Swimming Merganser Hen Luther M. Nickerson (1874-1951) Cotuit, MA, c. 1920 A fine example of a working Cape Cod sea duck decoy. The bird displays glass eyes, carved bill detail, and the maker's classic raised wings. Original paint with gunning wear and craquelure. Touch-up to a neck crack.
Price Realized: 2,300.00 Premier Grade Canvasback Pair Mason Decoy Factory (1896-1924) Detroit, MI, c. 1910 A pair of hollow decoys from the Brannum rig. Original paint with gunning wear. Both decoys have minor neck repairs. Hen has minor touch-up to head and sides. Drake has an attached aluminum Brannum rig tag. Literature: Russ J. Goldberger and Alan Haid, "Mason Decoys: A Complete Pictorial Guide," Lewes, DE, 2003, p. 50, similar decoys illustrated.
Price Realized: 7,475.00 Premier Grade Merganser Hen The Mason Decoy Factory (1896-1924) Detroit, MI, c. 1910 This is the first time this decoy has been offered at public auction, having descended through the same family for generations. This early "snakey head" American merganser displays strong swirled paint, even on the head, adding a feathered look to the bird. Outstanding original paint with a light coat of sealer; minimal gunning wear. Rigging removed, including an inset weight, or…
Henry Grant (1845-1912) Barnegat, NJ, c. 1900 A rare, hollow merganser decoy from the Bob-O-Del Gun Club rig. This club was founded by members of General Motors on Middlemoor Island, which is now part of the Assateague National Seashore. Their decoys were branded "O" under the tail with a piece of red-hot, cast iron pipe. The decoy also bears a "Mackey" collection stamp on the underside. In working repaint with gunning wear, a neck repair, and a replaced bill.
Price Realized: 632.50 Premier Grade Broadbill Drake Mason Decoy Factory (1896-1924) Detroit, MI, c. 1910 A wide-billed, large-body style hollow decoy with a "Raymond Lead Co., Chicago" lead strip weight and the initials "EG" carved in the bottom. Original paint with light gunning wear, touch-up to neck filler and seam separation.