D0807: Spud Norman Canada GooseDecoy, Ontario

Canada goose by Harry D."Spud" Norman (1899-1977), Wolfe Island, Kingston, Ontario, circa 2nd quarter, 20th century. An excellent solid-bodied decoy with very strong folk art appeal. It exhibits deeply carved raised wing tips, a carved feather pattern on the wings and body, a fluted tail, tack eyes and a two-piece head and neck. The paint is all original and nicely blended with a very pleasing patina. Measuring 21" in length, 8.5" in width and standing 11" high at the head, it has a slight age split in the back but is otherwise structurally excellent. Attesting to the collector popularity of these decoys, examples of his geese are pictured in Decoys of the Thousand Islands, Ontario Decoys II and Traditions in Wood. In the latter, Fleming described Norman's geese as "exquisite". 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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D0804: James Baines Coot Decoy

Very nice solid-bodied Potomac River coot decoy attributed to James E. Baines of southern Maryland's Charles County, near Morgantown, circa 1950. Baines, a carpenter and home builder by trade, was a waterman, waterfowl hunter and guide as well. He made decoys primarily for his hunting clientele and for his own use, the latter birds being branded "JEB" on the bottom as is this decoy. It is in excellent original condition and measures 13.5" in length, almost 6" in width and is 6" high. However, there is disagreement surrounding these birds, with a number of collectors contending that they were made Bob McGaw of Havre de Grace. With finely carved heads and classic Upper Bay bodies as well as dog-bone weights similar to those used by McGaw, it is no wonder that the confusion exists. While a large number of decoys from the region were shaped on a lathe, this one was roughed out on a band saw and shaped by draw knife and spoke shave before finish sanding, as was Baines' procedure. For more information on James Baines and his decoys, see the article by Jim Trimble on Baines' work in the July-August issue of Decoy Magazine. The Guyette & Schmidt sticker from their November 2003 auction remains on the bottom. 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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D0803: Harry V. Shourds Hissing Canada Goose Decoy

Rare hollow swimming or "hissing-head" Canada goose decoy by one of America's top carvers, Harry Vinuckson Shourds (1861-1920), Tuckerton, New Jersey, circa 1st quarter, 20th century. Decoys by Shourds in this form are recognized as being among his finest work. Formerly in the William Humbracht collection, the glass-eyed decoy is in a pleasing early working repaint with some flaking under the tail. Shourds' typical lead weight is inset into the bottom of the decoy. There is a repaired and stable crack through the neck and some slight seam separation, most noticeably on the right side. The decoy measures almost 27" from bill to tail, 8" in width and is 8.5" high. SOLD

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D0799: Vintage Sleeping Connecticut Black Duck Decoy, 3 Q, 20 C

Found in Northport, NY, this very fine solid-bodied, glass-eyed sleeping black duck by an unknown maker was carved in the Stratford, Connecticut, style and is quite likely from that area, circa 3rd quarter, 20th century. Carved from what appears to be cherry wood, it has never been rigged and was most likely carved as a "mantle bird". It measures 15" in length from breast to tail, 6.5" in width and 6" in height. The wing edges are incised, the bill is well detailed and the realistically turned neck and head showcase the carver's understanding and mastery of his craft. The detailed feather paint is original other than some professional touch up to some flaking. 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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