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

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")

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

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")

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

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.

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

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")

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

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")

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

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".)

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.

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"

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

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")

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

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.

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

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), Carved and Painted King Fisher with Original Perch
East Harwich, Massachusetts

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")

John Bradley, Portrait of Seated Gentleman Holding Scroll, Signed Lower Right
Unknown Sitter, September 22, 1834
Oil on Canvas, back-mark: Prepared by Edward Deciliux / New York

The subject holds an inscribed scroll which is mostly iledgeable, we can read: Captain Ethelbert / September 22, 1834 / Fifth Company…otherwise iledgeable.
John Bradley was active in the New York City area 1832-1847, works from the 1830s depict residents of Staten Island then known as Richmond Island. Bradley, a portrait and miniature painter is listed in city directories as working in the area which became Houston Street. Most of his paintings including this portrait are signed “I. Bradley” [or John Bradley]. A large tear on the subject’s chest was restored, otherwise very good with only typical and minor touches. The stretcher is original with the frame being vintage. (Frame: 28.75" x 36"; view: 26.25" x 33.5")



Powder Horn, Made 1827 – CALEB P. THURBERS [SIC] HORN
Caleb P. (Prentis) Thurber (1795-1884) Oxford, Chenango County, NY

A fine and fantastic horn displaying allover decoration including a Native American wearing nose ring and earing spearing fish…sturgeon, turtle, net; other human figures including man wearing top hat with walking stick and musket; Indians, man driving horse-pulled cart; three full length men wearing top hats…one smoking a pipe; all kinds of animals and birds; a village scene including Indian hut. Also, crossed sabers and Masonic symbols within Royal Arch; compass decoration; scale of justice and other devices Ring and chip carved spout/tip; incredible gouge carved high dome end plug featuring concentric rings, compass swags joining tapered incised compartments centering the gouge tool work. The top of plug is diapered with a neatly arranged dotted pattern centering a multi-pointed star-like device filled with lead having thinning gilt and a central iron pin, perhaps the remnant of a device that attached a shoulder strap. (Length: 10”)



Antique Tray, Detailed Expertly Painted Rural Scene, Country Life, Elaborate Stenciled Flange
England, circa 1820

The floor depicting a detailed country scene featuring horses, cows, fowl; farming and domestic activity…amazing detail. Very good original condition with very minor imperfections. (30.25" x 21.25")



Art Glass Vignette


Tiffany Blue Favrile Vase, Mellon Ribbed Foot, Iridescent Zipper Pattern
Signed on the underside “L.C.T. K2505”

Rare and outstanding, beautiful and genuine, very desirable blue favrile vase with melon ribbed foot and a slightly flaring neck; melon ribs are beautifully decorated with gold iridescent zipper pattern against a deep brilliant blue iridescent ground having strong purple and gold highlights. This example features a thin pulled design descending from the lip with strong flashes of gold iridescence.
(Excellent condition; height: 10”, widest diameter: 5.75”.)

Antique Art Glass, Signed Tiffany Gold Favrile Punchbowl and Stand
Tiffany Studios New York, 1st Quarter 20th Century
The bowl marked “8020 C – Favrile” on the circular base with etched signature.
The stand marked “8020 – C Tiffany – Favrile” on the underside of foot rim.

The bowl with undulating ribbed sides and ruffled rim displays pale yet vibrant indigo to pink to gold iridescence. The original pedestal base with blue to gold iridescence with applied thread of glass beneath the opening at the top of stem or pedestal and a blue iridescent ridge at the foot. We have never seen a Tiffany 2-part punch bowl...truly rare and likely unique. CONDITION: The top rim of the base edge with a small inclusion which resulted in a small fracture, all of which is covered by the bowl when in place. The underside of the bowl near the stem has a small area of mold imperfection which took place in the making (not damage). Height: 12”, diameter: 14.25”.

Tiffany Millefiori Paperweight Inkwell, Three Pieces, Labeled

This extraordinary and extremely rare Tiffany paperweight inkwell has a heavy clear squat round body with pinched sides creating six lobes and is finished with a round, iridescent collar. The body of the inkwell is decorated with internal green leaves and vines encircling the base with each lobe having two stretched millefiori canes of white and pink creating a visual of flowers, leaves and vines. The inkwell is finished with a molded gold favrile insert featuring platinum highlights as well as a bulbous gold favrile stopper with gold iridescent finish. The inkwell retains a Tiffany Favrile Glass paper label in the polished pontil. (Fine condition; height: 4”, diameter: 5.75”)

Galle Mold Blown Signed Hyacinth Vase, Rare and Exquisite, Circa 1925
Exceptional example featuring blue hyacinth flowers on yellow, utilizing the windowpane technique, so the blue color stays true…

This desirable Galle blown-out vase features beautiful and colorful blue hyacinths with brown stems and leaves on a contrasting frosted yellow background. The flowers and leaves are mold blown in strong relief. Signed on the side in cameo “Galle”.
The French artist Emile Galle (1846-1904) reached the zenith of his career with his art glass during the last quarter of the 19th century; he enjoyed great success at the Paris Exhibition of 1878 and again in 1889. He was also at the forefront of the emerging Art Nouveau movement in the late 19th century. He was best known for naturalism; floral motifs and some of his experimental techniques with metallic foils, air bubbles etc. In 1901 his crowning achievement was a founder of the Art Nouveau movement known as de Cove de Nancy, the Nancy School in partnership with Victor Provet, Louis Majorelle, Anthony Daum and Lucien Vallent. (Excellent condition; height: 12”.)

Firemark Vignette

Antique Cast Iron Oval Fire Mark, Fire Association of Philadelphia, Circa 1863
Historic surface, 19th century red, 8" x 12" (Bulau-88)

Raised “F.A.,” centering fire hydrant; hose ending at center of hydrant; slightly convex, hollow back and no drainage knob.

Antique Cast Iron Oval Fire Mark, Fire Association of Philadelphia, Circa 1820
Historic surface, 19th century red, 8" x 12" (Balou-88)

Raised “F.A.,” centering fire hydrant; hose ending at center of hydrant; flat back.

Antique Cast Iron Oval Fire Mark, Fire Association of Philadelphia, Circa 1820
Historic surface, gorgeous original green paint, 8" x 12", (Balou-84)

Raised “F.A.,” centering fire hydrant; hose ending at center of hydrant; flat back.

Antique Cast Iron Oval Fire Mark, Fire Association of Philadelphia, Circa 1820
Historic surface, 19th century red, 8" x 12" (Balou-84)

Raised “F.A.,” centering fire hydrant; hose ending at center of hydrant; flat back.

Antique Cast Iron Oval Fire Mark, Fire Association of Philadelphia, Circa 1863
Historic surface, 19th century red and black, 8" x 12" (Bulau-93)

Raised “F.A.,” centering fire hydrant; hose ending at center of hydrant; extremely convex, hollow back with drainage knob. This is the last of this type of mark by this company; issued about 1870.

Antique Cast Iron Oval Fire Mark, Fire Association of Philadelphia, Circa 1820
Historic surface, 19th century red, traces of later overpaint, 8" x 12" (Balou-84)

Raised “F.A.,” centering fire hydrant; hose ending at center of hydrant; flat back.

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