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Auction Description for Guyette & Deeter: April Decoy Auction - Session Two
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Session two of Guyette & Deeter's April 2014 Decoy Auction.

April Decoy Auction - Session Two

(269 Lots)

by Guyette & Deeter

Platinum House

269 lots with images

April 25, 2014

Live Auction

Pheasant Run Resort

St. Charles, IL, 60174 USA

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Full size whimbrel mantle carving, Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts.

Lot 403: Full size whimbrel mantle carving, Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts.

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Description: Full size whimbrel mantle carving, Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts. Crowell's rectangular stamp is under the base. Fine paint detail and slightly turned head.

Condition Report: Very minor paint flaking on jesso thighs and tiny rough area at underside of tip of bill, otherwise very good and original.

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One of a kind full size blue jay perched on tree branch attached to carved wooden base, Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts, circa 1920s.

Lot 404: One of a kind full size blue jay perched on tree branch attached to carved wooden base, Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts, circa 1920s.

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Description: One of a kind full size blue jay perched on tree branch attached to carved wooden base, Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts, circa 1920s. Approximately 11.5" tall. Signed under the tail. Particularly fine blended paint with good detail.

Condition Report: Near mint original paint; structurally excellent.

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Redhead drake head on champhered wooden base, Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts, 1st quarter 20th century.

Lot 405: Redhead drake head on champhered wooden base, Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts, 1st quarter 20th century.

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Description: Redhead drake head on champhered wooden base, Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts, 1st quarter 20th century.

Condition Report: Original and mint.

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Exceptional pair of greenwing teal, William Schultz.

Lot 406: Exceptional pair of greenwing teal, William Schultz.

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Description: Exceptional pair of greenwing teal, William Schultz. Signed. Inscription on underside reads, "Carved for my good friends, Bill and Ava Brauer" also third place Midwest Decoy Show, Detroit, Michigan, 1973; Exhibition sticker on underside. "Second bird I used texture, the first is drake of this pair", on hen

Condition Report: Very good and original.

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Pair of bluewing teal, John Garton, Smith Falls, Ontario.

Lot 407: Pair of bluewing teal, John Garton, Smith Falls, Ontario.

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Description: Pair of bluewing teal, John Garton, Smith Falls, Ontario. Signed, "Made November 1971 for Bill Brauer, by J.B. Garton." Both have slightly turned heads, detailed wing tip feather carving and fluted tails.

Condition Report: Very good and original.

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Pair of decorative black ducks, Don Briddell, Mt. Airey, Maryland.

Lot 408: Pair of decorative black ducks, Don Briddell, Mt. Airey, Maryland.

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Description: Pair of decorative black ducks, Don Briddell, Mt. Airey, Maryland. Signed and dated 1985 on the undersides. Both have slightly turned heads and carved crossed wing tips.

Condition Report: Near mint original paint; structurally very good.

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One of a kind pair of flying mallards, Philippe Sirois, Arrowsic, Maine, circa 1950s.

Lot 409: One of a kind pair of flying mallards, Philippe Sirois, Arrowsic, Maine, circa 1950s.

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Description: One of a kind pair of flying mallards, Philippe Sirois, Arrowsic, Maine, circa 1950s. Each is approximately 25" long. Fine paint detail. Feather carving on wings.

Condition Report: Original paint with almost no wear; crack in one side of drake; feet are duck feet.

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Redhead drake, Ward Brothers, Crisfield, Maryland.

Lot 410: Redhead drake, Ward Brothers, Crisfield, Maryland.

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Description: Redhead drake, Ward Brothers, Crisfield, Maryland. Slightly turned head. Relief wing carving with raised carved wing tips and fluted tail. Signed "For Leroy Wilbur's collection, Lem Ward 1968."

Condition Report: Slight paint shrinkage on one lower side near tail and at knot in lower breast.

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Full size flying canvasback drake, Ward Brothers, Crisfield, Maryland.

Lot 411: Full size flying canvasback drake, Ward Brothers, Crisfield, Maryland.

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Description: Full size flying canvasback drake, Ward Brothers, Crisfield, Maryland. Signed and dated 1961. Finely detailed feather carving.

Condition Report: Very good and original.

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Exceptional pair of 3/4 size flying pintails, Ward Brothers, Crisfield, Maryland.

Lot 411A: Exceptional pair of 3/4 size flying pintails, Ward Brothers, Crisfield, Maryland.

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Description: Exceptional pair of 3/4 size flying pintails, Ward Brothers, Crisfield, Maryland. Very early examples for this type of Ward Brothers flying birds. Both are signed and dated 1957. Extra fine paint detail and form.

Condition Report: Very good and original.

