We're pleased to offer a nice selection of Decoys from the San Francisco Bay and Delta region of California on West Coast Decoys.  If you see anything that you'd like additional information on, please e-mail me at westcoastdecoys@gmail.com.  Feel free to call me at 1 (800) 942-0309.  Thanks for looking!


Jansen/Zalesky

Pintail Drake

A great example by two of the most collectible early San Francisco Bay area makers. The body is a 1920s Dick Janson (Sonoma, CA) and the paint is by Larry Zalesky (Vallejo, CA), ca. 1930s. Measures 17.5" in length.

Price: $700 

 


Fuhrmann

Miniature Pintails

Original pair of mini. pintails by Herman "Junky" Fuhrmann (Berkeley, CA), c. 1950's. Bodies are foam on board with wooden inserted tail (drake) and heads. The hen has a dime-sized indentation on the back.  Fuhrmann was an accomplished boat builder and his portrait and model ships remain on display at the famous Berkeley landmark, Spenger's Fish Grotto. 

Price: $215 

 


Pappy Kidwell

Miniature Pintails

Rare, miniature pintail pair by Harold "Pappy" Kidwell of Berkley, CA, C. 1960's. Drake is branded with the square "K" and hen is branded with the circle "K".  Good original paint and condition. Drake measures approximately 12" from bill tip to tail tip and hen measures 9".

Price: $295

 

 


Pappy Kidwell

Mini Wood Duck

Rare, miniature drake wood duck by Harold "Pappy" Kidwell of Berkley, CA, C. 1960's. Branded with the square and HK on the bottom. Good original paint and condition. Measures approximately 7" from bill tip to tail tip.

Price: $150

 

 


Pappy Kidwell

Mini Brant

Rare, miniature brant by Harold "Pappy" Kidwell of Berkley, CA, C. 1960's. Branded with the square and HK on the bottom. Good original paint and condition. Measures approximately 8" from bill tip to tail tip.

Price: $150

 

 


Pappy Kidwell

Mini Canvasback

Rare, miniature drake canvasback by Harold "Pappy" Kidwell of Berkley, CA, C. 1960's. Branded with the square and HK on the bottom. Good original paint and condition. Measures approximately 8" from bill tip to tail tip.

Price: $150

 

 


Glenn DeLozier

Canvasback Drake

Very early balsa bodied canvasback drake attributed to Glenn DeLozier of Rodeo, CA.  Nicely carved SF Bay canvasback with a stylish and slightly turned head.

Price: $200

 

 


Joe Roesling

Pintail Pair

Miller and Hanson's refrence on Wildfowl Decoys of the Pacific Coast states, "The most stylish decoys carved in the East Bay were those carved by Joe Roesling of Alameda".  The paint on this pair of pintails has been expertly restored by the deceased California artist, Don Brewer.  Each measures approximately 17.5" in length.

Price: $1850

 

 



Pappy Kidwell

Wood Duck

Exceedingly rare wood duck drake by Harold "Pappy" Kidwell of Berkley, CA.  Signed and dated by the maker 1970.  Branded with the square K on the bottom.  Good original paint and condition.  Kidwell's work is well documented on pages 235-240 of Wildfowl Decoys of the Pacific Coast by Miller and Hanson.  Measures approximately 13.5" in length.

Price: $400

 

 


Martin Humphrys

Bluebill Drake

Solid carved bluebill drake by Martin Humphrys (1893-1945) of San Francisco, CA, c. 1925.  See page 194 of Wildfowl Decoys of the Pacific Coast.  The head appears mostly original but worn and the boddy appears to have been repainted. Measures 12.5" in length.

Price: $150


"HI" Hendricks

Pintail Drake

Pintail drake by Hiram "HI" Hendricks of San Ramon, CA c 1940's and nicely epainted at a later date. See page 162 of Wildfowl Decoys of the Pacific Coast by Miller and Hanson.

