M255: Wilmer Reinbold Flying Miniature Green-Winged Teal Decoy

Near-mint flying miniature green-winged teal drake by George Wilmer Reinbold (1885 - 1946), Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, circa 1940. Both the carving and original paint are expertly detailed and beautifully accomplished with the latter exhibiting a mellow patina. There are tiny chips missing from two wing tips and a small drying crack under the tail. The duck has an approximate wingspan of 9.5", measures just over 7" bill to tail and is signed "Reinbold” on the back of the lower wing. There is a thin wire hanger on the back for mounting the carving on a wall. Wilmer’s work was represented in the most popular and well known outdoor outfitters, wildlife-themed gift shops, and galleries of the day, notably Richard Stockton’s Shop in Bryn Mawr, PA, Caldwell's in Philadelphia, and Crossroads of Sport and Abercrombie & Fitch in New York City. It is highly regarded and much sought after today. Wilmer was the father of noted carver Bill Reinbold of Chestertown, Maryland. SOLD

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M254: Wilmer Reinbold Flying Miniature Bufflehead Decoy

Excellent flying miniature bufflehead drake by George Wilmer Reinbold (1885 - 1946), Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, circa 1940. Both the carving and original paint are expertly detailed and beautifully accomplished with the latter exhibiting a mellow patina. There is a tiny chip to one edge of the bill as well as several tiny chips with touch-up paint to the wing tips . The duck has an approximate wingspan of 8.5", measures 6.5" bill to tail and is marked "Bufflehead" and signed "Geo. W. Reinbold” on the back of the lower wing. There is a thin wire hanger on the back for mounting the carving on a wall. Wilmer’s work was represented in the most popular and well known outdoor outfitters, wildlife-themed gift shops, and galleries of the day, notably Richard Stockton’s Shop in Bryn Mawr, PA, Caldwell's in Philadelphia, and Crossroads of Sport and Abercrombie & Fitch in New York City. It is highly regarded and much sought after today. Wilmer was the father of noted carver Bill Reinbold of Chestertown, Maryland. SOLD

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B003, 1929 Limited Edtion Book, The Compleat Walton, Izaak Walton

The Compleat [Complete] Angler and The Lives of Donne, Wotton, Hooker, Herbert & Sanderson, With Love and Truth & Miscellaneous Writings. Edited By Geoffrey Keynes. Illustrations By Thomas Poulton and Charles Sigrist. Publication Date: 1929. Publisher: The Nonesuch Press, 16 Great James Street, Bloomsbury. Author: Izaak Walton. First edition of Walton's complete writings. Limited to 1600 numbered copies, 1100 copies for the United Kingdom and 500 copies for Random House in the United States (this copy being No. 977). Octavo (8 3/16 x 4 7/8 inches; 208 x 123 mm.). 631 pages. Six engraved portraits (Walton, Donne, Wotton, Hooker, Herbert, and Sanderson) by Charles Sigrist, including frontispiece. Ten drawings of fish and a lead weight by Thomas Poulton, printed from line blocks, the fish color stenciled by The Curwen Press. Two seals of Donne redrawn by Poulton and printed in red. Original full natural morocco with front cover decoratively tooled in gilt and spine lettered in gilt in compartments. The leather, particularly on the spine, has darkened somewhat with time and handling, but is otherwise undamaged. Top edge gilt on the rough, others uncut. Marbled endpapers. Housed in the original marbled paper covered slipcase which shows wear on the edges and corners. The Complete Walton, which includes The Compleat Angler, is said to be the third most frequently reprinted book in the English language after the Bible and the works of Shakespeare, "The Compleat Angler" is as much about life as it is about angling. First published in 1653 in thirteen chapters, Walton continued to add to his work through editions in 1655, 1661, 1668, up to his fifth and final edition in 1676 containing twenty-one chapters.

