking with some loss on fins as would be expected of a fish of this vintage. Paint is clean & strong with good use of bright colors with folky painting. Measures approx 3 1/4 inches long and retains all metal fins and inchworm line tie. Cool looking piece here for the spearing decoy collector & collectors of American Folk Art. Nice buy here. More pics avail.
$45

 



Scarce Mark McNair Pike fish decoy
 

 

Excellent & very scarce Pike fish decoy by Mark McNair, Eastern Shore of VA. Circa 1980-90s. Excellent all original aged paint & condition. McNair classic style fish decoy with 6 copper fins, carved tail, gill, mouth & eyes. Some paint loss on copper fins, mostly where they meet the body, also has 3 small dents on side of face & one on forehead area, slight loss to wood in one of the dents near mouth. Not perfect by very nice & very scarce. Solid carved body with inletted leaded belly, measures approx 11 1/2 inches long. Painted signature & very cool triangler stand. The paint on this fish is awesome, but with Mark it always is. This is a very nice fish decoy by Mark & a scarce type carving that the hard core McNair collectors are all looking for. You saw some record prices for McNair's this year 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, especially something that is scarce. Priced to sell. More pics avail.
SOLD!

 
Eugene Hamlin fish
Eugene Hamlin fish decoy
 

 

Very rare and early red and metal sided fish spearing decoy by Native American Eugene Hamlin (1875-1935), Topinabee, Michigan. Circa 1900-1920. Good all original paint & condition with no repairs or touch ups. Surface is nice and dry and clean with wear as expected of a 100 year old fish decoy. Measures approx 6 3/4 inches long and retains all 7 original copper fins and both metal side pieces that show some light rusting. Side plates put on with about 20 tiny nails on each side. Eugene was a Potawatomi Indian, chief of his tribe, and fishing guide on Mullet Lake, Burt Lake, Black Lake, and surrounding areas of Northern Michigan. While on a fishing trip in 1920, a fish hook became lodged in his foot. The wound became infected, turned into gangrene, and his leg had to be amputated. Thus ending his days of fishing and guiding. A fish like this is the essence of collecting. They are what fish decoy collecting is all about; the link between the past and present, between Native Americans and white settlers. They are history, Native American art, folk art, sculpture, tools, culture, and the evolution of the fish decoy all rolled into one aesthetically pleasing form. A really neat piece here for any collection of fish or folk art by a classic Native American maker. Nice buy here on a very rare piece. More pics avail.
SOLD!

 
 



Mint early bobber
 

 

Early wooden fishing bobber. Probably made by the IDEAL FLOAT Co., Richmond, VA. Circa WWII vintage. Mint all original paint & condition. Great surface on this one. Paint is yellow with black, red and blue stripes. Retains original red adjuster ball. Measures approx 6 3/4 inches long and body of bobber measures approx 4 inches long. You can date his one to WWII vintage because of the lack of any metal on bottom side of bobber, usually a wire loop. Good early piece here in mint all original condition, you don't find them any better condition then this one, especially with such great color combo. Neat vintage addition for any fishing lure, folk art or sporting collectible collection. More pics avail.
SOLD!

 
Superb Northern Pike fish plaque by Marty Hanson
 

 

 
Marty Hanson Pike tail area photo
  Marty Hanson Pike, head shot for detail  

 

   
Superb Northern Pike fish plaque by Marty Hanson, Prior Lake, Minn. Circa 1990's (?). Marty told me this was the only fish plaque he has made. Has Marty's white ink stamp on back. Excellent all original paint & condition with a great patina. Paint is very detailed & aged to look 100 years old. Has great looking aged "burst" painting behind the fish that really makes it stand out. Also the frame paint is aged perfect to just make the whole thing a great work of art. The 4 body fins are made from copper & the tail is carved wood, eye is glass. Body is 3/4 carving that measures approx 25 inches, overall length of plaque is approx 30 X 9 1/2. Ask for extra pics if interested. This rare one of a kind piece is outstanding & will be a great addition to any collection. If you have ever tried to get any decoys at a show by Marty you know he sells out fast & you wont find one of these.
SOLD!
 