Price: $400


Unknown Maker

Teal

Folksy little (11") green-winged teal drake in a swimming posture from the SF Bay area and c 1940. I believe the gray on the bottom to be an old in use repaint and the remainder of the decoy appears good and original. "Imbert & Smithers" is written on the bottom. However, I believe this attribution to be incorrect.

Price: $250


Pappy Kidwell

Pintail Drake

A real piece of CA decoy folk art...A high head pintail drake by Pappy Kidwell (Berkeley, CA) c 1950. This exact decoy is pictured on page 237 of Wildfowl Decoys of the Pacific Coast by Miller and Hanson. The picture doesn't do this one justice. It is a large decoy measuring approx. 21" in length. Constructed of cork on board with inserted raised wings, an inserted tail and head/neck. Large keel with ballast weight. A special order decoy.

Price: $300

 


George Goertz

Sleeping Canvasbacks

Rare pair of sleeping canvasbacks by George Goertz of Alameda, CA, c. 1947. See Wildfowl Decoys of Californai page 268 for a similar pair as well as our article on Goertz in the November-December 2008 issue of Hunting and Fishing Collectibles magazine. Goertz was an innovative maker who pioneered many different construction techniques. Bodies are constructed of balsawood and measure approximately 12" in length. There is a crack on the drakes right side.

Price: $800


George Goertz

Pintail Sleeper

Rare pintail sleeper by George Goertz of Alameda, CA, c. 1938. See Wildfowl Decoys of California page 267 for a similar example as well as our article on Goertz in the November-December 2008 issue of Hunting and Fishing collectibles magazine. Goertz was an innovative maker who pioneered many different construction techniques.  This example is constructed of stuffed canvas with a redwood bottom board. Measures 16" in length.

Price: $450


George Goertz

Bluebill Drake

Bluebill drake by George Goertz of Alameda, CA, c. 1920's. Rigmate to the group pictured on page 269 of Wildfowl Decoys of California. Also see our article on Goertz in the November-December 2008 issue of Hunting and Fishing Collectibles magazine. Goertz was an innovative maker who pioneered many different construction techniques. Measures 12" in length. White sides appears to have an old second coat of paint applied.

Price: $500


Elmer Smith

Mallard Pair

Excellent all original pair of mallards by Elmer Smith (Oakland, CA) ca. 1950's. This exact pair are pictured on page 318 of Wildfowl Decoys of California by Mike Miller. Solid carved, measuring approximately 14" in length and each are signed by the maker on the keel.

Price: $325


Harry Cook

Canvasback Pair

Excellent and original canvasback pair by Harry Cook (Vallejo, CA). Signed and dated by the maker 1974. COOK branded in the bottoms. Each measures approximately 13.5" in length. See pages 188-192 of Wildfowl Decoys of California by Michael Miller.

Price: $700


George Rule

Canvasback Pair

Wonderful canvasback pair by George Rule (Vallejo, CA) ca. 1900. I believe the white on the drake to be mostly a very old in use repaint, likely by the maker. The hen may have some old repaint on the body, as well likely by the maker. See pages 205-206 of Wildfowl Decoys of Califonria by Mike Miller. These are very early and highly collectible CA decoys. Both measure 13 1/2" in length. Detailed and folksy bill carving.

Price: $750

 


Ed Snyder

Teal Drake

Snyder is considered to have been one of the most talented of the early CA decoy makers. His works are highly prized. This working green-winged teal drake is solid carved and estimated to be ca. 1940. The paint is Snyders early work and estimated to have been applied ca. 1960's. Measures just under 12" in length. See Wildfowl Decoys of California by Michael Miller for additional information on this important early CA decoy maker.

Price: $2000


Ed Snyder

White-fronted Goose

Snyder is considered to have been one of the most talented of the early CA decoy makers. His early works are highly prized. His early decorative pieces continue to demonstrate his talents. This hollow white-fronted goose is signed by the maker and dated 1971. Measures 17" in length with a unique turned head posture and outstanding all original paint.

Price: $2600


Larry Zalesky

Bluebill Drake

All original, solid carved, bluebill drake by Larry Zalesky (Vacaville, CA) ca. 1960s-70s. Measures 14" in length.

