SOLD ITEMS


Otto Loat Rig

Pintail Drake

Hollow carved redwood pintail drake from the newly discovered Otto Loat rig (Alameda, CA), ca. 1940s. This exceptional example is in excellent original paint and condition with a small tail chip. See page 286 and 287 of Wildfowl Decoys of California for additional information on this relatively newly discovered rig of exceptional decoys. There are only approximately 30 of these decoys in existence. IS

Sold: $325


Gene Copp

Artichoke Head

A real California original...A pintail drake, stick-up "artichoke-head" by Gene Copp of Oakland, CA, ca. 1940s. The head is constructed of fine grain cedar. These were used in volumne with great success in the pickleweed flats on the Suisun Marsh. IS

Sold: $250


Barnegat Bay

Green-winged Teal Drake

Mint green-winged teal by Rick Brown and the Barnegat Bay Decoy Company of Pt. Pleasant, New Jersey. This great example is ca. 1980. OOS

Sold: $200


Wildfowler Company

Wigeon Drake

Rare superior model wigeon drake from the Old Saybrook, CT factory of the Wildfowler Decoy Company, c. 1950. Constructed of balsa for the body and pine for the head. Paint is good and all original. Measures approximately 13" in length. OOS

Sold: $225


Ed Snyder

Mallard Drake

Nice early (70s) hollow carved decorative mallard drake by Ed Snyder (Rio Vista, CA). Paint is excellent and all original. Measures just over 15" in length. A great example of Snyders early decorative work.

Sold: $450


Larry Zalesky

Mallard Pair

Larry Zalesky (Vacaville, CA) Mallard Pair ca. 1970s. Paint is excellent and all original. See page 213-217 of Wildfowl Decoys of California. OOS

Sold: $350


Larry Zalesky

Canvasbacks

Larry Zalesky (Vacaville, CA) canvasback pair ca. 1970s. Paint is excellent and all original. See page 213-217 of Wildfowl Decoys of California. OOS

Sold: $400


Larry Zalesky

Teal Pair

Larry Zalesky (Vacaville, CA) green-winged teal pair signed and dated 6-5-76. Paint is excellent and all original. See page 213-217 of Wildfowl Decoys of California by Michael Miller. Each measures approx. 13" in length. OOS

Sold: $600


John Patterson

Pintail Drake

Wonderful pintail drake attributed to John Patterson (Sacramento, CA), ca. 1900. These are early California decoys with a great stately presence. See page 542-544 of Wildfowl Decoys of California for additional information on this maker. Paint is in old in-use repaint OOS

Sold: $200


Bill Neal

Cackling Goose

Excellent and all original cackling goose by Bill Neal (Sonoma, CA) signed and dated 3/6/93. Bill Neal is discussed in detail on pages 175-177 in Wildfowl Decoys of the Pacific Coast by Miller and Hanson. Also see the great article in Decoy Mag. (September/October 2010) by Larry Rucker. Branded "WN" under the tail. IS

Sold: $350


Bill Neal

Brant

Excellent hollow carved brant by Bill Neal (Sonoma, CA). Bill Neal is discussed in detail on pages 175-177 in Wildfowl Decoys of the Pacific Coast by Miller and Hanson. Also see the great article in Decoy Magazine (September/October 2010) by Larry Rucker. Branded "WN" under the tail. Measures approx. 17.5" in length. IS

Sold: $325


Bill Neal

Pintail Pair

Excellent and all original pintail pair by Bill Neal (Sonoma, CA). Bill Neal is discussed in detail on pages 175-177 in Wildfowl Decoys of the Pacific Coast by Miller and Hanson. Also see the great article in Decoy Mag. (September/October 2010) by Larry Rucker. Branded "WN" under the tail. IS

Sold: $425


Bill Neal

Blue-Winged Teal Pair

Excellent and all original blue-winged teal pair by Bill Neal (Sonoma, CA) signed and dated 4/1/95. Bill Neal is discussed in detail on pages 175-177 in Wildfowl Decoys of the Pacific Coast by Miller and Hanson. Also see the great article in Decoy Mag. (September/October 2010) by Larry Rucker. Branded "WN" under the tail. IS

Sold: $425


Joe Freitas

Snow Goose

Solid carved redwood snow goose by Joe "Puggy" Freitas (Rio Vista, CA). IS

Sold: $175


Wildfowler Co.

