M240: Miniature Pintail Drake Decoy

Folky miniature carving of a pintail drake attributed to the Sterling family of Crisfield, Maryland, circa 2nd quarter of the 20th century. The carving, in excellent structural condition, exhibits bold, stylized original paint and raised wing tips. There is some printing on the base, including "...ling". The duck itself measures 4.25" in length and stands 4" tall, including the base. SOLD

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D0650: Feeding Canada Goose Decoy

Excellent solid-bodied feeding Canada goose decoy in original condition by an unknown mid-Atlantic region carver, circa 1950. There is light wear to the detailed feather paint, a tight age split in the top of the bill, another in the back and a larger split in the bottom, extending over to the left side of the bird. It is carved in a most unusual and animated feeding or reaching position. Never rigged, it appears to be a floater, but could have been intended as a field decoy. The decoy measures approximately 25.5" in overall length.

Price: $450.00

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D0683: Chesapeake Bay Whistling Swan Decoy

Graceful hollow-bodied whistling swan confidence decoy from the Chesapeake Bay, carver and age unknown. This fine decoy is carved in the recognizable style of the Chesapeake Bay region with the notable exception that the body is hollow. Due to the effort required to hollow a decoy of this size (25" long, 18" high, 10" wide), it was rarely done. This graceful bird is quite symmetrical and in excellent structural condition with a weighted keel. The original paint is in very good condition, showing average in-use wear and some staining and minor flaking. The initials "SW" are carved in the bottom of the decoy. SOLD

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D0712: Massachusetts Feeding Lesser Yellowlegs Decoy

Lesser yellowlegs shorebird decoy in rare feeding position by an unknown carver from Massachusetts, circa 1st quarter of the 20th century. The split-tailed decoy with hat pin eyes is in original paint, showing minor wear with a small amount of flaking. Flat-sided and carved from balsa wood, it is just over 9" long and is 1.75" thick. Other than the bill which appears to be a well done older replacement, the decoy is in excellent structural condition. New England shorebirds in original paint of this style and vintage are quite difficult to find! Stand not included.

Price: $575.00

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M081: Walter L. Steward Oil on Board

Early original oil on board of two brook trout hanging on a white birch tree, signed "W. L. Steward", and dated 1901. Image size approximately 12" x 6". Framed in original 15" x 21" dark oak frame with gold-leafed trim. Some cracking to the paint in the upper portion of the painting; a couple of very small areas of in painting where the paint has cracked. Steward was from Munson, Maine.

Price: $2950.00

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D0711: Virginia Eastern Shore Curlew Decoy

Rare fat-bodied painted-eye Hudsonian curlew (whimbrel) decoy from Virginia's Eastern Shore, circa 1880, worn to bare wood and measuring roughly 12 1/2" in length. The decoy has the carved raised wings often associated with some of the decoys from the superlative William Matthews rig (Chincoteague, VA) and from the famous shorebirds of Cobb Island, although the wing carving on this decoy is deeper and more exaggerated than often seen. The tail is also more prominent, in something of a small paddle shape with a ridge down the top center. The small right lobe of the tail and the tip of the wings have been broken off. The base of the bill where it enters the head appears to be original; however, the last 3" of the bill is a very well done old replacement. There also appears to be a small amount of old filler on each side of the neck at the base where several small chips were repaired. Nonetheless, this is a fine and extremely desirable old gunning bird from an area rich in hunting tradition. Stand not included. SOLD

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M235: M. Bland Miniature Pheasant Carving

Excellent cock pheasant by M. Bland, Springfield, Illinois, circa 1960s. The bird is in fine, bold original paint with virtually no wear. The intricate feather paint has darkened somewhat with age and displays a nice patina. At some point, a hardly noticeable chip was broken from the tip of the bill and glued back in place. The bird's head is turned about 45 degrees to the left. Its body and head are tilted slightly over and down as if the peasant is looking at something on the ground. The carving is mounted on a section of birch branch. There is a tag on the bottom of the base that reads, "Cock Pheasant, $2.50. M. Bland 62720". The latter number is the zip code for Springfield. The carving measures 9" in length and stands 6.75" high, including the base. SOLD

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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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