Price: $575


Larry Zalesky

Mallard Pair

Larry Zalesky (Vacaville, CA) Mallard Pair ca. 1975. This exact pair are pictured on page 213 of Wildfowl Decoys of California

Price: $1650


George Goertz

Pintail Sleeper

Rare pintail sleeper by George Goertz of Alameda, CA, c. 1938. See Wildfowl Decoys of California page 267 for a similar example as well as our article on Goertz in the November-December 2008 issue of Hunting and Fishing collectibles magazine. Goertz was an innovative maker who pioneered many different construction techniques. This example is constructed of stuffed canvas with a redwood bottom board. Measures 16" in length.

Price: $550


George Goertz

Bluebill Pair

Bluebill pair by George Goertz of Alameda, CA, c. 1920's. This pair are pictured on page 269 of Wildfowl Decoys of California. See our article on Goertz in the November-December 2008 issue of Hunting and Fishing Collectibles magazine. Goertz was an innovative maker who pioneered many different construction techniques. Measures 12" in length. 

Price: $1500


George Goertz

Canvasback Pair

Rare pair of sleeping canvasbacks by George Goertz of Alameda, CA, c. 1947. See Wildfowl Decoys of California page 268 for a similar pair as well as our article on Goertz in the November-December 2008 issue of Hunting and Fishing Collectibles magazine. Goertz was an innovative maker who pioneered many different construction techniques. Bodies are constructed of balsawood and measure approximately 12" in length. 

Price: $1400


George Goertz

Pintail Pair

Pintail pair by George Goertz of Alameda, CA, c. 1947. See Wildfowl Decoys of California as well as our article on Goertz in the November-December 2008 issue of Hunting and Fishing Collectibles magazine. Goertz was an innovative maker who pioneered many different construction techniques. I suspect the paint has been restored.

Price: $600


Harry Cook

Mallard Pair

Excellent and original mallard pair by Harry Cook (Vallejo, CA). COOK branded in the bottoms. Each measures approximately 15" in length. See pages 188-192 of Wildfowl Decoys of California by Michael Miller. Hollow carved and beautifully applied paint.

Price: $900


Harry Cook

Bluebill Pair

Excellent and original bluebill pair by Harry Cook (Vallejo, CA). COOK branded in the bottoms. Each measures approximately 12" in length. See pages 188-192 of Wildfowl Decoys of California by Michael Miller. 

Price: $1000


Harry Cook

Canvasback Pair

All original canvasback pair by Harry Cook (Vallejo, CA). COOK branded in the bottoms. Each measures approximately 15" in length. See pages 188-192 of Wildfowl Decoys of California by Michael Miller. Paint on the top and right side of the hens head is worn.

Price: $1000


Ed Snyder

White-fronted Goose

Snyder is considered many to have been one of the most talented of the early CA decoy makers. His early works are highly prized. His early decorative pieces continue to demonstrate his talents. This hollow white-fronted goose is signed by the maker and dated 1972. Measures 18.5" in length. Snyder won 1st place in the 1972 Pacific Flyway Decoy Association competion with this carving.

Price: $2600


Larry Zalesky

Bluebill Pair

Larry Zalesky (Vacaville, CA) Bluebill pair ca. 1970s. See Wildfowl Decoys of California for more information on the important early CA decoy maker.

Price: $1200


Leo Tocchini

Pintail Pair

Excellent, all original, rigmate pintail pair by Leo Tocchini (Oakland, CA) ca. 1950. Constructed with balsa body and pine heads. Tocchini's work is well documented on pages 319-325 of Wildfowl Decoys of California by Michael Miller. A wornderful, nearly mint rigmate pair.

Price: $500

 


Dick Janson

Canvasback Hen

Early Dick Janson (Sonoma, CA) canvasback hen with unique smooth body design. This wonderful piece of early California duck hunting history has obviously seen quite a lot of action afield. There  are remnants of original paint on this example. A stylish design by California's most prolific and collectible early decoy maker.

