SOLD ITEMS


H.V. Shourds

Redhead Drake

Beautiful, hollow carved, redhead drake by Harry V. Shourds (Tuckerton, NJ), ca. 1890. This exact decoy is pictured in the upper right on page 31 of Decoys of the Mid-Atlantic Region by Fleckenstein. In Cedar Bonnett Gun Club Paint (Manahawkin, NJ), ca. 1940s. Stamped "MORRIS" for B.P. Morris and ink stamped "Hillman Collection". Measures 14 3/4" in length. OOS

Sold: $900


Dodge Co.

Canvasback

Nice solid carved canvasback drake by the Dodge Decoy Company (Detroit, MI), ca. 1880s. Paint is mostly good and original. There has been a small amount of paint stregthening on the tail area as well as neck filler repair by Larry Rucker. OOS

Sold: $295


John Winter

Pintail Hen

Good original paint on this pintail hen by John Winter (Cleveland Wrecking Company) of Burlingame, CA. ca. 1948. IS

Sold: $125


Nick Kojich 

Brant

Wonderful Pacific black brant by Nick Kojich (Tomales Bay, CA), ca. 1940s. Hollow carved western red cedar body and redwood head. See pages 46-47 of Wildfowl Decoys of California by Michael Miller for additional information on this important early Tomales Bay individual. Measures 21" in length. IS

Sold: $400


Larry Zalesky

Canvasbacks

Larry Zalesky (Vacaville, CA) solid carved redwood canvasback pair in mint unrigged condition. See page 213-217 of Wildfowl Decoys of California by Michael Miller. IS

Sold: $400


Ron Koch

Teal Hen

Solid carved blue-winged teal hen by Ron Koch of Omro, Wisconsin. Excellent original paint working decoy with Ron Koch stamped in the bottom along with D1 10. IS

Sold: $100


George Schaub

Blue-Winged Teal

Solid carved blue-winged teal drake by George Schaub of Baltimore, MD. Measures 14" in length and is branded "GS" on the bottom. IS

Sold: $90


Marv Bernet

Canvasbacks

Hollow carved canvasback pair by Marv Bernet (Cottage Grove, MN). Excellent and lightly used condition with the Bernet brand on the bottoms. OOS

Sold: $300


Wildfowler

Pintail Drake

Hollow pine pintail drake from the Old Saybrook, CT factory of the wildfowler decoy company. The head, neck and chest appear to have a later second coat of paint. The body and underside are good and original. Measures 17" in length. OOS

Sold: $175


Ernie Johnson

Brant

Excellent and all original Pacific black brant by Ernie Johnson of Vancouver Island, BC, ca. 1940. Excellent hollow carved engineering on these decoys. Both the heads and necks are removable. There is a piece of sheet metal on the tails to prevent splitting. Johnson only made 52 decoys in total. See page 29 of Wildfowl Decoys of the Pacific Coast by Miller and Hanson. OOS

Sold: $280


Junky Fuhrmann

Pintail Drake

Excellent and all original cork on board with inserted primaries and tail by Herman "Junky" Fuhrmann (Berkeley, CA), ca. 1940. See pages 259-262 of Wildfowl Decoys of California by Michael Miller. Measures 18" in length. OOS

Sold: $250


Robert Bryan

Black Brant

Solid carved redwood Pacific black brant by Robert Bryan (Arcata, CA). See pages 26-27 of Wildfowl Decoys of California by Michael Miller for additional information on this Humboldt Bay maker. Measures 15" long and 12" tall. OOS

Sold: $95


Bruce Morton

Black Brant

Solid carved Pacific black brant by Bruce Morton (Eureka, CA) ca. 1950s. Measures 17" long and 12" tall. See page 74 of Wildfowl Decoys of California by Michael Miller. Check at the base of the neck as shown. OOS

Sold: $95


Frank Hite

Pintail Hen

Hollow, oversized pintail hen from Frank Hite (Aberdeen, WA), ca. 1930. Paint is good and all original. The makers mark "H" is carved into the bottom. Measures 20" in length. There is a chip to the underside of the bill. OOS