Canvasback

Hollow carved canvasback drake from the Bohemia, NY factory of the wildfowler decoy company. This is a limited edition model number 685 of 2500 made. Inlaid sportsmens club international medallion in the bottom. Measures 16" in length. See page 138 of Wildfowler Decoys by Cowan and LaFountain for a similar example. IS

Sold: $250


Mason Co.

Canvasback Drake

Great and early Mason challenge grade canvasback drake with heavy paint swirls. Good original paint. The paint on the head may have been taken down to original or a wax was applied. Excellent early example. Measures 14.5" in length. IS

Sold: $850


Mason Co.

Mallard Drake

All original standard grade, glass eye model mallard drake from the Mason Decoy Company (Detroit, MI) ca. 1910. Neck filler is missing, head is loose and paint is worn to bear wood in various areas. Measures 16" in length. OOS

Sold: $225


Jerry McLellan

Black Brant

Wonderful Pacific black brant by Jerry McLellan (Eureka, CA) ca. 1950s. Jerry was the nephew of the important Humboldt Bay maker Bill McLellan. Jerry's wonderful decoys follow the lines of Bills. I believe this example to have undergone beautiful paint restoration by the talented and deceased artist Don Brewer. IS

Sold: $375


Mason Co.

Challenge Grade Black Duck

Stunning Mason Decoy Company (Detroit, MI) challenge grade black duck in outstanding all original paint and condition. This is an early model ca. 1900. It's very difficult to find these in untouched and excellent all original condition. OOS

Sold: $1500


Mason Co.

Bluebill Pair

Honest, all original paint and condition standard grade, glass-eye bluebill pair from the Mason Decoy Company of Detroit, MI (1890-1924). The drake came from the collection of noted early CA collector Jim Keegan. The hen came from the rig of Fergus Ward (San Francisco). OOS

Sold: $450


James Jensen

Mallard Drake

Excellent and all original solid carved western red cedar mallard drake by James Jensen of Astoria, Oregon, ca. 1930s. See pages 87-88 of Wildfowl Decoys of the Pacific Coast by Miller and Hanson. Measures 15 1/4" in length. IS

Sold: $500


Junky Fuhrmann

Pintail Drake

Original pintail drake by Herman "Junky" Fuhrmann (Berkeley, CA), c. 1940's. The body is constructed of cork on board with wooden inserted tail, raised wing tips and pine carved head. Fuhrmann was an accomplished boat builder and his portrait and model ships remain on display at the famous Berkeley landmark, Spenger's Fish Grotto. OOS

Sold: $225


Paul Lowe

Mallard Hen

Sleek and all original solid carved western red cedar mallard hen by Paul Lowe of Astoria, Oregon, ca. 1930s. See pages 88-89 of Wildfowl Decoys of the Pacific Coast by Miller and Hanson. Measures 17 1/2" in length. OOS

Sold: $450


Gundelfinger

Pintail Drake

Hollow, Grand Prix model, pintail drake by the Gundelfinger Wood Products Company of Jefferson City & St. Louis, Missouri, ca. 1920s. This is a rare example in decent all original paint. There appears to be an old bill repair on the right side. Measures approximately 17.5" in length. OOS

Sold: $200


Dick Janson

Pintail Drake

Solid carved pintail drake by Richard Ludwig "Fresh Air Dick" Janson. Janson is widely considered to be among the most influential of the early California decoy makers. This example is ca. 1920s. The paint on the back is good and all original. It appears much of the sides and head have undergone a quality paint restoration. Meaures 17 3/4" in length. IS

Sold: $875


Decoys Unlimited

Mallard Pair

Wonderful, lightly used mallard pair by Jack Sweet and Decoys Unlimited of Erie, PA (1961-1975). This is an oversized rigmate pair measuring approximately 22" in length. OOS

Sold: $175


Stan Bennett

Teal Hen

Beautifful little green-winged teal hen by Stan Bennett of Rio Vista, California. This example is stamped and signed by the maker as well as dated 1973. Solid carved redwood and measuring approximately 9" in length. IS

Sold: $225


Stan Bennett

Teal Drake

Wonderful little snuggle head green-winged teal drake by Stan Bennett of Rio Vista, California. This example is stamped and signed by the maker. Solid carved redwood measuring approximately 9" in length. IS

Sold: $225


Stan Bennett

Teal Hen

Beautifful little blue-winged teal hen by Stan Bennett of Rio Vista, California. This example is stamped and signed by the maker. Solid carved redwood and measuring just over 9.5" in length. IS

