D0734: Trulock & Harris English Wood Pigeon

Excellent English wood pigeon decoy by an unknown carver, sold through the gunsmith firm of Trulock & Harris of Suffolk, UK, circa late 1800s through 1910, and considered to be the premier examples of English wood pigeons. The decoy has a laminated solid-body with glass eyes and it's original molded lead bill. The shoulders are deeply carved as are the raised primaries and the fluted tail. The paint is original but weathered. There was a crack in the tail which has been professionally repaired. Please see Maine Antique Digest, Dec 1988, pp.38-D to 39-D, "From American Ducks To English Pigeons", by Dave Malys. SOLD

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M283: Runar Rodell Flushing Mallards Diorama

Diorama of 2 flushing mallards by Runar G. Rodell, Wilmette, Illinois, circa 1930s to 1940s. Rodell, born in Sweden in 1898, moved to the U.S. in his thirties, opening a studio around 1935 in Wilmette before finally settling in Prescott, AZ, around 1950. He died in 1983. His works usually incorporate oil-painted backgrounds and figures (people, animals, birds, buildings, etc.) carved from basswood with plant materials created from bits of natural vegetation in the foreground. Among his collectors were Bob Hope and Ronald Reagan. It is believed that all of his work made in Prescott had a paper studio label on the back, whereas his work from Illinois was simply signed on the back. This piece is in original condition with the roughly 2-1/2" ducks exhibiting intricate individual primary feathers and detailed painted plumage. It is signed "Original by R. G. Rodell, Mallard" on the back. The overall dimensions of the diorama are 12 3/4" x 15" with the glass measuring roughly 7 1/2" x 9 1/2". The oak case is 3 1/2" deep. SOLD

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M252: Wilmer Reinbold Flying Miniature Redhead Decoy

Mint flying miniature redhead hen by George Wilmer Reinbold (1885 - 1946), Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, circa 1940. Both the carving and original paint are expertly detailed and beautifully accomplished with the latter exhibiting a mellow patina. The duck has an approximate wingspan of 10", measures 7.25" bill to tail and is signed "Reinbold” on the back of the lower wing. There is a thin wire hanger on the back for mounting the carving on a wall. Wilmer’s work was represented in the most popular and well known outdoor outfitters, wildlife-themed gift shops, and galleries of the day, notably Richard Stockton’s Shop in Bryn Mawr, PA, Caldwell's in Philadelphia, and Crossroads of Sport and Abercrombie & Fitch in New York City. It is highly regarded and much sought after today. Wilmer was the father of noted carver Bill Reinbold of Chestertown, Maryland. SOLD

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M255: Wilmer Reinbold Flying Miniature Green-Winged Teal Decoy

Near-mint flying miniature green-winged teal drake by George Wilmer Reinbold (1885 - 1946), Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, circa 1940. Both the carving and original paint are expertly detailed and beautifully accomplished with the latter exhibiting a mellow patina. There are tiny chips missing from two wing tips and a small drying crack under the tail. The duck has an approximate wingspan of 9.5", measures just over 7" bill to tail and is signed "Reinbold” on the back of the lower wing. There is a thin wire hanger on the back for mounting the carving on a wall. Wilmer’s work was represented in the most popular and well known outdoor outfitters, wildlife-themed gift shops, and galleries of the day, notably Richard Stockton’s Shop in Bryn Mawr, PA, Caldwell's in Philadelphia, and Crossroads of Sport and Abercrombie & Fitch in New York City. It is highly regarded and much sought after today. Wilmer was the father of noted carver Bill Reinbold of Chestertown, Maryland. SOLD

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M254: Wilmer Reinbold Flying Miniature Bufflehead Decoy

