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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!

 


Awesome Harry Seymour Trout decoy
Harry Seymour trout
 

 

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

 



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

 


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!

 



Red/Yellow large bobber
Red/yellow large bobber
 

 

Early large and scarce color Red and Yellow wooden fishing bobber. Probably made by the IDEAL FLOAT Co., Richmond, VA. Circa pre-WWII vintage. Very good plus all original paint & condition. Great surface on this one. Scarce red with yellow center and black trim lines. Measures approx 9 1/4 inches long and body of bobber measures approx 6 inches long. Retains original wire loop. Has 2 flakes on ends of body as shown in pictures. Good early piece here in very good plus 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!

 
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.
$225

 
Reggie BirchPeterson style vasePeterson style vase RB
Reg Birch signature
 

 

Very cool Oscar Peterson style vase carving by Reggie Birch, Chincoteague Island, VA. Circa 2014. Carved signature "R.Birch". Excellent all original aged paint & condition. Very nice job by Reggie here on the paint, carving & patinia. Outstanding job on the 8 fish with glass eyes that are carved around the vase, including perch & different trouts. Each fish has carved fins, gills and mouth. Measures approx 7 1/8 inches tall and about 10 1/2 around at widest point, made out of 2 pieces of wood & dug out inside. Nice flutted edge carving with great folk art painting & detail that make it just outstanding workmanship by Reggie. Nice addition here for the collector of Folk Art, Oscar Peterson decoys, or collectors of Reggie's fine work. More pics avail.
SOLD!

 
Silver Flash Pikie



 

 

Excellent in box Creek Chub Pikie. Silver Flash color. Circa 1940-50's. Excellent all original condition with hard to see tiny varnish agelines with only fault being 2 flea bite size flakes to bottom area of red jaw. Glass eye model and all original hardware. Eyes are perfect and surface is "Lipstick Shiney". Excellent piece here for collection and a great buy. More pics avail.
SOLD!

 
Tri-color Howell
Tri-color Howell
 

 

Very scarce "Tri-colored" fish spearing decoy by Leroy Howell (1900-1989), 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. Great piece here for the money & great colors on this one. More pics avail.
$500

 



Cork bobber
cork bobber large
 

 

Early large size cork fishing bobber. Outstanding workmanship, possibly factory made. Circa pre-WWII. Excellent all original paint & condition. Great surface on this one. Condition is excellent, looks unused except for a few small rubs from age and storage. Looks to be pressed layers of cork and varnished with with white, black, red and yellow stripes. Retains original brass and wire eye end. Measures approx 6 1/2 inches long and body of bobber measures approx 3 1/4 inches long. 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!

 
CB Lewis Perch
CB Lewis Perch

 

 

Outstanding Perch fish decoy in the Chautauqua Lake style by Folk Art artist C.B. Lewis, Haycock Township, Bucks County, PA. Circa approx 10 years old. Not signed or stamp visable. Paint is all original, very clean & strong in color. Measures approx 6 3/4 inches long & has carved eyes. Body is full body carved & has 7 metal fins and carved wood tail. Nice carved gill and mouth. 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 fish decoy & sure to please, one of a few available at present time. More pics available.
$225

 
 



Large white and red bobber
large white and red bobber
 

 

Early large and scarce color white and red 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. Scarce white with red center and black trim lines. Measures approx 9 1/4 inches long and body of bobber measures approx 6 1/8 inches long. Retains original wire loop & 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 with such great color combo. Neat vintage addition for any fishing lure, folk art or sporting collectible collection. More pics avail.
SOLD!

 
Indian fish decoy
early indian fish decoy
 

 

Very early Trout fish spearing decoy by unknown Native American Indian, probably Minn or Mich. Circa 1900-1930's. This fish has beautiful all original natural patina surface. All original condition with very minimal wear to edges with exception of left fin broke off at body & was glued back into place but displays excellent. Some paint loss to metal fins as expected on early fished piece and original nail that was thru tail is gone. Very nice form & surface on this one and is clean & strong with good hand carved scale detail typical of some of the Native American carvers. Measures approx 7 1/8 inches long and retains all 3 original metal fins and carved eyes. Has nice detail with "screw eye" line tie. Good unknown maker piece here for the spearing decoy collector & collectors of Native American Indian Folk Art. Nice buy here. More pics avail.
SOLD!