Sold: $225


Bill Goenne

Cinnamon Teal

Solid carved cinnamon teal drake by the talented Bill Goenne (King City, CA). Bill is documented in Decoys, Sixty Living and Outstanding North American Carvers by Loy Harrell Jr. This example is a full bodied, stick up model in outstanding original paint. Measures 18" in length. It is pictured without the stand which I'll include. OOS

Sold: $115


Scott Company

Pintail Drake

Nice example of a pintail drake by the Scott Cork Decoy Company of Oakland, CA c 1940. Good overall paint and condition. OOS

Sold: $100


Unknown Maker

Canvasback 

Robust, solid carved redwood, canvasback drake by a San Francisco Bay maker unknown to me. Similar in style to the work of Tom Dailey. I'd estimate this example to be ca. 1920s. One glass eye is missing. Likely a mix of original and in-use repaint. IS

Sold: $165


Charles Pice

Jewelry Box

Full-sized, 17.5", jewelry box mallard drake by Charles Pice (Astoria, OR) ca. 1930. This is an old working decoy that Pice transformed into a jewelry box upon decoy retirement. It appears Pice repainted most of the decoy at that time. The head may be original. A great piece of Astoria folk art by a very collectable maker. IS

Sold: $600


Mason Co.

Mallard Drake

Worn and all original paint mallard drake from the Mason Decoy Company of Detroit, MI, ca. 1900. This is a standard grade tacky-eye model that either the factory inserted glass eyes into a tack-eye body or the head is from a different Mason, which doesn't appear to be the case. OOS

Sold: $100


Unknown Maker

Pintail Hen

Solid carved San Francisco bay pintail hen in outstanding working repaint. Measures 15" in length. I'd estimate this decoy to be ca. 1920s. IS

Sold: $125


Joe Cerruti

Pintail Drake

Joe Cerruti (San Francisco, CA) pintail drake, ca. 1935, in old in-use repaint. Cerruti carved stylish pintails utilizing clear redwood ties. See page 341 of Wildfowl Decoys of California by Michael Miller for additional information on this important California maker. IS

Sold: $250


Mason Co.

Mallard Drake

Excellent original paint standard grade, glass eye mallard drake from the Mason decoy company (Detroit, MI) ca. 1890. OOS

Sold: $500


Lisa Byrd

Pintail Pair

Stylish, hollow carved, pintail pair by Lisa Byrd of Saxis, Virginia. This are signed and dated 2010 and are branded "5th Day Decoys". The drake measures 19.5" in length. OOS

Sold: $225


George Soule

Bluebill Drake

Hollow carved bluebill drake by George Soule of Freeport Maine. Signed and dated 1974. Measures 14.5" in length. OOS

Sold: $300


Unknown Maker

Pintail Drake

Solid carved pintail drake by an unknown Astoria, OR maker. Paint is good and all original. There is wear to the bill tip and several what appear to be hatchet marks. Measures 17.5" in length. OOS

Sold: $300


Charles Bergman

Pintail Hen

A very rare hollow carved pintail hen by Charles Bergman (Astoria, OR), ca. 1930s. Paint on the head, back and neck is very good and all original. There appears to be remnanats of a very old second of paint on the bottom white areas. Additional photos are available upon request. IS

Sold: $5750


Frank Garatti

Pintail Drake

Solid carved pintail drake by Frank Garatti (San Rafael, CA), ca. 1951. Repainted by Garatti in 1981 and signed on the bottom. Exquisite paint by Garatti. See pages 147-149 of Wildfowl Decoys of California. OOS

Sold: $250


Mason Co.

Premier Pintail

Mason premier pintail drake in nicely restored paint. Decoy is ca. 1900. Likely started life as a pintail hen. OOS

Sold: $200


Mason Co.

Redhead

Hollow carved premier grade redhead drake by the Mason Company (Detroit, MI), ca. 1910. Nice paint restoration in the Mason style by Don Sunderland in 1992. IS

Sold: $175


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. IS

Sold: $850


Harry Cook

Wigeon Drake

Excellent and original wigeon drake by Harry Cook (Vallejo, CA), ca. 70s. COOK branded in the bottoms. See pages 188-192 of Wildfowl Decoys of California by Michael Miller. IS

Sold: $325


Harry Cook

Goldeneye

Excellent and original common goldeneye drake by Harry Cook (Vallejo, CA), ca. 70s. COOK branded in the bottoms. See pages 188-192 of Wildfowl Decoys of California by Michael Miller. IS

Sold: $250


Mason Co.

