D0928: Unknown English Wood Pigeon Decoy,Circa Mid-20th Century

One of a striking rig of decoys by an unknown carver, circa late 2nd to early 3rd quarter of the 20th century. They were found in and are possibly from Suffolk, UK. The carver made these decoys in a number of different poses and sizes, leading me to the conclusion that they were made without pattern. I had originally thought that these decoys were made by a hunter for his own use, but I‘ve now seen enough examples to suggest that they could be a small volume commercial product. The bills on these decoys were crafted from nylon or a similar synthetic material rather than wood or cast metal. Measuring 15” in length, it is in original paint that has developed a very pleasing patina. Stand included. SOLD

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D0980: Mason Premier "Back Bay" Bluebill

Mason Factory Premier "Back Bay" bluebill hen decoy, Detroit, Michigan, circa 1915. These oversized (19" L x 7.5" W x 7.5" H), flat-bottomed, solid-bodied decoys with Premier heads were made for use in the Back Bay area of Virginia where they were subjected to the roughest of conditions. Their rugged use resulted in very few surviving in original paint. This example is in a mixture original paint with some touchup, primarily around the neck area. Filler was added at the junction of the neck and body, perhaps by the factory in the making. There is a cast iron weight on the bottom that may have been made by one of the foundries in the Virginia/North Carolina area. The eyes, which do appear to be period Mason eyes, have either been reset or replaced. Overall, the decoy exhibits the wear to be expected from use in a harsh environment. Nonetheless, it is a very nice example in better-than-average condition for decoys of this model. SOLD

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D0979: Early New Jersey Yellowlegs, Possibly Barkelow Family

Early forked-tail lesser yellowlegs decoy bearing a strong resemblance to some of the work by Joel Barkelow (1853-1931) or another member of the Barkelow family, Forked River, New Jersey, circa last quarter 19th to early 1st quarter 20th century. The decoy has painted eyes and retains its original bill which was damaged and repaired at some point. Measuring 9-1/2” in length, other than for repaint to the repaired area of the bill, the shorebird is in original paint with a finely patinated surface. Stand included. SOLD

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D0978: Verity-Style Red-Backed Sandpiper Decoy

Nicely done contemporary red-backed sandpiper by Jamie Reason, Mastic Beach, New York, done in the Verity style, circa 4th quarter, 20th century. The fat bodied bird has carved and painted eyes as well as deeply carved shoulders and wings typical of the Verity decoys of the late 1800s from Seaford, Long Island. The detailed original feather paint has been “aged’ nicely. It is signed on the bottom (see last photo) with what appears to be a “JR” above the letter “X” or Roman numeral X. The bill is original. The carving measures 7” from tip of bill to tip of tail. Stand included. SOLD

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D0978: Verity-Style Red-Backed Sandpiper Decoy

Nicely done contemporary red-backed sandpiper by Jamie Reason, Mastic Beach, New York, done in the Verity style, circa 4th quarter, 20th century. The fat bodied bird has carved and painted eyes as well as deeply carved shoulders and wings typical of the Verity decoys of the late 1800s from Seaford, Long Island. The detailed original feather paint has been “aged’ nicely. It is signed on the bottom (see last photo) with what appears to be a “JR” above the letter “X” or Roman numeral X. The bill is original. The carving measures 7” from tip of bill to tip of tail. Stand included. SOLD

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D0975: Fine Red Knot, Chief Cuffee, Long island, NY, Circa Early 1900s

Fine red knot in summer plumage by Chief Eugene Cuffee (1866 -1941), Shinnecock Reservation, Southhampton, Long Island, New York. An early classic Cuffee carving showing strong John Dilley influence with extended wingtips and carved wing outlines, it is in very detailed original feather paint with its original bill. There is some light paint flaking on the breast of the decoy. A large percentage of these decoys have been found without the carved wing outlines and with their bottoms planed so they would sit upright on wooden bases, perhaps as book ends. This decoy is original with no such alteration. The eyes are shallow drilled holes, painted black on the inside. The decoy measures 9-1/2” in length from tip of bill to tip of tail. SOLD

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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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M384, Rare Blue-Winged Teal Drake, Amateur Savoie

Rare half-duck decorative carving of a blue-winged teal drake decoy by New Brunswick's most famous carver, Amateur "Mat" Savoie (1896-1983) of Lower Neguac, dated 1960. Although Savoie made between 6000 and 7,000 decoys in his busy carving career, he carved very few teal and less than 100 of these very interesting folky half-ducks! The full-sized (11.75” x 4.75”) carving is in original condition with great hand-written notes on the back, including the dates (both October 4th and 5th, 1960), the species, his name, the location and the temperature. Also included is the phrase, “Belle journe” (sic). “Belle Journee” translates to “beautiful day” or “have a nice day”. The body has overall feather stamping by Savoie, using what he called his "secret tool". The glass-eyed head is highly detailed with lightly-gouged feathering and precise bill carving. The tail also has detailed feather carving. A great piece of folk art! SOLD

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