D0851, Early James Holly Scaup Drake Decoy

Fine scaup drake decoy by James "Jim" Holly (1855-1935) of Havre de Grace, Maryland, circa late 1800s to early 1900s. Displaying moderate wear, the decoy is in mostly original paint with what appears to be a very light second coat of paint on the black areas at the breast and tail. Measuring just over 13" in length, 6" in width and standing 6 3/4" high at the head, it is excellent structurally without the neck crack seen on many of his decoys. There are several very thin and tight age splits in the bottom of the decoy, but there is no dry rot or other damage. Jim was the youngest son of "Daddy" Holly and was also known for making some of the finest "bush whack" boats on the Susquehanna Flats. SOLD

Price: $495.00

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D0850: William Jaggard Wood Pigeon Decoy, Circa 1940s

Excellent wood pigeon decoy by William Jaggard of Elveden, Suffolk, United Kingdom, circa 1940s. With only light in-use wear, this stylish pigeon is in original paint and has carved shoulders and wings, a cast metal bill and glass eyes. Painted in the species' fall plumage, the full-bodied carving measures just under 14.5" in length, 4.5" in width and 3.5" in depth at the breast. Continuing the business of his father-in-law and mentor, James Rolph, Jaggard carved from the 1930s to the mid-1950s. Similar in time frame to North American waterfowl and shorebird decoys, wood pigeon decoys have been used in the United Kingdom since the latter half of the 1800s with examples ranging from the deeply carved examples sold by Trulock and Harriss and R. Ward Co. to the more stylized examples of Jaggard, Harry Boddy and Ted Grace. Judging from the number of examples found today, the latter group, along with the Rolph family, were England's most prolific makers. See my other website, www.woodpigeondecoys.com, dedicated to the identification and documentation of these decoys and their carvers for additional information. Stand included. SOLD

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M354: Joe Klein Pheasant Hen, Circa 1950s

Excellent hen ring-necked pheasant 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 pheasant has relief-carved wings, feet and eyes. The original feather paint is intricately detailed and boldly applied. The bird measures almost 12" in length, stands 6.25" high (exclusive of the base) and is 3" wide. The carving is in mint condition other than for a very small paint chips to the tip of the bill and the back edge of the tail A sticker with Klein's name and address remains on the bottom of the base. SOLD

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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.

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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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