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Elmer Crowell, (1862-1952), Carved and Painted Decorative Least Tern
East Harwich, Massachusetts


Elmer Crowell, (1862-1952), Carved and Painted Decorative Least Tern
East Harwich, Massachusetts, entire view 1

Crowell was unquestionably the most renowned and among the best decoy and
decorative bird carvers of the late 19th and early 20th century. While simple carved and
painted decoys were successful, there were a few carvers that took their carving and
painting very seriously; Crowell was indeed one of them. He had an extraordinary eye
for sculpted detail and excelled at incredible painted detail. Later in the 20th century
market hunting became illegal, thus the demand for decoys dropped off and carvers
such as Crowell diversified to make a living. Crowell began to make decorative bird
carvings such as this one; life size, half size and quarter size as well as miniature.
Customers acquired carvings directly from Crowell; he also made carvings that were
marketed through sporting houses, particularly his miniature and small carvings which
were frequently sold by the famous sporting firm of Abercrombie & Fitch. This carving of
a tern, which is approximately one half the actual size of the specie. The underside is
both branded by Crowell with his maker’s mark and in his hand is an ink signature “A.E.
Crowell, Cape Cod”. He has also penned the name of the species on the bottom “Least
Tern”. This carving is excellent in all respects…a truly outstanding example by the master carver.
(Height: 3.75"; length: 7.75"; width: 3")


Elmer Crowell, (1862-1952), Carved and Painted Decorative Least Tern
East Harwich, Massachusetts, entire view 2

Elmer Crowell, (1862-1952), Carved and Painted Decorative Least Tern
East Harwich, Massachusetts, entire view 3

Elmer Crowell, (1862-1952), Carved and Painted Decorative Least Tern
East Harwich, Massachusetts, entire view 4

Elmer Crowell, (1862-1952), Carved and Painted Decorative Least Tern
East Harwich, Massachusetts, entire view 5

Elmer Crowell, (1862-1952), Carved and Painted Decorative Least Tern
East Harwich, Massachusetts, carver detail

$14,500.00

1310-24 [1203]




Rigmate Pair, Mallard Duck Decoys by Charles Perdew (1874-1963) Original Paint
Henry Illinois
A fine pair of original Perdew decoys


Rigmate Pair, Mallard Duck Decoys by Charles Perdew (1874-1963) Original Paint
Henry Illinois
A fine pair of original Perdew decoys, pair view

This outstanding pair of hollow decoys were produced by one of the most colorful and
eccentric carvers of the late 19th and 20th century, Charles Perdew. Charlie, together
with his wife and their large following of cats lived on the bank of the river in Henry,
Illinois. Married in 1902, they formed a partnership in their decoy and decorative bird
carving venture. For a period, Charlie did most of the carving and Edna…the painting.
Eventually Edna became ill, Charlie did both the carving and the painting. Charlie
started carving when he was around 14 years old. Te record for a Perdew decoy
currently is at $252,000 for a single mallard hen. This fine rigmate pair retain their
original lead keel weight, each marked “Henry…Perdew…Ill”. They both retain their
original paint. Generally excellent condition; both birds have some slight handling marks
and a few minor scuffs.
(Male: height: 8.25"; length: 15.75"; width: 5.75" Female: height: 8"; length: 15.75"; width: 5.75")


Rigmate Pair, Mallard Duck Decoys by Charles Perdew (1874-1963) Original Paint
Henry Illinois
A fine pair of original Perdew decoys, female view 1

Rigmate Pair, Mallard Duck Decoys by Charles Perdew (1874-1963) Original Paint
Henry Illinois
A fine pair of original Perdew decoys, female view 2

Rigmate Pair, Mallard Duck Decoys by Charles Perdew (1874-1963) Original Paint
Henry Illinois
A fine pair of original Perdew decoys, female view 3

Rigmate Pair, Mallard Duck Decoys by Charles Perdew (1874-1963) Original Paint
Henry Illinois
A fine pair of original Perdew decoys, female view 4

Rigmate Pair, Mallard Duck Decoys by Charles Perdew (1874-1963) Original Paint
Henry Illinois
A fine pair of original Perdew decoys, female bottom detail

Rigmate Pair, Mallard Duck Decoys by Charles Perdew (1874-1963) Original Paint
Henry Illinois
A fine pair of original Perdew decoys, female head detail

Rigmate Pair, Mallard Duck Decoys by Charles Perdew (1874-1963) Original Paint
Henry Illinois
A fine pair of original Perdew decoys,female signature detail

Rigmate Pair, Mallard Duck Decoys by Charles Perdew (1874-1963) Original Paint
Henry Illinois
A fine pair of original Perdew decoys, male view 1

Rigmate Pair, Mallard Duck Decoys by Charles Perdew (1874-1963) Original Paint
Henry Illinois
A fine pair of original Perdew decoys, male view 2

Rigmate Pair, Mallard Duck Decoys by Charles Perdew (1874-1963) Original Paint
Henry Illinois
A fine pair of original Perdew decoys, male view 3