 



mint wrapped bobber
 

 

Early wooden fishing bobber. Probably made by the IDEAL FLOAT Co., Richmond, VA. Circa pre 1950. Mint all original paint & condition, still wrapped in original plastic wrap to protect surface. Great untouched surface on this one. Paint is white with black, and red stripes. Retains original red adjuster ball. Measures approx 6 3/4 inches long and body of bobber measures approx 3 1/2 inches long. Good early piece here in mint all original condition, you don't find them any better condition then this one, especially with such great color combo. Neat vintage addition for any fishing lure, folk art or sporting collectible collection. More pics avail.
SOLD!

 
Mich Shiner
Mich Shiner
 

 

Unknown fat Shiner fish spearing decoy by unknown maker probably upper peninsula of Mich. Circa 1920-40s. This fish has good all original paint & condition with some honest use wear to edges & loss on fins as would be expected of a fish that was used of this vintage. Paint is clean with nice patina of age with a nice surface. Measures approx 4 3/4 inches long and retains all metal fins and line tie. Very cool style inletted belly weight with keel design. Good earlier piece here for the spearing decoy collector & collectors of American Folk Art. Nice buy here. More pics avail.
$185

 


Bud Stewart fish decoy
Bud Stewart fish decoy
 

 

Early and rare Sucker fish spearing decoy by Elman "Bud" Stewart (1913-1999), Flint, Michigan. Circa 1930-39, Stewart's "Folk Art' period. Ex-collection of Frank Baron and documented and part of the "HOOKED ON WOOD, The Allure of the Fish Decoy" exibit in Philadelphia in 2012.Excellent all original paint that is clean & strong with good use of colors with folky painting including a the classic "spotting" that Stewart was best known for. Measures approx 5 1/2 inches long and retains all 5 original metal fins which have most of paint intact. Shows very minimal wear, mostly to tail fin area and hairline age cracks in paint varnish but all is tight and secure, to tight to flake off. Cool carved gill with nail tack eyes. Bud Stewart was a true American Folk artist & his art was the beautiful lures and fish decoys that he made since the 1920s until retiring in 1980. He was named a "legendary angler" in 1984 by the National Fishing Hall of Fame at Hayward, Wisconsin, and he participated at the 1987 Festival of American Folklife in Washington, D.C. and at the 1987 Festival of Michigan Folklife in East Lansing. Scarce piece here for the fishing lure or spearing decoy collector & collectors of American Folk Art. Nice buy here & seldom seen offering at any price. More pics avail and a copy of the Hooked on Wood booklet will be included. Awesome piece here for the money!
SOLD!

 



Early white bobber
 

 

Early wooden fishing bobber. Probably made by the IDEAL FLOAT Co., Richmond, VA. Circa WWII vintage. Excellent all original paint & condition. Great surface on this one. Condition is really nice, looks unused except for a few small dents in fattest blue part of body, probably from rolling around in a tackle box, still pretty excellent overall. Paint is white with black, red and blue stripes. Retains original red adjuster ball. Measures approx 7 inches long and body of bobber measures approx 4 inches long. You can date his one to WWII vintage because of the lack of any metal on bottom side of bobber, usually a wire loop. Good early piece here in excellent all original condition, you don't find them much better condition then this one, especially with such great color combo. Neat vintage addition for any fishing lure, folk art or sporting collectible collection. More pics avail.
SOLD!