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Decorative ruddy duck hen, Cigar Daisey, Chincoteague, Virginia.

Lot 412: Decorative ruddy duck hen, Cigar Daisey, Chincoteague, Virginia.

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Description: Decorative ruddy duck hen, Cigar Daisey, Chincoteague, Virginia. Branded "Cigar" and signed, with the inscription "Carved especially for Curtis Fruit, Virginia Beach, Virginia." Detailed feather carving and fluted tail.

Condition Report: Excellent and original.

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Full size mourning dove, Frank Finney, Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Lot 413: Full size mourning dove, Frank Finney, Virginia Beach, Virginia.

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Description: Full size mourning dove, Frank Finney, Virginia Beach, Virginia. On painted base with Frank's "F" in underside. Glass eyes with carved wings and tail.

Condition Report: Very good and original.

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Decorative wood duck drake, Jim Schmiedlin, Bradfordwoods, Pennsylvania.

Lot 414: Decorative wood duck drake, Jim Schmiedlin, Bradfordwoods, Pennsylvania.

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Description: Decorative wood duck drake, Jim Schmiedlin, Bradfordwoods, Pennsylvania. Slightly turned head, detailed feather carving, and raised wing tips. Signed on underside by Schmiedlin and dated 1980.

Condition Report: Very good and original.

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Decorative widgeon drake, Jim Schmiedlin, Bradfordwoods, Pennsylvania.

Lot 415: Decorative widgeon drake, Jim Schmiedlin, Bradfordwoods, Pennsylvania.

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Description: Decorative widgeon drake, Jim Schmiedlin, Bradfordwoods, Pennsylvania. Slightly turned head, detailed feather carving, and raised wing tips. Signed on underside by Schmiedlin.

Condition Report: Very good and original.

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Pintail, Al Glassford, Toronto, Ontario.

Lot 416: Pintail, Al Glassford, Toronto, Ontario.

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Description: Pintail, Al Glassford, Toronto, Ontario. Excellent feather carving and comb painting. Competition bird entered at Pointe Mouillee in the 1970s. Sticker on underside says "1970 US nation 1st place."

Condition Report: Very good and original.

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Pair of widgeon, Al Glassford, Toronto, Ontario.

Lot 417: Pair of widgeon, Al Glassford, Toronto, Ontario.

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Description: Pair of widgeon, Al Glassford, Toronto, Ontario. Excellent feather carving. Drake has strong comb painting. Competition birds entered at Pointe Mouillee in the 1970s.

Condition Report: Very good and original.

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One of a kind hanging game carving, Cameron McIntyre, New Church, Virginia.

Lot 418: One of a kind hanging game carving, Cameron McIntyre, New Church, Virginia.

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Description: One of a kind hanging game carving, Cameron McIntyre, New Church, Virginia. Subject matter is a pair of canvasbacks and redhead drake on backboard. Approximately 25" x 41". fine paint and feather detail. Signed on the back of the frame.

Condition Report: Excellent and original.

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Very rare feeding avocet on driftwood base; Walter Rupple, Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

Lot 419: Very rare feeding avocet on driftwood base; Walter Rupple, Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

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Description: Very rare feeding avocet on driftwood base; Walter Rupple, Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Detailed feather carving and extended wing tips.

Condition Report: Excellent and original.

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Full size flying mallard drake, Gus Wilson, South Portland, Maine.

Lot 420: Full size flying mallard drake, Gus Wilson, South Portland, Maine.

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Description: Full size flying mallard drake, Gus Wilson, South Portland, Maine.

Condition Report: Old in use repaint; small cracks.

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Preening hooded merganser drake, Joe Wooster, Ashley, Ohio.

Lot 421: Preening hooded merganser drake, Joe Wooster, Ashley, Ohio.

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Description: Preening hooded merganser drake, Joe Wooster, Ashley, Ohio. Signed and dated 1970. Relief wing tip carving.

Condition Report: Several tiny dents, otherwise very good and original.

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Pair of hanging greenwing teal with detailed feather carving, Grayson Chesser, Jenkins Bridge, Virginia.

Lot 422: Pair of hanging greenwing teal with detailed feather carving, Grayson Chesser, Jenkins Bridge, Virginia.

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Description: Pair of hanging greenwing teal with detailed feather carving, Grayson Chesser, Jenkins Bridge, Virginia. Mounted on old wide board.

Condition Report: Very good and original.

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Flying 2/3 size black duck, Ken Massey, Stevensville, Maryland.

Lot 423: Flying 2/3 size black duck, Ken Massey, Stevensville, Maryland.

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Description: Flying 2/3 size black duck, Ken Massey, Stevensville, Maryland. Made to mount on wall. Highly detailed paint and feather carving.