Rigmate Pair, Mallard Duck Decoys by Charles Perdew (1874-1963) Original Paint
Henry Illinois
A fine pair of original Perdew decoys, male view 4

Rigmate Pair, Mallard Duck Decoys by Charles Perdew (1874-1963) Original Paint
Henry Illinois
A fine pair of original Perdew decoys, male bottom detail

Rigmate Pair, Mallard Duck Decoys by Charles Perdew (1874-1963) Original Paint
Henry Illinois
A fine pair of original Perdew decoys, male signature detail

$10,450.00

1310-19 [1089]




Pair of Blue Wing Teal Decorative Duck Carvings by Harold Haertel (1904-1995)
Dundee, Illinois
A superb pair by a renowned carver, spectacular paint!


Pair of Blue Wing Teal Decorative Duck Carvings by Harold Haertel (1904-1995), entire view

Haertel was a wonderful man and a superb decoy carver; his works have long been
much admired and collected. His attention to detail and form is truly outstanding as can
is illustrated by this fine pair. His brush strokes and detail are just incredible. This
particular pair are marked on the bottom “Blue-Winged Teal Made for Wm. Brauer
Collection by Harold Haertel 1972”. Brauer was a longtime, well known decoy collector.
Both decoys have a couple scattered and teeny scuffs or scratches near the head and
bill, otherwise appear to be excellent and original.
(Drake: height: 4.25"; length: 11.5"; width: 4.5"; Hen: height: 4.5"; length: 10.5"; width: 4.25")

$9,700.00

1310-23 [1195]




Antique merganser Duck Decoys, by George Huey, Original & Outstanding Paint
Friendship, Maine
Classic stylized birds…displaying long low profiles


Antique merganser Duck Decoys, by George Huey, Original & Outstanding Paint
Friendship, Maine
Classic stylized birds…displaying long low profiles, entire view

Huey is renowned for his sleek carved and wonderfully painted decoys, particularly his
Mergansers. These rare decoys were obviously never used; no signs of ever having
been used and probably were originally acquired by a sport who admired Huey’s work
and admired them as art. Both birds feature Huey’s early signature on the underside; a
bold seraph style signature carved into the base of the decoys. There are inserted
round lead weights and recessed iron staple tie hooks. The drake has a small leather
crest and carved eyes, the hen also has carved eyes. Both birds retain magnificent,
original paint; both birds display his finest painted decoration. It is rare to find a pair of
these wonderfully folky carved decoys in such wonderful condition with such great paint.

$8,975.00

1310-39 [1282]




Elmer Crowell, (1862-1952), Full Size King Fisher with Original Perch in Mouth
East Harwich, Massachusetts
Excellent condition…a truly spectacular work of art


Elmer Crowell, (1862-1952), Full Size King Fisher with Original Perch in Mouth
East Harwich, Massachusetts 
Excellent condition…a truly spectacular work of art, entire view 1

This example is branded twice with Crowell’s mark on the underside and retains
its original extraordinary paint decoration. The perch is a masterful replacement,
exactly what should be seen.
(Height: 6.5"; width: 4.75"; length: 7.5")


Elmer Crowell, (1862-1952), Full Size King Fisher with Original Perch in Mouth
East Harwich, Massachusetts 
Excellent condition…a truly spectacular work of art, entire view 2

Elmer Crowell, (1862-1952), Full Size King Fisher with Original Perch in Mouth
East Harwich, Massachusetts 
Excellent condition…a truly spectacular work of art, entire view 3

Elmer Crowell, (1862-1952), Full Size King Fisher with Original Perch in Mouth
East Harwich, Massachusetts 
Excellent condition…a truly spectacular work of art, entire view 4

Elmer Crowell, (1862-1952), Full Size King Fisher with Original Perch in Mouth
East Harwich, Massachusetts 
Excellent condition…a truly spectacular work of art, carver detail

$7,350.00

1310-8 [1285]




Antique Scooter Decoy by Wendall Gilley (1904-1983)
Southwest Harbor, Maine
A renowned pioneer in in the field of decorative bird carving…


Antique Scooter Decoy by Wendall Gilley (1904-1983)
Southwest Harbor, Maine
A renowned pioneer in in the field of decorative bird carving…, entire view 1

Wendall Gilley is recognized for his decorative and life size carvings, however, he
carved very, very few decoys and those he created were generally for his own personal
use. This wonderful hollow carving of a scooter, typical of Gilley’s style has beautiful
lines, but also notably the clever Gilley did what no other carver did; a removable,
repositionable head. The dowel is square so that by removing the head and turning it,
you can transform the decoy so that it is looking to the right, looking to the left or so that
its head is turned around and it looks like it’s sleeping or preening. This is likely unique
in decoy carvers. After Gilley’s death, members of the Rockefellers (who were ardent
collectors and much appreciated Gilley’s works) were instrumental in the creation of the
Gilley Museum of Carvings now in Southwest Harbor, Maine.
(Generally excellent original condition; height: 7.75"; width: 8.75"; length: 20".)


