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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D0801: Early Wood Pigeon Decoy, Yorkshire, UK. Circa Late 1800s

One of the finest wood pigeon decoys I have seen to date, second only to the best of those by Trulock and Harriss. A solid-bodied decoy with applied wings, raised wing tips and a full, protruding breast, it shares many characteristics with the carvings attributed to Robert Lange and Robert Sainz (See http://www.woodpigeondecoys.com/), both from Yorkshire, characteristics that seem to be common to that area. However, there are just enough differences to make me believe that it was made in the late 1800s to early 1900s by a third carver from that area. The incisions on the wings and form of the flared and fluted tail as opposed to the tapered tails most often seen in decoys from this area are unique while the shapes of the head, bill and full body are not. The decoy, measuring 13" in length, is in near mint original condition with an incredibly deep patina. Stand included. SOLD SOLD

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D0800: Preening Chesapeake Bay Widgeon Drake

Solid-bodied preening widgeon drake in fall (eclipse) plumage by an unknown Chesapeake Bay carver, circa early 2nd quarter, 20th century. In excellent original condition with a rich patina, the decoy has been rigged but has seen little if any use. Measuring 12" from tail to breast, 5 1/2" in width and 7" in height, it has painted eyes and a very nice stylized paint pattern. There are several small paint rubs on the sides, breast and tail tip. SOLD

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M336: Leo McIntosh Model 1880 Yellowlegs Decoy

Fine carving of a yellowlegs featuring a hinged body with a hollowed storage compartment for the removable head by Leo H. McIntosh, Jr. (1953 - 2007), Stony Creek Decoys, Woodville, New York, dated 1986. Inspired by a similar carving from Adele Earnest's collection (Plate 94, The Art of the Decoy), Leo called this his 1880 model. Recognized as one of America's best contemporary carvers before his untimely death, Leo apprenticed with Ken Harris for five years before founding Stony Creek Decoys. According to his wife, Leo made only 2 or 3 of this model, and they are quite valuable. Signed "1880 yellowlegs, Stony Creek Decoys by Leo H. McIntosh, Woodville, NY, '86". There has been an excellent a professional bill repair by Russ Allen (see last photo). SOLD

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