Mallard Drake

Mason Decoy Co. (Detroit, MI) premier grade mallard drake, ca. 1910 in worn but all original paint. Check in the back as shown in the picture. OOS

Sold: $225


Mason Co.

Bluebill Pair

Standard grade, glass-eye model bluebill pair by the Mason Company (Detroit, MI). Original paint. Split on the back of the drake. OOS

Sold: $350


Wildfowler Co.

Eider Pair

Exceedingly rare rigmate pair of common eiders from the Old Saybrook, CT factory of the Wildfowler Decoy Company, c. 1940s. There's only a handful of these known to exist. Excellent all original paint and condition. Oversize, Atlantic Coast model. Balsa bodies with nicely carved and painted pine heads. See the cover and page 41 of Wildfowler Decoys by Cowan and LaFountain for similar examples. IS

Sold: $2400


Mason Co.

Mallard Hen

Mostly good original paint on the standard grade glass-eye model mallard hen from the Mason Decoy Company of Detroit, MI, ca. 1915. The white on the speculums and tail are repaint. The neck filler is replace. The rest of the decoy is good and original. An excellent candidate for a small amount of restoration. OOS

Sold: $120


Wildfowler Co.

Redhead Hen

All original balsa model redhead hen from the Wildfowler Decoy Company (Old Saybrook, CT). The keel has been removed. OOS

Sold: $70


Stevens Co.

Bluebill Drake

Hollow, round bottomed model, bluebill drake from the H.A. Stevens Company of Weedsport, NY, ca. 1890. Paint is original and worn. It appears an over paint on the majority of the decoy has been removed. Nice stylish design from a rare and early factory. Measures 14.5" in length. OOS

Sold: $750


Evans Company

Bluebill Pair

Bluebill pair by the Evans Decoy Company (Ladysmith, WI), ca. 1930. Old repaint, Evans stamp still visible on the drake. It's likely the drake started life as a canvasback and has been repainted to a bluebill. OOS

Sold: $90


Unknown Maker

Mallard Hen

Paint is good and original on this solid carved mallard hen by an unknown Astoria, OR maker. A drake by the same maker is pictured on page 9 of Wildfowl Decoys of the Pacific Coast by Michael Miller. OOS

Sold: $190


Richard Huson

Mallard Pair

The nicest pair of Richard Huson (Molalla, OR) mallard I've offered. Solid carved rigmate pair in all original and lightly used condition. These great Oregon decoys are circa 1920s. Each retain a strong "Decoys by Huson" stamp on the bottom. OOS

Sold: $650


Mason Co.

Merganser

Mason Co. (Detroit, MI), standard grade glass-eye common merganser (rare species). Paint is a mix of original and old repaint. ca. 1910. OOS

Sold: $150


Joe Freitas

Canvasback Pair

Beautiful solid carved redwood canvasback pair by Joe "Puggy" Freitas of Rio Vista, CA. OOS

Sold: $300


Unknown Maker

Teal Hen

Great little (12" in length) solid carved green-winged teal hen from the Astoria, OR area. The collectors tag indicates "Sturi Rig" and Brownsport. The bottom of the bill is chipped. Paint is excellent and original. IS

Sold: $120


Charles Bergman

Mallard Drake

A relic hollow carved mallard hen by Charles Bergman of Astoria, OR. A real war horse. Looks great on the shelf. IS

Sold: $120


Charles Bergman

Pintail Drake

An Astoria, Oregon war horse by Charles Bergman. Paint is worn but original. Bill and tail damage justify repair. An honest decoy by arguably the most collectable of the Oregon makers.

Sold: $220


Gundelfinger

Mallard Hen

Excellent and all original hollow (grand prix model) mallard hen from the Gundelfinger Wood Products Company of Jefferson City & St. Louis, Missouri, ca. 1920s. Tail chip, wear to the tail edges and top of head. Loose weight inside the body. IS

Sold: $125


Frank Bay

Mallard Drake

Hollow carved mallard drake by Frank Bay (Astoria, OR) ca. 1920s. The body paint is good and original with nicely detailed feathering. The head is a later repaint. See pages 71-74 of Wildfowl Decoys of the Pacific Coast by Miller and Hanson. Measures 16.5" in length. OOS

Sold: $200


Unknown Maker

Canvasback & Pintail Drakes

A pair of seriously folksy, high-head decoys (pintail drake and canvasback drake) by a Pacific Northwest maker unknown to me. Recently discovered in an Oregon estate. These look very cool on the shelf. OOS

Sold: $295


Mason Co.

