D0809: Unknown Wood Pigeon Decoy, Circa Early 3rd Q, 20th C

Unknown balsa-bodied wood pigeon decoy in near-mint condition. It appears to have been influenced by the decoys of Harry Boddy and Ted Grace. It was most likely made in the late 1950s to early 1960s after Ted Grace's retirement from full-time carving in 1957. The eyes are somewhat similar in makeup to the Boddy and Grace decoys with a black-headed tack seated in a white grommet. The shoulder and wing edges are also lightly carved; however, the bill is wooden rather than poured lead and the paint, while similar in overall pattern, lacks the free-flowing brushstrokes of those by the earlier makers. In all likelihood, this was one of the last of the wooden decoys made for resale, soon to be replaced by counterparts made from fiberglass and other man-made materials. The decoy measures 14.5" in length. Stand not included. SOLD

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D0806: Ken Harris Mallard Hen Decoy, Circa 1960s

Excellent mallard hen decoy by Ken Harris (1906-1981) of Woodville, New York, circa 1960s. Ken was a duck hunter, musician and claims adjuster for an insurance company who took up decoy carving as a hobby to satisfy his own need for decoys to hunt over. He produced a wide range of working decoys and decorative pieces known for their high level of detail and realistic features and are highly sought after by collectors today. This decoy is in highly detailed original feather paint with the head turned approximately 45 degrees to the right. It measures just over 17.5" in length, 7.5" in width and stands 7" high at the head, excluding the keel. Other than a well executed professional repair to a crack in the bill and a tight separation where the neck joins the body, it is in excellent structural condition with a few shot scars on the back. SOLD

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D0805: Jake Ferreira Pintail Drake, San Fran Bay, Circa 1935

Excellent solid-bodied pintail drake with tack eyes by Joseph A. "Jake" Ferreira (1904-1981) of Newark, California, circa 1935. Jake was known as one of the area's most stylish and inventive decoy carvers, making nearly one thousand most remarkable pintail decoys to be used by hunting clubs in San Francisco's South Bay in the 1930's and 1940's. Nothing similar to his decoys is to be found elsewhere in the West. Although Ferreira used patterns, each decoy is slightly different from the others, yet they shared the characteristics of raised wingtips in a Delaware River style, thin necks and simple but effective paint patterns using a palette of chocolate brown, black, white and dark olive drab. This decoy, measuring 19" in length and a full 8.25" in height at the head, displays excellent form with a streamlined body and an elegant high neck. The paint is original except for a small areas of touch up on the back inside the raised wing tips and at a professional repair to the very tip of the bill. There is light chipping to the wing tips and tail tip with a small amount of paint loss to those areas. SOLD

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D0802: Henry Kilpatrick Brant Decoy, Circa 1910-1915

Rare hollow brant decoy by Henry "Hank" Kilpatrick, Barnegat, New Jersey, circa 1910 - 1915. This decoy is one of an unused rig of six brant and six Canada geese found wrapped in newspaper in a coal bin in Philadelphia where they had been stored for some sixty years. The decoy is in fine original condition with a pleasing patinated surface and only light flaking and wear. The structural condition is excellent overall with very slight separation of the body seam. Guyette and Deeter sold a similar brant from this rig in November 2015 (Lot 581) for $5,750.00. The decoy, measuring 19" in length, 6" in width and standing 9.5" high at the head, is "blind" (no eyes, painted or otherwise) and is fitted with Kilpatrick's typical lead pad weight on the bottom. In James Doherty's book, "Classic New Jersey Decoys", he says of Kilpatrick, "His production level was apparently limited because few of his decoys are found today, especially examples in original paint". One of the Canada geese from this rig is featured in Loy Harrell's book, "Decoys: North America's One Hundred Greatest". SOLD

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M342: Carved Robin Pair with Hatchlings, Circa Mid-20th C.

Very well done pair of adult robins with two chicks, mounted on an appealing and richly-colored stump remnant. From northern Minnesota circa mid-20th century, the identity of the carver is unknown. All four birds are carved life size with incised primaries, fluted tails and carved and painted eyes. The paint is completely original and accurately hued. The piece, measuring about 24" in width, 12.5" in height and 11" in depth, is in excellent structural condition except for almost imperceptible tight crack in the bill of the uppermost adult and missing wire toes on one foot of the lower adult. SOLD

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D0801: Early Wood Pigeon Decoy, Yorkshire, UK. Circa Late 1800s

One of the finest wood pigeon decoys I have seen to date, second only to the best of those by Trulock and Harriss. A solid-bodied decoy with applied wings, raised wing tips and a full, protruding breast, it shares many characteristics with the carvings attributed to Robert Lange and Robert Sainz (See http://www.woodpigeondecoys.com/), both from Yorkshire, characteristics that seem to be common to that area. However, there are just enough differences to make me believe that it was made in the late 1800s to early 1900s by a third carver from that area. The incisions on the wings and form of the flared and fluted tail as opposed to the tapered tails most often seen in decoys from this area are unique while the shapes of the head, bill and full body are not. The decoy, measuring 13" in length, is in near mint original condition with an incredibly deep patina. Stand included. SOLD SOLD

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D0800: Preening Chesapeake Bay Widgeon Drake

Solid-bodied preening widgeon drake in fall (eclipse) plumage by an unknown Chesapeake Bay carver, circa early 2nd quarter, 20th century. In excellent original condition with a rich patina, the decoy has been rigged but has seen little if any use. Measuring 12" from tail to breast, 5 1/2" in width and 7" in height, it has painted eyes and a very nice stylized paint pattern. There are several small paint rubs on the sides, breast and tail tip. SOLD

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M336: Leo McIntosh Model 1880 Yellowlegs Decoy

Fine carving of a yellowlegs featuring a hinged body with a hollowed storage compartment for the removable head by Leo H. McIntosh, Jr. (1953 - 2007), Stony Creek Decoys, Woodville, New York, dated 1986. Inspired by a similar carving from Adele Earnest's collection (Plate 94, The Art of the Decoy), Leo called this his 1880 model. Recognized as one of America's best contemporary carvers before his untimely death, Leo apprenticed with Ken Harris for five years before founding Stony Creek Decoys. According to his wife, Leo made only 2 or 3 of this model, and they are quite valuable. Signed "1880 yellowlegs, Stony Creek Decoys by Leo H. McIntosh, Woodville, NY, '86". There has been an excellent a professional bill repair by Russ Allen (see last photo). SOLD

Price: $1495.00

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