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



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")







$4,150.00

707-85




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



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





707-72 - SOLD




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



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




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


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

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

Antique Black Bellied Plover Decoy by Goerge Boyd, New Hampshire, on stand




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



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


Antique Decoy Pair and Single Decoy, Black Ducks, Nodding Heads, Early 20th Century, one of the pair facing left
Antique Decoy Pair and Single Decoy, Black Ducks, Nodding Heads, Early 20th Century, one of the pair facing right
Antique Decoy Pair and Single Decoy, Black Ducks, Nodding Heads, Early 20th Century, single facing left
Antique Decoy Pair and Single Decoy, Black Ducks, Nodding Heads, Early 20th Century, underside 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




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


Antique Decoy, Shorebird, Feeding Postion, 19th Century, with ruler for scale



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



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




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




Previous Offerings or Gone to New Homes




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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