Teal Drake

Exceedingly rare standard grade glass-eye model green-winged teal drake by the Mason Decoy Company of Detroit, MI, c 1910. Paint is worn but 100% original. Measures 12.5" in length. OOS

Sold: $1000


Mason Co.

Mallard Drake

Mason Decoy Co. (Detroit, MI), standard grade glass-eye mallard drake in great all original paint. ca. 1905. OOS

Sold: $250


Mason Co.

Broadbill Drake

Paint is excellent and all original on this Mason Decoy Company, standard grade, glass-eye model broadbill drake, ca. 1910. The neck putty appears to have been replaced. This example retains the original Mason egg shaped weight. OOS

Sold: $250


Unknown Maker

Canvasback 

Stylish canvasback drake by a maker unknown to me. Recently discovered in an Oregon estate. OOS

Sold: $150


Unknown Maker

Mallard Drake

Solid carved mallard drake attributed to an unknown Eureka, CA maker and dated to 1923. I suspect there to be a second coat of paint by the maker. Measures 16.5" in length. IS

Sold: $95


Madison Mitchell

Canada Goose

Excellent and all original Canada goose engraved in electro-pen on the bottom "R. Madison Mitchell Havre de Grace, Md, 1958". Measures 25.5" in length. OOS

Sold: $500


Custom Bilt

Pintail Hen

Solid carved pintail hen by the Custom Bilt Decoy Company of San Diego, CA ca. 1940s. This decoy underwent wonderful paint restoration by Custom Bilt owner/artist, David Hagerbaumer, in 1981 as indicated on the underside. Constructed of hollow carved redwood. Retains the "Custom Bilt" stamps on the underside. Small tail chip. Measures 16" in length. OOS

Sold: $325


Tom Martindale

Bluebill Drake

Solid carved bluebill drake by Tom Martindale (Ontario, Canada). Branded "TM" and signed by the maker. OOS

Sold: $100


Mason Co.

Canvasback Hen

Mason Decoy Company (Detroit, MI) canvasback hen in very attractive old working repaint. This appears to be a standard grade class eye model. However the bill carving is consistent with a challenge grade model. The carving could have been added or a challenge head has been placed on a standard grade body. OOS

Sold: $150


Mason Co.

Canvasback

Standard grade, glass-eye model canvasback drake from the Mason Decoy Company of Detroit, MI ca. 1910. This example is in a mix of original and old working repaint. Branded on the bottom with a large "S".

Sold: $90


Stan Bennett

Teal hen

Stunning green-winged teal hen by Stan Bennett (Rio Vista, CA). Stamped and signed by the maker. Measures 9" in length. The tip of the raised wing is broken. This is an excellent opportunity for someone with a bit of wood working expertise. IS

Sold: $75


Richard Shepard

Mallard Pair

Excellent and all original hollow carved mallard pair ca. 1938 by Richard Shepard (Pekin, IL). See Decoys and Decoy Carvers of Illinois, Parmalee and Loomis pp. 375-376. This maker only made about 400 decoys. Rare opportunity for a great pair of mallards by this collectable IL maker. OOS

Sold: $1000


Mason Co.

Mallard Hen

Mason Decoy Co. (Detroit, MI) premier grade mallard hen in old working repaint. ca. 1910. IS

Sold: $100


George Soule

Goldeneye

Oversized cork goldeneye drake by George Soule and the L.L Bean Company of Freeport, Maine. Measures 17" in length. Excellent all original paint. Unused condition. OOS

Sold: $70


Stan Bennett

Teal Drake

Nicely executed green-winged teal drake by Stan Bennett (Rio Vista, CA). Excellent all original condition. Signed by the maker on the bottom. Measures 10" in length. OOS

Sold: $200


Harvey Stevens

Wigeon Drake

Very rare wigeon drake by the Stevens Company (Harvey Stevens) of Weedsport, NY, ca. 1890's. There's a fair amount of original paint on this example. It appears the speculums and some paint on the head are later repaint. Measures 14" in length. See page 69 of The Essential Guide to Stevens Decoys by Shane Newell. OOS

