D0673: Ruddy Turnstone Decoy

Early and rare ruddy turnstone by an unknown carver from the south shore region of New Jersey, circa 4th quarter, 19th century. The decoy, measuring only 8 1/2" in length, is in old but strong repaint in the spring or breeding plumage. It's bill may be replaced, and there is a repair to a knothole in the breast. A rigmate to this bird is pictured in American Bird Decoys by William Mackey (Plate 26, page 47). If you'll compare the two, you'll see that they are unquestionably by the same hand and painted at the same time. As Mackey's book was published in 1965, the repaint is obviously earlier than that. According to Mackey, ruddy turnstone decoys are "decidedly rare. Almost all those known in collections today originated along the lower half of the Jersey Coast". This decoy was formerly in the important collections of Mackey, Mort Hanson and Lloyd Johnson. Other examples were found in the hallmark collections of Dr. Jim McCleery and John Hillman. Stand not included. SOLD

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D0687: Elmer Crowell Goldeneye Drake Decoy

Fine goldeneye drake decoy that has never been rigged, by Anthony Elmer Crowell of East Harwich, Massachusetts, circa first quarter, 20th century. Its head is turned slightly to the left and is nicely rasped at the back. The decoy bears Crowell's crisp oval brand on the underside and is in original paint with good patina and minor wear. There are several spots of minor touch up on its lower right side and a slight roughness to the edges of the bill. The bird measures 14" in length, 7" in width and 6.5" in height. Crowell is acknowledged as one of the finest decoy carvers ever. An example of his work belongs in every collection!

Price: $8950.00

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D0643: Golden Plover Decoy

Golden plover shorebird decoy by an unknown carver from Nantucket, Massachusetts, circa 4th quarter, 19th century. The solid-bodied bird with large tack eyes is in a mixture of original paint and old working repaint. The old bill is damaged with roughly 1/4" of its tip missing. There is some age splitting to its right side as well as a small chip and some wear to the tip of its tail. The bird has the letter "H" carved in its bottom and has been lightly hit by shot. It measures 9" in length. Stand not included. SOLD

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M228: Lloyd Sterling Miniature Widgeon Drake Decoy

Miniature glass-eyed widgeon drake decoy by Lloyd Sterling, Crisfield, Maryland, circa 1950. The carving has bold original paint showing nice age with light wear on edges of bill. It measures 6.5" in length and is 3.25" high. Among Crisfield's early carvers, Lloyd was second only to his contemporaries, the Ward Brothers. His widgeon, teal and pintails are especially prized. SOLD

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D0560/D0561: Pair of Quebec Goldeneye Decoys

Exceptional pair of solid-bodied goldeneye decoys from Quebec, probably the Valleyfield area, circa 2nd quarter, 20th century. Both have tack eyes, slightly turned heads and detailed wing and tail feather carving. In original paint with nice patinas and light wear, both decoys are structurally strong except for two cracks in the neck of the drake. Slightly oversized, each bird measures 16" in length, 6.5" in width and 7.5" in height. SOLD

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M223: Pair of Miniature W. Ruppel Hooded Merganser Decoys

Pair of miniature hooded mergansers by Walter J. Ruppel and Son, Portland, Oregon. They are each signed by Walt Ruppel and dated 1992. The drake also retains the company label. Each is in mint original condition with glass eyes, detailed bill carving incised wings and fine feather paint. The hen's head is turned about 20 degrees to the left while the drake's is turned about 10 degrees to the right. They are both 6.5" in length, 3" wide and 3" high. SOLD

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D0689: George Huey Red-breasted Merganser Drake Decoy

Slightly oversized (20" L x 6.25" W x 7.5" H) red-breasted merganser drake decoy by George Huey of Friendship, Maine, circa 1915 - 1920. The decoy has an inlet head with carved eyes as well as bill carving. The underside is unusual for Huey, being hollow with a bottom board, probably following the flow of a partially hollowed log he was using. The carving is in mostly original paint with a small amount of in-use overpaint worn almost back to the original surface with moderate flaking and wear and age splits in the back and tail and one side of the bottom board. There is a small chip in the tail and a chip missing at the base of the neck as well as an old in-use repair to a crack in the neck. Huey is recognized as having carved some of New England's finest and most collectible merganser decoys. SOLD

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M083A: Robert Havell Hand-Colored Aquatint Engraving

Beautifully hand-colored engraving (aquatint) by Robert Havell, Junior (1793 - 1878), of London, England, printed from the original plates, engraved in 1838. Havell is best known for the Audubon "Birds of America" engravings. This aquatint is titled "Snipe Shooting Near Uxbridge". The image field is approximately 8.25" x 12.125" . The original antique frame measures 16" x 21". It is black with gold edging and shows some flaking and wear. The framing was done many years ago by the Town and Country Shop, 511 E. Mason St., Milwaukee, WI. SOLD

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