Antique Scooter Decoy by Wendall Gilley (1904-1983)
Southwest Harbor, Maine
A renowned pioneer in in the field of decorative bird carving…, head detail

Antique Scooter Decoy by Wendall Gilley (1904-1983)
Southwest Harbor, Maine
A renowned pioneer in in the field of decorative bird carving…, entire view 2

Antique Scooter Decoy by Wendall Gilley (1904-1983)
Southwest Harbor, Maine
A renowned pioneer in in the field of decorative bird carving…, entire view 3

Antique Scooter Decoy by Wendall Gilley (1904-1983)
Southwest Harbor, Maine
A renowned pioneer in in the field of decorative bird carving…, entire view 4

Antique Scooter Decoy by Wendall Gilley (1904-1983)
Southwest Harbor, Maine
A renowned pioneer in in the field of decorative bird carving…, bottom detail

$6,225.00

1310-21 [1190]




Elmer Crowell, (1862-1952), Carved and Painted King Fisher with Original Perch
East Harwich, Massachusetts


Elmer Crowell, (1862-1952), Carved and Painted King Fisher with Original Perch
East Harwich, Massachusetts, entire view 1

This example displays the original paper label from Elmer’s workshop and was at one
time in the renowned collection of Joe French [displays French’s stamp]; one of the
pioneering old time decoy collectors who acquired his first bird in 1954. Over the years
Joe amassed one of the finest collections of decoys extant, particularly renowned for its
miniature carvings. The perch is missing tail and there is a teeny scuff on the left wing,
otherwise outstanding. The tail can be restored.
(Height: 5.25"; width: 4.75"; depth: 3.25")


Elmer Crowell, (1862-1952), Carved and Painted King Fisher with Original Perch
East Harwich, Massachusetts, entire view 2

Elmer Crowell, (1862-1952), Carved and Painted King Fisher with Original Perch
East Harwich, Massachusetts, entire view 3

Elmer Crowell, (1862-1952), Carved and Painted King Fisher with Original Perch
East Harwich, Massachusetts, entire view 4

Elmer Crowell, (1862-1952), Carved and Painted King Fisher with Original Perch
East Harwich, Massachusetts, entire view 5

Elmer Crowell, (1862-1952), Carved and Painted King Fisher with Original Perch
East Harwich, Massachusetts, carver detail

$4,850.00

1310-25 [1204]




Pair of Pintail Duck Decoys by Heck Wittington (1907-1981) Vintage Stamped Pair
Ogelsby, Illinois
Heck Whittington started carving in the 1920s for personal use…he was soon supplying
individuals and hunt clubs, from Putnam County, Illinois to clubs on the Mississippi River.
He pioneered realistic painted plumage using vermiculation techniques.


Pair of Pintail Duck Decoys by Heck Wittington (1907-1981) Vintage Stamped Pair, entire view

Whittington was renowned for both his sculpture and his wonderful detailed paint decoration as is
exemplified by this pair. These hollow swimming pintails, both having turned heads and raised carved
detail wing tips. The underside of both decoys is branded “Heck Whittington Ogelsby, Illinois November
26, 1974”. Outstanding original condition; couple of infinitesimally small rubs on the hen, both on the
beak and tail. The drake also in superb condition with only a couple teeny rubs on the beak and head.
These are very beautiful birds.
(Hen: height: 6.75"; length: 17"; width: 5.25"; drake: 6.25"; length: 19"; width: 5.5")

$4,150.00

1310-22 [1191]




Antique Yellow Leg Decoy, Hollow Carved, Collapsible, Bill Mackey Collection
Anonymous Carver, Extremely Rare


Antique Yellow Leg Decoy, Hollow Carved, Collapsible, Bill Mackey Collection Anonymous Carver, Extremely Rare, entire view 1

During the late 19th and early 20th century hunters shot almost every specie of
waterfowl including yellow legs for food and feathers. Hunter’s carried two or three
dozen of these small shorebirds in sacks…into the marshes early in the morning setting
them up as decoys. Carrying a heavy sack containing two or three dozen birds
was no easy task even for the strongest of men; the delicate bills were frequently
broken. Virtually all carvers created these small birds out of solid blocks of wood.
The man who created this work of folk art was rather ingenious and perhaps a little lazy.
He didn’t want to carry a large rig of heavy shorebirds, so he painstakingly hollowed out
each one, equally as interesting is the fact that the heads were removable. Thus, when
he was through using the decoy, he opened the hinged body, fitted the head within the
cavity; this facilitated his ability to easily carry dozens of these decoys out into the
marsh. This beautiful example retains its original paint and generally is in wonderful
condition. It’s possible that the beak may have been replaced at some point; looks good
under a loop, but we know for sure. While there may be more than a couple extant, we
can only recollect one other example, which sold some years ago at a decoy auction for
I believe was in excess of $10,000.00 Retains its original paint, scattered minor wear and
some flaking off the breast. Thinning original Mackey stamp can be seen on the underside.


