Jon Deeter calls this drake by the Mason Decoy Factory in Detroit, Michigan, a holy grail of collecting. Premier grade, it couples the rarest species with the highest grade of the factory. The only hollow-carved example known to exist, it is in superb condition. No wonder it was top lot at $690,000, setting a world auction record for the factory maker. It brought $354,500 at the McCleery sale at Sotheby’s in January 2000. Guyette Deeter photo.Wood duck by the Mason Decoy Factory
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
Pair of Mallards made by Mason Decoy Co., Detroit, MI, 1896-1924, Standard grade, solid wood, C-1910, drake has significant wear to body with bottom crack, hen late production C-1923, excellent original paint, with most of the neck filler is missing, small cracks and dents, glass eyes.