M365: Best in Show Blue-Winged Teal, Leo McIntosh, 1984

Outstanding carving of a blue-winged teal drake by Leo H. McIntosh, Jr. (1953 - 2007), Stony Creek Decoys, Woodville, New York, circa 1984. This carving was named "Best in Show" in the 1984 U. S. National Decoy Show. McIntosh also won 1st place for blue-winged teal in the 1984 Ward Museum World Championships, Division A1 (Professional), Decorative Decoy, Marsh Ducks, possibly for this same entry. Recognized as one of the best contemporary carvers before his untimely death, Leo apprenticed with Ken Harris for five years before founding Stony Creek Decoys. This glass-eyed teal is feather-textured over its entirety and is in near-mint, highly detailed feather paint with only some slight rubbing on the edges of the bill and a 1/4" professional repair to the tip of the primary feather on the right wing. The carving is in a very realistic swimming or feeding posture with the head slightly uplifted and turned a little to the left. The bird exhibits relief wing and shoulder carving with raised wing tips, a fluted tail with carved feathers, well-developed body musculature and a well detailed bill. The carving measures 12-1/2" in length, 4-1/4" in width and 3-3/4" in height at the top of the raised wing tips. It is signed, dated and remarqued by Leo on the bottom. The commemorative plate pictured will be included with the carving. SOLD

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D0894: Ted Grace Feeding English Wood Pigeon Decoy, Circa 1951

Feeding wood pigeon decoy by Edward Arthur "Ted" Grace, Walderslade, Kent, United Kingdom, circa 1951. The bird, painted in fall plumage, is in original feather paint with light wear. It has screw eyes set in separate grommets to simulate eye rings, a cast metal beak and relief carved shoulders. The pigeon is hollowed from below with an inset metal plate marked "Pat. 431190" (Issued to Grace's mentor, Harry Boddy, in 1935) to hold the included metal spike for setting the decoy in the ground. The decoy measures 14.5" in length and 4" in width. It was made in two pieces with a convex lower piece of wood cut from the body. That piece had the center cut out by jig saw to form an elongated "horse collar" hollow and was then nailed back onto the body. This method was found to be easier to accomplish than otherwise hand-hollowing the one-piece decoy from below as seen in earlier examples. There is a clasp at the back of the tail to secure the spike when stored in the hollow body. The hollowed body allowed a light breeze to cause the decoys to bob up and down, effectively simulating live feeding birds. The more slender and longer neck, along with the lighter overall coloration, mark this as a Grace decoy rather than a Boddy decoy which invariably had a shorter and bulkier neck. Grace's later decoys had necks and heads that were longer and thinner still. Stand included.

Price: $585.00

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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 center line of the decoy.

Price: $2975.00

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D0892: Yorkshire Wood Pigeon Decoy, Circa 1900

Rare wood pigeon decoy by an unknown carver from Yorkshire, United Kingdom. This is only the second I’ve had by this maker and probably just the sixth example that I’ve seen, including photos. This decoy would have been one of his earlier ones, presumably late 1800s to early 1900s. It is in original paint other than for touch up to the bill where the tip was accurately replaced. There is also a drip of green paint that starts below the eye on the right side and runs down the neck as seen in the first and third photos below. This is probably some of the paint used to create the lighter green shadings on the back of the neck. There is moderate wear and flaking on the wing edges and on the flat planes of the wings as well as on the crown of the head. There is also some chipping to the edges of the tail and some light shot scarring. The decoy measures 13.5” in length. In the last photo, the name “J. Powell” can be seen, followed by a second line which I assume is a city or town, starting “Re…” or perhaps “Be…”. There may also be a third line, a region perhaps, that starts with a “W”. So who was Powell, an owner or the maker? Please see the November-December 2019 issue of Hunting & Fishing Collectibles Magazine which includes an article I wrote titled, "What's in a Name, The Yorkshire School of English Wood Pigeon Decoys" It covers six carvers from the region, including the work of this carver who I have designated as "Mr. Z". A copy of the magazine will be included with the purchase. Stand included.

Price: $935.00

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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! SOLD

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M364: Miniature Mallard Hen, The Ruppel Co., Early 3Q, 20C

Glass-eyed miniature mallard hen by The Ruppel Company (Walter Ruppel), Portland, Oregon, circa early 3rd quarter, 20th century (pre-zip code). The carving retains the company's paper sticker, reading "The Ruppel Company, P. O. Box 32, Portland 7, Oregon". The balsa bird is in original paint with a stippled body and painted primary feathers. There is some paint loss to the edges and the tip of the tail, a paint or varnish drip of the left side and some flaking on the bottom. The carving measures 6.5" in length, 3" in width and stands 3" high at the had.

Price: $195.00

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D0890: Lloyd Johnson Working Pintail Hen Decoy, Bay Head, NJ

Exceptional glass-eyed hollow-carved working pintail hen, circa 1950s, by Lloyd Johnson (1910-1965), Bay Head, New Jersey. Johnson is recognized as a master decoy maker, collector and historian. The decoy is in nicely patinated original paint with scratch feather paint on the sides, breast and head and detailed feather paint on the back. It exhibits carved primaries and tail feathers and overall body musculature. The head is turned approximately ten degrees to the right with expertly detailed bill carving. The decoy measures 14" from the tip of the tail to the tip of the bill, is about 5.5" wide and stands 7" high at the head. It shows only very light wear and has a tight neck crack as well as a tight crack across the front of the breast. These can be best seen in the last four photos. The tag on the bottom is from Richard Bourne's October 1981 auction (Lot 218) of the collection of John Dilworth of Salem, New Jersey. SOLD

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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! SOLD

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