M353: Joe Klein Cock Ruffed Grouse, Circa 1950s

Excellent cock ruffed grouse carved in half-scale by Leo J. "Joe" Klein, Wilcox, PA, circa 1950s. Klein was known for his elaborately carved and painted ducks, turkeys, woodcocks and other upland game birds. This carved grouse has relief-carved wings, feet and eyes. The original feather paint is intricately detailed and boldly applied. The bird measures almost 10" in length, stands 6.5" high (exclusive of the base) and is 4" wide. The carving is in mint condition other than for a tiny paint chip to the very tip of the bill. A partial sticker from the souvenir shop at East Branch Dam in Elk River State Park just east of Wilcox where Klein sold some of his work remains on the base.

Price: $475.00

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D0849: Charles Rayle Pintail Hen, Aberdeen, Washinton, Circa 1910

Rare hollow glass-eyed pintail hen by by Charles Rayle, Aberdeen, Washington, circa 1910. According to Wildfowl Decoys Of The Pacific Coast by Miller and Hanson, pgs. 64-65 & 67, Rayle made the finest decoys in the Gray's Harbor region of Washington's southwest coast. His decoys, as typical for the area, were hollow, imposing in size (this one is 22" long) and made of red cedar. Although there is disagreement among some local collectors and residents as to whether or not Rayle actually carved these decoys, there is little dispute that they were the finest the area had to offer. Structurally excellent, this decoy is in near-mint well-blended original paint with Rayle's unusual but distinctive "lumpy" bill style. Rayle is believed to have carved roughly 100 mallards, pintails, canvasbacks and brant for use at Grays Harbor's South Bay and Laidlaw Island Clubs. The decoy has an old and very light protective coat of shellac or varnish. The original paint is a little dark for this species but appears lighter and has a great amount of feather detail when seen in daylight. There is a pintail hen by by Charles Pratsch pictured on page 67 of the book referenced above with very similar coloration and paint pattern. SOLD

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D0848: Important Wood Pigeon Decoy By Mr. Wright, Circa late 1800s

Excellent and historically important early wood pigeon decoy in original condition by Mr. Wright (first name unknown)from the Yorkshire area, circa late 1800s. The decoys from this region encompass some of the earliest and finest ever produced in the United Kingdom. Unfortunately, very little is known about the Yorkshire decoys and carvers. Until this decoy came to light, the only names associated with this area were those of Robert Lange and Robert Sainz. This decoy, however, had the name "Wright" inscribed into the paint under the tail while the paint was still wet, a very strong indication that Mr. Wright was the maker and I shall, in the future, refer to him as such. A solid-bodied decoy with glass eyes, a pronounced breast, a carved mandible and a thickened tail, it measures 12 3/4" in length. I've seen other examples by Wright that had applied wings with raised wingtips, incised feather patterns and fluted tails that I believe are somewhat later than this example. SOLD

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D0845/D0846: Rare Pair of Old Saybrook Wildfowler Green-Winged Teal Decoys, Circa 1939

Highly collectible pair of solid cedar green-winged teal by Old Saybrook Wildfowler of Old Saybrook, CT. As detailed in Wildfowler Decoys by Richard Cowan and Dick LaFountain, the fine-line bill separation and raised neckseats indicate these decoys were made somewhere between 1939 and 1941. Each measuring only 12 1/2" in length, 5" in width and 4 1/2" in height, the decoys are in original paint other than for touchup to two age splits on the drake that have been professionally filled. The first runs the length of the back while the much smaller second crack is to the left of the head. There are similarly located but tighter splits on the hen that have not been filled or touched up. As seen in the last photo, the very tip of the bill of the hen has been slightly blunted. The heads of both are attached to the bodies by means of 1/2" dowels extending through the crowns of the heads to the bases of the decoys. Both birds have an old thin coating of clear sealer such as shellac. Missing the factory keels, the decoys are unstamped. According to knowledgeable Wildfowler collectors, green-winged teal decoys by Wildfowler of this vintage and species are extremely rare with no photos of known examples published. A matched pair is exceptionally desirable. SOLD

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M255: Wilmer Reinbold Flying Green-Winged Teal Drake

STOLEN at MDCA annual show, St. Charles, IL, April 2018. Please contact me with any information concerning this carving.

Price: $775.00

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M197: Pair of Tufted Titmice by World Champion Ernie Muehlmatt, Circa 1974

Original carving of a pair of full-sized (5 1/2") tufted titmice in mint condition by Ernie Muehlmatt of Salisbury, Maryland, circa 1974. Exceptionally fine original paint with great musculature, wing and feather carving and ultra-realistic painted eyes. Designed to hang on a wall, the carving is inscribed in ink on the back, "By E.F. Muehlmatt, Titmouse, 11/74". Muehlmatt (1927-2016), three-time Ward World Champion (1979, 1981, 1984), began carving in 1967 and was a master of life-size and miniature decorative wood sculpture, becoming one of the most talented, sought after and popular carvers in wildfowl art. His work can be found in the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Salisbury, Maryland, and the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, Wisconsin. He is a Member of the Carvers' Hall of Fame and owned and operated Muehlmatt Studios in Salisbury. SOLD

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M198: Ernie Muehlmatt Tree Swallow, Circa 1974

Original carving of a full-sized (5 1/2") tree swallow by Ernie Muehlmatt of Salisbury, Maryland, circa 1974. Exceptionally fine original paint with great musculature, wing and feather carving and ultra-realistic painted eyes. The carving is in mint condition except for a small chip to the gesso at the bottom of the bird's right thigh. Designed to hang on a wall, the carving is inscribed in ink on the back, "By E.F. Muehlmatt, Tree Swallow, 5/74". Muehlmatt (1927-2016), three-time Ward World Champion (1979, 1981, 1984), began carving in 1967 and was a master of life-size and miniature decorative wood sculpture, becoming one of the most talented, sought after and popular carvers in wildfowl art. His work can be found in the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Salisbury, Maryland, and the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, Wisconsin. He is a Member of the Carvers' Hall of Fame and owned and operated Muehlmatt Studios in Salisbury.

Price: $975.00

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M350: Old Saybrook Wildfowler Mallard Decoy Bookends

Pair of mallard bookends by Wildfowler Decoys of Old Saybrook, CT, circa early 1940s. Beautifully carved full-sized heads and breasts (7" high) of a mallard drake and hen mounted on weighted walnut bases with felt backs and bottoms, exhibiting finely-cut nail, mandible and face separations. The hen is in original condition with light paint flaking on the crown of the head and on the bill. The drake is likewise in original paint except that the grey-green area of the shoulder on the left side of the carving has been touched up. There is also light wear to the front edge of the drake's bill. SOLD

Price: $195.00

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