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358. Lowhead redhead drake by Nate Quillen 1839-1908 of Rockwood Michigan. Hollow carved with a thin applied bottom board. Overpaint removed to reveal the original paint pattern and some of the original feathering. Lightly hit by shot. Bottom branded W.O. Hall for William O. Hall 1853-1925 who was a member of the Point Mouillee Shooting Club for 4 years beginning in 1875. An active competitive pigeon shooter Mr. Hall was an original member of the club and bought the rst property for the club 760 acres at 2.00 per acre. Ref. Pte. Mouillee Shooting Club - - by Jim and Barbara Marsh. 2000-3000 359. Excellent bob tailed redhead hen is considered a prime example of a Christie Brothers decoy. Bernard Henry and William Christie were bachelor brothers from the Detroit area who made decoys from the late nineteenth century until the 1920s. Later after market hunting shut down in 1918 they moved to Au Gres the Saginaw Bay which is about 120 miles from Detroit. Expertly carved head. Paint detail of a quality seldom seen on bob-tails or any decoy from Michigan. Stunning minty original paint and condition. Left eye cracked. Used sparingly if at all. The estimate in our humble opinion is conservative. 1500-2500 Consignors note Purchased from Guy Patton who was a member of a carvers club in Ft Lauderdale. He had purchased it in a big rig of these birds when he worked at GM in Michigan in the 40s after the war. He purchased them from someone at work who bought them from the Christie brothers. After he quit hunting the whole rig was stolen from his garage except for two birds that were missed. His regret as I remember was that there was a beautiful merganser he stated it was a condence decoy which ts with what we know today 360. Pair of early bufehead decoys c1910 by Ben Schmidt 1864-1968 of Centerline Michigan. Smooth body design with no wingtip detail or feather stamping. A very attractive pair in the Michigan carving tradition. Small area chipped on lower left edge of hen. Drake has original keel while keel on hen has been replaced. 5500-6500 361. Rig mate pair of bluebills by Doc Baumgartner. Typically small pair of carvings with the breast and body sloping to the bottom of the bird and then sweeping up in a gentle curve to the tail. Overall excellent original paint and condition. Minor chip in tail of drake. 500-750 358 359 360PR 361PR 87