 



rgw large bobber
rgw large bobber
 

 

Excellent green, white and red 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 and looks unfished. Super nice green and white with red marker lines. Measures approx 11 inches long and body of bobber measures approx 5 1/2 inches long. Retains original wire loop. Looks unfished. Good early piece here in excellent 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!

 
Bud Stewart fom
Bud Stewart crippled frog
Top Bud Stewart
Bottom Bud Stewart
 

 

Scarce one legged "Crippled Frog" 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 3 inches long not counting hooks. Very cool piece here with open mouth and "bleeding" area where leg should be. 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.
$350

 
classic CL fish
classic CL fish
 

 

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 possibility of second coat on belly. Has very cool dot painting on sides & head. Has minimal wear & structurally excellent, retaining original leather tail that still retains original paint. Measures approx 7 inches long. Has original metal tack eyes & 4 metal fins. Has classic but slight carved mouth that gives fish decoys from this area the best look. Has classic thru 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 original condition. So hard to find but very exciting to collect these. Great buy here. More pics avail on this classic beauty.
SOLD!

 



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.
$85

 
Unknown early Trout
Early Trout
 

 

Early Trout fish spearing decoy by unknown maker, probably NY. Circa 1910-40. This early fish has a beautiful surface that is all original paint. Paint is very clean, dry and strong with minimal wear and a beautiful patina. Measures approx 7 inches long with a tiny metal tail and retains all 4 metal fins, original nail eyes and line tie. Some light rusting on tail and a few small spots on fins. Very neat carved gill and just a really nice feel & form on this one. Has a very unique inletted belly weighting, you can see outline of in above pics. Good piece here for the fish spearing decoy collector & collectors of American Folk Art. Nice buy here. More pics avail.
$475

 
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!

 



Metal float
metal bobber
 

 

Early and scarce metal fishing bobber. Probably factory made. Circa pre-WWII vintage. Very good all original paint & condition. Great surface on this one. Condition is really nice, looks like its been used little except for a few small chips, some rusting and dents mostly in widest part of body, probably from rolling around in a tackle box, still very nice overall. Paint is solid white. Retains original wire ends. Measures approx 6 3/4 inches long. Good early rare piece here in very good plus all original condition, you don't find them much better condition then this one, most have rusted or been thrown away. Neat vintage addition for any fishing lure, folk art or sporting collectible collection. More pics avail.
$85

 
CB Lewis Perch
CB Lewis Perch
CB sig on Perch
 

 

Outstanding Perch fish decoy in the Chautauqua Lake style by Folk Art artist C.B. Lewis, Haycock Township, Bucks County, PA. Circa approx 10 years old. Named stamped into bottom on very cool copper belly plate. Paint is all original, very clean & strong in color. Measures approx 6 1/2 inches long & has glass eyes. Body is full body carved & has 6 metal fins and leather tail. Nice carved gill and mouth. 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 fish decoy & sure to please, one of several available at present time. More pics available.
$250

 
 
John Snow Crappie
John Snow Crappie
John Snow signature
 

 

Super nice Crappie fish spearing decoy by Native American Indian John Snow, Lac Du Flambeau Reservation, Wisc. Signed on edge of tail by John. Circa 1970-80's. This fish has excellent and near mint all original paint & condition. Slight wear from handling to edges of copper fins. Paint is clean & strong with good detailed carving typical of some of the Native American carvers. Measures approx 4 1/2 inches long and retains all copper fins and curved carved wooden tail. Has nice detail with carved scales, gills and mouth with glass eyes. Good known maker piece here for the spearing decoy collector & collectors of Native American Indian Folk Art. John Snow was featured by the Smithsonian Institute as a Native American artisan. Nice buy here and scarce. More pics avail.
$250