Price: $325.00

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D0735: Mason Challenge Grade Mallard Drake Decoy

Excellent Challenge Grade mallard drake decoy by the Mason Factory, Detroit, Michigan, circa 1905-1910. This solid-bodied, glass-eyed decoy has a very well-formed "snakey" head and exceptional original swirled paint with very light wear. It has been lightly hit by shot. Structurally, the head is loose at the neck joint with the separation on the right side breaking a "sliver" above the actual joint (see sixth photo). There is an age split in the bottom and there has been a professional repair to a very small tail chip with touch-up to that area. The decoy measures nearly 17" in length, is 5 1/2" wide and stands 6 1/2" high at the head. It's tough to find a 100 year-old Mason in better condition than this! SOLD

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D0710: Frank Willis Greater Scaup Drake

Fine half to two-thirds scale hollow-carved greater scaup drake decoy by Frank C. Willis of Redwood City, California, circa mid-1960s. Willis (1918-1997) carved between 300 and 400 fine decorative decoys from old growth redwood between the mid-1960s and early 1980s. Willis was a perennial winner in the annual Pacific Flyway Decoy Contests. This bird is signed "Frank C. Willis" and identified by species and gender. There is no date or number as Willis provided on most of his carvings. Even the stacked initials "FW" are atypical in that they are penciled in rather than incised. The unusual characteristics exhibited by this carving lead me to believe that this is one of his earliest birds, accomplished before he had settled on the pattern he would follow for the next 15 to 20 years. Even the pose of this bird, with the head snuggled down in a content position, is rare for a Willis carving. It is in mint original condition with glass eyes and detailed feather paint and measures just over 12" in length. See the July/August 2009 issue of Decoy Magazine for a article on Willis by Paul Mazzilli. SOLD

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D0548: Gus Wilson Rocking Head White-winged Scoter Decoy

Extremely rare white-winged scoter hen with rocking head by Augustus A. "Gus" Wilson (1864-1950) of South Portland, Maine, circa 1st quarter of the 20th century. Wilson, acclaimed as one of the finest decoy carvers ever, produced nearly all of his scoters as drakes. This is one of the few hens known. The decoy is excellent original paint showing minor to moderate wear. There is some deterioration to the edge of the tail and to an area on the underside and a couple of hairline cracks, otherwise it is excellent structurally. Wilson's innovative "rocking head" design used a slotted neck seat construction to allow the head to rock back and forth with the motion of the water. Carved eyes and wings with beautifully detailed head and bill, including the underside.

Price: $7950.00

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D0725: Harry Pember Black Duck Decoy With Mussel in Bill

Outstanding black duck decoy with a mussel clasped in its bill by Harry Pember of Milford, Connecticut, circa early 3rd quarter of the 20th century. Harry hunted with old friends, including Tom Marshall, the Disbrow brothers and Keith Mueller, using decoys he carved for his own use, including this fine working bird. Made from 3 layers of dense cork with an inset wooden tail, the decoy remains in near-mint condition. In addition to the mussel, it has very detailed bill and mouth carving, glass eyes and scratch-feather paint on the head, which is turned about 20 degrees to the right. The bird measures roughly 17" in length, 9" in height, including the keel, and is 8" wide.

Price: $675.00

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D0737: Keith Mueller White-Winged Scoter Drake Decoy

Fine solid-bodied white-winged scoter drake decoy by Keith Mueller of Killingworth, CT, circa 1980s. This is a big bird, measuring 20" in overall length, 9" in width and standing 7" tall at the head, not including the keel. The decoy is in excellent original paint and is branded "Mueller"on the keel. There are several very tight hairline cracks in the decoy with the most noticeable one running from the left breast up into the back. It's easy to see why Keith is considered to be among a small handful of the top contemporary decoy carvers. He has been awarded the title of World Chqmpion Carver twice and is the only carver to win all three hunting decoy divisions at the prestigious Ward World Championships. Keith has won over 250 "Best of Show" awards world-wide and has works displayed in numerous museums, including at the internationally acclaimed Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum "Birds in Art" exhibit. SOLD

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