Antique Yellow Leg Decoy, Hollow Carved, Collapsible, Bill Mackey Collection Anonymous Carver, Extremely Rare, entire view 2

Antique Yellow Leg Decoy, Hollow Carved, Collapsible, Bill Mackey Collection Anonymous Carver, Extremely Rare, entire view 3

Antique Yellow Leg Decoy, Hollow Carved, Collapsible, Bill Mackey Collection Anonymous Carver, Extremely Rare, entire view 4

$2,850.00

1310-6 [1287]




Collectible Shorebird Decoy, Killdeer, Carved and Painted, McNair
Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia, Circa 1975
The artist is held in high regard, renowned among decoy makers and collectors


Collectible Shorebird Decoy, Killdeer, Carved and Painted, McNair
Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia, Circa 1975
The artist is held in high regard, renowned among decoy makers and collectors, entire view 1

Relief wing carving and tack eyes; carrying hole carved through the end of the tail.
This signed bird remains in fine original paint that has aged; structurally very good.
(Height on stand: 13.5"; height: 4.75"; length: 11"; width: 3.25")


Collectible Shorebird Decoy, Killdeer, Carved and Painted, McNair
Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia, Circa 1975
The artist is held in high regard, renowned among decoy makers and collectors, entire view 2

Collectible Shorebird Decoy, Killdeer, Carved and Painted, McNair
Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia, Circa 1975
The artist is held in high regard, renowned among decoy makers and collectors, entire view 3

Collectible Shorebird Decoy, Killdeer, Carved and Painted, McNair
Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia, Circa 1975
The artist is held in high regard, renowned among decoy makers and collectors, entire view 4

Collectible Shorebird Decoy, Killdeer, Carved and Painted, McNair
Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia, Circa 1975
The artist is held in high regard, renowned among decoy makers and collectors, entire view 5

Collectible Shorebird Decoy, Killdeer, Carved and Painted, McNair
Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia, Circa 1975
The artist is held in high regard, renowned among decoy makers and collectors, entire view 6

Collectible Shorebird Decoy, Killdeer, Carved and Painted, McNair
Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia, Circa 1975
The artist is held in high regard, renowned among decoy makers and collectors, head detail

$1,250.00

1256-74




Collectible Shorebird Decoy, Golden Plover, Carved and Painted, McNair
Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia, Circa 1975
The artist is held in high regard, renowned among decoy makers and collectors


Collectible Shorebird Decoy, Golden Plover, Carved and Painted, McNair
Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia, Circa 1975
The artist is held in high regard, renowned among decoy makers and collectors, entire view 1

Relief wing carving, split tail and tack eyes; this signed bird remains in fine original paint
that has aged; structurally very good. This working bird has been shot over.
(Height on Stand: 11.25"; height: 5.75"; length: 10"; width: 3")


Collectible Shorebird Decoy, Golden Plover, Carved and Painted, McNair
Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia, Circa 1975
The artist is held in high regard, renowned among decoy makers and collectors, entire view 2

Collectible Shorebird Decoy, Golden Plover, Carved and Painted, McNair
Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia, Circa 1975
The artist is held in high regard, renowned among decoy makers and collectors, head detail

$1,250.00

1256-64




Golden Plover Shorebird Decoy in Spring Plumage, Great Original Paint Nantucket or Possibly Hingham, Massachusetts, Circa 1890


Golden Plover Decor in Spring Plumage

Fat bodied carving with detailed paint patterns, original baleen bill; strong resemblance to Joe Lincoln’s work. (Tiny chip to end of upper-tail, great surface; height on stand: 13.5"; height: 4.25"; length: 10"; width: 3".)

Golden Plover Decor in Spring Plumage view 3

Golden Plover Decor in Spring Plumage head 2

Golden Plover Decor in Spring Plumageview-6

Golden Plover Decor in Spring Plumageview-5

$2,660.00

285-110




Shorebird Decoys, Pair, Dowitcher, Cape Cod, Rare Species for Area in Fall Plumage Circa 1900, Southeastern Massachusetts Original and bold paint patterns


Shorebirds Decoys Pair Dowitcheer Cape Cod view 2

(Minor shot evidence, half the bill on one bird is a professional replacement, matching the other [original] bill; height on stand: 10” and 8”, height of birds alone: 4.75” for both, L: 9.5 and 9”, W: 2” for both)

Shorebirds Decoys Pair Dowitcheer Cape Cod view 1

Shorebirds Decoys Pair Dowitcheer Cape Cod head-2

Shorebirds Decoys Pair Dowitcheer Cape Cod head-1

$3,115.00

285-108




Elegant Carved Whistling Swan in Original Thinning White Paint, Great Patina American, Early to Mid-20th Century


Elegant Carved Whistling Swan in Original White Paint view 3

A Whistling Swan hollow body decoy, unknown maker featuring full body with bold wing and tail carving; alert head position. (Length: 28"; height: 21"; width: 10")


