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Decoys

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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

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

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

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.

$2900 - Price cut 20%!

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.

$2900 - Price cut 20%!

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

Bluebill drake by Charlie Joiner

Bluebill drake by Charlie Joiner signed and dated 1950.

$475

Early redhead drake by Madison Mitchell

Early redhead drake by Madison Mitchell in all original condition. Signed on the bottom.



$450

Pair of Madison Mitchell Canvasbacks

Pair of Madison Mitchell Canvasbacks of Havre de Grace, MD.  Botha are excellent original condition.



$550

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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

Black bellied plover by William Gibian

Black-bellied plover by William Gibian of Onancock, VA. In excellent original condition. Bears his unique carved GIBIAN signature in the bottom.



$750

Life size Robin Snipe by William Gibian

Life size Robin Snipe by William Gibian with his carved GIBIAN signature in the bottom. In excellent original condition.



$750

Life size ruddy turnstone by William Gibian

Life size ruddy turnstone by William Gibian of Onancock, VA. Bears his carved GIBIAN signature on the bottom. In excellent original condition.



$750

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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 pair of mallards by Crowell

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

$2750

Rare hooded merganser drake by A.E. Crowell

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

$1875

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

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 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

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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Miscellaneous

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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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