Sold: $600


Bill Pinches

Goldeneye

Oversized (19" in length), hollow carved and stylized goldeneye drake by the Humboldt Bay legend, Bill Pinches (Arcata, CA). Signed and dated 8/82. Bill's artistic ability to capture the essence of the species is evidenced in this example. IS

Sold: $320


Richard Huson

Pintail Pair

The nicest pair of Richard Huson (Molalla, OR) pintail I've offered. The drake is solid carved and the hen is a rare hollow model. The hen is in all original and lightly used condition. She retains the "Decoys by Huson" stamp. The drake appears to never have been rigged or used. The head is turned and there is a light coat of varnish. There are remnants of newspaper on the bottom (used in shipping). These great Oregon decoys are circa 1920s. OOS

Sold: $585


Mason Co.

Premier Mallard

Excellent original paint on this hollow carved Mason Decoy Company (Detroit, MI), premier grade mallard drake. This is the nicest Mason mallard I've offered. Early model ca. 1900. A black light assesment shows a small tail chip repair. Purchased from the leading Mason dealer in 1996. Small dent on the right side of the bill. Measures 17" in length. OOS

Sold: $3400


Elmer Crowell

Pintail Drake

Rare oval brand pintail drake by Elmer Crowell (East Harwich, MA). Paint is a quality old restoration in the Crowell style. Measures 18" in length with a turned head. OOS

Sold: $650


Mason Co.

Teal Hen

Paint is worn but appears to be all original on the painted-eye model blue-winged teal hen from the Mason Decoy Company of Detroit, MI, ca. 1900. The head is loose. Measures 12 1/2" in length. OOS

Sold: $300


Mason Co.

Mallard Hen

Very nice, dry, original paint on the standard grade, glass-eye model mallard hen from the Mason Decoy Company of Detroit, MI, ca. 1905. Age split in the bottom. Measures 16 1/2" in length. Neck filler is missing. OOS

Sold: $300


Dodge Co.

Bluebill Hen

Excellent and all original bluebill hen from the Dodge Company of Detroit, MI, ca. 1880. No splits, original neck filler, enamaled tack eyes, carved nostrils and mandible cuts put this as a No. 1 grade as defined in Detroit Decoy Dynasty by Ron Sharp and Bill Dodge. Measures 14" in length. Among the best Dodge decoys I've offered. OOS

Sold: $400


G. Rodell

Lesser Yellowlegs

Excellent and all original lesser yellowlegs signed on the bottom by G. Rodell and dated 1928. Measures 12.5" in height. OOS

Sold: $100


Dick Janson

Mallard Drake

Solid carved mallard drake by the most notable of the early California decoy makers, Richard "Fresh Air Dick" Janson (Sonoma, CA), ca. 1930s. Paint is good and original with the expected in use wear. Quality Janson decoys do not come available often. Mallards are quite a bit more scarce than pintails. See pages 103-125 of Wildfowl Decoys of California by Michael Miller. OOS

Sold: $2000


Fred Lefever

White-fronted Goose

Kapok stuffed canvas with shoe button eyes white-fronted goose by Fredrick Lefever (Stockton, CA), ca. 1930s. Comes with a custom steele stand. All original paint and condition. See pages 467-472 of Wildfowl Decoys of California. OOS

Sold: $160


Dick Janson

Pintail Drake

Solid carved pintail drake by the most notable of the early California decoy makers, Richard "Fresh Air Dick" Janson. This is an early model, ca. 1920s. Paint appears to be worn but original except for the white on the sides/chest/neck. IS

Sold: $400


Mason Co.

Redhead Pair

Excellent original paint on this rigmate pair of hollow carved Mason Decoy Company (Detroit, MI), premier grade redheads. The drake has a tight age crack on the rights side and a few shot marks. Both are branded "ELC". OOS

Sold: $2000


Unknown Maker

Mallard Drake

Hollow carved mallard drake by an Oregon maker unknown to me. Body is worn and original. The head has been repainted. OOS

Sold: $50


Roger Barton

Canvasback

Unique solid carved canvasback drake by Roger Barton (San Francisco, CA). This decoy has an engraved plaque on the bottom that reads "Canvasback drake especially carved for Harold Smith Jr. by R. Barton to commemorate a shoot at Fay Island Dec. 13 1967". Branded "R.W.B.". Measures 16" in length. The wood is nicely stained and varnished to highlight the grain. Some wear to the varnish. OOS

Sold: $350


Mason Co.