 
 


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.
$165

 
Minn fish
Minn fish
 

 

Unknown Trout fish spearing decoy by unknown maker probably Minn. 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 & strong with good use of multi color blending. Measures approx 4 3/4 inches long and retains all metal fins and screw eye line tie. Very nice quality lure eyes were used which gives fish a great look. Good earlier piece here for the spearing decoy collector & collectors of American Folk Art. Nice buy here. More pics avail.
$185

 
Robert Kendall Perch
Robert Kendall Perch
 

 

Super nice and very scarce Perch fish spearing decoy by Robert Kendall, Cadillac, Mich. Measures approx 8 inches long. Circa 1940's. Very strong in style to his fellow Cadillac carving neighbor Oscar Peterson. No doubt who Kendall thought made the finest style to try and replicate in his own work. 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 belly weights and fins and some hairline age cracks in paint with a few areas of flaking but tight and secure and a really nice surface for a 70+ year old working fish decoy. Glass eyes and retains all 7 original copper metal fins with carved curved wooden tail. Very cool double carved gills and mouth carving. Robert Kendall's fish are rarely found and this example is excellent & would make a nice addition to any old fish decoy collection. More pics avail. This is a beauty and a great buy for the vintage and quality!
SOLD!

 
Pikie Creek Chub


 

 

Excellent in original box Creek Chub Pikie. Black scale color. Circa 1950-60's. Box marked 703 W and has original paperwork. Excellent all original condition with a perfect finish & surface. Tack eye model and all hardware shiney. Excellent piece here for collection and a great buy. More pics avail.
SOLD!

 



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.
$165

 
Fat Perch fish decoy
fat perch fish decoy
 

 

Folky fat Perch fish spearing decoy by unknown maker, Minn. Circa 1940-50s. This fish has good all original paint & condition with only some lite age flaking on fins 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. Very nice surface with a nice patina. Very cool fat carved body, would have been very tempting to a winter hungry Pike or Musky. Measures approx 6 1/ 2 inches long and retains all 5 metal fins and double screw eye line tie. Cool looking piece here for the spearing decoy collector & collectors of American Folk Art. Nice buy here. More pics avail.
$195

 


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!

 
Unknown Perch
unknown Perch
 

 

Folky small multicolor Perch fish spearing decoy by unknown maker, probably Minn. Circa 1930-50s. This fish has good all original paint & condition with almost no wear. Paint is clean & strong with good use of bright colors with folky painting. Measures just 2 1/2 inches long and retains metal fins and line tie. Has tiny nail eyes and 3 more in tail fin area to maybe add weight. Cool looking piece here for the spearing decoy collector & collectors of American Folk Art. Nice buy here. More pics avail.
SOLD!

 
CB Lewis Perch
CB Lewis Perch
 

 

Outstanding Perch fish decoy in the Oscar Peterson style by Folk Art artist C.B. Lewis, Haycock Township, Bucks County, PA. Circa approx 10 years old. Not signed or stamp visale. Paint is all original, very clean & strong in color. Measures approx 7 1/2 inches long & has carved eyes. Body is full body carved & has 7 metal fins and wood carved tail. Nice carved gill and mouth. 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 fish decoy & sure to please, one of several available at present time. More pics available.
$225

 
 
Unknown Lacross Fish, early
Unknown Lacross fish, early
 

 

Early Trout fish spearing decoy by unknown maker, probably La Crosse River, Wisc. Circa 1910-40. This early fish has a beautiful surface that is all original paint. Paint is very clean and strong with minimal wear and a beautiful patina. Paint is worn to a few small spots on nose and tail tips. Whitish color on fish looks like wear but is how it is painting a may be a early type of "glow" paint. Measures approx 5 1/2 inches long with a very slight curve to body and carved tail. Retains all 6 metal fins which look to be copper. Has inchworm style line tie and very early style top quality glass lure eyes. Has the look of the very hard to find fish from La Crosse River region of Wisconsin and was found recently with 4 other fish from known makers in the La Crosse area. Very neat painted gill and just a really nice feel & form on this one. 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.
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