Condition Report: Tiny tail chip missing from under one wing tip, otherwise very good and original.

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Two decoratives, Walter Ruppel.

Lot 424: Two decoratives, Walter Ruppel.

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Description: Two decoratives, Walter Ruppel. A woodcock and a dove. Both have detailed carving and feather paint.

Condition Report: Very good and original.

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Standing turkey hen, George Reinbold.

Lot 425: Standing turkey hen, George Reinbold.

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Description: Standing turkey hen, George Reinbold. Signed under the base. Approximately 8" tall. Fine paint detail.

Condition Report: Three piece body construction with some separation at the seams, otherwise very good and original.

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Mallard hen with slightly lifted head, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan.

Lot 426: Mallard hen with slightly lifted head, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan.

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Description: Mallard hen with slightly lifted head, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan. Premier grade.

Condition Report: Original paint with minor wear; small amount of touchup at one side of neck filler.

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Greenwing teal drake, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan, 1st quarter 20th century.

Lot 427: Greenwing teal drake, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan, 1st quarter 20th century.

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Description: Greenwing teal drake, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan, 1st quarter 20th century.

Condition Report: It appears as if a gray wash has been taken off to reveal original paint; that has been strengthened on some areas including wing patches; several shot marks to body; including one inch scar on top of tail.

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Brant, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan, 1st quarter 20th century.

Lot 428: Brant, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan, 1st quarter 20th century.

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Description: Brant, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan, 1st quarter 20th century. Challenge grade.

Condition Report: Original paint; very old repair to left side of neck; dowel raised slightly at top of head; minor gunning wear.

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Pair of bluewing teal, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan, 1st quarter 20th century.

Lot 429: Pair of bluewing teal, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan, 1st quarter 20th century.

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Description: Pair of bluewing teal, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan, 1st quarter 20th century. Both branded "B.P.C." and "S & D" on underside.

Condition Report: Both have had paint taken down and have been strengthened in some areas including wing patches; both are protected by an old coat of varnish; hen has been hit by shot; both have several small dents.

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Extremely rare bufflehead hen, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan.

Lot 430: Extremely rare bufflehead hen, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan.

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Description: Extremely rare bufflehead hen, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan. Challenge grade.

Condition Report: Original paint with minor discoloration and wear; small crack in side and underside; bill has been very slightly blunted; several tiny dents.

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Canvasback drake, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan.

Lot 431: Canvasback drake, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan.

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Description: Canvasback drake, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan. Very rare premier grade Chesapeake Bay model.

Condition Report: Good original paint very minor wear on most of the decoy; a little more wear on top of head; in factory filled crack in underside that has separated somewhat with filler missing.

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Bluebill drake, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan, circa 1910.

Lot 432: Bluebill drake, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan, circa 1910.

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Description: Bluebill drake, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan, circa 1910. Challenge grade. Special round body style.

Condition Report: Original paint with very minor wear; small crack in back.

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Black duck, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan.

Lot 433: Black duck, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan.

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Description: Black duck, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan. Early challenge grade.

Condition Report: Original paint with minor wear; small amount of neck filler missing; professional tail chip repair; small cracks in underside; a few small dents.

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Rare bufflehead drake, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan.

Lot 434: Rare bufflehead drake, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan.

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Description: Rare bufflehead drake, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan. Glass eye model.

Condition Report: Original paint; most of neck filler missing and area of inpainting behind left wing patch approximately 2" in diameter.

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Rare rigmate pair of widgeon, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan.

Lot 435: Rare rigmate pair of widgeon, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan.

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Description: Rare rigmate pair of widgeon, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan. Very early style, circa 1905. **Grade

Condition Report: Old in use repaint on most of the decoy, a lot of original paint on heads; each has a tail chip repair and small dents.

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Black duck, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan.

Lot 436: Black duck, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan.

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Description: Black duck, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan. Challenge grade with original challenge stamp on underside.

Condition Report: Original paint with minor wear; cracks in one side; small dents.

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Bluebill drake, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan.

Lot 437: Bluebill drake, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan.

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Description: Bluebill drake, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan. Premier grade.

Condition Report: Original paint with minor wear; small crack in each side; lightly hit by shot.

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Pintail drake, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan.

Lot 438: Pintail drake, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan.

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Description: Pintail drake, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan. Premier grade.

Condition Report: Original paint with minor wear; small dents; thin crack in back; hairline crack in breast.

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Extra fine black duck, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan.

Lot 439: Extra fine black duck, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan.

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Description: Extra fine black duck, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan. Premier grade with outstanding paint. Premier stamp in underside.

