D0494: Ohio Mallard Drake Decoy

A most appealing piece of folk art! Solid-bodied mallard drake decoy by an unknown Ohio maker, circa 1st quarter, 20th century. The duck is in original paint with alligatoring and some light bubbling, particularly on the right side of the head. There is also a tight crack at the top of the neck. Very pleasing, richly-colored finish with a nice patina. The decoy has tack eyes and three heavy lead weights inset into the bottom. Found outside of Columbus, Ohio, but based on the heavy weighting, I believe it was made for rough water, perhaps Lake Erie. It is approximately 16" long. 5.5" wide and 7.5" high. SOLD

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D0597/D0598: Pair of Ben Yeargan Mallard Decoys

Stylishly painted mallard drake and hen decoys by Ben Yeargan of North St. Louis, MO, circa 1938. Yeargan (1896-1973), for many years a sports writer for the St. Louis Post Dispatch, is one of the few documented carvers from Missouri. Hunting the Missouri River, he made two rigs of decoys, one in 1932 and one in 1938. This pair is from the latter rig. The glass-eyed decoys are in original condition, including the original keels for river hunting, with some flaking and wear. The initials "B.Y." are painted under the bills. The bodies are made of cork, coated with a filler/sealer of Yeargan's design. Each measures about 16.5" in length, 6" in width and 6.25" in height, exclusive of the keels. SOLD

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D0589: Herter's Mallard Drake Decoy

Model #963CM Perfect hollow-carved mallard drake decoy by Herter's, Inc., Waseca, MN, circa 1939. Made of cedar, this decoy was one of the earliest in the line. It was made for Herter's by Artistic Woodcarving of Chicago. Only 20 dozen (these decoys are quite rare) black ducks and mallard pairs were made, as the bottom boards tended to separate from the body and leak. Heavily carved, with excellent patinated original paint and and measuring nearly 14" in length, this is one of the finest examples known to exist. There is a copper hunter's tag on the bottom (Walter L. Peters, Marysville, RFD-1, PA) The decoy is pictured on pg. 430 of Minnesota Duck Decoys by Doug Lodermeier. SOLD

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D0639: Herter's Black Duck Decoy

Model #963CM Perfect hollow-carved black duck decoy by Herter's, Waseca, MN, circa 1939. Made of cedar, this decoy was one of the earliest in the line. It was made for Herter's by Artistic Woodcarving of Chicago. Only 20 dozen (these decoys are quite rare) black ducks and mallard pairs were made, as the bottom boards tended to separate from the body and leak. The decoy, measuring nearly 14" in length, is heavily carved and in original paint showing moderate wear. A black sealant was applied in-use at the seam between the body and bottom board and on the bottom of the decoy to prevent leakage.

Price: $395.00

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D0640: Golden Plover Decoy

Solid-bodied, split-tailed golden plover decoy with wax eyes by an unknown carver from Nantucket Island, Massachusetts, circa 4th quarter, 19th century. In original paint, it still retains its original baleen bill. Structurally excellent, the bird has the letter "H" carved in its bottom and has been lightly hit by shot. It measures 10" in length. Stand not included. SOLD

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B033: American Decoys Book

Author: Quintina Colio Publisher: Science Press Copyright: 1972 (Limited Edition) Pages: 96 Format: Hardcover (10.5" x 9.25") ISBN: Excellent overview of many of the finest examples of North American decoys made between 1865 and 1920, including many from Bill Mackey's collection. Illustrated with both color and black and white photos, the layout is exceptional. Number 315 of a Limited Edition of 550, signed by the author. The cover is lightly faded with some scuffing at the top and bottom of the spine. The pages are in excellent unmarked condition. An extremely rare and long out of print volume!

Price: $135.00

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B001B: Gunner's Paradise Decoy Book

Authors: E. Jane Townsend Publisher: The Museums at Stony Brook Copyright: 1979 (1st edition) Pages: 152 Format: Softcover (10" x 7") Library of Congress: 79-90551 A history of Long Island wildfowling tradition, based on the collection of The Museums at Stony Brook, including information and numerous black and white photos of decoys from the region not available elsewhere. Unmarked with very slight wear and soiling to the soft cover, including a very small tear at the top of the spine. Price includes US shipping.

Price: $25.00

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B012: Duck Decoys and How to Rig Them Book

Author: Ralf Coykendall, Sr. Publisher: Henry Holt and Company Copyright: 1955 (1st edition) Pages: 125 Format: Hardcover (6.5" x 9.5") w/dust jacket Library of Congress No.: 55-9877 The first practical book on decoying, including the author's rules for studying the duck's habits, the landscape, planning the rig and recording the facts for future reference. Illustrated with black and white photos and line drawings. Signed and personalized by author, the book remains in excellent condition with some wear and tearing to the dust jacket, particularly along the edges. Price includes shipping.

Price: $45.00

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