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Pintail decoy with attribution taped to base "Made by Sold $550 Ward Brothers - Lem" - "Purchased from John Lacey Ridgefield Conn." Paint loss,wear, wood shrinkage crack along base. Original tack eyes. Provenance: From the Ann Phillips collection, Verbank NY.

Pintail decoy - attrubition Ward Bros. : Lot 206

Sold for $277 THREE DUCK DECOYS. American, mid 20th century. Folksy merganser with original working paint and shot scars, 15"l., one from Ogdensburg, New York, with glass eyes, and a small sink box mallard with hinged back, 10"l. Estimate $ 200-400

Sold for $1,046 CANADA GOOSE DECOY. American, mid 20th century. Life size with carved wing details and original paint. Wear. 23"l. Estimate $ 150-350

Sold $1,400 DECOYS - Pair of Male & Female Merganser Decoys by John Paxson of Virginia, early 20th c, in carved and painted wood with horseshoes on underside for weight, carved maker's mark of conjoined "JP" and owners initials of "AAW". 22" long. Some wear from use, small shrinkage cracks.

(2) DECOYS - Pair of Male & Female Merganser Decoys by : Lot 21

LOTHROP HOLMES (1821-1899) An exceptional and rare Red-Breasted Merganser Hen, mid to late 19th century Price realized: $856,000 Jan 2007,...

Sold for: $2,214 Fourteen Canvasback Duck Decoys, America, early 20th century, seven drakes and seven hens, most with painted eyes, all with lead weights, one drake with glass tack eyes and scalloped edge to front dark feathers is marked "M" on underside, approx. lg. 16 1/2 in. Estimate $800-1,200

A beautiful example of apr. of shooting stool bluebills by Lem & Steve Ward of Crisfield, Maryland signed & dated they are in outstanding original paint & condition D.W. Nichols, Smith Falls,Ontario

John Collier's Collectible Decoys

A rare red-breasted Merganser Hen bird decoy by carver Lothrop Holmes (1821 - 1899)

Image: Lothrop Holmes Merganser Hen bird decoy - Wikicollecting

Realized Price: $85,000 Superlatives pale when attempting to describe the appeal of this widgeon drake by Joseph Whiting Lincoln (1859-1938). This is one of only two widgeon by Lincoln that exist in superb original condition. Few, if any carvers, achieved the pleasing rolling lines and perfect symmetry of a Lincoln decoy. The rich luster and surface texture puts Lincoln above the fray. Few admirers of great decoys would disagree. The paint on this decoy has the same brilliance as on th

Lincoln Widgeon Drake

Realized Price: $13,500 Outstanding brant c1920's by Ira Hudson (1876-1949) of Chincoteague, VA. Hollow body comprised of three laminated sections. Strong original paint is in excellent condition. Original pad weight has a conjoined "JCK" scratched into it which was the rig mark for the Kruger family of Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Rare Brant by Ira Hudson

Realized Price: $60,000 Singular rig mate pair of redheads c1920's by Ira Hudson (1876-1949) of Chincoteague, VA. Both heads strongly turned, drake to the left and hen to the right. Especially attractive, plump football shape and thin flat paddle tail so characteristic of Hudson's best work. Strong original paint with well-defined swirling at edge of both breasts. Surface is crackled on breast and on rump of both. Thin, tight check in back and thin crack on bot-tom of both. Each h

Rare Turned Head Redhead Pair by Ira Hudson

Realized Price: $850 Red-breasted merganser drake c1900 by William Southard of Bellmore, Long Island, NY. Pronounced wing carving extend the length of the decoy and end with a "V" shaped delineation at base of tail. Paint is a combination of some worn original with rubs to wood and some in-use touchup to the head and to some of the white. Graceful, elongated body form. 800-1500 Provenance: Powell collection

Red Breasted Merganser Drake

Realized Price: $14,000 Spectacular bluebill hen by Nathan Rowley Horner (1882-1942) of West Creek, New Jersey. Horner's early high head style. Hollow carved to a remarkable thinness and featuring perfect symmetry. Excellent original paint and condition. There is a small "bark pull indentation" on the right side of the head. This is the exact decoy pic-tured in plate 220 on page 106 of "Classic New Jersey Decoys" by James Doherty. This decoy certainly ranks among t

Bluebill Hen by Rowley Horner

Realized Price: $3,750 Early and rare preening pintail hen by Robert ("Bob") White (b1939). Carved to show the bill tucked into the back feathers with a pronounced "sleepy eye" appearance. Excellent original paint and condition. This is the exact decoy pictured on page 113 of "Floating Sculpture" by Huster and Knight. In this reference the authors state that this is "A classic Bob White preening pintail hen from his personal shooting rig. This typical raised wing Delaware

Pintail Hen by Bob White

Realized Price: $3,500 Outstanding black duck circa 1900 from the Stratford school of carving, Stratford, CT. Hollow carved and extremely light with a thin, applied bottom board. Notably pinched breast, shallow ice groove and lightly carved wingtips on the tail. Carved and stamped individual feather detail. Closely aligned incised lines cover the upper three quarters of the back and body as well as covering the entire head

Stratford Black Duck

The preening canvasback deserves extra respect as a senior among decoys. Made in the third quarter of the 19th century, it is, said Deeter, “getting very old for decoys.” It was carved by Albert Laing, who had a market selling ducks at the Fulton Fish Market in New York City, and it is thought that the $34,500 decoy was part of his rig.The preening canvasback deserves extra respect as a senior among decoys. Made in the third quarter of the 19th century, it is, said Deeter, ...

North American Decoys at Auction | Maine Antique Digest

Standing Canada goose by Charles Schoenheider

Guyette, Schmidt & Deeter Auction Archives

Dating from the last quarter of the 19th century, the approximately 31" long hollow-carved slot-neck Canada goose sold for $632,500. Guyette Deeter’s detailed catalog entry notes who found it and where, the make of a crosspiece, the intended use for the decoy, details on the decoy’s removable head, the dates and locations of previous sales, etc., plus literature, including page numbers. At Sotheby’s January 2000 McCleery sale, it sold for $233,500. Guyette Deeter photo.Slot neck Canada goose

Guyette, Schmidt & Deeter Auction Archives

Realized Price: $18960 Seabrook, New Hampshire Canada goose decoy by George Boyd (1873-1941), retaining its original painted surface, 18" h., 28" l., 9" w. Provenance: Mary Page, Warner, New Hampshire.

Wooden c. 1920 Brant Goose Decoy Long Island Nice!

Wooden c. 1920 Brant Goose Decoy Long Island

Sold for $2,176 Four painted and hollow carved working decoys attributed to john blair, sr. (1842-1928 ), philadelphia, pa, late 19th/early 20th c Including a sleeping black duck, all with two dowels evident at underside, bear brand of "JD Norcom," with leaded weights.


Realized Price: $3198 Carved swimming duck decoy, early 20th c., 20 1/2" l.

1977 & 1968 & 1966 Annual Decoy Collector's Guides by Hal Sorenson - Being sold on eBay - starting bid $10.

Floating Sculpture The Decoys of the Delaware River 1st ed. The best reference book available for Delaware River decoys, including John Blair. Nice color photos.