Price: $690

 


Ben Aguirre

Pintail Hen

Pintail hen by Ben Aguirre (Oakland, CA), c. 1939. Great original paint. Aguirre's work is well documented on pages 235-236 of Wildfowl Decoys of California by Michael Miller. Constructed of laminated cork for the body with a canvas over wire tail and pine head.

Price: $200

 


Ben Aguirre

Pintail Hen

Pintail hen by Ben Aguirre (Oakland, CA), c. 1939. Great original paint. Aguirre's work is well documented on pages 235-236 of Wildfowl Decoys of California by Michael Miller. Constructed of laminated cork for the body with a canvas over wire tail and pine head. 

Price: $200

 


Ben Aguirre

Mallard Pair

Mallard pair by Ben Aguirre (Oakland, CA), c. 1939. Both are in great original paint with the exception of the drakes white neck ring (appears to be an old repaint). Aguirre's work is well documented on pages 235-236 of Wildfowl Decoys of California by Michael Miller. Constructed of laminated cork for the bodies with pine heads. The drake has a tail chip in the cork.

Price: $595

 


COM MINS

Pintail Hen

A rare, unused and unrigged pintail hen in excellent original paint from the Commissioned Officers Mess at Mare Island Naval Shipyard (COM MINS). These fine decoys are c. 1930s-40s and are well documented on pages 186-188 of Wildfowl Decoys of California by Michael Miller. This example was never rigged and the eyes were never set. From an early Vallejo collection that consisted of several examples in various stages of construction.

Price: $700

 


Dean Brown

Bluebill Pair

A rare pair of bluebills by Geroge Dean Brown of Alameda, CA, ca. 1940. Classic California decoys constructed of balsa. Diminutive in size measuring approximately 10.5" in length. The drake is all original with moderate wear and classic comb painting on the back. The hen appears to have some old in use repaint and the bill edges are worn. See pages 237-241 of Wildfowl Decoys of California by Mike Miller for detailed history on this interesting maker.

Price: $450


John Ferreira

Display Teal

Wonderful full-sized green-winged teal drake on barn wood display base with drift wood and brass name plate. This great display piece is by John Ferreira of Vallejo, CA. I suspect it is circa 1960s. The teal measures 13" in length. See Wildfowl Decoys of California by Michael Miller , pages 192-195 for additional information on this collectible California maker.

Price: $250

 


Jasper Stallone

Bluebill Drake

Solid redwood carved bluebill drake by Jasper Joseph "Jas" Stallone of Albany, CA, c. 1924. Stallone made the great SF Bay decoys at the young age of 13. See pages 318-319 of Wildfowl Decoys of California by Michael Miller for additional information on this interesting early CA decoy maker. Paint appears to by good and all original.

Price: $400


Dick Grubb

Pintail Pair

Wildfowl Decoys of California states that "...Dick Grubb carved some of the most interesting, innovative, distinctive, and spectacular diving duck decoys to come out of the San Francisco Bay area." This is a rare pintail pair in old working repaint. c 1930's measureing 17" in length. Rigmate pair to the examples pictured on page 351 of Wildfowl Decoys of California.

Price: $700


Bill Neal

Pintail Drake

Solid redwood pintail drake by Bill Neal (Black Point, CA), ca. 1940s. This example is similar to the "flattie" pictured on page 157 of Wildfowl Decoys of California by Michael Miller. I believe the paint to be good and original. It is possible that the white is a very old in use repaint. Nice rare and early example by Bill Neal.

Price: $475


Dick Grubb

Bluebill Pair

Wildfowl Decoys of California states that "...Dick Grubb carved some of the most interesting, innovative, distinctive, and spectacular diving duck decoys to come out of the San Francisco Bay area." These examples with mostly in-service repaint (back sponging appears original) c 1920's absolutely supports Miller's assertion. Measures 13.5" in length. Folksy California decoys.

Price: $450


Bud Peters

Pintail

Nice paint on this Bud Peters, Fairfield, CA, palm frond pintail drake, c. 1930s. There may be an old second coat of white on the chest. See pages 486-488 of Wildfowl Decoys of California.

Price: $200