D0744, William Jaggard English Wood Pigeon Decoy

English wood pigeons have garnered the well-deserved attention of American collectors. Similar in time frame to North American waterfowl and shorebird decoys, they 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. W. Ward to the more stylized slick-bodied examples of Robert Lange and William Jaggard. This excellent decoy was carved by William Jaggard of Elveden, Suffolk, United Kingdom, circa 2nd quarter, 20th century. Lightly used with a pleasing patina, this stylish pigeon is just under 14" in length, 3.75" in width and 3" in depth at the breast. It has relief carved shoulders and wings, a cast metal bill and glass eyes. The full-bodied carving is in original paint depicting the species' fall plumage. Jaggard, who carved from roughly 1930 through the mid-1950s, continued the carving business of his father-in-law, James Rolph. Stand included. SOLD

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M293, Exceptional Miniature Black Duck Decoy

Exceptionally well-executed miniature black duck, circa mid-20th century, carved at approximately one-third to one-half scale. It measures 8" in length and stands 3 3/4" high at the head. Although the carver is unknown, it is quite reminiscent of the miniatures made by the late Dr. George Ross Starr of Duxbury, Massachusetts, and sold in the Richard Bourne auction of his collection in 1986. The sculpted body displays carved wings with raised and separated wing tips, carved primaries and a fluted tail. The head is turned approximately 30 degrees to the left with glass eyes. The bill is quite detailed with carved separation from the head, nostrils and a raised nail. The original paint is beautifully detailed with overall scratch-feather paint on the body and finely applied feather paint on the head. There is a small amount of filler in the center of the lower breast, roughly the size of a quarter and about 3/16" deep. This filler was applied in-the-making, probably to remedy an overcut of the breast, and does not detract from the carving in the slightest. SOLD

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M286: Runar Rodell Canada Goose Diorama, Circa 1930s

Diorama of two Canada geese in a salt marsh setting by Runar G. Rodell, Wilmette, Illinois, circa 1930s. Rodell, born in Sweden in 1898, moved to the U.S. in his thirties, opening a studio around 1935 in Wilmette before finally settling in Prescott, AZ, around 1950. He died in 1983. His works usually incorporate oil-painted backgrounds and figures (people, animals, birds, buildings, etc.) carved from basswood with plant materials created from bits of natural vegetation in the foreground. Among his collectors were Bob Hope and Ronald Reagan. It is believed that all of his work made in Prescott had a paper studio label on the back, whereas his work from Illinois was simply signed on the back. This piece is in original condition with the roughly 2-1/2" geese exhibiting detailed painted plumage. Geese were a relatively rare subject matter for Rodell. It is signed "Original by R. Rodell, Canada Goose" on the back. The overall dimensions of the diorama are 12 3/4" x 15" with the glass measuring roughly 7 5/8" x 9 5/8". The oak case is 3 1/2" deep. The dark area at the top of the first two photos is the curved top surface of the diorama which is in shadow. SOLD

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D0740: Dan English Black Duck Decoy

Outstanding classic Delaware River black duck decoy with impeccable provenance by Dan English (1883-1962) of Florence, New Jersey. Dan was the son of John English and brother of Jack English, both carvers of fine Delaware River style decoys. This decoy is one of a rig made for Clarence Winter of Bristol, Pennsylvania, and referred to by collector's as "Winter's Famous Fifty". The hollow-bodied bird, in excellent original feather paint, has glass eyes, a low or contented head position, outlined feathers, raised primaries and a notched tail. There is a slight chip on the left edge of the bill and some small paint rubs on the crown of head, the point of the raised primaries and the edge of the notched tail. The carving measures 15" in length, 5.5' in width and is 6" high at the head. The lead weight on the bottom is attached with twelve brass escutcheon pins. "C. Winter" is stamped twice into the weight and once into the bottom of decoy. Winter's stencil, reading "C. W. Winter, Bristol, PA" is visible on the bottom. It also has the collection stamp of Bob White, noted carver, collector and decoy historian, on the bottom. In the last photo, in addition to the Bob White collection stamp, you can best see the white Winter stencil. See "Floating Sculpture", Huster and Knight, for documentation and photos of Dan and Winter's rig. SOLD

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D0742/D0743: Pair of Milwaukee Museum School Mallard Decoys

Excellent pair of oversized Wisconsin mallard decoys made by a Lake Michigan charter boat captain named Gordon Caskowski of Milwaukee, circa 1940. Caskowski's decoys were used at Wind Point, Racine, Wisconsin. These folky decoys were the product of the Milwaukee Museum Carvers era and bear a strong resemblance to the birds attributed by the decoy auction houses to Warren Dettman. The two were formerly in the collection of Russ Van Houzen and still retain his collection tags on the bottoms. According to the information on the hen's tag, Van Houzen added them to his collection in 1968. The deep-bodied glass-eyed decoys have 4-piece laminated bodies with carved raised wings and detailed bill carving. The drake's head is turned slightly to the left. Each has been lightly hit by shot, and the hen has had a professional repair to a crack in the neck. There are also small chips missing from both of the hen's wingtips. They remain in bold original paint with only minor wear. The highly detailed feather paint on the hen is especially noteworthy and well executed. Each decoys measure approximately 16” long, 8-1/2” wide and 9-1/2” tall. SOLD

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D0738: Doug Jester Black Duck Decoy

Nice fat-bodied black duck by Doug Jester of Chincoteague, Virginia, circa 1925. The decoy is in worn original paint with flaking (this condition is not unusual for Jester's decoys as they were apparently not primed before painting) and wear, particularly to the back and upper left side. The scratch feather paint remains strong on the head and remains visible on portions of the body. There are several age cracks with the largest being on the lower right side. The decoy measures roughly 14 1/2" in length. SOLD

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D0734: Trulock & Harris English Wood Pigeon

Excellent English wood pigeon decoy by an unknown carver, sold through the gunsmith firm of Trulock & Harris of Suffolk, UK, circa late 1800s through 1910, and considered to be the premier examples of English wood pigeons. The decoy has a laminated solid-body with glass eyes and it's original molded lead bill. The shoulders are deeply carved as are the raised primaries and the fluted tail. The paint is original but weathered. There was a crack in the tail which has been professionally repaired. Please see Maine Antique Digest, Dec 1988, pp.38-D to 39-D, "From American Ducks To English Pigeons", by Dave Malys. SOLD

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M283: Runar Rodell Flushing Mallards Diorama

Diorama of 2 flushing mallards by Runar G. Rodell, Wilmette, Illinois, circa 1930s to 1940s. Rodell, born in Sweden in 1898, moved to the U.S. in his thirties, opening a studio around 1935 in Wilmette before finally settling in Prescott, AZ, around 1950. He died in 1983. His works usually incorporate oil-painted backgrounds and figures (people, animals, birds, buildings, etc.) carved from basswood with plant materials created from bits of natural vegetation in the foreground. Among his collectors were Bob Hope and Ronald Reagan. It is believed that all of his work made in Prescott had a paper studio label on the back, whereas his work from Illinois was simply signed on the back. This piece is in original condition with the roughly 2-1/2" ducks exhibiting intricate individual primary feathers and detailed painted plumage. It is signed "Original by R. G. Rodell, Mallard" on the back. The overall dimensions of the diorama are 12 3/4" x 15" with the glass measuring roughly 7 1/2" x 9 1/2". The oak case is 3 1/2" deep. SOLD

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