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!


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

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

 

 


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


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


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


Manny Avila

Canvasback

I believe paint to be in service repaint on this cork on redwood board canvasback drake by Manuel Avila, Rodeo, CA, ca. 1940s. See pages 218-219 of Wildfowl Decoys of California by Michael Miller. Measures approx. 14" in length.

Price: $275


Manny Avila

Canvasback

I believe paint to be in service repaint on this solid redwood canvasback drake by Manuel Avila, Rodeo, CA, ca. 1940s. See pages 218-219 of Wildfowl Decoys of California by Michael Miller. The bottom is signed by the maker, including his address, and dated 7-15-1982. This example was made in the 30s-40s and dated later.

Price: $245


Roesling/Kidwell

Pintail Drake

One drake pintail ca. 1940. The bodies are by wildfowlers Old Saybrook, CT factory. The heads are by Joe Roesling (San Francisco), ca. 1920s and they are painted by Pappy Kidwell (Berkeley, CA) ca. 1940s. Great shelf appeal to these unique old working decoys. One has been sold. This is for the one left.

Price: $175


Unknown Maker

Canvasback

Unknown CA maker hen canvasback ca. 1940s. This decoy is from the same maker as depicted in the "unknowns" section on page 654 of Wildfowl Decoys of California.

Price: $175


Ed Linscheid

Canada Goose

Rare, kapok-stuffed canvas construction Canada goose attributed to Ed Linscheid (Pittsburg, CA), ca. 1940s. This exact decoy is pictured on page 439 of Wildfowl Decoys of California by Michael Miller. There is a small tear on the left side.

Price: $225 


Dick Allen

Canvasbacks

Solid carved canvasback pair by Dick Allen (Vallejo, CA) ca. 1920s. Both decoys are the exact examples pictured on page 173 of Wildfowl Decoys of California by Michael Miller. Redwood bodies, sugar pine heads, painted eyes, in-service repaint by the maker. Rare San Francisco Bay decoys.

Price: $2500


Ralph Martin

Pintail Pair

Ralph Martin (Albany, CA) is one of the seriously underrated early California decoy makers. This all original pintail pair (ca. 1940s) clearly demonstrates his talent at capturing the species. The drake is the exact decoy pictured on page 290 of Wildfowl Decoys of California. Drake is Cork on board with redwood or pine head and wooden tail and wingtip inserts. The hen is balsa on board. A great pair of early CA decoys. Drake is 17" in length and hen is 15".

Price: $800


Ralph Martin

Over-Sized Pintail Pair

What a great pair of CA pintails...These "giant sized" examples by Ralph Martin (Albany, CA) are the exact decoys pictured on page 290 of Wildfowl Decoys of California. Circa 1940s and in excellent all original paint. The drake measures 29" in length and the hen is 24"!

Price: $1000


Alex Ashley

Canvasback

Alex Ashley (Valejo, CA) canvasbacks, constructed of solid carved redwood with sugar pine heads are classic San Francisco Bay design. This example, ca. 1930s is in mostly old in-use repaint. See pages 177 of Wildfowl Decoys of California. A robust, solid, classic canvasback sculpture.

Price: $375


Ben Aguirre

Pintail Hen

Excellent and all original paint on the stately pintail hen by Ben Aguirre (Oakland, CA) ca. 1939. Constructed of cork on board with sugar pine head and inserted canvas over wire tail. See pages 235-236 of Wildfowl Decoys of California for more information on this talented early San Francisco Bay Area maker.

Price: $400


Leo Tocchini

Pintail Pair

Balsa body with redwood head on this excellent and all original pintail pair by Leo Tocchini of Oakland, CA, ca. 1950s. See page 322 of Wildfowl Decoys of California by Michael Miller for a similar example.

Price: $600


Leo Tocchini

Canvasback Pair

Balsa body with redwood head on this magnum canvasback pair by Leo Tocchini of Oakland, CA, ca. 1940s. See page 324 of Wildfowl Decoys of California by Michael Miller for a similar example.

Price: $700


John Cuitti

Bluebill Drake

This is the most stylish little bluebill by John Cuitti (Rodeo, CA), ca. 1953. See pages 223-225 for additioanl information on this early California maker. Excellent original paint and condition and a wonderful patina. Another undervalued CA maker. 

