D0974: Preening Bluebill. Charlotte County, New Brunswick, 2 Q, 20 C

Folky preening bluebill by an unknown carver from Charlotte County, New Brunswick, circa second quarter, twentieth century. Another example by this maker is pictured on pg. 48 of Traditions in Wood by Patricia Fleming. Measuring 11 1/2” in length, the decoy is in original condition showing light flaking and wear. It has deeply carved raised wings, carved primaries, a fluted tail and glass eyes. SOLD

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M386: Clapper Rail, Bill Keim, Neptune City, New Jersey, Dated 1977

Expertly detailed clapper rail by William "Bill" Keim, Neptune City, New Jersey, dated 1977 and signed “W. Keim” along with the species of bird and Keim’s address. The bird is intricately carved with primary, secondary and scapular feathering, dropped wing tips and overall feather texturing. With outstretched neck and its head turned 30 degrees to the left, it is in fine original paint other than for touchup at a professional bill repair. The wire-legged, glass-eyed carving stands 12-3/4" in height including the driftwood base. The rail itself is 11" long from tip of tail to tip of bill. Bill was a hunting partner of Charlie Birdsall, owner of Wildfowler's Point Pleasant and painted for the company in the 1970s.

Price: $350.00

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D0973: Excellent Mason Glass-Eyed Yellowlegs Decoy, Circa 1910

Excellent glass-eyed yellowlegs decoy by the Mason Factory, Detroit, Michigan, circa 1910. The bird is in strong original paint with light stippling on the back and sides and evident brush stroke marks. There is a hairline surface age crack in back but it is in otherwise excellent overall condition, showing little if any sign of actual in-field use. Measuring 11.75" in length, the carving is protected by a very light coat of varnish or other sealer. Stand included. SOLD

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D0972: Unknown Early Mourning Dove Decoy

Slender full-bodied mourning dove decoy with painted eyes and a slightly elongated tail by an unknown carver, probably from the eastern US, circa early 1900s. The most unusaul chracteristic is the separately carved head which has been off and expertly reset at some time.. The 11.5" long decoy is in well blended original paint with finely detailed primary wing feathers and displaying an excellent warm patina. There is some flaking to the prime coat on the back, left side, tail and facial areas oif the carving. There is also a small area of touchup behind the stick hole on the bottom. Stand included.

Price: $750.00

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D0971: Early Long Island Mourning Dove Decoy

Very early mourning dove decoy from Long Island, New York, circa late 1800s to early 1900s, attributed to the same maker as the passenger pigeon decoy pictured in Tom Marshall’s Dedication to American Decoys by Quintina Colio (See last photo attached). The decoy is flat-sided, measuring 10” in length and a full 1” in thickness. It is in original paint other than some old in-use touchup to some chipping and blunting to the tip of the decoy's tail and touch up to a bill repair to remnants of the original bill which was splined through the head. This, too, was characteristic of the bills of many area shorebirds from the same period. Again typical of Long island, the wings are outlined in a heart-shaped pattern. The eyes are painted although there is a small hole drilled in the area of the left eye that may be the result of a later incomplete attempt to add glass or bead eyes. This decoy was Lot #343 in the Richard W. Oliver/Ward Museum October 1-2, 1994, auction, described as "A wonderful early dove decoy in old original paint in excellent condition, even to the painted eye. Incised wing and shoulder carving. Bill is an old replacement." Estimated at $500 - $600, it sold for $575 plus a 10% buyers premium. Stand included.

Price: $750.00

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M385: Exceptional Full-Sized Woodcock, Circa 3Q, 20C

Exceptional woodcock carving mounted on a weathered wooden base, crafted by an unknown but extremely gifted maker, circa 3rd quarter, 20th century. It was found in Vermont and is most likely from that general area, to include all of New England plus New York. Overall, it measures 12.5” long x 7.5” high with the woodcock itself measuring 9” in length and 6.5” in height. The full-sized carving is in highly detailed and beautifully blended near-mint original feather paint with high quality glass taxidermy eyes and a well-detailed and partially open bill. It is unsigned.

Price: $1495.00

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D0971: Early Long Island Mourning Dove Decoy

Very early mourning dove decoy from Long Island, New York, circa late 1800s to early 1900s, attributed to the same maker as the passenger pigeon decoy pictured in Tom Marshall’s Dedication to American Decoys by Quintina Colio (See last photo attached). The decoy is flat-sided, measuring 10” in length and a full 1” in thickness. It is in original paint other than some old in-use touchup to some chipping and blunting to the tip of the decoy's tail and touch up to a bill repair to remnants of the original bill which was splined through the head. This, too, was characteristic of the bills of many area shorebirds from the same period. Again typical of Long island, the wings are outlined in a heart-shaped pattern. The eyes are painted although there is a small hole drilled in the area of the left eye that may be the result of a later incomplete attempt to add glass or bead eyes. This decoy was Lot #343 in the Richard W. Oliver/Ward Museum October 1-2, 1994, auction, described as "A wonderful early dove decoy in old original paint in excellent condition, even to the painted eye. Incised wing and shoulder carving. Bill is an old replacement." Estimated at $500 - $600, it sold for $575 plus a 10% buyers premium. Stand included.

Price: $750.00

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D0972: Unknown Early Mourning Dove Decoy

Slender full-bodied mourning dove decoy with painted eyes and a slightly elongated tail by an unknown carver, probably from the eastern US, circa early 1900s. The most unusaul chracteristic is the separately carved head which has been off and expertly reset at some time.. The 11.5" long decoy is in well blended original paint with finely detailed primary wing feathers and displaying an excellent warm patina. There is some flaking to the prime coat on the back, left side, tail and facial areas oif the carving. There is also a small area of touchup behind the stick hole on the bottom. Stand included.

Price: $750.00

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