SOLD ITEMS


Warren Volrath

Brant

Wonderful, unique laminated construction on the Pacific black brant attributed to Warren Volrath. The collectors tag indicates this decoy to have been made for the Samish Bay Club and used on Samish Bay near Bow, Washington OOS

Sold: $225


Charlie Bryan

Canada Goose

Solid carved Canada goose by Charlie Bryan (Middle River, MD) in excellent and all original paint and condition. Likely from the 1960s. Measures 22" in length. OOS

Sold: $250


Mason Co.

Mallard Drake

Standard grade, painted-eye model mallard drake from the Mason Decoy Company (Detroit, MI), ca. 1910. Paint is worn but original. OOS

Sold: $85


Scott Co.

Pintail Pair

Canvas over cork pintail pair from the Scott Cork Decoy Company of Stockton, CA ca 1940. Good original paint on both. The hen is missing the bottom weight. OOS

Sold: $100


Mason Co.

Canvasback

Excellent, bright, all original piant glass-eye model canvasback drake from the Mason Decoy Company (Detroit, MI) circa 1920. Tight age split in the bottom. Otherwise, a very nice example. Measures 16" in length. OOS

Sold: $300


Martha's Vineyard

Black Duck

Outstanding and all original solid carved black duck from the Martha's Vineyard area of Massachusets. Some have attributed this wonderful decoy to Albert Pittman and some have indicated similarities with Pease family decoys. Early Chadwick has been suggested as well. A great bird ca. 1920s in excellent all original condition. Measures 16.5" in length. The blue speculums and feathering are more pronounced in the hand. OOS

Sold: $450


Mason Co.

Pintail Drake

Standard grade, painted-eye model pintail drake from the Mason Decoy Company (Detroit, MI), ca. 1910. Paint is worn but original with the exception of some very light overpaint of green on portions of the head. A rare Mason species. IS

Sold: $120


Mason Co.

Bluebill Hen

Mason Decoy Company, Standard Grade Tack-eye model bluebill hen. Paint is all original and good with some wear to the top of the tail and the right side of the head. This is a rare model and in wonderful condition. OOS

Sold: $225


Mason/Snyder

Pintail Drake

A Mason Decoy Company (Detroit, MI) pintail drake ca. 1915 in outstanding paint by Ed Snyder (Rio Vista, CA). IS

Sold: $175


Mason Co.

Bluebill Drake

Standard grade, glass-eye model bluebill drake from the Mason Decoy Company (Detroit, MI), ca. 1900. Paint is worn but original. Small body style. OOS

Sold: $140


Ralph Martin

Mallard Hen

Ralph Martin (Albany, CA) is one of the seriously underrated early California decoy makers. This all original mallard hen (ca. 1940s) clearly demonstrates his talent at capturing the species. See page 290 of Wildfowl Decoys of California. Constructed of cork on board with redwood or pine head and wooden tail and wingtip inserts. Measures 14" in length. Excellent and all original paint. IS

Sold: $300


Seth Barry

Pintail Hen

Terrific form and what appears to be appealing and very old in-use repaint on this solid redwood pintail hen by Seth "Tiny" Barry (Sacramento, CA), ca. 1930. See page 513 in Wildfowl Decoys of California by Michael Miller. Classic early Sacramento form. OOS

Sold: $295


Paravagna (attrib.)

Mallard Pair

The collectors tag on the bottoms of these wonderful canvas stuffed mallards indicates the maker as a Paravagna. Paint is good and all original. IS

Sold: $130


Tule Lake Co.

Canvasback

Hollow with chest plug canvasback drake from the Tule Lake Decoy Co. (Sacramento, CA) ca. 1920s. Old in use repaint with what looks like original paint on the head. OOS

Sold: $100


Unknown Maker

Snow Goose

Good original paint on this stuffed canvas Snow Goose from an unknown SF Bay maker. This exact decoy is pictured on page 634 of Wildfowl Decoys of California by Michael Miller in the unidentified carvers section. Measures 21" in length. OOS

Sold: $100


Unknown Maker

Canada Goose

Good original paint on this stuffed canvas Canada Goose from an unknown SF Bay maker. This exact decoy is pictured on page 634 of Wildfowl Decoys of California by Michael Miller in the unidentified carvers section. Measures 21" in length. The bottom says "Faulk, SF, 1925". OOS

Sold: $100


Manuel Machado

White-fronted Goose

Stuffed canvas white-fronted goose by Manuel Machado (Rio Vista, CA) ca. 1920s. Paint appears to be mostly original with repaint to the white tail area. There is a area of missing canvas on the right side. Large upright posture. OOS

Sold: $100


Mason Co.

Bluebill Drake

Standard grade, glass-eye model bluebill drake from the Mason Decoy Company ca. 1910. Paint is worn and mostly original. There are portions of the speculums and back that appear to have a light overpaint. Age split runing across the back. OOS

Sold: $150


Mason Co.