Elegant Carved Whistling Swan in Original White Paint view 1

Elegant Carved Whistling Swan in Original White Paint detail-1

Elegant Carved Whistling Swan in Original White Paint view-6

$4,150.00

707-85




Joe Lincoln Canvas Covered Goose Decoy, 26"
Joseph Lincoln (1858 to 1938)
Hingham, (Accord) Massachusetts


Antique Decoy, Canada Goose, by Joe Lincoln, angle view

This goose with glass eyes is in old hunter's paint and has been shot-over

$2,285

584-5


Antique Decoy, Canada Goose, by Joe Lincoln, angle view

Antique Decoy, Canada Goose, by Joe Lincoln, opposite angle

Antique Decoy, Canada Goose, by Joe Lincoln, side view

Antique Decoy, Canada Goose, by Joe Lincoln, rear angle




Mason Premier Black Duck Decoy, Original Paint
Michigan, Early 20th Century
Polychrome painted figure with glass, delineated bill


Antique Mason Black Duck Decoy, Original Paint, Early 20th Century, facing left view

Good condition with a few tight age cracks; couple larger flakes to tail laid back down and set; a tad oh hunters infill to this area. Affixed to base is owners rig plate; H.B. Nickerson, Bath, Maine. (H: 8", W: 17.75", D: 5.5")

$1,375

1032-182


Antique Mason Black Duck Decoy, Original Paint, Early 20th Century, facing right view
Antique Mason Black Duck Decoy, Original Paint, Early 20th Century, head detail
Antique Mason Black Duck Decoy, Original Paint, Early 20th Century, initials detail
Antique Mason Black Duck Decoy, Original Paint, Early 20th Century, plaque detail



Shorebird Decoy, Golden Plover, Original Surface History, Tack Eyes, Wire Bill
Anonymous Maker, Likely Massachusetts, Late 19th Century


Antique Shorebird Decoy,k Golden Plover, Likely Massachusetts, facing right view

(Has been shot-over, may be a little hunter's touch-up; nice surface. Height on stand: 14.5", W: 13")

$425

1032-170




Golden Eyed Drake Decoy
Massachusetts


Antique Decoy, Golden Eye Drake, Massachusetts, side view

The bill has been restored, and is noted for accuracy.
Dimensions: 13.5-inches long.

$750

PTC-22


Antique Decoy, Golden Eye Drake, Massachusetts, angle view
Antique Decoy, Golden Eye Drake, Massachusetts, opposite side view
Antique Decoy, Golden Eye Drake, Massachusetts, right head detail
Antique Decoy, Golden Eye Drake, Massachusetts, left head detail



Decoy, Delaware River, Antique Gunners Decoy, Scaup Drake, Original Paint
Likely by one of The English's, Florence, New Jersey
Early 20th Century


Antique Decoy, Delaware River, Scaup Drake, Original Paint, angle view

Stamped copper rig tag, W. Appleton, Bristol, PA
(H: 6.25"; L: 13.75"; W: 5")

$325

1032-155


Antique Decoy, Delaware River, Scaup Drake, Original Paint, entire view
Antique Decoy, Delaware River, Scaup Drake, Original Paint, head detail
Antique Decoy, Delaware River, Scaup Drake, Original Paint, bottom view
Antique Decoy, Delaware River, Scaup Drake, Original Paint, maker detail



Antique Shorebird Decoy, Yellowlegs, Carved Cork
Anonymous, Likely Long Island


Antique Yellowlegs Shorebird Decoy, Carved Cork, Likely Long Island, facing right view

(Make-do string repair to neck; has been shot-over; original surface history; height on stand: 12.5", W: 10")

$255

1032-181




Shorebird Decoy, Willet, Original Surface, Traces of Paint
Anonymous, Late 19th to Early 20th Century


Antique Willet Shorebird Decoy in Original Surface, Late 19th Century, facing right view

(H on stand: 13.5", W: 9.75")

$295

1032-178




Flattie Shorebird Decoy, Yellowlegs, Original Paint
Anonymous, Massachusetts, 19th Century


Antique Flattie Decoy, Yellowlegs Shorebird, Original Paint, 19th Century, facing right view

(Good condition commensurate with age and use; chip to tail, shrinkage fissures; H on stand: 14.25", W: 7.25")

$195

1032-169




Flattie, Shorebird Decoy, Sanderling Peep, Original Paint
Anonymous, Massachusetts, Early 20th Century


Antique Flattie Shorebird Decoy, Sanderling Peep, Early 20th Century, facing right view

(Remaining section of wood spike glues to dowel; on stand: 7.75", W: 7")

$225

1032-177




Flattie Shorebird Decoy, Yellowlegs, Original Paint
Anonymous, Massachusetts, 19th Century


Antique Shorebird Decoy, Flattie, Yellowlegs, 19th Century, facing left view

(Good condition commensurate with age and use; chip to tail, shrinkage fissures; height on stand: 10.5", W: 9.5")

