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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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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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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M352: Miniature Scaup Drake Decoy, Oscar W. Peterson, Circa 1930

Outstanding 5.75" miniature scaup drake decoy in excellent original paint with very slight craquelure by Oscar W. "Pelee" Peterson of Cadillac, Michigan, circa 1930. A very folky carving with oversized glass eyes, it is is lightly textured and has a thin protective coating of varnish which I believe is original. There are several small paint chips, one on the left side of the neck and another in front of the right speculum. The paint at the tip of the bill is also chipped or worn. Peterson was born in 1887 to Swedish immigrant parents in Grayling, Michigan, before moving to the Cadillac area when he was 8. He spent much of his youth hunting and fishing and later opened a landscaping business with his brother, George. Although it is not exactly known when he started to carve, it is believed that he started around 1900 in order to supplement his income as a landscaper and general handyman. He sold his carvings from his home as well as in many bait shops around the area. Approaching carving as a business, Peterson was extremely prolific, creating more than 15,000 works of art including fish decoys, duck decoys, plaques and other decorative items. Estimates are that around 1,500 to 2,000 of his art form are still in existence. His works are the subject of the book "Michigan's Master Carver: Oscar W. Peterson, 1887-1951" by Ronald J. Fritz and can be found in the American Art Museum of the Smithsonian, the Brooklyn Museum and have also been seen numerous high profile exhibits. SOLD

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M351: Oscar Peterson Miniature Blue-Winged Teal Decoy, Circa 1930

Outstanding 6.5" miniature blue-winged teal hen decoy in near-mint original paint with very slight craquelure by Oscar W. "Pelee" Peterson of Cadillac, Michigan, circa 1930. A very folky carving with oversized glass eyes, it is is lightly textured and has a thin protective coating of varnish which I believe is original. The initials "TWO" are written on the bottom. Peterson was born in 1887 to Swedish immigrant parents in Grayling, Michigan, before moving to the Cadillac area when he was 8. He spent much of his youth hunting and fishing and later opened a landscaping business with his brother, George. Although it is not exactly known when he started to carve, it is believed that he started around 1900 in order to supplement his income as a landscaper and general handyman. He sold his carvings from his home as well as in many bait shops around the area. Approaching carving as a business, Peterson was extremely prolific, creating more than 15,000 works of art including fish decoys, duck decoys, plaques and other decorative items. Estimates are that around 1,500 to 2,000 of his art form are still in existence. His works are the subject of the book "Michigan's Master Carver: Oscar W. Peterson, 1887-1951" by Ronald J. Fritz and can be found in the American Art Museum of the Smithsonian, the Brooklyn Museum and have also been seen numerous high profile exhibits. SOLD

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