D0906: New Jersey Black-Bellied Plover Decoy, Circa 1900

Black-bellied plover by an unknown New Jersey maker, circa 1900. The decoy is a nice full-bodied bird in dry original paint showing average in-use wear with some light flaking. It measures 11’ in length from the tip of the bill to the tail. There is a thin crack in the neck, but it is quite stable. As seen in the last three photos, there is a chip on the right side of the head where the face meets the bill, but the bill itself is original and undamaged. Stand included. SOLD

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M367: Early Black Duck Wall Plaque, Bebe MacDonald, Quebec

Excellent folk art wall plaque featuring a half-bodied black duck decoy by Alain de Lotbiniere (Bebe) MacDonald (1886-1961), circa 2nd quarter, 20th century. MacDonald was from Rigaud in southwestern Quebec, near Montreal. He is recognized as an important Quebec artist and carver, not only for the quantity and quality of his work, but also for his influence on other craftsmen. After serving in the Canadian army during WWI, Bebe worked for Robin Last Shoe Factory before opening studios in Rigaud and Montreal. He made fine and highly sought-after decoys as well as his folk art wall plaques and was known for his meticulous decoy heads and precision in painting, both of which characteristics are on display in this plaque. Set on a textured background with marsh grass, the piece, done in MacDonald's most desirable style, is in excellent original paint. The glass-eyed black duck has a scratch-painted head with highly detailed bill carving, a raised wing with carved primaries and a fluted tail. It projects out from the background 1 1/4". Although darkened by age, the elaborate feather paint on the body is still visible. The carving is set in a lightly worn frame measuring 7 3/4" x 6 1/2" with the duck itself being approximately 6 1/4" in length and 3 1/2" in height. Formerly in ther collection of Samuel H. "Sam" Dyke, it is inscribed on the back, "For my son, Samuel H. Dyke. This was the property of Mr. Dwight L. Armstrong who died 9/10/1944. Given to me 10/20/1980. S. E. Dyke". Sam Dyke was one of the founding fathers of the Ward Museum and was a former Chairman of the Museum's Board of Directors. SOLD.

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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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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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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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M365: Fine Swimming Blue-Winged Teal, Leo McIntosh, Dated 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

Price: $1495.00

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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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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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