$175

1032-176




Decoy, Carved Miniature Duck, Original paint, Vintage
Unknown Maker


Decoy, Carved Miniature Duck, Original paint, Vintage

Unknown Maker, entire view

(Good condition, craquelure; H: 4.25", W: 3.75", D: 3.75")

$345

290-16




Previous Offerings or Gone to New Homes




Antique Duck Decoy, Brandt, Carved-in-the-Solid…Primitive
North Carolina, circa 1890-1910SOLD


Antique Duck Decoy, Brandt, Carved-in-the-Solid…Primitive
North Carolina, circa 1890-1910, entire view 1

Classic old Brandt decoy carved from-the-solid, applied head; traces of original working paint. Age
cracks, additional nails to neck and heavy iron weight.
(21.5" x 10.5" x 6")


Antique Duck Decoy, Brandt, Carved-in-the-Solid…Primitive
North Carolina, circa 1890-1910, entire view 2

Antique Duck Decoy, Brandt, Carved-in-the-Solid…Primitive
North Carolina, circa 1890-1910, entire view 3

SOLD

928-101




Vintage Canada Goose, Field Decoy, Hollow Carved, Original Paint
An elegantly carved two-piece sentry in good paint, anonymousSOLD


Vintage Canada Goose, Field Decoy, Hollow Carved, Original Paint



An elegantly carved two-piece sentry in good paint, anonymous, left facing

Height on stand: 45.25" height: 26.5" length: 33"; width: 8"


928-100SOLD




Collectible and Outstanding Mark McNail Blue Wing Hollow Body Teal Decoy
Mark S. McNair (b. 1950)
Craddockville, Virginia, Incised, Signed and Dated 1977SOLD


Collectible and Outstanding Mark McNail Blue Wing Hollow Body Teal Decoy

Mark S. McNair (b. 1950)

Craddockville, Virginia, Incised, Signed and Dated 1977, angle view 1

A beautiful bird in great surface by the highly respected artist…
(Height: 5.5"; length: 12.75"; width: 4.5")


1256-53SOLD




Decoy Pair and a Single by Same Hand, Black Ducks, Rotating Heads, Original Paint
Anonymous, Early 20th Century - SOLD


Antique Decoy Pair and Single Decoy, Black Ducks, Nodding Heads, Early 20th Century, pair view
Antique Decoy Pair and Single Decoy, Black Ducks, Nodding Heads, Early 20th Century, single facing right

The paint matched pair feature bodies that are carved hollow from beneath; heads mounted on dowels for string-to-weight attachment; the single bird with pale-gray marking is of solid body with the same head construction. (Old paper taped to underside of one base reading: Wendell Gilley, Southwest Harbor, Maine. One bill broken and repaired, else fine; length: Approximately 17.5".

1091-19 - SOLD




Shorebird Decoy, Feeding Position, Original Paint, Square Nail Beak, Folk Art
Anonymous, 19th Century - SOLD


Antique Decoy, Shorebird, Feeding Postion, 19th Century, entire view

(H: 9.5"; L: 13")

1006-5 - SOLD




Shorebird Decoy, Golden Plover, Original Paint
Anonymous, Massachusetts, Later 19th to Early 20th Century - SOLD


Antique Decoy, Golden Plover Shorebird, Massachusetts, Late 19th Century, facing left view

(Shrinkage crack to heat at nail beak; thin paint; (H on stand: 12.5", W: 9")

1032-179 - SOLD




Shorebird Decoy, Golden Plover, Original Paint
Anonymous, Late 19th to Early 20th Century - SOLD


Antique Golden Plover Shorebird Decoy, Original Paint, Late 19th to Early 20th Century, facing left view

(Good condition, small chip to tail; H on stand: 7.75", W: 4.75")

1032-18 - SOLD




Shorebird Decoy, Golden Plover, Likely Massachusetts, Original Paint, Beak and Eyes
Anonymous, Later 19th to very early 20th Century - SOLD


Antique Golden Plover Shorebird Decoy, Likely Massachusetts, Later 19th Century, entire view

(Some scattered teeny-weenie specs of white paint spatter caused by a sloppy painter; height on stand; 10.75", W: 9.5")

1032-172 - SOLD




Antique Shorebird Decoy, Black Bellied Plover, Spring Plumage
George Boyd, Seabrook, New Hampshire, Ca. 1910
Outstanding example with original bill; superb, dry, detailed original paint - SOLD


Antique Black Bellied Plover Decoy by Goerge Boyd, New Hampshire, angle view

See Finely Carved and Nicely Painted, the Life, Art and Decoys of George H. Boyd by Jim Cullen (Rub to end of bill; extremely tight hairline seen under magnification, else fine; Height on stand: 12.5”, H: 5”, L; 12”)

935-13 - SOLD




Carved and Painted Bird Toothpick Holder,
Joseph Romaud Bernier (1873 – 1952)
Biddeford, Maine, Circa 1890
Maine folk art by “Bernier the Lumberman” remaining in original condition - SOLD


