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Decoys

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Bluebill drake by Madison Mitchell

Bluebill drake by Madison Mitchell of Havre de Grace, MD. An early example in all original paint.



$375

Wigeon drake by Dr. Miles Pirnie

Wigeon drake by Dr. Miles Pirnie and branded with his mark on the bottom. A collector button, 426, is attached to the bottom. In excellent original condition in all respects.



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Pair of large early eider decoys by Alton E. Wallace

Pair of large early eider decoys in excellent original paint with a warm patina by Alton E. Wallace of Phippsburg, Maine. Both bear the Wallace hot brand on the bottom. Hen exhibits very nice individual feather detail.

$5500

Wonderful early eider drake

Wonderful early eider drake circa 1920’s from Nova Scotia. In fine early paint with moderate gunning wear.  A wide-bodied well sculptured form. Brand on the bottom appears to be HB.

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Blue winged teal by Xavier Bourg

Blue-winged teal by Xavier Bourg of Houma, LA.

$550

Excellent stylish bluebill hen

Excellent stylish bluebill hen circa 1900 from the St. Clair Flats, Canada. In very good overall gunning condition.



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Red breasted merganser hen by Hurley Conklin

Red-breasted merganser hen by the late decoy maker Hurley Conklin of Manahawkin, NJ. In excellent original condition in all respects. Branded with his name on the bottom.



$450

Bluebill decoy by Henry Keyes Chadwick

Bluebill decoy in natural finish by renown Martha’s Vineyard decoy maker Henry Keyes Chadwick of Oak Bluffs. In fine overall condition with a tight neck check.



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Bluebill drake by the Hays Decoy Factory

Bluebill drake by the Hays Decoy Factory of Jefferson City, MO. C 1920’s. In excellent original paint with gunning wear.



$295

Pair of Madison Mitchell Canvasbacks

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



$550

Early redhead drake by Madison Mitchell

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



$450

Bluebill drake by Charlie Joiner

Bluebill drake by Charlie Joiner signed and dated 1950.

$475

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”.

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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%!

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%!

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

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

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 NEW Price! $3000

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

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Shorebirds

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Curlew by Joe King

Curlew circa 1890-1910 by Joe King, Manahawkin, NJ. In excellent original gunning condition.



$825

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

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

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

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

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Decorative

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Pair of goldfinches and a Viceroy butterfly by Jim and Joan Siebert

Pair of life size carved goldfinches peering at a carved Viceroy butterfly by Jim and Joan Siebert of Cape May, New Jersey. Beautifully mounted on driftwood. Signed on the mount.

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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

RARE miniature laughing gull by Crowell

RARE miniature laughing gull by Crowell. Excellent original condition.

$1775

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

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 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

Rare hooded merganser drake by A.E. Crowell

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

$1875

Miniature pair of mallards by Crowell

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

$2750

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

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

$1875

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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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