 
CB Lewis Trout
CB Lewis Trout

 

 

Outstanding Trout fish decoy in the Chautauqua Lake style by Folk Art artist C.B. Lewis, Haycock Township, Bucks County, PA. Circa approx 10 years old. Paint is all original, very clean & strong in color. Measures approx 9 inches long & has pearl or ivory eyes with brad nail tacking. Body is full body carved & has 7 metal fins and leather tail. Nice carved gill and mouth. Cool old box swivel line tie. No signature found but sometimes it covers up when he paints the fins. 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 fish decoy & sure to please, one of several available at present time. More pics available.
SOLD!

 
 
Marv Mason personal rig
Marv Mason personal rig
 

 

Nice Trout fish spearing decoy by & from the personal spearing rig of Marvin "Mase" Mason, Tower, Mich. Circa 1960's. This fish has good all original paint & condition with very minimal wear. Paint is clean & strong with good use of colors & nice brush work. Measures approx 6 3/4 inches long and retains 7 metal fins and double line tie. Very cool carved eyes, gills & mouth. Good piece here by a known maker for the spearing decoy collector & collectors of American Folk Art. Nice buy here. More pics avail.
$325

 


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

 
CL fish decoy
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. Has minimal wear & structurally excellent and has a very neat pieced sections to fit a nice heavy copper tail. Measures approx 7 1/2 inches long. Has original painted eyes & 6 metal fins. Has classic but very slight carved mouth that gives fish decoys from this area the best look. Has long style 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.
SOLD!

 
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.
$350

 
CB LEWIS FISH DECOY
CB LEWIS FISH DECOY
 

 

Outstanding Pike fish decoy by Folk Art artist C.B. Lewis, Haycock Township, Bucks County, PA. Circa approx 10 years old. Stamped name in rear side fin. Paint is all original, very clean & strong in color. Measures approx 7 1/4 inches long & has glass lure eyes. Body is full body carved & has 6 metal fins and wood carved tail. Nice carved gill and mouth. 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 fish decoy & sure to please, one of 4 available at present time. More pics available.
SOLD!

 



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!

 
CC Pikie
CC Pikie


 

 

Very good plus Creek Chub Pikie. Pikie color. Circa 1950's. Very good plus all original condition with a excellent finish & surface. Only fault is small rub to top of tail as seen in pic and tiny but lite pointer to bottom right jaw and a few thinner then hair varnish age lines, but over all doubtful that it was fished if so very lightly. Glass eye model and all hardware shiney. Excellent piece here for collection and a great buy. 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!

 

Ian Sperm Whale
Ian carved sig
Ian Whale stand signature

 

 

Super nice double sided 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 carved & measures appox 26 1/2 inches long with a slightly open mouth with 13 carved teeth & a raised curved tail carving. Carved eyes and fins. Included is original signed stand that measures approx 15 1/2 inches long with a 11 1/2 inch tall brass dowell. 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 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.
$650

 
Frank Mizera Fish decoy
Mizera Fish decoy
 

 

Very nice Red~White fish spearing decoy by Frank Mizera (1898-1969), Ely, Minn. Circa 1920-30. Great looking red, black and white colors. This fish has very good plus all original paint & condition with only small honest use wear to edges & some loss on fins as would be expected of a fish that was used of this vintage. Most wear is to front lip area which is common on Mizera fish. Paint is very clean, & very strong with excellent colors & brush work in his classic "Striped" pattern. Measures approx 6 1/4 inches long and retains all 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 & great classic Minnesota colors on this one. More pics avail.
SOLD!