Carved and Painted Bird Toothpick Holder,

Joseph Romaud Bernier (1873 – 1952)

Biddeford, Maine, Circa 1890, entire view

(Height: 4.25"; length: 5"; width: 1.75")

707-72 - SOLD




OBEDIAH VERITY, LONG ISLAND PLOVER SHORE BIRD DECOY, ORIGINAL SURFACE CIRCA 1855 - SOLD


OBEDIAH VERITY, LONG ISLAND PLOVER SHORE BIRD DECOY, ORIGINAL SURFACE CIRCA 1855, entire view

The bird with original bill, carved eyes, and raised wings shows heavy use; lightly shot and thinning paint; white paint on high spots is about gone; the bird displays a nice surface and rich patina. Very good condition. (Height: 5"; length: 11.5"; width: 3")

[Price is a fraction of examples retaining full coverage paint]

274-201 - SOLD




Goose Gunning Box with Painted Cloth Goose Gunning Decoy Possibly Massachusetts, circa 1900-1920 - SOLD


Goose Gunning Box with Painted Cloth Goose Gunning Decoy Possibly Massachusetts, circa 1900-1920, entire view

A pine and plywood gunning box featuring a painted Canada goose on its lid. Within the box is a painted cloth goose decoy with internal armature that when turned fills out the body creating a three-dimensional decoy. Excellent original condition. (31.5" x 22.25" x 6.75")

285-105 - SOLD




Antique Shorebird Decoy, Black Bellied Plover, Spring Plumage
George Boyd, Seabrook, New Hampshire, Ca. 1910
Outstanding example with original bill; superb, dry, detailed original paint - SOLD


Antique Shorebird Decoy, Black Bellied Plover by George Boyd, Circa 1910, angle view

See Finely Carved and Nicely Painted, the Life, Art and Decoys of George H. Boyd by Jim Cullen (Height on stand: 16”, H: 4.5”, L: 12”)

935-12 - SOLD




Shorebird Decoy, Yellowlegs, Original Surface History
Anonymous, Massachusetts, Late 19th to Early 20th Century - SOLD


Antique Yellowlegs Decoy, Shorebird, Original Surface History, facing left view

(Scattered paint loss, nice dry patina; W: 9", H: 3.5")

1032-173 - SOLD




Canada Goose Decoy, Preening or Sleeping, Original Paint
Anonymous, Mid 20th Century - SOLD


Canada Goose Decoy in Preening or Sleeping Position, 20th Century, angle view

(20 by 10”)

659-102 - SOLD




Decoy, Shorebird
A Plump Yellowlegs
Probably Massachusetts
Second half, nineteenth century - SOLD


Antique Decoy, Shorebird, Yellowlegs, 19th Century, angle view

This bird with wire bill remains in untouched original paint and is dry with terrific patina. The body is approximately 2.25-inches wide with and overall length of 10.5-inches. Pure folk!

475-7 - SOLD




Decoy, Black Duck, Roswell Bliss for Cappy Wicks, Original Paint, Hollow Body
Roswell Bliss (1887 to 1967) Stratford, Connecticut, 1947
Ex Henry Chitwood Collection
Literature: Connecticut Decoys Carvers and Gunners by Henry C. Chitwood with Thomas C. Marshall and Doug Knight, page 59. - SOLD


Antique Black Duck Decoy, Roswell Bliss, Hollow Body, left angle view

(Very good condition, scattered and minor paint losses; overall length: 16.5")

295-91 - SOLD




Decoy, Shorebird, Black Bellied Plover in Spring Plumage, George Boyd
Seabrook, New Hampshire, Circa 1910
Flat body decoy in excellent original condition, INCLUDING paint and bill
Featuring fine feather detail, shoe button eyes, NO repairs - SOLD


Antique Decoy, Black Bellied Plover, George Boyd, Circa 1910, entire view

(Couple paint rubs darkened, else fine; height on stand: 14.5", height, bird alone: 5.5", L: 11", W: 3")

285-97 - SOLD




Decoy, Snowy Egret Shorebird, Glass Eyes, Copper Bill, Original Surface History
Unknown Maker, Hunting Banned by Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918
Appears to be in period hunters' repaint over original paint - SOLD


Antique Decoy, Snowy Egret, Original Surface HIstory, entire view

(Wear commensurate with age and use; paint loss as shown; H: 12", L: 19", W: 3")

1002-142 - SOLD




Carved and Black Painted Wood Crow Decoy, Illinois River
Charles H. Perdew (1874 to 1963)
Henry, Illinois
Circa 1930 - SOLD


Antique Decoy, Crow, Carved and Black Painted, Circa 1930, angle view

The body in old paint, some hunters' repaint, glass eyes, mounted on a black iron base rather than wire legs. (H: on stand: 14.75"; L: 14.5")

532-33 - SOLD




Decoy, Pigeon Decoy, Carved and Painted, Original Condition
Anonymous, 19th Century - SOLD


Antique Decoy, Pigeon, Original Condition, 19th Century, angle view

Minor imperfections (Dimensions: 15.5" H on stand, 11.5" H.)

