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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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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.

SOLD

Blue winged teal by Xavier Bourg

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

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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.



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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.

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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%!

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.

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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 NEW Price! $3000

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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

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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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.

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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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