 
Rare Chautauqua fish decoy, circa pre-1905 & all original
head detail, unknown maker fish decoy from Chautauqua Lake, pre-1905
 

 

Rare & very early Trout spearing fish decoy from the Chautauqua Lake region of New York. Circa pre-1905, that is when spearing was outlawed in NY. Paint is all original with minimal wear & structurally excellent, retaining original leather tail that still retains most of the original paint also. Measures approx 6 1/4 inches long. Has original brass braid eyes & 4 metal fins. Has classic carved gills & mouth that gives fish decoys from this area the best look. Also has the classic thru the body line tie. Chautauqua Lake fish decoys are classics & some of the hardest to aquire. Spearing was outlawed in 1905 or 06 & not many examples have survived, especially in this outstanding of original condition. So hard to find but very exciting to collect these. More pics avail on this classic beauty.
SOLD!

 
American Fish Decoys by Steven Michaan
 

 

Scarce hardback copy of AMERICAN FISH DECOYS by Steven Michaan. Limited printing in 2003. Excellent conditon, I have a few copies still in original shrink wrap. This is one of the best photographed & layouts I have seen in any sporting collectable book. The photography is awesome & Michaan is very well known for his fish decoy knowledge & collections, all together it makes for a great & must have book of some of the finest known examples of fish spearing decoys in existance. Has chapters on American fish decoy history, New York fish decoys, Oscar Peterson decoys, Mt Clemens fish decoys, Hans Janner fish decoys, & Michigan styles of fish decoys. The top makers & some very rare examples are presented thru out this 208 page book. Measures approx 12 1/4 X 10 1/2. Don't miss out on this one, this is a very hard book to find. Price includes shipping to lower 48.
SOLD OUT!

 
Minn folk art fish
Minn folk art fish
 

 

Folky Bass or Perch fish spearing decoy by unknown maker, Minn. Circa 1940-50s. This fish has good all original paint & condition with only some age flaking on fins, mostly on tail fin, as would be expected of a fish that was used of this vintage. Paint is clean & strong with good use of colors and brush painting of bars on sides. Perfect old glass eyes. Very nice surface with a nice patina. Very cool stylish carved body, would have been very tempting to a winter hungry Pike or Musky. Measures approx 7 1/ 2 inches long and retains all 3 metal fins and screw eye line tie. Cool looking piece here for the spearing decoy collector & collectors of American Folk Art. Nice buy here. More pics avail.
$250

 
Big Sucker
Big Sucker
 

 

Folky and colorful Sucker fish spearing decoy by unknown Cadillac school maker. Circa 1940-50s. This fish has good all original paint & condition with almost no wear. Paint is clean & strong with outstanding use of color with folky painting style. Measures approx 10 inches long and retains all 5 metal fins and wooden tail with painted eyes, carved mouth and gills. Cool looking piece here for the spearing decoy collector & collectors of American Folk Art. Nice buy here. More pics avail.
$1350

 
Irvine Lake Trout
 

 

 
Irvine Lake Trout
  Irvine Lake Trout  

 

   
Superb Lake Trout fish plaque by Lawrence Irvine, Winthrop, Maine. Signed by Irvine but not dated. Excellent all original paint & condition with no repairs. Fish measures approx 23 inches, overall plaque size is 28 inches. Very cool carved eyes full body style with 6 wood carved fins. This is a neat piece & his work is very collectable & sought after. Great addition to any collection, if the duck decoys are wearing you down this will surely please. More pics avail.
SOLD!
 
 
Duck folk art lure
DUCK FOLK ART LURE
 

 

Very cool Duckling lure by unknown maker. Circa 1950-60's. This lure has good all original paint & condition with some honest use wear to edges, appears to be a thin felt or fuzz covering mixed into paint to give it a live feel. Measures approx 3 3/4 inches long and retains all original components. Good piece here for the folk art lure collector & collectors of American Folk Art. Nice buy here, very cool fishing lure with lots of personality. More pics avail.
$225

 



Ideal bobber
Ideal bobber
 

 

Early large wooden fishing bobber. Probably made by the IDEAL FLOAT Co., Richmond, VA. Circa pre-WWII vintage. Excellent all original paint & condition. Great surface on this one. Condition is really nice, looks like its been used very little except for a few small small chips and dents in yellow part of body, probably from rolling around in a tackle box, still very nice overall. Paint is red with yellow center with black trim lines. Retains original wire end. Measures approx 7 1/4 inches long and body of bobber measures approx 4 inches long. Good early rare color combo piece here in near excellent all original condition, you don't find them much better condition then this one, especially with such great color combo. Neat vintage addition for any fishing lure, folk art or sporting collectible collection. More pics avail.
SOLD!

