M339: Vintage Pair of Pintail Drake Decoy Bookends

Fine pair of glass-eyed pintail drake decoy bookends by an unknown carver, circa 3rd quarter, 20th century. They are somewhat high-headed and have a West Coast look to them. The carvings are in unique, excellent and very intricate "tiger stripe" feather paint with a small amount of flaking on each bill and several small rubs on the heads. The bills are very detailed with carved nails, mandibles and nostrils. There are several small and tight age cracks in the necks of each and another in the breast of one. The bookends are about 6-1/2" wide and stand 8-1/2" high. SOLD

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C005: Two Decoy Publications, 1979 & 1980 Philadelphia Wildfowl Expositions

Scarce copies of the 1979 and 1980 Philadelphia Wildfowl Exposition publications, sponsored By The Women's Committee of The Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia and published by The Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia. Softbound 96 and 50-page, respectively, first editions with stiff covers, each measuring 8-1/2" x 11". The copies are in excellent unmarked condition except for a prior owner's name that is printed inside the front cover of the 1979 catalog. There is very light soiling on the covers. Many photos and drawings, all in black and white, are included. The 1979 issue is divided into four parts: Part One, Decoys and Their Use; A Cultural Interpretation. Part Two, Waterfowl: History, Habitat and Conservation. Part Three: An Artist's Gallery: Louis Agassiz Fuertes(1874-1927). Part Four: Philadelphia Waterfowl Exposition: Artists and Their Work. The 1980 publication is divided into three parts: Part One, Decoys For Collectors. Part Two, 18th and 19th Century Wildlife Artists. Part Three: The Philadelphia Waterfowl Exposition: Artists and Their Work. US shipping included.

Price: $19.00

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C004: Autographed Copy, Top of the Line Fishing Collectibles

Author: Donna Tonelli Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Limited Copyright: 1997 (1st edition) Pages: 176 Format: Hardcover (8.5" x 11") w/dust jacket ISBN-10: 0764302094 Autographed copy of Top of the Line Fishing Collectibles by Donna Tonelli. The hardbound book covers many facets of sport fishing memorabilia including lures, decoys, winter ice fishing equipment, rods, reels, and related folk art from some of the country’s finest sporting collections. With 160 pages and over 350 color photographs, plus vintage photographs, Donna has compiled an impressive selection of quality collectibles. Full descriptions and a value guide makes this book a great resource of information for antique dealers, tackle collectors, and folk art collectors. Near-new condition with no writing other than the authors autograph. US shipping included.

Price: $28.00

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C003: Miller Collection: From Decoys to Decoratives

Decorative decoys and bird carvings from the collection of Ellen and Doug Miller in collaboration with Arts Memphis and Ducks Unlimited. Mint condition softcover publication issued as part of Conservation Through Art 2014, published by Guyette & Deeter. 90-pages with full color photos of over 300 photographs along with brief carver biographies of decorative bird carvings collected by the Millers over a 40-year period. Artists whose work is represented include John Scheeler, William Schultz, Tan Brunet, Harold Haertel, Jim Schmiedlin and Bruce Burk, among others. US shipping included. SOLD

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C001: 1983 Decoy Auction Catalog, Donald F. Moore, Associates

The Sporting Collector's Auction, Donald F. Moore, Associates, Seaford, Delaware. The auction, held Nov. 10, 1983, in Easton, Maryland, included 293 lots of decoys and associated art and collectibles. The softcover catalog is staple-bound and consists of 36 pages of photos, descriptions and estimated values for the auction lots. The post-auction realized price key is included. Condition is unmarked and very good with very light soiling and wear on the cover sheets. Catalogs such as this provide an essential historical resource for the informed collector. US Shipping included.

Price: $8.00

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B019: American Waterfowl Decoys; The Distinguished Collection of Dr. James M. McCleery

Scarce limited edition hardbound catalog with dust jacket of Dr. Jim McCleery's American waterfowl decoy collection. Published by Sotheby's in conjunction with Guyette and Schmidt for an auction January 22nd & 23rd, 2000. The collection is recognized as the best ever assembled and grossed nearly $11 million at auction. Excellent condition with no writing. The dust jacket is worn at the top of the spine, otherwise mint. 248 pages with full color photos with descriptions and prices of all lots, including decoys, shot shell boxes, prints, posters, firkins, duck calls, whistles and powder cans. The list of prices realized is included. I've included photos of several representative pages showing typical content as well as the Table of Contents. US shipping included.

Price: $140.00

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D0792: English Wood Pigeon Decoy, Robert Lange, Yorkshire, UK, Circa 1900

Very fine English wood pigeon attributed to Robert Lange, Yorkshire, UK, circa 1900. There is a possibility, however, that the decoys attributed to Lange were actually made by an unnamed Scottish carver. Regardless, they were limited in production and some of the finest early decoys the UK has to offer. Stylistically, they are similar to some of the better North American shorebird decoys of the same period, with smoothly carved bodies and a deft brushstroke applied in what has been called a "Spenserian style". This glass-eyed example is in bright breeding plumage with neatly scalloped neck patches and fluid but precisely applied wing markings. The decoy measures 13" in length. See my other website, www.woodpigeondecoys.com, dedicated to the identification and documentation of these decoys and their carvers for additional information. SOLD

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D0777: R. Ward & Co. Wood Pigeon Decoy, Circa Late 19th Century

In the earliest documentation of the use of wood pigeon decoys that I have found, renowned London taxidermist Rowland Ward wrote in “The Sportsman’s Handbook” in 1880, “The employment of dummies and decoys for birds, and especially for shore-birds, is interesting and useful. Probably in all parts of the world ingenuity can adapt this resource in degree. As a rule gregarious birds are those most subject to the fascination, for such it is. To give examples in our own country, wood-pigeons can be attracted thus: Any carpenter can make the shape of a wood-pigeon in rough; no legs need be shaped, but a stick should project from the lower part of the breast, so that the dummy can be fixed on the ground, or placed in a tree, as may be required; this figure must be painted in colour to represent the pigeon, and the paint must be ‘flatted’, that is, not glossy. It is astonishing how the wild birds will come down to their haunts when they see this dummy there to assure them”. Heeding his own advice, Ward began offering what were perhaps the first commercially-produced wood pigeon decoys through his London company, R. Ward and Co., somewhere in the last quarter of the 19th century. I’ve corresponded with several authorities on Roland Ward and his work, and there is no evidence that these decoys were made by either Ward or a member of his staff. Instead, they were probably made for Ward on a seasonal or “as needed” basis by an unknown carver or carvers from the London area where Ward had his shop. It has been suggested that the same carvers that made gun stocks for the company may also have made the decoys, a most plausible theory in my opinion. As with this example, the Ward decoys exhibited heavily carved raised and extended wings, a fanned tail, deeply-carved eyes and overall carved feather detail. The bills were carved and inset. In original paint with touch up to professional tail and bill repairs, this example with its head turned approximately 30 degrees to the right and with scalloped breast and wings, is one of the best Ward decoys I've seen. As seen in the last photo, there is some damage to the two wingtips. A big bird, it measures 16" in length and is 5" wide across the shoulders. See my other website, www.woodpigeondecoys.com, dedicated to the identification and documentation of these decoys and their carvers for additional information. SOLD

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