Sold: $175


Burley Russell

Cackling Goose

All original kapok-stuffed canvas cackling goose by Burley Russell (Stockton, CA), ca. 1930s. See page 479 of Wildfowl Decoys of California by Michael Miller for a similar example. Measures 22" in length. OOS

Sold: $170


Miles Hancock

Canada Goose

Wonderful solid carved Canada goose by Miles Hancock of Chincoteague Island, VA. Paint may be in a second coat by Hancock. There appears to be an old bill repait. Great Southern decoy that creates a powerful display. Measures just over 21" in length. OOS

Sold: $695


Unknown Maker

Black Brant #4

Solid carved redwood, Pacific black brant from Eureka, CA, circa 1950s. Tack eyes and old in-use repaint. The very tip of the bill is chipped. Measures 16" in length. OOS

Sold: $80


Lyle Lancaster

Black Brant

Sold carved redwood Pacific black brant by Lyle Lancaster (Arcata, CA) ca. 1940s. Inletted weight. broken bill tip. Measures 16" long and 12" tall. See page 49 of Wildfowl Decoys of California by Michael Miller. OOS

Sold: $95


Unknown Maker

Black Brant #6

Solid carved redwood with removable head on the Pacific black brant circa 1940s from the Humboldt Bay region of Northern California. Paint is a mix of original and old in-use repaint. The tip of the bill appears to be missing. Measures 18" in length. OOS

Sold: $70


Bill Goenne

Brant #1

Solid carved redwood black brant by Bill Goenne (King City, CA). These are some of Bill's early working decoys, ca. 1980s. OOS

Sold: $90


Unknown Maker

Brant

Stylish hollow carved with bottom board Pacific black brant by a maker unknown to me. Paint appears to be mostly original. There could be an old second coat applied likely by the maker. Robust carving measuring 19.5" in length. OOS

Sold: $250


Unknown Maker

Snow Goose

Canvas stuffed snow goose in feeding posture by an unknown Sacramento valley maker ca. 1940s. OOS

Sold: $90


Bill Goenne

Bluebill Drake

Solid carved redwood bluebill drake by Bill Goenne (King City, CA). See Sixty Living and Outstanding North American Carvers by Loy Harrell. All original. Measures 15" in length. IS

Sold: $75


Bill Goenne

Canvasback

Solid carved redwood canvasback drake by Bill Goenne (King City, CA). See Sixty Living and Outstanding North American Carvers by Loy Harrell. All original. Measures 17" in length. IS

Sold: $75


Wildfowler

Blue-winged Teal

Superior hollow pine blue-winged teal drake from the Old Saybrook, CT factory, c. 1950. The keel is missing. Otherwise, mint original condition. Measures 11.5" in length. IS

Sold: $200


Pete Bennett

Teal Hen

Excellent and all original green-winged teal hen in swimming posture by Pete Bennett (Rio Vista, CA). Constructed of hard balsa for the body. "87-49" written on the bottom. Retains the lead balast keel. Measures 11 1/2" in length. OOS

Sold: $150


Unknown Maker

Black Brant #1

Nicely styled swimming posture on this solid carved redwood Pacific black brant from Eureka, CA, circa 1940s. Slightly inletted neck, wonderfully carved head and bill, a mix of original and old in-use repaint. Measures 17" in length. OOS

Sold: $75


Unknown Maker

Black Brant #7

Solid carved redwood, Pacific black brant from the Humboldt Bay region of Northern California, circa 1950s. Paint is a mix of original and old in-use repaint. Measures 16.5" in length. Old tail cip. OOS

Sold: $55


Amiel Garibaldi

Pintail Drake

Excellent and all original pintail drake (style 4) by the highly collectible early CA decoy maker Amiel Garibaldi of Sacramento. Paint and condition are as close to mint as you'll find. Measures 17" in length. See pages 326-333 of Wildfowl Decoys of the Pacific Coast by Miller and Hanson and pages 521-530 of Wildfowl Decoys of California by Michael Miller. Signed by the maker on the bottom. The ballast weight has been removed. OOS

Sold: $1250


Unknown Maker

Atlantic Brant

Hollow carved Atlantic brant in swimming posture from the Manahawkin area of New Jersey. The collectors tag indicates this decoy came from the Ted Mulliken collection. Mulliken was the former owner of the Wildfowler Company. Measures 19" in length. OOS

