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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M280: Russ Burr Miniature Bobwhite Quail, Circa 1940

Three miniature Bobwhite quail on driftwood by Russ Burr (1887 - 1955), Hingham, Massachusetts, circa 1940. Burr began carving in 1937 and continued into the early 1950s. This is an early carving, accomplished before he began stamping his work. Each quail measures approximately 2" in length. The driftwood base is about 7" long. From the bottom of the base to the top of the head of the highest quail measures roughly 3 1/2". Each quail is in original detailed feather paint with wire legs and painted eyes. See Birds in Wood and Paint by Joe Ellis, pages 92-98.

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D0661: Ole T. Gunderson Canvasback Drake Decoy

Solid-bodied swimming canvasback drake with great form, glass eyes and carved bill delineation by Ole T. Gunderson (1883 - 1960) of Ashby, Minnesota, circa 1940s. The decoy appears to be original paint but may have some some repaint, particularly to the black areas. The body is carved with a hard chine at the midline around the entire circumference. Gunderson was one of the few carvers from the Lake Christina area and was only recently identified by Doug Lodermeier in his book, Minnesota Duck Decoys. The decoy measures slightly over 18" in length, 7" in width and 8" in height. SOLD

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M053: Deltacraft Decoy Pattern, Milwaukee School/Warren Dettman

Deltacraft Plan, No.4642, Duck Decoys, shows a plan to make a hollow-bodied decoy of laminated construction. Deltacraft was part of Delta Manufacturing Co., Milwaukee. The plan shows that it was drawn by "E.H." and designed by Ed Hamilton. The plan was mailed in a Delta Mfg. envelope and stamped, "Aug 17, 1945". The decoy pictured is easily recognizable as one of a form attributed by most decoy auction houses to Warren Dettman of Milwaukee, circa 1935. The fold-out plan measures 38" in width and 24" in height. See D0212 and D0720 in the Waterfowl Decoys section of this website for a mallard drake and hen attributed to Dettman. This plan is pictured on page 137 of "Collecting Antique Bird Decoys and Duck Calls" by Luckey and Lewis. Price includes US shipping. SOLD

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