D0803: Harry V. Shourds Hissing Canada Goose Decoy

Rare hollow swimming or "hissing-head" Canada goose decoy by one of America's top carvers, Harry Vinuckson Shourds (1861-1920), Tuckerton, New Jersey, circa 1st quarter, 20th century. Decoys by Shourds in this form are recognized as being among his finest work. Formerly in the William Humbracht collection, the glass-eyed decoy is in a pleasing early working repaint with some flaking under the tail. Shourds' typical lead weight is inset into the bottom of the decoy. There is a repaired and stable crack through the neck and some slight seam separation, most noticeably on the right side. The decoy measures almost 27" from bill to tail, 8" in width and is 8.5" high. SOLD

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D0799: Vintage Sleeping Connecticut Black Duck Decoy, 3 Q, 20 C

Found in Northport, NY, this very fine solid-bodied, glass-eyed sleeping black duck by an unknown maker was carved in the Stratford, Connecticut, style and is quite likely from that area, circa 3rd quarter, 20th century. Carved from what appears to be cherry wood, it has never been rigged and was most likely carved as a "mantle bird". It measures 15" in length from breast to tail, 6.5" in width and 6" in height. The wing edges are incised, the bill is well detailed and the realistically turned neck and head showcase the carver's understanding and mastery of his craft. The detailed feather paint is original other than some professional touch up to some flaking. SOLD

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M342: Carved Robin Pair with Hatchlings, Circa Mid-20th C.

Very well done pair of adult robins with two chicks, mounted on an appealing and richly-colored stump remnant. From northern Minnesota circa mid-20th century, the identity of the carver is unknown. All four birds are carved life size with incised primaries, fluted tails and carved and painted eyes. The paint is completely original and accurately hued. The piece, measuring about 24" in width, 12.5" in height and 11" in depth, is in excellent structural condition except for almost imperceptible tight crack in the bill of the uppermost adult and missing wire toes on one foot of the lower adult. SOLD

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D0801: Early Wood Pigeon Decoy, Yorkshire, UK. Circa Late 1800s

One of the finest wood pigeon decoys I have seen to date, second only to the best of those by Trulock and Harriss. A solid-bodied decoy with applied wings, raised wing tips and a full, protruding breast, it shares many characteristics with the carvings attributed to Robert Lange and Robert Sainz (See http://www.woodpigeondecoys.com/), both from Yorkshire, characteristics that seem to be common to that area. However, there are just enough differences to make me believe that it was made in the late 1800s to early 1900s by a third carver from that area. The incisions on the wings and form of the flared and fluted tail as opposed to the tapered tails most often seen in decoys from this area are unique while the shapes of the head, bill and full body are not. The decoy, measuring 13" in length, is in near mint original condition with an incredibly deep patina. Stand included. SOLD SOLD

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D0800: Preening Chesapeake Bay Widgeon Drake

Solid-bodied preening widgeon drake in fall (eclipse) plumage by an unknown Chesapeake Bay carver, circa early 2nd quarter, 20th century. In excellent original condition with a rich patina, the decoy has been rigged but has seen little if any use. Measuring 12" from tail to breast, 5 1/2" in width and 7" in height, it has painted eyes and a very nice stylized paint pattern. There are several small paint rubs on the sides, breast and tail tip. SOLD

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M336: Leo McIntosh Model 1880 Yellowlegs Decoy

Fine carving of a yellowlegs featuring a hinged body with a hollowed storage compartment for the removable head by Leo H. McIntosh, Jr. (1953 - 2007), Stony Creek Decoys, Woodville, New York, dated 1986. Inspired by a similar carving from Adele Earnest's collection (Plate 94, The Art of the Decoy), Leo called this his 1880 model. Recognized as one of America's best contemporary carvers before his untimely death, Leo apprenticed with Ken Harris for five years before founding Stony Creek Decoys. According to his wife, Leo made only 2 or 3 of this model, and they are quite valuable. Signed "1880 yellowlegs, Stony Creek Decoys by Leo H. McIntosh, Woodville, NY, '86". There has been an excellent a professional bill repair by Russ Allen (see last photo). SOLD

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M163: Illinois River Duck Hunt Oil-On-Board, 1930s

Large oil-on-board by an unknown artist of mallards, redheads and a pintail flying on the Illinois River, circa 1930s. The painting came from a tavern in Peru, Illinois. It has several small nail holes and scrapes, but is richly toned and expertly detailed. The painting has overall dimensions of 96" x 30".

Price: $3975.00

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M066: Mort Fadum Northern Fish Plaque (Northern Pike)

Expertly crafted northern pike (5 pores in underside of jaw - see 7th photo) by Morten "Mort" Fadum, signed and dated 1986 on the back. The pike is 31-1/2" long. Hanging from a rope stringer along with a fishing spear, it is mounted on an antiqued plank background measuring 9-1/2" in width and 38" in length. The pike is in mint condition, carved and finished completely in-the-round, including the backside. Meticulously done, each scale was formed by tapping a box nail so that the head of the nail formed a scale-like indentation. The "tears" in the tail and fin are as-carved, simulating "battle scars", if you will. Mort lived in Fox Grove, Illinois, and at one time carved for Abercrombie and Fitch. He now lives in Colorado Springs.

Price: $1850.00

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