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


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


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


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


Dick Townsend

Pickle-weed Heads

Nicely carved and painted pintail heads by Richard Townsend (Santa Rosa, CA), ca. 1939. Used to hunt the San Pablo Bay pickle-weed flats. See page 164 of Wildfowl Decoys of California for additional information on the interesting carvings. Each measures 9" in height.

Price: $400


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


Tom Daily 

Canvasback

Tom Daily (San Francisco, CA) produced some of the earliest decoys in California. This stately, solid redwood canvasback drake is circa 1890 and in old in-use repaint. See pages 346-348 of Wildfowl Decoys of California by Michael Miller.

Price: $400