Canvasback Hen

All original Mason Decoy Company (Detroit, MI) standard grade, glass-eye model canvasback hen ca. 1905. Neck filler is missing, chip on the right side of the bill and there appears to have been a coat of wax applied at some point. Measures 15" in length. Nice early head style on this example. OOS

Sold: $140


Mason Co.

Canvasback Drake

Mason Company (Detroit, MI) standard grade, glass-eye model canvasback ca. 1920. The head is loose. The decoy has been hollowed from the bottom. The white is an old in use repaint. OOS

Sold: $90


Cameron McIntyre

Mallard Drake

Oversized (19" in length), hollow carved mallard drake designed by Cameron McIntyre of New Church, VA for the Orvis Company. Mint and unused original condition. Stamped "ORVIS" on the bottom. OOS

Sold: $275


Unknown Maker

Canvasback

Nice, early, canvasback drake by a Chesapeake Bay maker unknown to me. Paint appears to be a mix of original and old in use repaint. Branded "JP" on the bottom. Measures 14" in legth. OOS

Sold: $395


Strater & Sohier

Dowitcher

Folding tin shorebird decoy (dowitcher I believe) by the Strater & Sohier Company of Boston, MA ca. 1874-1915. Original paint is good. The wooden stake is not present. See pages 360-361 of North American Factory Decoys by Ken Trayer. No date stamp on the inside. OOS

Sold: $100


Mason Co.

Challenge Goldeneye

Rare challenge grade goldeneye drake head on a standard grade Mason Decoy Company (Detroit, MI, 1890-1924) body. Paint has been restored and aged. Measures 16" in length. IS

Sold: $300


Mason Co.

Premier Bluebill

Exceedingly rare lowhead model premier grade bluebill drake from the Mason Decoy Company (Detroit, MI), ca. 1900. The Mason Company made few special order low head models. They are highly prized by collectors. See page 38 of Mason Decoys, A Complete Pictoral Guide by Goldberger and Haid for a similar example. Paint appears to have been nicely restored on this example. Measures 13" in length. OOS

Sold: $450


Mason Co.

Challenge Redhead

Nice early (1890) challenge grade redhead drake from the Mason Decoy Company of Detroit, MI. Paint is mostly worn but original. The speculums appear to have been strengthened at some point. The shine in the surface indicates either an overpaint was removed to reveal the original paint, or, there has been a wax applied. Measures 14" in length. OOS

Sold: $365


Unknown Maker

Wood Duck

Stunningly executed wood duck drake bay a California maker unknown to me. Paint execution is at a talented hand and could be that of Ed Snyder (Rio Vista, CA). I'd estimate this decoy to ca. early 1970s. IS

Sold: $300


Unknown Maker

Mallard Pair

In my opinion, these are some of the best made and most stylish of the British Columbia early decoys. They are from the same rig as those pictured on page 14 of Wildfowl Decoys of the Pacific Coast by Miller and Hanson. The authors surmise that the raised tail tips were to accommodate an anchor line. Excellent all original condition and paint. Hollow carved with tack eyes and turned heads. Each measures approximately 15.5" in length. OOS

Sold: $2750


Herters Co.

Mallard Hen

All original balsa mallard hen from the Herter's Decoy Company of Waseca, MN, ca. 1950s. OOS

Sold: $45


Cabelas

Canvasbacks

Oversized cork canvasback pair by Cabelas and so stamped. OOS

Sold: $65


Herter's Co.

Shorebirds

A rare opportunity to get a full collection of shorebirds from the Herter's Company of Waseca, MN. All are excellent and all original. One of the curlews has a reglued bill. Lot includes two curlew, two black-bellied plover and one what appears to be whimbrel. OOS

Sold: $450


Giovanni Giambastiani

Shovelor Pair

Wonderfully animated shovelor pair by Giovanni Giambastiani of Vallejo, CA c 2006. The drake has an open mouth with raised wingtips. The hen has resting eyes with raised wingtips. Both are stamped with the "Duck Works" logo. Both are signed on the lead weight by the maker. The drake measures 15" in length and the hen is just under 14". IS

Sold: $400


Unknown Maker

Pintail Hen

Wonderful style on this solid carved pintail hen by an Astoria, OR maker unknown to me. The collectors tag indicates "Sturi Rig". Measures nearly 15" in length. IS

Sold: $135


Unknown Maker

Pintail Drake

Wonderful pintail drake by a San Francisco bay maker unknown to me. Paint appears to be original. IS

Sold: $130


Frank Garatti

Pintail Drake

Nice working repaint on this pintail drake by Frank Garatti of San Rafael, CA, ca. 1930s. See pages 147-149 of Wildfowl Decoys of California by Michael Miller. IS

Sold: $140


Mason Co.