Sold: $225


Bill Strickland

Pintail Drake

Excellent example pintail drake ca. 1940s by William Strickland (Sacramento, CA). Paint and condition are mint unrigged and unused. Constructed of palm frond for the body and sugar pine for the heads. Measures 16" in length. Wonderful presence on these decoys. See page 552 of Wildfowl Decoys of California by Michael Miller. IS

Sold: $450


Burley Russell

Pintail Drakes

Lot of two kapok-stuffed canvas pintail drakes by Burley Russell (Stockton, CA), ca. 1930s. See page 482 of Wildfowl Decoys of California by Michael Miller for a similar example. Each measures 18" in length. Mostly original paint. The white appears to be an old in-use repaint. OOS

Sold: $95


Fred Lefever

Cackling Goose

Kapok-stuffed canvas cackling goose in feeding posture by Fred Lefever (Stockton, CA), ca. 1940s. Good original paint and condition. Measures 19" in length. See page 469 of Wildfowl Decoys of California by Michael Miller for a similar example. OOS

Sold: $150


Ed Linscheid

Snow Goose

Rare, kapok-stuffed canvas construction snow goose by Ed Linscheid (Pittsburg, CA), ca. 1940s. See page 439 of Wildfowl Decoys of California by Michael Miller. Excellent original paint and condition. Measures 19 1/2" in length. OOS

Sold: $150


Dick Thedens

Pintail Drake

This unique, hollow carved, pintail drake was found on a farm near Othello, WA in 1976. The rig consisted of very stylish pintail, wigeon, teal and mallard. Said to have been made by Dick Thedens of Ellensburg, WA. I suspect these to be C. 1960's. The example measures 26". This example is in the feeding posture with the tip of the bill slightly below the water line. The sprig tail is removable. The bottom indicates they were once weighted for use. OOS

Sold: $350


Downeast

Black Duck

Good all original paint on this hollow carved black duck by the Downeast Sportcraft Company of Freeport, Maine (1946-1950). See pages 120-121 of North American Factory Decoys by Kenneth Trayer. Measures 18 1/2" in length. Nice shelf appeal on this relatively uncommon factory black duck in swimming posture. OOS

Sold: $250


Gus Zehringer

Canvasback

Robust, nicely carved and painted solid carved redwood canvasback drake Gus Zehringer (1918-1995) of Pinole, CA. Francis August "Shorty" Zehringer was a San Francisco Bay duck hunting legend. His biography is well detailed on page 234 of Wildfowl Decoys of California by Michael Miller. Zehringer's work isn't common. This nice drake is dated 1987. IS

Sold: $225


Don Hovie

Cinnamon Teal

Wonderful all original hollow carved cinnamon teal in reaching posture by Sacramento, CA area carver Don Hovie. Hovie's work is often recognized in carving competion. This example is signed on the bottom and measures 12.5" in length. An excellent representation of the species. IS

Sold: $295


Unknown Maker

Black Brant

Solid carved redwood Pacific black brant by an unknown Humboldt Bay maker. Paint appears to be mostly original. OOS

Sold: $100


Mason Co.

Bluebill Hen

Mason Co. (Detroit, MI), standard grade glass-eye model bluebill hen in old working repaint. ca. 1910. OOS

Sold: $55


J.M. Hays Co.

Bluebill Hen

Solid bluebill hen ca. 1920s from the J.M. Hays Wood Products Company of Jefferson City, Missouri. Old repaint. OOS

Sold: $55


Rob Capriola

Bluebill Drake

Early, hollow carved bluebill drake by Robert Capriola. This example was made and used on Humboldt Bay in 1988 and so indicated on a tag made by Capriola on the bottom. Signed and branded "RC". Measures 13". The head is slightly turned to the right. Excellent and lightly hunted over condition. OOS

Sold: $270


Madison Mitchell

Redhead Pair

Easily the nicest examples by R. Madison Mitchell (Havre de Grace, MD) that I've offered. Solid carved redhead pair in outstanding all orignial paint and condition. Rigmate pair measuring approximately 15" in length. The bottom of both has writing stating "Purchased by Jack Barry 1969 at New Market, MD". OOS

Sold: $550