 
Green blend Howell
Green Howell
 

 

Near mint "blended" fish spearing decoy by Leroy Howell (1900-1989), Hinkley, Minn. Circa 1930-50. Great looking green and white blended colors. This fish has just about mint all original paint & condition with only slight surface rust on unpainted side 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 "blended" pattern. Measures approx 5 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. Great piece here for the money & great colors & brush work on this one. More pics avail.
$500

 
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.
$2400

 
CB LEWIS fish decoy
FISH DECOY BY CB LEWIS
 

 

Outstanding Trout fish decoy in the Oscar Peterson style by Folk Art artist C.B. Lewis, Haycock Township, Bucks County, PA. Circa approx 10 years old. Paint is all original, very clean & strong in color. Measures approx 9 1/4 inches long & has carved eyes with center tack. Body is full body carved & has 7 metal fins and wood carved tail. Nice carved gill and mouth. 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 fish decoy & sure to please, one of 4 available at present time. More pics available.
SOLD!

 
Native American fish
Native American fish
 

 

Nice brown Chub fish spearing decoy by unknown Native American Indian, probably Minn. Circa 1930's. This fish has very good plus all original paint & condition with very minimal wear to edges. Some paint loss to metal fins as expected on early fished piece. Very nice form & surface on this one. Paint is clean & strong with good hot tip wood burned detail typical of some of the Native American carvers. Measures approx 5 1/4 inches long and retains all metal fins and carved eyes. Has nice detail with "inch worm" line tie. Good unknown maker piece here for the spearing decoy collector & collectors of Native American Indian Folk Art. Nice buy here. More pics avail.
$200

 



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, Mich
Unknown LSC Mich
 

 

Early Bass fish spearing decoy by unknown maker, probably Lake St. Clair, Michigan. Circa 1930-40. This early fish has worn but all original paint. Wear to wood over most of body as would be expected of a fish that was used of this vintage. Paint on body is old dark green color with silver painted head. Great surface on this one, very dry & clean even wear with a beautiful patina. Measures approx 7 inches long with a carved tail and retains all metal fins, original tack eyes and line tie. Very neat carved tail & gill and just a really nice feel & form on this one. Good piece here for the fish spearing decoy collector & collectors of American Folk Art. Nice buy here. 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.
$65

 



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!

 
Gerhart Berens Perch
GB Perch
 

 

Perch fish spearing decoy by Gerhart Behrens, Burtrum, Minn. Circa 1940-50s. Rare wooden tail model. This fish has excellent all original paint & condition with some honest but slight paint loss on fins as would be expected of a fish that was used of this vintage. Paint is clean & strong with good use of colors & nice brush work. Measures approx 6 inches long and retains all 6 metal fins and line tie. Very neat form & paint style on this one. Good piece here for the fish spearing decoy collector & collectors of American Folk Art. Nice buy here. More pics avail.
SOLD!

 
CB LEWIS fish decoy
CB LEWIS fish decoy
 

 

Outstanding Perch fish decoy in the Oscar Peterson style by Folk Art artist C.B. Lewis, Haycock Township, Bucks County, PA. Circa approx 10 years old. Name stamped into 1 fin but hard to read. Paint is all original, very clean & strong in color. Measures approx 6 inches long & has large tack eyes. Body is full body carved & has 7 metal fins and wood carved tail. Nice carved gill and mouth. 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 fish decoy & sure to please, one of several available at present time. More pics available.
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!

 
Abe Dehate trout
Abe Dehate trout
 

 

Very scarce Silver Shinner fish spearing decoy by Abraham "Abe" Dehate (1890-1968), Mount Clemens, Mich. Circa 1940's. This fish has good all original paint & condition with some honest use wear to edges & loss of paint on fins as would be expected of a fish that was used of this vintage. Measures approx 8 1/8 inches long and retains all 6 metal fins and line tie and has carved wooden tail with slight curve to back half of body. Very cool carved eyes, double gills & mouth with lip carving. Good earlier piece by a rare to find historic maker for the spearing decoy collector & collectors of American Folk Art. Nice buy here. More pics avail.
SOLD!