Price: $375


Larry Zalesky

Pintail Pair

Flatty style pintail pair by Larry Zalesky (Vallejo, CA). Many collectors believe these to be very early examples of Zalesky's work, perhaps dating to the late 20s. This pair is excellent and all original. See page 213 of Wildfowl Decoys of California for a similar example.

Price: $325


Pappy Kidwell

Swimming Coot

All original paint coot in swimming posture by Pappy Kidwell (Berkeley, CA), ca. 1950s. See pages 278-285 of Wildfowl Decoys of California for information on this early California maker.

Price: $175


Harry Cook

Bluebill Pair

All original bluebill pair by Harry Cook (Vallejo, CA). COOK branded in the bottoms. See pages 188-192 of Wildfowl Decoys of California by Michael Miller. A great pair by this sought after maker. I estimate them to be circa 70s.

Price: $700


Al Fedler

Mallard Drake

Balsa mallard drake by Al Fedler (Stockton, CA), ca. 1950s. This exact decoy is pictured on page 462 of Wildfowl Decoys of California by Michael Miller. Paint is excellent and all original.

Price: $200


Al Fedler

Canvas Mallard

Canvas mallard drake by Al Fedler (Stockton, CA), ca. 1950s. This exact decoy is pictured on page 462 of Wildfowl Decoys of California by Michael Miller. Paint is excellent and all original.

Price: $175


Al Fedler

Pintail Drake

Canvas pintail drake by Al Fedler (Stockton, CA), ca. 1940. See page 462 of Wildfowl Decoys of California by Michael Miller for a similar example. Condition is good and all original. Measures 14" in length.

Price: $100


James Peterson

Bluebill Drake

Soldi redwood bluebill drake by James Peterson (San Rafael, CA), ca. 1940s. Painted is good and all original. Painted eyes and carved groove on the speculums consistent with the makers work. See page 160 of Wildfowl Decoys of California for a similar example.

Price: $400


Chris Springer

Canada Goose

Hollow carved Canada Goose field decoy attributed to Chris Springer (Petaluma, CA) ca. 1930s. See page 162 of Wildfowl Decoys of California by Michael Miller for a similar example. Head is removable. Paint is in excellent original condition.

Price: $200


Nick Kojich

Black Brant

Refined Pacific black brant by Nick Kojich of Tomales Bay, CA, ca. 1940s. This exact decoy is pictured on page 47 of Wildfowl Decoys of California by Michael Miller. Appears to be hollow carved and in an attractive swimming posture with glass eyes and likely old in use repaint. A rare Tomales Bay decoy.

Price: $475


Nick Kojich

Black Brant

Classic Pacific black brant by Nick Kojich of Tomales Bay, CA, ca. 1940s. See pages 46-47 of Wildfowl Decoys of California by Michael Miller. Appears to be hollow carved and in an attractive swimming posture with glass eyes and likely old in use repaint. A rare Tomales Bay decoy.

Price: $400


Mario Busalacchi

Pintail Drake

Flat bottom model kapok stuffed canvas pintail drake by Mario Busalacchi (Stockton, CA), ca. 1930s. See page 457 of Wildfowl Decoys of California for a similar example.

Price: $125


Clinton Ferguson

Pintail Drake

Nicely carved and painted pintail drake by Clinton Ferguson (Dixon, CA) ca. 1950s. Paint appears good an mostly all original.  See page 485 of Wildfowl Decoys of California for additional information on this maker. 

Price: $125


Leo Tocchini

Canvasback

Balsa body with redwood head on this magnum (17" in length) canvasback drake by Leo Tocchini of Oakland, CA, ca. 1940s. See page 324 of Wildfowl Decoys of California by Michael Miller for a similar example.

Price: $200


Unknown Maker

Canvasback

Attactive design canvasback drake by an unknown SF Bay maker likely ca. 1920s. Paint appears to be a mix of original and old in use repaint. Nicely Branded on one side of the bottom with an "L" and the other side with a "N". Done so twice, fore and aft. Skeg on the bottom 

Price: $200


John Langenbach

Green-winged Teal Hen

In-service repaint on this balsa constructed green-winged teal hen by John Langenbach (Stockton, CA) ca. 1946. See page 465 of Wildfowl Decoys of the Pacific Coast by Michael Miller for a similar example.

Price: $200


Buck Leckler

Pintail Drake

Kapok stuffed canvas pintail drake from Buck Leckler (Stockton, CA), ca. 1940s. See page 466 of Wildfowl Decoys of the Pacific Coast. Paint is excellent and all original. 

Price: $125