D0897/D0898: Don Gearhart Green-Winged Teal Pair, Circa 1931-1932

Excellent glass-eyed green-winged teal pair by Donald R. Gearhart (1900 - 1987), Tulsa, Oklahoma, circa 1931-1932. The drake is in lightly worn, well-executed original feather paint exhibiting a pleasing patina. It has deeply carved wings with raised wingtips, a slender neck and high head turned slightly to the left. Its "face mask" is incised as are the specula and tail feathers. There is a crack through the neck that was reglued many years ago and remains stable as well as some "puppy chew" to the tip of the bill. The hen is in excellent structural condition with lightly worn, well-executed patinated original feather paint. It, too, has deeply carved wings with incised specula and tail feathers. These carvings, known for their small size as "pocket teal", measure 10 1/2" in length, 5 1/4" height and 4 1/4" in width. The keel is missing on both. They are inscribed on the bottom in Gearhart's hand, "J. H. Abbott, McPherson, Kansas". Abbott was apparently a friend, business associate or hunting companion for whom Gearhart made the decoy. Gearhart was a senior executive with the Sinclair Oil Company. His decoys were slightly undersized, designed for use in the marshes of Louisiana. Please see Decoy Magazine, Jul/Aug 2013, for an excellent article by Gene Kangas on Gearhart and his work.

Price: $1195.00

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D0899: Ted Grace "Content" Green-Winged Teal, Circa 1950s

Excellent solid-bodied green-winged teal drake carved in the low-head "content" position by Edward Arthur "Ted" Grace (1914-1985), Walderslade, Kent, United Kingdom, circa mid-1950s. This glass-eyed teal is in nicely blended and stippled feather paint with only minor wear. It measures 11" in length, 5" in width and 3-1/2" in height. Grace was mentored by his neighbor, Henry Ernest "Harry" Boddy. After a short apprenticeship, Grace purchased the decoy business in 1951, continuing to make wood pigeon and waterfowl decoys full time until 1957 and part time until 1977. Between the two men, they might well have been England's most prolific carvers.

Price: $465.00

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D0895: Excellent Mason Premier Mallard Hen With Stamp

Excellent Premier grade mallard hen by the Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan, circa 1920-1924. The little-used glass-eyed decoy is in vibrant and well-detailed original swirled feather paint with very little wear. It retains the rarely-found blue Mason Premier stamp on the bottom. The hen measures almost 17.5" in length, 6" in width and stands 7.5" tall at the head. It is unusual in that it is solid-bodied as opposed to the more normal hollow construction. There are several small paint rubs and a moderate age split longitudinally along the centerline of the decoy.

Price: $2975.00

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D0891: Clint Wells Feeding Pintail Drake, Dated 1929

Very well executed "duck butt" or "tip-up" feeding pintail drake decoy by Clint Wells, Fort Worth, Texas, branded on the bottom, "Made 1929 By C. Wells". Measuring 11.5” in height including the weighted keel and 5” in diameter, the decoy exhibits intricate original feather paint by George Newman, the senior anatomy illustrator at the University of Texas Medical School, as Wells himself was not an accomplished painter. A Fort Worth insurance broker, Wells made his decoys in a completely equipped do-it-yourself machine shop. He used a lightweight wood for the body and added pine wing inserts for added realism. By crafting his decoys with diverse attitudes, he created a more natural appearing rig that helped attract the waterfowl. His decoys included an innovative keel design that served multiple purposes. When the decoy was not in use, the line and anchor weight could be securely wrapped around the keel and stored. The last photo is of this drake along with a rig mate hen (Item D0889) available separately. Wells’ anchor weight is included. Wells is one of a very small number of documented early carvers from the Lone Star State and certainly ranks among her best!

Price: $465.00

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D0889: Clint Wells Feeding Pintail Hen, Dated 1929

Very well executed pintail hen decoy by Clint Wells, Fort Worth, Texas, branded on the bottom, "Made 1929 By C. Wells". Measuring 14” in length and 5-1/2” in width, the decoy is about 5” high, including the keel. It exhibits intricate original feather paint by George Newman, the senior anatomy illustrator at the University of Texas Medical School, as Wells himself was not an accomplished painter. A Fort Worth insurance broker, Wells made his decoys in a completely equipped do-it-yourself machine shop. He used a lightweight wood for the body and added pine wing inserts for added realism. By crafting his decoys with diverse attitudes, he created a more natural appearing rig that helped attract the waterfowl. His decoys included an innovative keel design that served multiple purposes. When the decoy was not in use, the line and anchor weight could be securely wrapped around the keel and stored. Wells’ anchor weight is included. The last photo is of this hen along with a rig mate drake (Item D0891) available separately. Wells is one of a very small number of documented early carvers from the Lone Star State and certainly ranks among her best!

Price: $465.00

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D0885/D0886: Exceptional Wisconsin Mason Premier-Style Mallard Pair, Circa 1Q, 20C

Excellent pair of solid-bodied mallards, circa 1st quarter, 20th century, by an unknown Wisconsin carver, patterned after snakey-head Mason Premier mallards. The exceptional richly colored original paint which closely follows the Mason scheme displays a nice craquelure and is protected by a light coat of shellac or other sealer on both decoys. Unlike Mason Premiers, the glass eyes are set in slightly cupped depressions and the overall profile of the decoys is flatter than that of the Masons. Each has a flat bottom with a slightly beveled perimeter and measures slightly more than 17” in length, 6” in width and 6.5” in height at the head. The bills have carved mandibles and nostrils in the Mason style. A very attractive pair of collectible early decoys!

Price: $975.00

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D0884: Wayne Shaddock Ontario Black Duck Decoy

Excellent solid-bodied, glass-eyed black duck with a slightly turned head by Wayne Shaddock (1942-2001), Belleville and Trenton, Ontario, circa 1960s. The decoy is in near mint original paint other than a narrow stripe of touch up (sealer or varnish?) to two thin age cracks on the left side of the decoy. It has carved primaries, a fluted tail and carved side pockets and is marked on the bottom with Wayne's early "W" brand made with a heated piece of wire. The head is especially well detailed with carved mandibles, nostrils and nail and a unique and attractive feather paint. The decoy measures 15" in length, 4-1/2' in width and stands 5-1/2' tall at the head. Shaddock began carving as a teenager, making working and decorative decoys over a combined span of 35 years. He was proud of having birds in Buckingham Palace and in the collection of King Hussain of Jordan.

Price: $750.00

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D0868: Early Gene Hendrickson Broadbill Drake, Circa 1930

Early-style, circa 1930, hollow-bodied tack-eyed broadbill drake in original paint by Joseph Eugene "Gene" Hendrickson (1896-1971), Northfield, New Jersey. This decoy was Guyette & Schmidt's lot #128 in their July 2000 auction. According to the catalogue it was purchased by D.R. Gascoyne from Smith's Tavern in 1938. Written on bottom: "From Smith's Tavern, Rt. 9, Absecon, N.J., Dec. 7, 1938. Probably Tuckerton group of decoy makers. Barnegat Bay, N. J., hollow cedar hen (sic), greater scaup-broadbill". Measuring 14" in length and 7.5" in height, it is in strong original paint, protected by a thin coat of varnish. The decoy is flat-backed with a deep, smooth dip to a low tail and has carved nostrils and mandible separations. There is poured inletted weight in the bottom.

Price: $925.00

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