Items for Sale

Decoys

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Red-breasted merganser drake by Crowell

This exceptional red-breasted merganser drake is a classic swimmer featuring the carved tail detail by Anthony Elmer Crowell (1862-1952). Featured his use of the rasp on the back of the head. In excellent original condition in all respects. Never overboard. Considered to be his signature decoy by many collectors including this cataloger. Branded with the early oval Crowell hot brand which he used started using in the early 1900's.  A circular weight is inletted flush to the bottom in the manner of Martha's Vineyard decoys crafted by H. Keyes Chadwick. Price upon request.

Life size waterfowl by Homer Lawrence

Absolutely the finest pair of standing life size waterfowl we have handled by Homer Lawrence of Norwalk, CT. Boldly executed pair of canvasbacks with carved crossed wingtips. Homer Lawrence burned into each base. "S. Riffe" painted on the base.  Mrs. Homer and Riffe shared the painting. The hen has an inscription in pen of "1963".  Of like quality to the standing pair of canvasback carvings by Elmer Crowell that were made for Dr. Cunningham.

$4000

Mourning dove by William Gibian

A superb piece in fine original condition in all respects. Bill Gibian is from Onancock, VA. There are a few small flakes off the tail.

$750

Surf scoter from Maine

Left and right views of a superb surf scoter in excellent original bold paint c1910 from the Maritimes or the northern coast of Maine. Great bill carving and paint. Features carved wings and crossed tips.

SOLD

Pair of widgeon by Lincoln

Pair of widgeon c1910-1920 by Joseph Whiting Lincoln of Accord, MA. Paint is in excellent restored condition by Marty Collins. Decoys are all original otherwise.

SOLD

St. Clair Flats black duck

Preening hollow carved black duck c1890 is an example of folk art at its best from the St. Clair Flats. Typical thin bottom board attached to body. Old period paint with period original. Sculpture is outstanding.

$1100

Black duck by Ben Rhodes

Black duck c1900 by Ben Rhodes of Freeport, LI.

$1800

Pair of canvasbacks by Ben Schmidt

Pair of canvasbacks by Ben Schmidt (1884-1968) of Centerline, Michigan. Minor chip under edge of bill on drake.

$700

Oversized duck circa early 1900’s from Michigan

Oversized duck circa early 1900’s from Michigan. Strong original paint. Hit by a few shot.

SOLD

Important pair of oversize canvasbacks by the Ward Brothers of Crisfield, Maryland

Important pair of oversize canvasbacks by the Ward Brothers of Crisfield, Maryland. Made for Jean and Knute Bartrug. The drake has a high, bold, alert head which is turned to the right. The hens head and neck are serpentine and twisted backwards over the body and looking downward to the left as if finished preening. Both have carved wings and wingtips with carved primaries and fluted tail feathers. Hen’s left wing is slightly raised to further suggest the “finished preening” pose. Superb original paint with outstanding vermiculation on the drake. Excellent structural condition. Signed by Lem Ward and dated “1973” on the bottom along with the Bartrug initials and inventory number “57”.

$12,500

Fine red-breasted merganser hen by the Ward brothers

Fine red-breasted merganser hen by the Ward brothers of Crisfield, MD. Signed and dated “1966” on bottom. Made for Norris Pratt for his personal collection. Pratt was a friend of the Wards. Sold in the 1977 Bourne auction.

$3500

Rig mate pair of blue-winged teal by James H. Frey

Rig mate pair of blue-winged teal by James H. Frey of Magnolia, MD. Fine original paint. Both signed by the maker and dated: “1991”.

$325

Rare hollow carved mallard hen by David Hagerbaumer

Rare hollow carved mallard hen by David Hagerbaumer (b1921- d2014) of Bayview, Washington.

$950

Black duck by Benjamin Warren Pease

Black duck by Benjamin Warren Pease (1866-1938) of Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. Excellent original paint. Apparently never rigged.

$3500

Excellent goldeneye hen by Chancy Patterson

Excellent goldeneye hen by Chancy (b1904) Patterson of Wellesley Island, New York. Well carved with finely applied paint by Patterson. Bottom is unpainted, typical for Patterson. Bottom has stamped “1079” and the carved rig mark of “H”. Two thin straight line checks in bottom.

SOLD

Rare specie

Rare specie. A freshwater coot by the Wildfowler Factory. See pages 223 and 232 which state that some were “made to order in pine – superior finish”.

$375

Robin from Connecticut

Robin from Connecticut. Made for use as a decoy. Surface with original crazed paint. Maker unknown.

SOLD

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Shorebirds

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Black-bellied plover with a split tail design

In exceptional original condition c1900. Found in a barn in Hingham, MA in 2015. Attributed to Joseph Lincoln of Accord, MA.  Shoe button eyes typical of those used by Lincoln who was a shoemaker early in his career. Very small piece added to the original bill.

$2800

Root head robin snipe, NC

Two piece Root head robin snipe c1880-1910 in excellent original condition in all respects. Head and neck can be taken down for storage of transporting to the hunting blind. Typical of those found in North Carolina.

$1450

Hollow carved open bottomed golden plover

Hollow carved open bottomed golden plover from Massachusetts. Carved eyes. Original paint shows light gunning wear. Bill replaced years ago. Hollow wind birds were designed to impart action to the rig when the decoys were hit by a gust of wind when the breeze was right. This one would rock forward in a feeding pose or could be manually adjusted to either a feeder or upright.

SOLD

Connecticut curlew

Curlew found in Connecticut. Date and maker unknown.

$275

Rare curlew by Joe King

Rare Curlew by Joe King (1835-1913) of Parkertown, NJ. In very good original condition less the wear on one side of the body.