Pintail Drake

This appears to be a Mason factory pintail drake in wonderful paint by Ed Snyder of Rio Vista, CA. IS

Sold: $120


Charles Bergman

Jewelry Box Teal

Paint is good and all original on this green-winged teal hen jewelry box ca. 1940s by Charles Bergman of Astoria, OR. See page 85 of Wildfowl Decoys of the Pacific Coast by Miller and Hanson for a similar example. Measures 13" in length. There's a bit of wear to the bill tip and at the box seams. Hinge will require a couple of replacement screws. OOS

Sold: $3000


Wildfowler Co.

Wigeon Drake

All original balsa wigeon drake from the Wildfowler Decoy Company of Old Saybrook, CT c. 1940s. Measures approximately 13" in length. See page 36 of Wildfowler Decoys by Cowan and LaFountain. OOS

Sold: $95


Bill Goenne

Blue-winged Teal

Hollow carved blue-winged teal drake by the talented Bill Goenne (King City, CA). Bill is documented in Decoys, Sixty Living and Outstanding North American Carvers by Loy Harrell Jr. This example is in outstanding original paint with a turned head and branded WRG on the bottom. Measures 15" in length. OOS

Sold: $95


Wildfowler Co.

Mallard Hens

Two balsa mallard hens in a mix of original and old working repaint ca. 1950 from the Wildfowler Decoy Company (Old Saybrook, CT). OOS

Sold: $95


Puggy Freitas

Goldeneye

Excellent and all original common goldeneye drake by Puggy Freitas of Rio Vista, CA. Signed at dated '81. Removable head. Measures 12" in length. IS

Sold: $95


Ken Roeder

Teal Pair

Solid carved green-winged teal pair attributed to Kenneth Roeder of Sonoma, CA ca. 1950s in wold working repaint. See page 161 of Wildfowl Decoys of California by Michael Miller. OOS

Sold: $200


Unknown Maker

Redhead Drake

Excellent and all original Solid carved redhead drake by a maker unknown to me. Robust design and great presence. Measures 13 3/4" in length. OOS

Sold: $350


Miles Hancock

Bufflehead Hen

Wonderful solid carved bufflehead hen by Miles Hancock of Chincoteague Island, VA. The white on the sides and speculums as well as bill appear to be a second coat, likely by the maker. Great Southern decoy that creates a nice display. Measures 14" in length. OOS

Sold: $500


Anderson Decoy

Pintail #1

Hollow stamped metal pintail drake from Anderson Decoy of San Francisco, CA ca. 1930s. Paint appears to be mostly repainted. See pages 334-335 of Wildfowl Decoys of California by Michael Miller. OOS

Sold: $110


Harry Cook

Canvasback Pair

All original canvasback pair by Harry Cook (Vallejo, CA). COOK branded in the bottoms. Signed and dated 1974. Each measures approximately 15" in length. See pages 188-192 of Wildfowl Decoys of California. OOS

Sold: $500


Jake Ferreira

Pintail Drake

Hollow carved redwood with bottom board pintail drake attributed to Jake Ferreira of Richmond, CA ca. 1930s. Old working repaint. See pages 252-255 of Wildfowl Decoys of California by Michael Miller. IS

Sold: $100


Anderson Decoy

Pintail #2

Hollow stamped metal pintail drake from Anderson Decoy of San Francisco, CA ca. 1930s. Paint appears to be mostly repainted. See pages 334-335 of Wildfowl Decoys of California by Michael Miller. IS

Sold: $100


Unknown Maker

Canada Goose

Excellent and all original Canada Goose in the sleeping posture by a Chesapeake Bay maker unknown to me. Very similar in style to that of Madison Mitchell. Measures 21" in length. OOS

Sold: $250


Wildfowler Co.

Bufflehead Drake

Very rare bufflehead drake from the Old Saybrook, CT factory of the Wildfowler Decoy Company. Solid pine construction with turned head. Mint condition original paint. Felt cloth is applied to the bottom. Measures 11" in length. OOS

Sold: $450