 
 
small red/yellow fish
small red/yellow fish
 

 

Folky small yellow/red 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 including the lighting bolt on tail. Measures approx 3 1/3 inches long and retains all metal fins and screweye line tie with tiny carved mouth. Cool looking piece here for the spearing decoy collector & collectors of American Folk Art. Nice buy here. More pics avail.
$65

 
Andy Hannula Bass
Andy Hannula Bass
 

 

Nice Bass fish spearing decoy by Andy Hannula, Deer River, Minn. Circa 1940's. This fish has good all original paint & condition with some honest use wear to edges & loss of paint on fins as would be expected of a fish that was used of this vintage. Paint is clean & strong with good use of colors & nice brush work. Measures approx 6 inches long and retains all metal fins and line tie and has carved wooden tail with slight curve to back half of body. Very cool carved eyes, gills & mouth. Good earlier piece here for the spearing decoy collector & collectors of American Folk Art. Nice buy here. More pics avail.
$200

 
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.
$225

 



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.
$75

 
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!

 
Leroy Howell fish decoy
Howell fish decoy
 

 

Scarce "Flowered" fish spearing decoy by Leroy Howell (1900-1989), Hinkley, Minn. Circa 1920-30. Great looking red, black and white colors with natural wood face. This fish has very good all original paint & condition with only very minimal wear to edges & some loss on fins as would be expected of a fish that was used of this vintage. Paint is very clean, & very strong with excellent colors & brush work in his classic "Flowered" pattern. Measures approx 6 inches long and retains all metal fins and line tie but fisherman has clipped "angel wing and tail fins on this one to where fisherman would adjust to change swimming action. Howell's are classics and highly sought by spearing decoy collectors & collectors of American Folk Art. Good piece here for the money & great colors and paint patterns on this one. More pics avail.
$1250

 
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!
 
 
Duckling Lure
Duckling 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, they dont show hook in above pics because they cropped out when doing pics. It has large treble hook coming out backside area. 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.
$250

 



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.
$55

 
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.
$225

 
AJ Burns shiner
AJ Burns shiner
 

 

Early and scarce Silver Shinner fish spearing decoy by AJ Burns, Roger City, Mich. Circa 1930's. This fish has good all original paint & condition with some honest use wear to edges & loss of paint on fins as would be expected of a fish that was used of this vintage. Beautiful surface on this one. Measures approx 8 1/3 inches long and retains all 5 metal fins and screw eye line tie and has carved wooden tail with slight curve to back half of body. Top 1/4 of tail is a replacement and touched up in that area to properly match original area. Very cool deep gill and tiny carving. 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.
SOLD!

 
 
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.
$50

 
 

 

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!

 
Mich Trout
Mich trout
 

 

Unknown Trout 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 5 1/4 inches long and retains all metal fins and line tie. Cool tiny open mouth and gill carving. Good earlier piece here for the spearing decoy collector & collectors of American Folk Art. Nice buy here. More pics avail.
SOLD!

 
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.
$145

 
 
 

 

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.
$125

 
 

 

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!

 
 
Leroy Howell fish decoy
Howell org-red fish decoy
 

 

Scarce "Flowered" fish spearing decoy by Leroy Howell (1900-1989), Hinkley, Minn. Circa 1920-30. Great looking red, orange, black and white colors. This fish has very good all original paint & condition with only small honest use wear to edges & some loss on fins as would be expected of a fish that was used of this vintage. Paint is very clean, & very strong with excellent colors & brush work in his classic "Flowered" pattern. Measures approx 6 1/4 inches long and retains all metal fins and line tie. Some bend marks in tail where fisherman would adjust to change swimming action. Howell's are classics and highly sought by spearing decoy collectors & collectors of American Folk Art. Good piece here for the money & great colors on this one. More pics avail.
SOLD!

 

Unknown blue panfish
Unknown blue Panfish
 

 

Unknown Panfish spearing decoy by unknown maker probably Minn. Circa 1920-40s. This fish has good all original paint & condition with minimal wear considering the early vintage. Paint is clean with nice patina of age with a nice surface. Measures approx 4 7/8 inches long and retains all metal fins and line tie. Cool tiny open mouth and gill carving with early quality glass eyes. Good earlier piece here for the spearing decoy collector & collectors of American Folk Art. More pics avail.
$750

 
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.
$300

 
     

 

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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