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Decoys

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Rare Rare Rare cork and pine black duck Decoy by Shang Wheeler

Rare Rare Rare cork and pine black duck Decoy by Shang Wheeler. In all original condition in all respects. There is a small area of cork missing to one side of the head. Bottom Tag reads; Charles E “Shang Wheeler” Stratford CT. Ca 1936 sold with a letter of authentication dated Dec. 13, 1972 signed by Tom Marshall.” Letter has been lost but we positively guarantee this decoy is by the one and only “Shang” Wheeler. Connecticut’s finest decoy maker from that early period.

$1875

Handsome black duck decoy circa early to mid 1900’s

Handsome black duck decoy circa early to mid 1900’s by an unknown craftsman. In fine original condition with raised feather carved wingtips raised over a split tail with carved feathers. Body is fully carved with exceptionally fine detail to body shaping. Eyes are made of glass and the bill is nicely detailed.  In fine original paint. Structurally sound. Looks similar in many ways to the work of Ben Schmidt of Centerline, Michigan.

$375

Western Grebe by Harold Haertel

Western Grebe by Harold Haertel (1904-1995), West Dundee, IL. In excellent original condition. Bottom reads “ IV Western Grebe by Harold Haertel, 1970”. Provenance Grobaker Collection.

SOLD

Pair of Blue-Winged Teal

Pair of Blue-Winged Teals by John Garton (1911-1985). The hen has raised wing tips and glass eyes. Excellent original condition. The drake is in excellent original condition, has a turned head, raised wings and glass eyes. Provenance Grobaker Collection.

$2400

Swimming mallard by Omar Perez

Swimming mallard by Omar Perez (1857-1951). Nicely delineated wing carving with head thrust forward. Old original paint gunning paint with light to moderate wear. Old neck check has been repaired. See pages 252-255 in Lures and Legends by Cheramie for information about this early Louisiana maker.

$1400

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Shorebirds

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Running split tail yellowlegs c1900

Running split tail yellowlegs c1900 from Martha’s Vineyard with a baleen bill. Largely original paint with light to moderate wear and a few rubs to primer. Lightly hit by shot on left side. Surface has darkened and mellowed with age.

$2750

Golden Plover from Nantucket, MA

Golden Plover from Nantucket, MA, ca 1880-1900. In fine dry original paint. Baptized by shot. Grain lines visible on the left side. Bill is carved in one piece with the head and body.

$1800

Miniature flying black bellied plover by AJ Dando

Miniature flying black-bellied plover by A J Dando in excellent original condition with two tight wing checks near where the wing is attached to the body. Neither detract and can only be seen on the back of the wing. Found with the other and likely made in ‘41.

$550

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

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Decorative

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Yellowlegs with wings extended by Stan Sparre

Beautifully carved and painted yellowlegs with wings extended by the late Stan Sparre of Cape Cod in excellent original condition. His ink stamp appears on the bottom. He also signed it Sparre. In excellent original condition in all respects. A wonderful piece by this talented carver.

$375

Downy woodpecker by Stan Sparre

Downy woodpecker by Stan Sparre on a unique mount chosen by this extremely talented bird carver. Beautifully carved and painted. In excellent original condition. Signed on the bottom, Stan Sparre, Cape Cod.

$300

Flying bobolink by Stan Sparre

Flying bobolink carving conceived and executed by the late noted Cape Cod Artist Stan Sparre. Signed and on the bottom of the mount “Stan Sparre Cape Cod”.

$350

Life size Ruffed Grouse by Mike Borrett, Madison, WI

Life size Ruffed Grouse by Mike Borrett, Madison, WI. Excellent original condition and mounted in the flying position on a grain painted post and pedestal. An impressive carving by this maker.

$875

Life Size Robin by James Lapham, Dennisport, MA

Life Size Robin by James Lapham, Dennisport, MA. In excellent original condition. “Robin, J. Lapham Dennisport, MA “ in ink on the bottom of the base. From the collection of Joseph Ellis.

$450

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.

SOLD

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

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

SOLD

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Miscellaneous

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The "Classic Shorebird Series"

The Classic Shorebird Series printed in 1971. A collection of 24 full color lithographs of America’s finest shorebird decoys by the late artist, Milton C. Weiler.

Included is a stunning color lithograph of the Lothrop Holmes ruddy turnstone. All color lithographs are in excellent original condition. Still in original case. Never framed.

$450

The “Classic Decoy Series”

The “Classic Decoy Series”. From the Winchester Press in 1969.
24 full color lithographs of classic duck decoys by the late important artist Milton C. Weiler. All 24 prints are in excellent condition.

$450

Exceptional shadow box featuring 2 miniatures by Gibbs

Exceptional shadow Box featuring 2 Miniature carvings by Harold Gibbs. A Black-Bellied Plover (1966) and a Killdeer (1967). Case made by Donmar Studios of Brookfield, CT. Box is made of Oak and is 7” X 13 7/8”. Original condition.
Provenance: Brewster Collection.

SOLD

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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