Mallard Hen

Standard grade, glass-eye model mallard hen from the Mason Decoy Company (Detroit, MI), ca. 1910. Paint is in mostly all original and worn condition. There is likely some old touch up on the green speculums. IS

Sold: $200


Joe Martinez

Pintail Drake

Unique stretched canvas over wooden frame with a carved wooden head and bottom board on this great pintail drake by Joe Martinez (Newark, CA). Paint is good and all original. See page 292 of Wildfowl Decoys of California by Michael Miller. OOS

Sold: $100


John Winter

Pintail Pair

Wonderful and folksy pintail pair by John Winter (Cleveland Wrecking Company) San Francisco, CA, ca. 1948. This drake is all original except for a minor tail repair. The hen was fully restored in the John Winter's style # 1 by Lee Dahlberg. The decoys posses the original counter balance weights. See page 376 of Wildfowl Decoys of California. OOS

Sold: $200


Ed Vidmar

Canada Goose

Large and heavy solid redwood Canada goose by Ed Vidmar (Pittsburg, CA) ca. 1950s. Excellent original paint. See pages 450-455 of Wildfowl Decoys of California by Michael Miller for additional information on the important east bay maker. Measures 24" in length and weighs a bit over 13 pounds. Buyer pays actual shipping fees due to size and weight. OOS

Sold: $500


Frank Garatti

Pintail Pair

Stylish solid redwood pintail pair by Frank Garatti (San Rafael, CA) ca. 1920s. Paint is worn and original. These appear to be a rigmate pair. See page 148 of Wildfowl Decoys of California for a similar example. OOS

Sold: $500


Bill Neal

Pintail Pair

Very early pintail pair by Bill Neal (Black Point, CA) ca. 1940s. Solid carved redwood. There may be some original paint on the hen. The drake and most of the hen are in old in use repaint. These appear to be rigmates. See page 156 of Wildfowl Decoys of California for a similar early example. OOS

Sold: $400


Unknown Maker

Mallard Drake

Very early and finely hollow carved mallard drake from Illinois. Early decoy likely ca. 1915. Paint appears mostly original with some old in-use repaint. OOS

Sold: $270


Unknown Maker

Brant

Hollow carved redwood Pacific black brant by an unknown Humboldt Bay maker. OOS

Sold: $125


Mason Co.

Redhead Pair

Nicely matched pair of glass-eye model redheads from the Mason Decoy Company (Detroit, MI) ca. 1900. The drake is all original. The hen has had paint strengthening on the bill, to the white on the left side as well as a small area on the back and neck filler repair. Great examples. OOS

Sold: $650


Unknown Maker

Black Brant

Hollow carved with bottom board Pacific black brant very similar to the work of Alfred Parmiter (Vancouver, B.C.) ca. 1930s. See page 37 of Wildfowl Decoys of the Pacific Coast. Old in use repaint. OOS

Sold: $200


Gundelfinger

Blue-winged Teal

Hollow carved, Grand Prix model blue-winged teal drake from the Gundelfinger Wood Products Company of St. Louis, Missouri ca. 1920s. A very rare decoy in excellent and all original paint and condition. Measures 13" in length. OOS

Sold: $475


Anderson Decoy

Pintail Drake

Pressed steel pintail drake from the Anderson Decoy Company (Fred Anderson) of San Francisco, CA, ca. 1930. Good condition. Paint is a mix of original and old in use repaint. See pages 334-335 of Wildfowl Decoys of California by Michael Miller. OOS

Sold: $200


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. IS

Sold: $400


Unknown Maker

Mallard Drake

Folksy hollow carved and painted mallard drake by a maker unknown to me. The bottom is signed. However, I can't make out the signature. Measures approx. 15.5" in length. OOS

Sold: $100


Leo Tocchini

Pintail Drake

Classic pintail drake by Leo Tocchini (Oakland, CA), ca. 1950s. This decoy may have been one Leo's early club decoys or his own. Due to the fact the counter balance weight possesses no owner's name stamped into it. This decoy is fully restored to Leo's original 1950's paint pattern. "It's ready for next season". Restoration done in 2020 by Lee Dahlberg. OOS

Sold: $100


Merven Olsen

Black Brant

Very stylish Pacific black brant by Merven Olsen (Eureka, CA) ca. 1930s. Styled after the master Humboldt Bay brant maker Capt. Olsen (no relation). Hollow carved utilizing six plugs in the top of the back. Paint is likely done by Bill Neal (Sonoma, CA). See page 76 of Wildfowl Decoys of California by Michael Miller for additional informaiton on the maker. OOS

Sold: $400


John B. Winter

Pintail Pair

The best all original paint pair of pintails by John Winter (Cleveland Wrecking Co.) of San Francisco, CA, ca. 1948 that I've ever offered. Balsa body with redwood heads and tack eyes. See pages 376-377 of Wildfowl Decoys of California by Michael Miller. OOS

Sold: $395


Mason Co.

Black Duck

Hollow, premier grade, black duck from the Mason Decoy Company (Detroit, MI) ca. 1900. Completely repainted in old working repaint. IS

Sold: $125


TJ Hooker

Pintail Drake

Nice, solid carved pintail drake by TJ Hooker and made for Ducks Unlimited. This is a DU medallion model from 1985/86 measuring 19" in length. A small amount of paint loss at the neck as pictured. Otherwise good original paint. IS

Sold: $75


Scott Co.

Teal Drakes

Two rare green-winged teal drakes from the Scott Cork Decoy Company of Oakland, CA, ca. 1920s. Rare, early wooden bill models. Original paint with a thin over coat of varnish. The head on the drake pictured in the front was torn and reattached. OOS

Sold: $150


Ralph Martin

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"! OOS

Sold: $800


Bill Pinches

Green-winged Teal Pair

Just a stunning, intricately carved pair of green-winged teal by the talented California maker, Bill Pinches (Arcata, CA). Excellent all original condition with the exception of one broken raised primary feather on the hen. These are signed and dated by the maker Dec. 1981 and made for the Humboldt Co. Ducks Unlimited fundraiser. Each measures just over 10" in length. IS

Sold: $500


Mason Co.

Challenge Bluebill Hen

Excellent original paint and condition on this Mason Decoy Company (Detroit, MI), special order, challenge grade bluebill hen ca. 1905. Measures 14" in length. The bottom weight is missing. Beautiful feathering on this example. IS

Sold: $1400