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Decoys

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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

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

Swimming blue-winged teal drake by Bourg

Swimming blue-winged teal drake by Xavier Bourg. Bottom reads; "Decoy collection of maker Zavier (sp) Bourg Eloi Bourg of Lafourche Parish La Rose, Louisiana". In excellent original paint and condition in all respects. Lower wing edge features serrated carving typical of Bourg.

SOLD

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

Early redhead drake by Madison Mitchell

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



$450

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

A E Crowell preening lesser yellowlegs

A E Crowell preening lesser yellowlegs mounted on a beautifully carved and painted oyster shell. Stamped with the rectangular brand. Paint is early and helps date this carving to the early 20’s. In excellent near perfect original condition. Raised and drop wing carving in a unique style.

$11,500 $8500

Lesser yellowlegs c1920-1930’s by A E Crowell

Lesser yellowlegs c1920-1930’s by A E Crowell (1862-1952) is mounted in a carved and painted quahog. This exceptional example is in nearly mint original condition less a tiny ding on the very tip of the tail. Delicately conceived with the neck and head slightly tilted and turned to the left. The soft dry-brushed feathering and detail is exceptional. As fine an example as one can find. Rectangular stamp has been colored black.

$11,500  $8500

Life size piping plover by A E Crowell

Life size piping plover by A E Crowell (1862-1952). In excellent original condition in all respects. Mounted on a carved and painted quahog shell with age crazing on the mount near the left foot. Specie identified in script on the bottom. A E Crowell rectangular stamp impressed on the bottom. The rectangular stamp was used in the 1920’s and possibly earlier.

$4500

Yellowlegs by George Boyd

Yellowlegs c 1910 by George Boyd of Seabrook, NH bears the Dr. George Ross Starr ink stamp. Purchased by the consignor at the Starr sale in the 1980’s. It is the exact bird pictured on the left in figure 35 on page 87 of “Decoys of the Atlantic Flyway by Dr. George Ross Starr. In fine original paint with toning and patina. Original tack eyes and wooden bill. On pages 85 and 86 Starr writes “The man who made the round-headed yellowlegs on the left in figure 35 was unknown for many years, but has now been identified as George Boyd of Seabrook, New Hampshire. For many years he made various birds in this style for the Iver Johnson store in Boston”.

Price on request

Black-bellied plover c 1910 by George Boyd

Black-bellied plover c 1910 by George Boyd of Seabrook, NH. From the collection of Dr. George Ross Starr of Duxbury, MA and sold at the Bourne auction of the Starr collection in the 1980’s. The bottom of the decoy bears the Starr collection ink stamp. In fine original gunning condition with a few shot marks. Strong bold sculpture.

Price on request

Miniature golden plover flyer by AJ Dando

Miniature golden plover flyer by A J Dando of Philadelphia. In excellent original condition in all respects. While all Dando waterfowl miniatures are rare and well executed his flying shorebirds are nearly non-existent. Signed A J Dando 41.

$550

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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A E Crowell miniature flying mallard drake mounted on plaque

A E Crowell miniature flying mallard drake mounted on an original painted plaque. In excellent original condition. Purchased at a Bourne auction in the 80’s with that information stapled on paper to the back of the plaque.

$2950

Double mount of mallards A E Crowell and Son

Double mount of mallards on a piece of driftwood with bark attached by A E Crowell and Son. Signed on the bottom, “A. E. Crowell & Son East Harwich, Mass.” in excellent original condition.

$2750

Miniature herring gull by A E Crowell

Miniature herring gull in excellent original condition by A E Crowell of East Harwich, MA with a very small chip to the tip of the bill.

$1750

Miniature tern by A E Crowell

Miniature tern by A E Crowell of East Harwich, MA mounted on a small piece of driftwood. In excellent original condition in all respects.

$2950

Life-size greater yellowlegs by Lem and Steve Ward

Exquisite life-size greater yellowlegs by Lem and Steve Ward of Crisfield, MD. 12 1/2 inches from the bottom of the mount to the top of the head. 10 inches from the breast to the tail. Condition: In perfect original condition except for a tiny ding to the very tip of one tail feather.

$9500

Red-headed woodpecker by A E Crowell

Red-headed woodpecker c 1930’s-1940’s in excellent original condition by A E Crowell (1862-1952). About 2/3 life size. Mounted on bark and made to be hung on a casing or wall.

$3750

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

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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Thousand Island souvenir paddle

Thousand Island souvenir paddle titled “Lighthouse and Moonlight 1000 Islands”. In excellent original condition in respects Approximately 22 inches in length.

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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