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

 

 


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

 

 



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

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


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: $250


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


Jack Andersen

Teal Pair

Solid carved rigmate green-winged teal pair by Jack Andersen (Napa, CA) ca. 1935. These exact decoys are pictured on pages 170 and 171 of Wildfowl Decoys of the Pacific Coast by Miller and Hanson. Both are in service repaint by the maker. Very rare and well documented examples.

Price: $3000


Hiram Hendricks

Canvasbacks

Very well documented canvasback pair by Hi Hendricks (Vallejo, CA) ca. 1940s. The maker is seen holding this pair on page 197 of Wildfowl Decoys of California by Michael Miller as well as page 162 of Wildfowl Decoys of the Pacific Coast by Miller and Hanson. This pair is also shown on pages 197 and 198 of the CA book. The drake is said to be in service repaint by the maker and the hen is mostly original paint. Very rare pair.

Price: $3000


Ed Snyder

Canada Goose

All original Canada goose by Ed Snyder (Rio Vista, CA) ca. 1945. Balsa body, two piece sugar pine head. Exact decoy pictured on page 411 of Wildfowl Decoys of California by Michael Miller. Early Snyder decoys are very rarely available and highly prized by collectors.

Price: $3000


Ed Snyder

Mallard Hen #1

Excellent and all original mallard hen by Ed Snyder (Rio Vista, CA) ca. 1940s. Balsa body with sugar pine head. This exact decoy is pictured on page 416 of Wildfowl Decoys of California by Michael Miller. Early Snyder decoys are very rarely available and highly prized by collectors.

Price: $4000