 
Slim Ripley fish
Slim Ripley fish decoy
 

 

Nice Shiner fish spearing decoy by Slim Ripley, Alexandria, Minn. Circa 1920's. This fish has good all original paint & condition with some honest use wear to edges and thin age line in back from where line tie was installed. Very good plus condition with some wear as would be expected of a fish that was used of this vintage. Paint is clean & strong with good use of colors. Measures approx 4 1/4 inches long and retains all 6 metal fins and staple nail line tie. Bottom of tail fin has some bent area. Still has original price of 25 written on side. Cool looking piece here for the spearing decoy collector & collectors of American Folk Art. Nice buy here. More pics avail.
$185

 
yellow/red fish decoy
yellow/red fish decoy
 

 

Folky small yellow and red minnow fish spearing decoy by unknown maker, maybe factory, probably Minn. Circa 1940-50s. This fish has very good all original paint & condition with some age flaking mostly on fins as would be expected of a fish of this vintage that has been used. Paint is strong with good use of color. Measures approx 3 1/8 inches long and retains all 3 metal fins and screw eye line tie. Cool looking piece here for the spearing decoy collector & collectors of American Folk Art. Nice buy here. More pics avail.
$40

 
Oscar Peterson Brook Trout
Oscar Peterson
 

 

Superb Brook Trout fish spearing decoy by Oscar Peterson (1887-1951), Cadillac, Mich. This is a period 3 fish and measures approx 6 3/4+ with a nice wide body style. Circa 1931-34 vintage. This fish has excellent all original paint & condition with minimal wear to edges and some expected loss to belly weights & some loss on fins & line tie area as would be expected of a fish that was used of this vintage. Paint is very clean, & very strong with excellent color & brush work & nice thick original finish. The spot you see on bottom edge of tail is just a varnish run from when made & not damage. This fish is a tack eye model and in good collector size. 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 & rare. This fish is guaranteed forever to be 100% Oscar Peterson, & would make a nice addition to any old fish decoy collection. More pics avail. This is a beauty and new to market from one of the top private fish decoy collections in the world!
SOLD!

 
 
 

 

Rare HEDDON "TADPOLLY" 5000 model bait in rare "red-scale" color, with original box. Circa 1920. Excellent plus condition, perfect glass eyes & "L-rig" hardware. Rigged with double hooks. Color is strong, clean & superb, with pin head size varnish flakes from age. Has original "down-bass" box but # is hard to now read from how I displayed, but is original. A rare & superb lure for any collection & one of the tuffest colors.
SOLD!

 
 

 

"Michigan's Master Carver, OSCAR W. PETERSON 1887-1951", by Ron Fritz. Signed by Ron. Copyright 1987. The only book exclusively on one of the finest folk artist that ever made a fish decoy. Outstanding color photos & the most complete group of Peterson's work ever to be put in one book. 104 pages in hard cover format with original dust jacket. Excellent like new condition. A must have decoy book if you collect Peterson fish or folk art.
SOLD OUT AT THIS TIME!

