M053: Deltacraft Decoy Pattern, Milwaukee School/Warren Dettman

Deltacraft Plan, No.4642, Duck Decoys, shows a plan to make a hollow-bodied decoy of laminated construction. Deltacraft was part of Delta Manufacturing Co., Milwaukee. The plan shows that it was drawn by "E.H." and designed by Ed Hamilton. The plan was mailed in a Delta Mfg. envelope and stamped, "Aug 17, 1945". The decoy pictured is easily recognizable as one of a form attributed by most decoy auction houses to Warren Dettman of Milwaukee, circa 1935. The fold-out plan measures 38" in width and 24" in height. See D0212 and D0720 in the Waterfowl Decoys section of this website for a mallard drake and hen attributed to Dettman. This plan is pictured on page 137 of "Collecting Antique Bird Decoys and Duck Calls" by Luckey and Lewis. Price includes US shipping. SOLD

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D0720: Warren Dettman Mallard Hen Decoy

Solid-bodied mallard hen decoy with carved raised wings, glass eyes and strong original detailed scratch-feather paint, circa 1930s. It measures 16.5" in length, 7" in width and is almost 8" high at the head. The decoy is attributed to Warren Dettman of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, circa 1935, by most of the decoy auction houses, but that attribution is questioned by some. The decoy is definitely from the Milwaukee Public Museum (MPM) "school". Dettman was a taxidermist at MPM and taught others, particularly WPA workers hired by the museum, to carve decoys. There is a possibility that these decoys were carved by one of those students. See D0212 in this section for a hollow mallard drake attributed to Dettman. The two decoys are definitely by the same hand but are stylistically different. SOLD

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D0621: Upstate New York Redhead Drake Decoy

Excellent solid-bodied, glass-eyed redhead drake decoy by an unknown carver from Niagara Falls, New York, circa 1st quarter, 20th century. One of a small rig of redheads and scaup found around 1990, it has a well-rounded body with upturned tail and unique head and bill carving. The decoy is in bold original paint with a highly stylized wingtip paint pattern. This bird is one of the few that survived in original paint. I have seen several others from that rig that had the initials "EK" carved into the bottoms. It measures approximately 13.5" in length, 6.5" in width and 6.5" high at the top of the head. Great example of American folk art! See the Adrian Morris Antiques website for a scaup by this same carver priced at $2450.00! SOLD

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D0722: English Wood Pigeon Decoy

Well done English wood pigeon decoy by an unknown carver, circa 1930. Other than for touch-up to a bill repair, the decoy is in light to moderately worn original paint depicting the breeding plumage. Solid-bodied with glass eyes and deeply carved shoulders, it is in excellent structural condition other than the aforementioned bill repair. The bird measures approximately 15" from the tip of the bill to the tip of the tail. The stand 1s included. SOLD

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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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