706-13 - SOLD




Yellowlegs Shore Bird Decoy
Late 19th - Early 20th Century
Massachusetts - SOLD


Antique Decoy, Yellowlegs Shore Bird, Massachusetts, angle on stand

As depicted, with tack eyes; bill appears to be original and is "let-into" head...it appears that the bill has been repaired at joining location. This bird has been shot over and retains old paint; there may be some working hunter's touch up - nothing recent.
Dimensions: 11-inch overall height, 16.75-inch base length, 5-inch base depth, 9.5-inch bird height, 11-inch bird length, 3-inch bird width.

201-286 - SOLD




Decoy, Bufflehead Duck, Original Paint
Possibly by Henley Sorby (1883 to 1954)
Gores landing, Ontario
Circa 1900 to 1910 - SOLD


Antique Decoy, Bufflehead Duck, Paint Decorated, with ruler for scale

The head with taxidermist eyes is let-into body; outline of bill (painted brown), is incised. The edge of body is undercut/canted; good paint.
Small bit of old hunters working period fill at base of neck (each side).
(Dimensions: 11.75" L, 6.5" H, 5" W.)

210-86 - SOLD




Cast Iron Duck Paperweight
Canvasback
First half 20th century
Original paint - SOLD


Antique Decoy, Canvasback Duck Paperweight, Original Paint, angle view

Dimensions: 2.75-inches high, 6-inches long, 2.25-inches wide.

201-287 - SOLD




Decoy, Canada Goose, Original Paint, Hollow Body
Wildfowler Decoy Factory
Old Saybrook, Connecticut
20th Century
Wood head and keel, glass eyes, superb paint and surface; excellent condition - SOLD


Antique Canada Goose Decoy, Original Paint, Wildfowler Decoy Factory, Connecticut, angle view

(L: 22"; H: 10"; W: 9.5")

1032-31 - SOLD




SHOREBIRD DECOYS, GREATER YELLOWLEGS, ORIGINAL PAINT
Rig Mate Flatties, SET OF 6
Long Island
Circa 1900
Exceptionally rare to find a complete set of working shorebird decoys! - SOLD


Antique Decoys, Shorebirds, Flatties, Long Island, entire group

Hand carved flat-sided decoys in superbly detailed original paint. Essentially mint, including their bills.
(Each bird is 13 to 13.5-inches long; custom display mount is 33-inches wide.)

285-52 - SOLD




Shorebird Decoy, Willet, Hollow with Carved Primary Feathers
Original Paint, Elegantly Carved, Original Baleen Bill
Massachusetts
Circa 1900 - SOLD


Antique Decoy, Willet Bird, Original Paint, angle view

A tight neck fissure was expertly stabilized with all else fine. (Length: 13-inches.)

285-54 - SOLD




Ice Fishing Decoys
Sold separately - SOLD


Antique Decoys, Ice Fishing Decoys, Original paint, angle view

Larger fish:
Decoy, Ice Fishing
Original paint
Carved, with tin fins
- SOLD
As depicted, trout with open mouth, carved gills and shaped tail.
Overall excellent condition with some paint loss.
(Length: 9.75 inches.)
629-18

Smaller fish:
Decoy, Ice Fishing
Original paint
Carved, with tin fins
- SOLD
As depicted, small pan-fish with open mouth carved gills and shaped tail. Overall excellent condition.
(Length: 5.5 inches.)
629-17




Decoy, Shorebird, Black-Bellied Plover
Cape Cod
Circa 1900
In immature plumage - SOLD


Antique Decoy, Shorebird, Black Bellied Plover, angle view

Pristine original paint and retaining its original stick.
Tiny chip at end of bill professionally restored.
(Length: 11-inches; height: 13-inches.)

285-42 - SOLD




Decoy, Eider
Enoch Benner, Branded
Phippsburg, Maine
Late 19th Century
Benner, a fisherman, born 1834, died 1904 - SOLD


Antique Decoy, Eider, by Enoch Benner, Maine, angle view

As depicted, with some very old hunter's paint restoration.
Some losses and imperfections. (Height: 9 inches; length: 19 inches; width: 9 inches.)

818-13 - SOLD




Black Duck Decoy
Attributed to John McLoughlin
First Half 19th Century
Bordentown, New Jersey - SOLD


Antique Decoy, Black Duck, New Jersey, angle view

As depicted, hollow carved; fine original condition.
Dimensions: 18.5-inches long, 6.75-inches high, 6.75-inches wide.

661-10 - SOLD




Eider Decoy
Second half 20th century - SOLD


Antique Decoy, Eider, 20th Century, angle view

As depicted, competently carved and painted with taxidermist eyes and nice old surface. (Length: 18 inches; height: 7 inches; width: 7 inches.)

333-112 - SOLD



If you are interested in buying any of these items, please call (978) 597-8084 or email David Hillier at drh@aaawt.com

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