Items for Sale

Decoys

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Pair of Jim Foote green-winged teal decoys

Pair of Jim Foote green-winged teal decoys from Lewiston, Michigan, b. 1925. High quality glass eyes. Finely detailed original paint with beautifully carved and shaped wings. Signed and dated in ink on underside "Jim Foote 1976". "Dentoni's Collection" purple ink stamp and typed provenance labels also on undersides. Lengths 11.75.

$2450

Ring-necked drake by Dr. Miles Pirnie

Rare example of a ring-necked drake by Dr. Miles Pirnie of Lansing, MI, 1898-1976. Eyes are glass. All original paint with gunning wear.

$625

blue-winged teal drake by Jack Franco

Stunning example of a blue-winged teal drake by Jack Franco of Assonet, MA. Near Fall River. Made for Charles Newman in May of 1980. Franco was a top tier decoy carver and artist. Later in life he moved to Arizona and at this time he is no longer carving. His works could be found in the prestigious Crossroads of Sport Gallery in NYC and in the top collections of decoys and waterfowl art in the world. An intricately painted carving with raised and finely carved and detailed wing feathers.

$950

Green-winged teal hen by Xavier Bourg

Great example of a green-winged teal hen by Xavier Bourg of Larose, LA. In excellent original gunning condition with some chipping and a high neck break that has been glued tight. Typically carved and serrated wing detail.

$750

Exceptional Bishop’s Head Gun Club black duck by Stephen and Lem Ward

Exceptional Bishop’s Head Gun Club black duck c1930 by two of America’s finest decoy makers. Stephen (1896-1976) and Lem Ward (1895-1976) of Crisfield, MD. An exceedingly rare example with the head turned sharply to the right. This decoy has never been overboard and is in excellent original dry paint with only a few minor age imperfections such as a slight neck seam separation and the slightly lifted plug on top of the head. The surface has never been touched or cleaned since the day it was crafted. We have only handled one other Bishop’s Head black duck. In 2010 it sold in our Summer sale for a record $97,750. On a rating of 1 to 5 this decoy is a 5. Priced to sell on a first come first serve basis at $45,000.

$45,000

Anthony Elmer Crowell white-winged scoter

Rare Anthony Elmer Crowell white-winged scoter in immature plumage and in excellent original paint. Early clear oval brand and deep C M brand for Clayton Mayo. Clayton was the owner of Mayo’s Duck Farm in Orleans back in the early 1900’s and a good friend of Elmer Crowell. 

$15,500

Outstanding broadbill hen in excellent original condition by Lem Ward

Outstanding broadbill hen in excellent original condition by Lem Ward (1896-1984) of Crisfield, MD. Presented to his good friend Charles Grobaker. Head turned sharply to the right. The wings are carved and the body features lightly raised wingtips. Carved primaries with notched and fluted tail feathers. Outstanding plumage texture on head with deeply set eyes. Superbly applied and blended original paint in excellent condition. Noted on bottom: “Made for – a special – friend – Chas Grobaker – collection – Lem Ward – 1968”. Exceptional example made with finite detail for his friend. This is the finest example of a decorative Ward bluebill hen that we have ever seen.

$6,750


Provenance: Grobaker collection

Bluebill drake by Harry Fennimore

Bluebill drake by Harry Fennimore, 1886-1970, Bordentown, NJ. This  exact decoy is pictured in Kenneth L. Gosner’s book, “Working Decoys of the Jersey Coast and Delaware River Valley" on page 101.

$575

Blue-winged teal drake

Very finely carved blue-winged teal drake in very worn original paint. Bottom reads; “John Bruce body” odee head”.

$300

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

Bluebill drake by Madison Mitchell

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



$375

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 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

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%!

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

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Shorebirds

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Exceptional lesser yellowlegs in a walking pose by Crowell

Exceptional lesser yellowlegs c1920-1930 in a walking pose by Anthony Elmer Crowell and so signed, “A E Crowell Cape Cod” in ink on the rare base base made of bark. Featuring glass eyes and a split tail. The head and neck are delicately turned to the right approximately 45 degrees. In near pristine original condition in all respects with a fine patina to the surface. Only the very tip of one toe was replaced professionally by restorer Steven Weaver who also added a minuscule dab of paint to a tiny rub at the very tip of the bill. A lovely example by America’s number one decoy maker and pioneer decorative bird carver.

$8500

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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Miniature yellowlegs by Anthony Elmer Crowell

Miniature yellowlegs by Anthony Elmer Crowell of East Harwich, MA. In excellent original condition and paint less a tiny ding under the bottom of the upper half of the tail touched up. Crisp rectangular brand reads, A. E. Crowell Maker East Harwich Mass.

$2000

Life size oldsquaw drake by Martin D. Collins

Life size oldsquaw drake by one of New Englands finest carvers, Martin D. Collins. This exquisite example is branded on the bottom of the mount and dated 1988. It was made when Mr. Collins was living in Wareham. It is in excellent original condition all respects with one raised and carved wing with the other wingtips carved in relief.

$775

Exquisite flying grouse by Mike Borrett

Exquisite flying grouse on grain painted turned post and mount by Mike Borrett of Oregon, WI. 

$1,250

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.

NEW PRICE! $550

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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Early binnacle by Harper and Son Co.

Early binnacle by Harper and Son Co. New York, NY.

$725

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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