D0859: James Rolph Wood Pigeon Decoy, Circa 1Q, 20 C

Excellent English wood pigeon decoy by James Rolph, Elveden, Suffolk, United Kingdom, circa 1st quarter, 20th century. The decoy is in strong original paint with a pleasing patina with light wear and a smattering of pinpoint worm (now deceased!) holes. It has glass eyes and carved shoulders and wings outlines. Te bill is an excellent and accurate professional replacement by Russ Allen. Painted in the specie's fall plumage, the full-bodied bird measures about 15" in length, 4" in width and 4" in depth at the breast. Rolph carved from roughly 1910 until the 1930s. This is an early example of Rolph’s work, made prior to the end of WWI when Rolph acquired a bandsaw for cutting out the rough decoy. Rolph was the son of Francis Rolph, himself a decoy maker, and the father-in-law of William Jaggard who joined the family business in the early 1930s. One of James's decoys, unidentified as to maker, can be found in the Guyette/Sotheby catalog of Dr. Jim McCleery's collection (Lot 559, Jan 2000). Another, again unidentified, is pictured in Plate 54 of Joel Barber's "Wild Fowl Decoys". SOLD

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M343: Carved Pheasant Brooch, Arlene Anderson, Circa 1950s

Pheasant brooch or pin by Arlene Anderson (1915-2014), Watertown, South Dakota, circa 1950s. Very detailed carving of a flying cock pheasant, measuring only 4" in length with a 2 1/2" wingspan. It has carved wing and tail feathers and glossy polychrome feather paint. A pin is affixed to the back of the brooch. The piece is in mint original condition.

Price: $45.00

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M368: Leo McIntosh Fish Decoy, Circa 1990s

Excellent fish decoy by Leo H. McIntosh (1953 - 2007), Stony Creek Decoys, Woodville, New York, circa 1990s. 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. The decoy, done in the style of master carver Oscar Peterson of Cadillac, Michigan, has a carved mouth and gills and inserted tin fins. Although I am not certain, I believe the eyes are carved. Measuring 8” in length, the carving is in near-mint condition with a very detailed paint pattern. I believe it was intended as a yellow perch. “McIntosh" is incised under the head of the fish. SOLD

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M072: I. W. Harper Vitrolite Advertising Sign,

Extremely popular I. W. Harper Whiskey advertising sign, titled "Here's Happy Days", a terrific hunting vignette depicting a hunting cabin with a dog, guns and a bear skin hanging on the wall, copyrighted 1909 by Bernheim Distilling Company. The piece is a chromolithograph transfer on Vitrolite (milk glass) with deep, rich colors, set in its original split log frame. Vitrolite was a structural glass manufactured by The Meyercord Co. of Chicago. Image size approximately 17" x 23”, overall size is 25” x 31”. It is often displayed with light behind it which gives it an even more outstanding presence. The sign itself is in near-mint and undamaged origina1 condition, set in it's original wooden frame.

Price: $1975.00

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M072: I. W. Harper Vitrolite Advertising Sign,

Rare and extremely popular I. W. Harper Whiskey advertising sign, titled "Here's Happy Days", a terrific hunting vignette depicting a hunting cabin with a dog, guns and a bear skin hanging on the wall, copyrighted 1909 by Bernheim Distilling Company. The piece is a chromolithograph transfer on Vitrolite (milk glass) with deep, rich colors, set in its original split log frame. Vitrolite was a structural glass manufactured by The Meyercord Co. of Chicago. Image size approximately 17" x 23”, overall size is 25” x 31”. It is often displayed with light behind it which gives it an even more outstanding presence. The sign itself is in near-mint and undamaged origina1 condition, set in it's original wooden frame.

Price: $1750.00

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Wood Pigeon Decoy Article: English Wood Pigeon Decoys 101, A Primer

Viewable here at no charge. An introductory article I have written on English wood pigeon decoys, published in the March-April 2015 issue of Hunting and Fishing Collectibles Magazine. If you would like to subscribe to or purchase a copy of the magazine itself, please contact Stan Van Etten, Publisher, at HFCollectibles.com. The article is posted as written; however further research has resulted in some changes in the identification of several carvers. Two later articles on wood pigeon decoys are also posted on my (this) website, each containing current identifications and information.

Price: $0.01

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D0904: Rare Long Island Ringneck Plover Decoy, Circa 1Q, 20C

A fine example of a semipalmated or ringneck plover from East Hampton, Long Island, New York, circa 1st quarter, 20th century. The decoy, which is a seldom-found species by any maker, measures 8.5” in length. It is in intricate original feather paint with carved eyes and extended wingtips and retains its original bill. These decoys were originally attributed to Eugene “Chief” Cuffee, a Native American from the Shinnecock Reservation outside East Hampton. Recent research (See Decoy Magazine, Nov/Dec 2003) regarding these decoys suggests that William Henry Bennett (1867-1954), also of East Hampton, was the carver of the decoys rather than Cuffee. I don't have a dog in this fight! Stand included.

Price: $1650.00

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M366: Bobwhite Quail Pair, Joe Ahearn, Circa 1940s

Fine pair of bobwhite quail (male and female) by James Joseph "Joe” Ahearn (1904-1963), Stamford, CT, circa 1940s. An excellent effort, these roughly half-scale carving measure 7.25" in length (tip of bill to tip of tail) and 7” in height including the birch branches they are perched on. The carvings are in excellent original condition with highly detailed feather paint, glass eyes and wire legs with lead feet. They are each in excellent structural condition. Each is signed on the beveled end of oneof the birch branches. Ahearn became well-known in the mid-1940's as a carver of miniatures. It is unclear when he began carving them although it is presumed that he started in the late 1930's, if not sooner. When Joe lived in the New York City area where he was a salesman for the National Cash Register Company, he was known to have carved miniatures while on the road. At the onset of World War II, he and his wife moved to Stamford, Connecticut. The first documentation of his carvings being offered for sale is in the 1945-46 catalog of the Sporting Gallery and Bookstore in New York City. This catalog featured a wide selection of Ahearn's "functional hunter and "sportsman oriented" items such as lamps, wall thermometers, letter openers, coat racks, tie racks, pipe racks, book ends and ashtrays in a variety of configurations. It was around this time that he also began offering his miniature carvings of waterfowl and upland game birds. One of the first and certainly the most important retailer to carry his carvings was the Crossroads of Sport store in New York City. They were enjoying a huge demand for A. J. King's miniatures and were more than eager to complement his products with another carver's work. Ahearn is featured in "Birds in Wood and Paint" by Joe Ellis. SOLD

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