D0870: Harris Family Golden Plover Decoy, Nantucket

Excellent golden plover in breeding plumage by a member of the Harris family, Nantucket, MA, circa 4th quarter, 19th century. The 9.5" decoy is in strong original paint and retains the original conical bill and tack eyes. As was typical of these decoys, the head and neck were carved as a piece separate from the body. The carving is identified on the bottom in ink as a "Golden plover, Nantucket, Mass, 1880". There is a thin coat of varnish protecting the finish.

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M359: Leo McIntosh Green-Winged Teal Hen, Circa 1990

Very nice glass-eyed green-winged teal hen by Leo H. McIntosh, Jr. (1953-2007), Stony Creek Decoys, Woodville, New York, circa 1990. Recognized as one of the best contemporary decoy carvers before his untimely death, Leo apprenticed with Ken Harris for five years before founding Stony Creek Decoys. The decoy is in mint condition other than a tight crack in the neck. With its head turned about 10 degrees to the right, it is in detailed feather paint. Measuring 11 1/2” in length and standing 5 1/4” high at the head, “L. H. McIntosh, Maker, Woodville, N. Y.” is carved in the bottom in a pattern similar to Crowell’s oval brand. SOLD

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M358: Ernie Muehlmatt Screech Owl Signed and Dated 1972

Beautiful 6 1/2” high screech owl by Ernie Muehlmatt , Salisbury, Maryland, that is mounted on a branch that looks like it came out of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. It’s in mint condition other than some tiny white flecks on the back. The owl has carved and raised wings tips and primaries as well as carved ears and beak. Measuring 17” by 9” including the branch it is mounted on and painted in Ernie’s detailed feather finish, it is identified as a screech owl, signed and dated 4/72 on the bottom. Muehlmatt (1927-2016), three-time Ward World Champion (1979, 1981, 1984), began carving in 1967 and was a master of life-size and miniature decorative wood sculpture, becoming one of the most talented, sought after and popular carvers in wildfowl art. His work can be found in the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Salisbury, Maryland, and the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, Wisconsin. He is a Member of the Carvers' Hall of Fame and owned and operated Muehlmatt Studios in Salisbury. SOLD

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M360: David Harrington Miniature Green-Winged Teal Decoy Dated 1972

Excellent miniature green-winged teal drake with glass eyes in near-mint orginal condition by David Harrington (1934-1988), Underhill, Vermont. Harrington was a noted decoy historian and talented carver. Known for his beautiful and intricate painting, he carved numerous decoys and over 100 miniatures. This 5" long teal is marked "Green Wing Teal Male, Burlington, VT, 1972" on the bottom. The near-mint paint is quite detailed with a combed back and sides as well as fine feather paint on the wings and tail. It is very well carved with its head turned about 15 degrees to the left along with slightly raised primaries and wing tips.

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M355: Miniature Frank Townsend Cock Pheasant, Circa 1950s

Miniature cock pheasant by Frank E. Townsend, Bloomfield, New Jersey, circa early 3rd quarter of the 20th century. It measures just over 8” in length from tip of bill to tip of tail and is 5” tall, not including the base. Overall dimensions including the base are 11” in length and 6 1/4” in height. The pheasant is in mint original condition exhibiting the vibrant colors Frank is known for. “Ringneck pheasant, carved & painted by Frank Townsend” is printed on the base. SOLD

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D0863: Harry Boddy Mallard Drake Decoy, England, Circa 1930s

Mallard drake decoy by Harry Earnest Boddy from Walderslade, Kent, United Kingdom, circa 1930s. Boddy carved a variety of duck, goose and wood pigeon decoys in his shop from 1922 until he sold his business to Ted Grace in 1951. Grace continued the business until 1957 using Boddy's patterns with only subtle changes to differentiate between the two. Together they most likely carved more decoys than any other makers in the UK. This solid-bodied, glass-eyed decoy is in excellent and highly detailed original feather paint showing light wear. It measures 15" in length, 5 1/2" in width and stands 5" tall at the head. SOLD

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D0860: Early TRU-ISS Wood Pigeon Decoy, Circa 1909-1911

Rare hollow English wood pigeon decoy made for the gunsmith firm of H. Trulock & Harriss, London, U.K. Made from a cast and chased aluminum alloy, it was patterned after wooden examples made for the famous gunmaker around circa 1909-1911. The wooden versions are felt by many collectors to be the best examples of English wood pigeon extant. This decoy retains its original glass eyes and is in excellent original paint, retaining most of the red breast and bill paint, dark gray back and wings, black wingtips and tail bar and typical white markings at the wing edges and neck. The decoy was made in three pieces; an upper body, a lower body and a spring-mounted head. An integral wire stake is attached, designed, along with the"bobble-head", to allow motion to a set of birds. Cast true to the form of the wooden examples, these decoys have strongly emphasized shoulders and detailed primary and tail feathers. This decoy has three impressed notations on its lower half: "THE TRU-ISS DECOY, PATENT APPLIED No. 21550", "H. TRULOCK HARRISS GUNMAKER" AND “22 BURY STREET, ST. JAMES STREET, LONDON S.W.”. This address dates the decoy to 1909-1911. Later examples (1911-1916) are stamped "THE TRU-ISS DECOY, HARRISS'S PATENT No. 21550", "H. TRULOCK HARRISS GUNMAKER" AND “PICKERING PLACE, ST. JAMES STREET, LONDON”. This early decoy includes several design elements missing in later examples, including the means of attaching the head spring and wire stake to the body as well as an alignment stud for the body halves, that I can only assume were changed to reduce costs in later decoys. Interestingly, the number "6" is written in pencil inside each body half, presumably meaning that certain adjustments were made to insure a proper fit and that those two pieces should remain mated rather than mixed with those of other examples. The pigeon measures 13 1/2" in length, 5" across at the shoulders and roughly 4" in depth, exclusive of the head. The original 2-piece box, the only one I’ve ever seen, is in fair to good condition. it has a tear across the top but remains stable. SOLD

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D0855: Early Yorkshire Wood Pigeon Decoy, Unknown Carver

Sleek 12-1/2" long wood pigeon decoy by an unknown carver, circa 1880 - 1890. Decoys by this maker are among the earliest from the Yorkshire area. It is smooth bodied with a pronounced breast, very much like the earliest of Robert Lange’s decoys. The tail, neck and head are more slender, almost delicate, than most. This bird is in original paint except for touch up to a professional bill repair and around the eyes which have been replaced. The replacements are accurately sized and colored. There is moderate weathering and wear to the paint, particularly on the left side and back of the decoy. Decoys from the Yorkshire area are among the best to be found. See my other website, www.woodpigeondecoys.com, dedicated to the identification and documentation of these decoys and their carvers for additional information. Stand included. SOLD

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