216 PINTAIL HEN by the L.T. Ward Bros., Crisfield, Md. Weathered original paint, worn to the wood in areas. 1948 balsa construction, in good condition. Some body dents and small chip from upper tail. Low-head model turned slightly left. Notations on bottom read: L.T. Ward, Crisfield, Md. 1948. Also signed L.T. Ward Bros., 1948, Lem Steve. See Ward Brothers Decoys by Gard and McGrath, pg. 65, plate 61. 1500-1800
Sold for: $ 132,000 Pair of Rare Ward Brothers Widgeon Decoys, Lemuel T. Ward (1896-1983) and Stephen Ward (1895-1976), Crisfield, Maryland, early 20th century, turned-head figures with original paint, (minor losses, repairs), lg. 15 1/2 in. Provenance: Former William (Bill) F. Mackey, Jr., collection, the decoys bear the "Mackey Collection" stamp on bases. Literature: The drake of this pair is illustrated in William F. Mackey, Jr., American Bird Decoys (New York: Bonanza Books, 1965), p. 1
Carved and painted Ward Brothers Canadian goose decoy, signed and dated "1970"