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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M252: Wilmer Reinbold Flying Miniature Redhead Decoy

Mint flying miniature redhead hen by George Wilmer Reinbold (1885 - 1946), Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, circa 1940. Both the carving and original paint are expertly detailed and beautifully accomplished with the latter exhibiting a mellow patina. The duck has an approximate wingspan of 10", measures 7.25" bill to tail and is signed "Reinbold” on the back of the lower wing. There is a thin wire hanger on the back for mounting the carving on a wall. Wilmer’s work was represented in the most popular and well known outdoor outfitters, wildlife-themed gift shops, and galleries of the day, notably Richard Stockton’s Shop in Bryn Mawr, PA, Caldwell's in Philadelphia, and Crossroads of Sport and Abercrombie & Fitch in New York City. It is highly regarded and much sought after today. Wilmer was the father of noted carver Bill Reinbold of Chestertown, Maryland. SOLD

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M255: Wilmer Reinbold Flying Miniature Green-Winged Teal Decoy

Near-mint flying miniature green-winged teal drake by George Wilmer Reinbold (1885 - 1946), Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, circa 1940. Both the carving and original paint are expertly detailed and beautifully accomplished with the latter exhibiting a mellow patina. There are tiny chips missing from two wing tips and a small drying crack under the tail. The duck has an approximate wingspan of 9.5", measures just over 7" bill to tail and is signed "Reinbold” on the back of the lower wing. There is a thin wire hanger on the back for mounting the carving on a wall. Wilmer’s work was represented in the most popular and well known outdoor outfitters, wildlife-themed gift shops, and galleries of the day, notably Richard Stockton’s Shop in Bryn Mawr, PA, Caldwell's in Philadelphia, and Crossroads of Sport and Abercrombie & Fitch in New York City. It is highly regarded and much sought after today. Wilmer was the father of noted carver Bill Reinbold of Chestertown, Maryland. SOLD

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M254: Wilmer Reinbold Flying Miniature Bufflehead Decoy

Excellent flying miniature bufflehead drake by George Wilmer Reinbold (1885 - 1946), Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, circa 1940. Both the carving and original paint are expertly detailed and beautifully accomplished with the latter exhibiting a mellow patina. There is a tiny chip to one edge of the bill as well as several tiny chips with touch-up paint to the wing tips . The duck has an approximate wingspan of 8.5", measures 6.5" bill to tail and is marked "Bufflehead" and signed "Geo. W. Reinbold” on the back of the lower wing. There is a thin wire hanger on the back for mounting the carving on a wall. Wilmer’s work was represented in the most popular and well known outdoor outfitters, wildlife-themed gift shops, and galleries of the day, notably Richard Stockton’s Shop in Bryn Mawr, PA, Caldwell's in Philadelphia, and Crossroads of Sport and Abercrombie & Fitch in New York City. It is highly regarded and much sought after today. Wilmer was the father of noted carver Bill Reinbold of Chestertown, Maryland. SOLD

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D0735: Mason Challenge Grade Mallard Drake Decoy

Excellent Challenge Grade mallard drake decoy by the Mason Factory, Detroit, Michigan, circa 1905-1910. This solid-bodied, glass-eyed decoy has a very well-formed "snakey" head and exceptional original swirled paint with very light wear. It has been lightly hit by shot. Structurally, the head is loose at the neck joint with the separation on the right side breaking a "sliver" above the actual joint (see sixth photo). There is an age split in the bottom and there has been a professional repair to a very small tail chip with touch-up to that area. The decoy measures nearly 17" in length, is 5 1/2" wide and stands 6 1/2" high at the head. It's tough to find a 100 year-old Mason in better condition than this! SOLD

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