M357: Miniature Frank Townsend Green-Winged Teal Wall Plaque, 1950s

Miniature flying green-winged teal drake wall plaque by Frank E. Townsend, Bloomfield, New Jersey, circa early 3rd quarter of the 20th century. It is carved roughly one-half in-the-round with one wing, the body and the tail resting flat against the wall while the other wing is angled down and away from the body. Measuring 7" from bill to tail tip and with a wingspan of 9", the teal is in near-mint original condition exhibiting the vibrant colors Frank is known for. “Green Wing Teal” is printed on the back of one of the wings. Townsend set an eye-screw in the back for mounting the plaque on a wall or other surface.

Price: $125.00

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M356: Flying Green-Winged Teal Wall Plaque, Circa 1950s

Miniature flying green-winged teal drake wall plaque by Frank E. Townsend, Bloomfield, New Jersey, circa early 3rd quarter of the 20th century. It is carved roughly one-half in-the-round with one wing, the body and the tail resting flat against the wall while the other wing is angled out and away from the body. The webbed feet are separately carved and attached to the body. Measuring 9 1/2" in width and 9 1/2" height as well, the teal is in mint original condition exhibiting the vibrant colors Frank is known for. “Green Wing Teal” is printed on the back of one of the wings. Townsend set an eye-screw in the back for mounting the plaque on a wall or other surface.

Price: $150.00

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M355: Miniature Frank Townsend Cock Pheasant, Circa 1950s

Miniature cock pheasant by Frank E. Townsend, Bloomfield, New Jersey, circa early 3rd quarter of the 20th century. It measures just over 8” in length from tip of bill to tip of tail and is 5” tall, not including the base. Overall dimensions including the base are 11” in length and 6 1/4” in height. The pheasant is in mint original condition exhibiting the vibrant colors Frank is known for. “Ringneck pheasant, carved & painted by Frank Townsend” is printed on the base. SOLD

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D0863: Harry Boddy Mallard Drake Decoy, England, Circa 1930s

Mallard drake decoy by Harry Earnest Boddy from Walderslade, Kent, United Kingdom, circa 1930s. Boddy carved a variety of duck, goose and wood pigeon decoys in his shop from 1922 until he sold his business to Ted Grace in 1951. Grace continued the business until 1957 using Boddy's patterns with only subtle changes to differentiate between the two. Together they most likely carved more decoys than any other makers in the UK. This solid-bodied, glass-eyed decoy is in excellent and highly detailed original feather paint showing light wear. It measures 15" in length, 5 1/2" in width and stands 5" tall at the head.

Price: $395.00

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D0861: Unknown Wood Pigeon Decoy, Cheshire, UK, Circa 1920-1930

Very nice wood pigeon decoy by an unknown English carver, circa 1920s - 1930s. Hunted on a farm in Cheshire, UK, it is likely from that area. The decoy is in very good original condition with glass eyes and carved raised wings. A rigmate to D0862, this is a big, broad-backed decoy measuring almost 5 1/4" across the shoulders and 14 3/4" in length. The decoy is in excellent structural condition with no age splits or other damage. Hand-whittled with knife marks visible, variations in size and structure between this decoy and its rigmate lead me to believe that they were carved by a hunter for his personal use rather than by a commercial maker. The last photo shows this decoy along with its rigmate, available separately. The two exhibit an individuality not always seen in their commercially produced counterparts, a sort of “swagger”, if you will! Stand not included.

Price: $550.00

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D0862: Early Unknown Cheshire English Wood Pigeon

Very nice wood pigeon decoy by an unknown English carver, circa 1920s - 1930s. Hunted on a farm in Cheshire, UK, it is likely from that area. The decoy is in very good original condition with glass eyes and carved raised wings. A gouge was used on the underside to partially hollow out the decoy, presumably to make it lighter so it would move in the wind when mounted on a stake. A big, broad-backed decoy, it measures 5 " across the shoulders and 13 1/2" in length. There is a tight age split running from the bird's crown to the back (see third photo). Hand-whittled with knife marks visible, variations in size and structure between this decoy and its rigmate, D0861, lead me to believe that they were carved by a hunter for his personal use rather than by a commercial maker. The last photo shows this decoy along with its rigmate, available separately. The two exhibit an individuality not always seen in their commercially produced counterparts, a sort of “swagger”, if you will! Stand not included.

Price: $550.00

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D0860: Early TRU-ISS Wood Pigeon Decoy, Circa 1909-1911

Rare hollow English wood pigeon decoy made for the gunsmith firm of H. Trulock & Harriss, London, U.K. Made from a cast and chased aluminum alloy, it was patterned after wooden examples made for the famous gunmaker around circa 1909-1911. The wooden versions are felt by many collectors to be the best examples of English wood pigeon extant. This decoy retains its original glass eyes and is in excellent original paint, retaining most of the red breast and bill paint, dark gray back and wings, black wingtips and tail bar and typical white markings at the wing edges and neck. The decoy was made in three pieces; an upper body, a lower body and a spring-mounted head. An integral wire stake is attached, designed, along with the"bobble-head", to allow motion to a set of birds. Cast true to the form of the wooden examples, these decoys have strongly emphasized shoulders and detailed primary and tail feathers. This decoy has three impressed notations on its lower half: "THE TRU-ISS DECOY, PATENT APPLIED No. 21550", "H. TRULOCK HARRISS GUNMAKER" AND “22 BURY STREET, ST. JAMES STREET, LONDON S.W.”. This address dates the decoy to 1909-1911. Later examples (1911-1916) are stamped "THE TRU-ISS DECOY, HARRISS'S PATENT No. 21550", "H. TRULOCK HARRISS GUNMAKER" AND “PICKERING PLACE, ST. JAMES STREET, LONDON”. This early decoy includes several design elements missing in later examples, including the means of attaching the head spring and wire stake to the body as well as an alignment stud for the body halves, that I can only assume were changed to reduce costs in later decoys. Interestingly, the number "6" is written in pencil inside each body half, presumably meaning that certain adjustments were made to insure a proper fit and that those two pieces should remain mated rather than mixed with those of other examples. The pigeon measures 13 1/2" in length, 5" across at the shoulders and roughly 4" in depth, exclusive of the head. The original 2-piece box, the only one I’ve ever seen, is in fair to good condition. it has a tear across the top but remains stable. SOLD

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D0857/D0858: Early Seneca Lake Canvasback Decoy Pair

Very nice pair of solid-bodied canvasback decoys by H. Seymour "Putt" Smith (1878-1947), Geneva, New York, circa 1920-1930, used in Dresden Bay on Seneca Lake in upstate New York's Finger Lakes region. Both have a slightly accentuated ridge at the centerline of the backs with tapered sides on the bottom halves of the decoys. Each measures approximately 16" in length, 6.5" in width and 8" in height. They have high quality glass eyes and are in original paint except for touchup to professional neck repairs on each decoy. Structurally sound, the drake shows moderate wear while the hen has only light wear. There is a small piece of wood on the left side of the drake which was added in the making to widen the body. It remains firmly affixed with no shrinkage or separation. The drake has also been lightly hit by shot on the left side of the decoy.

Price: $975.00

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