Lem Ward early carving original paint Ward Brothers. $2,400.00. The Ward brothers, Lemuel T. Ward (1897–1984) and Steven W. Ward (1895–1976) became famous for their wooden wildfowl carvings. In November 2006, a Ward Brothers goldeneye drake decoy sold for US$109,250. This is identified on the bottom as having been done by Lem Ward as a boy ,about 100 years old Original paint.
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