$875

Robin snipe from Connecticut

Robin snipe from Connecticut. Original with wear.

SOLD

Sanderling from Connecticut

Sanderling from Connecticut. Possibly by Timothy Eastland of Old Lyme, CT.

$150

Tern

Tern made in the manner of the early  LI tern decoys. Not a period piece.

$175

Rare tin peep

Rare tin peep decoy by Strater & Sohier of Cambridge, MA. In excellent original condition.

SOLD

Rare tin ruddy turnstone

Rare and desirable folding tin ruddy turnstone c1890 by Strater & Sohier of Camebridge, MA. In excellent original condition.

SOLD

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Decorative

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Miniature green-winged teal drake by A. E. Crowell

Miniature green-winged teal drake by A. E. Crowell in excellent condition. Rectangular brand.

$1875

Miniature bluebill drake by Crowell

Miniature bluebill drake by Crowell in excellent condition. Rectangular brand.

$1350

Miniature pair of mallards by Crowell

Miniature pair of mallards by Elmer Crowell. Rectangular Crowell brand.

$2750

Miniature bobwhite quail by A. E. Crowell

Miniature bobwhite quail by A. E. Crowell. Excellent condition.

SOLD

Rare hooded merganser drake by A.E. Crowell

Rare hooded merganser drake by A.E. Crowell. Excellent original paint. Rectangular brand.

$1875

Miniature redhead drake by A.E. Crowell

Miniature redhead drake by A.E. Crowell. Excellent original paint. Rectangular brand.

SOLD

Miniature redhead hen by A.E. Crowell

Miniature redhead hen by A.E. Crowell. Excellent original paint. Rectangular brand.

$1550

Original limited edition hand colored print by Cape Cod artist Steve Weaver

Original limited edition hand colored print by Cape Cod artist Steve Weaver of Sandwich, MA. Image depicts a preening Jack Curlew by A.E. Crowell in his famous “wing up” pose. Limited edition 11/50 and signed lower right. Excellent condition. Image approximately 7 ½”x 9 ½”.

$200


Funds from the sale to be donated to the A. E. Crowell American Bird Decoy Foundation.

“Wood Duck” by noted artist Joseph Cibula

“Wood Duck” by noted artist Joseph Cibula (b 1946, Meriden, CT). This still life acrylic on artist board painting by Joseph Cibula. A wood duck drake decoy sits on a cupboard shelf.  The medium is acrylic on artist board. Signed. SS 12 x 23.

SOLD

Miniature American merganser drake by A. E. Crowell

Miniature American merganser drake on a carved and painted “rock” base by A. E. Crowell. Split tail in a head forward stance. Excellent condition with the rectangular stamp.

$1875

Early miniature goldeneye drake by Crowell

Early miniature goldeneye drake by Crowell. Identified with the circular ink stamp. Acquired from a 1979 Bourne auction.

$1775

Miniature running red-breasted merganser drake by A.E. Crowell

Miniature running red-breasted merganser drake by A.E. Crowell in fine original condition. Rectangular stamp.

$1875

Miniature feeding canvasback by A. E. Crowell

Miniature feeding canvasback on a carved and painted “rock” base by A. E. Crowell. Rectangular brand.

$1875

Miniature running black duck by A. E. Crowell

Miniature running black duck on a carved and painted “rock” base by A. E. Crowell. Excellent condition. Rectangular stamp.

$1975

RARE miniature laughing gull by Crowell

RARE miniature laughing gull by Crowell. Excellent original condition.

$1775

American merganser drake c1920-1940

American merganser drake c1920-1940. A “large” miniature attributed to an early carver from Massachusetts. In excellent original paint. 5 ¼ h. 6 ½ in long.

SOLD

Miniature Canada goose by A. E. Crowell

Miniature Canada goose by A. E. Crowell in excellent original condition. Branded with the rectangular stamp.

SOLD

Miniature woodcock by A.E. Crowell

Miniature woodcock in outstanding original condition by Anthony "Elmer" Crowell of East Harwich, MA. His circular paper label is glued to the bottom. Purchased directly from Elmer by the consignor's father who purchased 3 miniatures. He wanted to order a goose decoy at the same time but at $25.00 his wife felt that it was too expensive.

SOLD

Ringneck by James Latham

Ringneck by James Lapham of Dennisport, Mass.

SOLD

Ringneck by Cleon Crowell

Ringneck by Cleon Crowell in excellent original condition. Rectangular brand on the bottom. Strong color and form. Signed in ink on the bottom, "Dad Crowell May 6, 1955".

SOLD

Pair of life size blue-winged teal

Pair of life size blue-winged teal by the late well known Cape Cod carver Gordon Clark of Yarmouthport, MA.

$750

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Folk Art

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Rare cribbage board

Rare cribbage board in the shape of an ocean going ship by the late craftsman Van Ryper (Vineyard Haven, Martha's Vineyard, MA). 17 ½” X 1 ¾.” Detailed with decks, portholes, mast etc. One “lifeboat” detail missing as well as forward flagstaff and one cribbage “peg”. Overall very good condition and an interesting work of nautical art.

$600

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Miscellaneous

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Landscape by William N. McLane

Landscape, O/C by William N. McLane. Bill McLane (b. 1951) is an American oil painter from Swansea, Massachusetts. Basically self taught, his focus is on old master and Impressionist techniques. He is a listed artist and has earned international recognition for his skill in capturing light and form. His work can be found in notable galleries and private collections worldwide. He currently resides in New England where he teaches and continues painting the local scenes. SS 9 ¾ x17 ½ O/C.
Provenance: E.M. Stanley Collection

$1500

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