D0958: Grainger McKoy (Sumter, S.C.) Canvasback Drake Decoy, Dated 1967

Hollow canvasback drake decoy with painted eyes by noted carver and sculptor Grainger McKoy, Sumter, South Carolina, signed and dated. McKoy is recognized as one of America's foremost wildlife sculptors. He has been honored with exhibitions at major museums an galleries and his work is included in public and private collections throughout the country. This decoys an early work by McKoy, carved while he was a student at Clemson University in 1967. It is made from three laminations, measuring 13 1/2" in length, 6" in width and standing 7 1/2" tall at the head. It is in excellent structural condition with the wing tips are carved in outline. The original paint is highly detailed, showing only minor wear. Also included is a copy of "The Sculpture of Grainger McKoy" (James Kilgo, 1999, 64 pages, softcover) signed by McKoy. SOLD

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D0955: Swimming Canada Goose Decoy, Probably New Jersey

Very nice hollow-bodied swimming Canada goose decoy by an unknown carver from the mid-Atlantic region (probably New Jersey), circa 2nd quarter, 20th century. The body of the decoy was roughed out and finished by spoke shave with the facets of the cuts remaining visible. The decoy appears to have seen little use, but there is separation at the seam of the body and bottom board. It is in original paint other than for touchup at the around the neck seat. Measuring 27" in length, it is a rigmate to D0954 listed and available separately. SOLD

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D0954: Unknown Mid-Atlantic Region Preening Canada Goose, Circa 2Q, 20C

Very nice hollow-bodied preening Canada goose decoy by an unknown carver from the mid-Atlantic region (probably New Jersey), circa 2nd quarter, 20th century. The body of the decoy was roughed out and finished by spoke shave with the facets of the cuts remaining visible. The decoy appears to have seen little use, but there is separation at the seam of the body and bottom board. It is in original paint other than for touchup at the junction of the head and body. Measuring 21" in length, it is a rigmate to D0955 listed and available separately. SOLD

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D0953: Classic Delaware River Black Duck Decoy, John McLoughlin, Circa 1930s

Well-executed classic hollow-bodied Delaware River black duck decoy by John "Mickey" McLoughlin (1911-1985), Bordentown, New Jersey. This is one of Mickey's much-sought-after working decoys, circa 1930s. The decoy has deeply carved raised wing tips and detailed bill carving and is in original scratch-feather paint with minor to moderate wear. Measuring 17 " in length, 6.5" in width and standing 7" high at the head, it was signed on the base by McLoughlin at a later date. SOLD

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M377: Excellent Miniature Pheasant, Circa 1930s

Excellent miniature cock pheasant by an unknown carver, circa 1930s. Carved in a curvilinear form, it measures 5” from tail tip to bill and stands 4” high, including its mahogany base. The carving is in richly colored original detailed feather paint with a nice patina. Paint is chipped from the very tip of the bill, and there is some light flaking of the paint around the neck. There appears to be a price of is a price of $3.50 (?) written on the base in pencil. SOLD

Price: $450.00

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M376: Russ Burr Mini Pheasant Pair, Circa 1930s

Exceptional pair of ringneck pheasants by Russ P. Burr (1887-1955), Hingham, Massachusetts, circa 1930s. Burr was especially well known for his detailed lifelike carving skills, but his painting prowess was less accomplished and often appeared rushed. This pair, however, is contrary to that perception. Not only where the birds skillfully carved, but the paint was expertly applied in a very richly colored, detailed and pleasing feather pattern, expertly capturing the beauty of this species. Other than a small amount of professional touch up to some flaking on the neck of the male, the piece is in original condition. There are also a very few tiny and nearly imperceptible paint chips to high points and edges of the two birds. The male is 4.5" in length while the female is 5" long. Overall, the piece measures roughly 9.5" in width, 3.5" in height and 4.5" in depth. It is stamped "Russ P. Burr, Hingham, Mass." on the bottom of the driftwood base. SOLD

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D0947: Trulock & Harriss Wood Pigeon Decoy, Circa Late 1800s

Classic wood pigeon decoy from the famous gunsmith firm of Trulock & Harriss, Suffolk, England, circa 1880s. Their decoys are considered to be the premier examples of English wood pigeons known. This example is finely crafted with detailed shoulder, wing and tail carving, glass eyes and molded lead bill. The softly-blended paint with an excellent is strong and original other than some touch up paint on the bill. The decoy exhibits overall feather carving with the breast and throat feathers carved in a checkered pattern, deeply carved edging on the wing coverts, carved and raised primaries and a fluted tail. The head is turned a bit to the left and uplifted slightly. The underside of the tail retains a portion of an original woven textile covering that is seen on a number of the Trulock and Harriss decoys. One wing tip is blunted. It is believed that this covering was meant to add strength to the rather fragile tail. The decoy is structurally sound with the lower portion of the belly being laminated to the body of the bird. Although who carved these decoys for Trulock and Harriss is not known, a strong argument can be made that the birds were made by the same craftsmen tasked with making the gunstocks for the gunsmith's primary product, perhaps on a seasonal basis or as a filler during slack periods.

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M375: R. D. Wilson Mini Canada Goose Decoy

Excellent miniature swimming Canada goose with its head reaching to the right by R. D. Wilson of Little Rock, Arkansas, signed, remarqued and dated 1990, along with the notation that the carving took first place in its class in the Pacific Southwest Waterfowl Association show that year. The carving measures 11 3/4" in length with highly detailed raised carving and feather paint. It is in original paint other than for touchup to a repair to the extended wing tips and to a small chip on the left edge of the tail. R. D., who began carving in 1985, became a full time carver in 1995, specializing in designing and making original contemporary antique style decoys and sporting art. SOLD

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