Excellent flying miniature bufflehead drake by George Wilmer Reinbold (1885 - 1946), Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, circa 1940. Both the carving and original paint are expertly detailed and beautifully accomplished with the latter exhibiting a mellow patina. There is a tiny chip to one edge of the bill as well as several tiny chips with touch-up paint to the wing tips . The duck has an approximate wingspan of 8.5", measures 6.5" bill to tail and is marked "Bufflehead" and signed "Geo. W. Reinbold” on the back of the lower wing. There is a thin wire hanger on the back for mounting the carving on a wall. Wilmer’s work was represented in the most popular and well known outdoor outfitters, wildlife-themed gift shops, and galleries of the day, notably Richard Stockton’s Shop in Bryn Mawr, PA, Caldwell's in Philadelphia, and Crossroads of Sport and Abercrombie & Fitch in New York City. It is highly regarded and much sought after today. Wilmer was the father of noted carver Bill Reinbold of Chestertown, Maryland. SOLD

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M257: Wilmer Reinbold Flying Miniature Cinnamon Teal Decoy

Near-mint flying miniature cinnamon teal drake by George Wilmer Reinbold (1885 - 1946), Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, circa 1940. Both the carving and original paint are expertly detailed and beautifully accomplished with the latter exhibiting a mellow patina. There is a small chip repair to one wing tip. The duck has an approximate wingspan of 9.5", measures 7.25" bill to tail and is signed "Reinbold” on the back of the lower wing. There is a thin wire hanger on the back for mounting the carving on a wall. Wilmer’s work was represented in the most popular and well known outdoor outfitters, wildlife-themed gift shops, and galleries of the day, notably Richard Stockton’s Shop in Bryn Mawr, PA, Caldwell's in Philadelphia, and Crossroads of Sport and Abercrombie & Fitch in New York City. It is highly regarded and much sought after today. Wilmer was the father of noted carver Bill Reinbold of Chestertown, Maryland. SOLD

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B003, 1929 Limited Edtion Book, The Compleat Walton, Izaak Walton

The Compleat [Complete] Angler and The Lives of Donne, Wotton, Hooker, Herbert & Sanderson, With Love and Truth & Miscellaneous Writings. Edited By Geoffrey Keynes. Illustrations By Thomas Poulton and Charles Sigrist. Publication Date: 1929. Publisher: The Nonesuch Press, 16 Great James Street, Bloomsbury. Author: Izaak Walton. First edition of Walton's complete writings. Limited to 1600 numbered copies, 1100 copies for the United Kingdom and 500 copies for Random House in the United States (this copy being No. 977). Octavo (8 3/16 x 4 7/8 inches; 208 x 123 mm.). 631 pages. Six engraved portraits (Walton, Donne, Wotton, Hooker, Herbert, and Sanderson) by Charles Sigrist, including frontispiece. Ten drawings of fish and a lead weight by Thomas Poulton, printed from line blocks, the fish color stenciled by The Curwen Press. Two seals of Donne redrawn by Poulton and printed in red. Original full natural morocco with front cover decoratively tooled in gilt and spine lettered in gilt in compartments. The leather, particularly on the spine, has darkened somewhat with time and handling, but is otherwise undamaged. Top edge gilt on the rough, others uncut. Marbled endpapers. Housed in the original marbled paper covered slipcase which shows wear on the edges and corners. The Complete Walton, which includes The Compleat Angler, is said to be the third most frequently reprinted book in the English language after the Bible and the works of Shakespeare, "The Compleat Angler" is as much about life as it is about angling. First published in 1653 in thirteen chapters, Walton continued to add to his work through editions in 1655, 1661, 1668, up to his fifth and final edition in 1676 containing twenty-one chapters. SOLD

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D0735: Mason Challenge Grade Mallard Drake Decoy

Excellent Challenge Grade mallard drake decoy by the Mason Factory, Detroit, Michigan, circa 1905-1910. This solid-bodied, glass-eyed decoy has a very well-formed "snakey" head and exceptional original swirled paint with very light wear. It has been lightly hit by shot. Structurally, the head is loose at the neck joint with the separation on the right side breaking a "sliver" above the actual joint (see sixth photo). There is an age split in the bottom and there has been a professional repair to a very small tail chip with touch-up to that area. The decoy measures nearly 17" in length, is 5 1/2" wide and stands 6 1/2" high at the head. It's tough to find a 100 year-old Mason in better condition than this! SOLD

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