D0723: J. Zender Illinois River Green-Winged Teal Decoy

Rare hollow-bodied, tack-eyed green-winged teal hen decoy by Joseph A. Zender (1888 - 1960) of Chicago, Illinois, circa 1930s. The immaculately detailed and richly hued mint original feather paint of this outstanding decoy is protected by a light coat of varnish or other clear sealer. There is a very tight hairline crack on the right side of the bill near the decoy's face, otherwise the structural condition is excellent. Zender carved approximately 200 decoys over a period of roughly 15 years, beginning around 1929. An avid hunter, he was a member of the Peru Gun Club and shot over his decoys on some of the finest water the region had to offer. The bird measures 12" in length x 5.5" in width x 7" in height. In my mind, one of the finest Illinois River teal out there! SOLD

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M215: Early Carved Quail Family on Tree Fungus

Rare and early carved family of quail, including 2 adults and 3 chicks with wire legs, mounted on inverted shelf fungi, by an unidentified Michigan carver, circa 1900. This carving is pictured in full color on page 289 of Linda and Gene Kangas' excellent new book, "Great Lake Decoy Interpretations". Each bird has early "hat pin" black glass eyes, rasped feather texture and carved wings. On the two adults, even the primaries are separately carved. Structurally excellent, the delicate carving details and fine original feather paint are of the highest quality. The paint shows very minor wear with some light flaking. The tip of the bill of the chick to the right is very slightly blunted. Each adult measures approximately 6" in length while the chicks are each approximately 4" long. The overall piece, including the custom-made stand, is 16" long x 9" high x 6" deep. SOLD

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M246: Wilmer Reinbold Miniature Flying Wood Duck

Near-mint flying miniature wood duck 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 on one edge of the bill and a tiny chip to the lead tip of the left wing. The duck has an approximate wingspan of 9.75", measures 7.5" bill to tail and is marked "Wood Duck" and 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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M240: Miniature Pintail Drake Decoy

Folky miniature carving of a pintail drake attributed to the Sterling family of Crisfield, Maryland, circa 2nd quarter of the 20th century. The carving, in excellent structural condition, exhibits bold, stylized original paint and raised wing tips. There is some printing on the base, including "...ling". The duck itself measures 4.25" in length and stands 4" tall, including the base. SOLD

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D0683: Chesapeake Bay Whistling Swan Decoy

Graceful hollow-bodied whistling swan confidence decoy from the Chesapeake Bay, carver and age unknown. This fine decoy is carved in the recognizable style of the Chesapeake Bay region with the notable exception that the body is hollow. Due to the effort required to hollow a decoy of this size (25" long, 18" high, 10" wide), it was rarely done. This graceful bird is quite symmetrical and in excellent structural condition with a weighted keel. The original paint is in very good condition, showing average in-use wear and some staining and minor flaking. The initials "SW" are carved in the bottom of the decoy. SOLD

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D0711: Virginia Eastern Shore Curlew Decoy

Rare fat-bodied painted-eye Hudsonian curlew (whimbrel) decoy from Virginia's Eastern Shore, circa 1880, worn to bare wood and measuring roughly 12 1/2" in length. The decoy has the carved raised wings often associated with some of the decoys from the superlative William Matthews rig (Chincoteague, VA) and from the famous shorebirds of Cobb Island, although the wing carving on this decoy is deeper and more exaggerated than often seen. The tail is also more prominent, in something of a small paddle shape with a ridge down the top center. The small right lobe of the tail and the tip of the wings have been broken off. The base of the bill where it enters the head appears to be original; however, the last 3" of the bill is a very well done old replacement. There also appears to be a small amount of old filler on each side of the neck at the base where several small chips were repaired. Nonetheless, this is a fine and extremely desirable old gunning bird from an area rich in hunting tradition. Stand not included. SOLD

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M235: M. Bland Miniature Pheasant Carving

Excellent cock pheasant by M. Bland, Springfield, Illinois, circa 1960s. The bird is in fine, bold original paint with virtually no wear. The intricate feather paint has darkened somewhat with age and displays a nice patina. At some point, a hardly noticeable chip was broken from the tip of the bill and glued back in place. The bird's head is turned about 45 degrees to the left. Its body and head are tilted slightly over and down as if the peasant is looking at something on the ground. The carving is mounted on a section of birch branch. There is a tag on the bottom of the base that reads, "Cock Pheasant, $2.50. M. Bland 62720". The latter number is the zip code for Springfield. The carving measures 9" in length and stands 6.75" high, including the base. SOLD

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D0673: Ruddy Turnstone Decoy

Early and rare ruddy turnstone by an unknown carver from the south shore region of New Jersey, circa 4th quarter, 19th century. The decoy, measuring only 8 1/2" in length, is in old but strong repaint in the spring or breeding plumage. It's bill may be replaced, and there is a repair to a knothole in the breast. A rigmate to this bird is pictured in American Bird Decoys by William Mackey (Plate 26, page 47). If you'll compare the two, you'll see that they are unquestionably by the same hand and painted at the same time. As Mackey's book was published in 1965, the repaint is obviously earlier than that. According to Mackey, ruddy turnstone decoys are "decidedly rare. Almost all those known in collections today originated along the lower half of the Jersey Coast". This decoy was formerly in the important collections of Mackey, Mort Hanson and Lloyd Johnson. Other examples were found in the hallmark collections of Dr. Jim McCleery and John Hillman. Stand not included. SOLD

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