 
Bud Stewart mini decoy
Bud Stewart decoy lure
 

 

Early Fish Decoy or lure by Bud Stewart, Flint, Mich. Circa 1940-50's. Tiny at only 2 3/4 inches long. Nicely carved gills, eyes & sucker type mouth. Has a curved body with 2 line ties & the third has a "cheater" hook attached. Paint is thick & all original. Condition is excellent. Bud Stewart was a true American Folk artist & his art was the beautiful lures and fish decoys that he made since the 1920s until retiring in 1980. He was named a "legendary angler" in 1984 by the National Fishing Hall of Fame at Hayward, Wisconsin, and he participated at the 1987 Festival of American Folklife in Washington, D.C. and at the 1987 Festival of Michigan Folklife in East Lansing. Scarce piece here for the fishing lure or spearing decoy collector & collectors of American Folk Art. Nice buy here & seldom seen offering at any price. More pics avail.
$85

 
 
 

 

Rare small size Oscar Peterson (1887-1951), Cadillac, Mich., 4 3/4+ inch Brown Trout with original rare breeding spotted finish, fish spearing decoy. Circa 1936, this fish is a late Period 3, early period 4 (1935-38) decoy. This fish has very good all original paint & condition with only small wear to edges, wear to belly & some loss on fins & line tie area, has one flake to primer on top back as would be expected of a fish that was used of this vintage. Paint is very clean, & very strong with excellent color & brush work & nice thick original finish. This fish is a pellet tack eye model & is a very rare to find size. 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 & rare. This fish is guaranteed forever to be 100% Oscar Peterson, & would make a nice addition to any old fish decoy collection. More pics avail. This is a beauty and fresh to market from one of the top Oscar Peterson private collections in the world!
SOLD!

 
 
Slim Ripley decoy
Slim Ripley decoy
 

 

Early Perch fish spearing decoy attrib to Slim Ripley, Alexandria, Minn. Circa 1920's. This fish has all original paint & condition with some honest use wear to paint on entire fish from use. Wear as would be expected of a fish that was used of this vintage. Measures approx 4 1/4 inches long and retains all 5 metal fins and staple nail line tie. Cool looking old warrior here for the spearing decoy collector & collectors of American Folk Art. Nice buy here. More pics avail.
$95

 
 

 

Early & nice HEDDON "150" model 5 hook "DOWAGIAC MINNOW". Circa 1920s. Color is WHITE & is scarce on any Heddon bait. Condition is Excellent, with all paint on belly weight & with only a paint ageline on the right side, worst side shown in photo. Eyes uncracked, & all hardware good (background drop with pics distorts hooks, but all are good), has L-rig hardware. Has 3 HPGM. Very nice aged color & minimal varnish flakes. Tuff one here.
SOLD!

 
 
Gorden Allen blackfish
Gordon Allen black fish
 

 

Nice Black Trout fish spearing decoy by Native American Indian Gordon Allen, Lac Du Flambeau, Wisc. Circa 1970's. This fish has excellent near mint all original paint & condition with very minimal wear to edges. Paint is clean & strong with good detailed carving typical of some of the Native American carvers. Measures approx 7 1/2 inches long and retains all copper fins and curved carved wooden tail. Has nice detail with carved eyes & gills. Good known maker piece here for the spearing decoy collector & collectors of Native American Indian Folk Art. Nice buy here. More pics avail.
$275

 
     

 

Superb J.K. RUSH "RUSH-TANGO SWIMMING MINNOW" bait with box. Circa 1914-20s. Great "mottled" color pattern in yellow/red & green. Excellent plus condition only 2 pointers & slight roughness to hardware. Comes with very cool 2 piece picture box that advertises "$50 GOLD PRIZE" & pictures the bait. A neat bait for any collection.
SOLD!

 
Superb J.K. RUSH "RUSH-TANGO SWIMMING MINNOW" bait with box. Circa 1914-20s. Great 2 tone color pattern in yellow/orange. Excellent plus condition with no faults. Comes with very cool picture box that advertises "$50 GOLD PRIZE" & pictures the bait, but has cut area on bottom half of box, not visible when displayed. A neat bait for any collection.
SOLD!
 

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