Condition Report: Near mint original paint; several tiny chips missing from neck filler; professional tail chip repair.

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Black duck, Gus Wilson, South Portland, Maine.

Lot 440: Black duck, Gus Wilson, South Portland, Maine.

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Description: Black duck, Gus Wilson, South Portland, Maine. With exceedingly rare rocking head, mussel in mouth combination carving. Rocking head is attached with a small dowel. Relief wing carving.

Condition Report: Original paint with minor wear; tiny chip missing from one edge of tail; roughness in one side below the wing carving from when the decoy was made.

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Merganser drake, Gus Wilson, South Portland, Maine.

Lot 441: Merganser drake, Gus Wilson, South Portland, Maine.

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Description: Merganser drake, Gus Wilson, South Portland, Maine. In very rare turned head position. Inlet head that is turned approximately 90 degrees. Relief wing carving, carved eyes, and carved bill delineation.

Condition Report: Original paint with very minor discoloration and wear; neck crack with a small amount of touchup in that area; leather in bill is a replacement.

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Rigmate pair of oversize eiders, Amos Wallace, West Point, Maine, last quarter 19th century.

Lot 442: Rigmate pair of oversize eiders, Amos Wallace, West Point, Maine, last quarter 19th century.

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Description: Rigmate pair of oversize eiders, Amos Wallace, West Point, Maine, last quarter 19th century. Inlet heads and detailed bill carving. Hen eiders by Wallace are very rare. Hen has inset tack eyes and a horseshoe weight on underside.

Condition Report: Drake has old working repaint with minor shrinkage and wear; a crack through the neck and back, small cracks in head; hen appears to have worn original paint with tight cracks in the body and an age split in the underside.

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Hollow carved widgeon drake, Shang Wheeler, Stratford, Connecticut.

Lot 443: Hollow carved widgeon drake, Shang Wheeler, Stratford, Connecticut.

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Description: Hollow carved widgeon drake, Shang Wheeler, Stratford, Connecticut. Good comb and feather paint detail.

Condition Report: Original paint with moderate wear; small cracks in body.

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Canada goose, George Boyd, Seabrook, New Hampshire.

Lot 444: Canada goose, George Boyd, Seabrook, New Hampshire.

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Description: Canada goose, George Boyd, Seabrook, New Hampshire. Canvas over wood slat construction and slightly turned head.

Condition Report: Paint appears to be mix of old overcoat taken to down in areas to original; one hole in canvas near tail; rubs at edge of tail.

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Rare highhead canvasback drake, Shang Wheeler, Stratford, Connecticut.

Lot 445: Rare highhead canvasback drake, Shang Wheeler, Stratford, Connecticut.

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Description: Rare highhead canvasback drake, Shang Wheeler, Stratford, Connecticut. Cork body with carved shoulders. Signed on underside "Charles Shang Wheeler".

Condition Report: Original paint with repair to tip of bill; light coat of gray wash has been added to strengthen most of bill.

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Extremely rare preening canvasback drake, Albert Laing, Stratford, Connecticut & New York, New York, 3rd quarter 19th century.

Lot 446: Extremely rare preening canvasback drake, Albert Laing, Stratford, Connecticut & New York, New York, 3rd quarter 19th century.

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Description: Extremely rare preening canvasback drake, Albert Laing, Stratford, Connecticut & New York, New York, 3rd quarter 19th century. Laing brand in underside. Hollow carved.

Condition Report: Old paint with moderate wear; small chip missing from neck base; short cracks in neck.

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Important standing Canada goose, Charles Schoenheider, Sr., Peoria, Illinois, circa 1910.

Lot 447: Important standing Canada goose, Charles Schoenheider, Sr., Peoria, Illinois, circa 1910.

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Description: Important standing Canada goose, Charles Schoenheider, Sr., Peoria, Illinois, circa 1910. Hollow carved with five piece body construction. Cast iron leg and web foot in underside in use on ice.

Condition Report: Original paint with minor to moderate wear; a few tiny dents.

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Extremely rare bluewing teal hen, Charles Schoenheider, Sr., Peoria, Illinois, 1st quarter 20th century.

Lot 448: Extremely rare bluewing teal hen, Charles Schoenheider, Sr., Peoria, Illinois, 1st quarter 20th century.

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Description: Extremely rare bluewing teal hen, Charles Schoenheider, Sr., Peoria, Illinois, 1st quarter 20th century. Hollow carved. Fine feather paint detail.

Condition Report: Original paint with minor wear; a few small dents and shot marks.

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Canvasback drake, Jack Eppel, Peoria, Illinois.

Lot 449: Canvasback drake, Jack Eppel, Peoria, Illinois.

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Description: Canvasback drake, Jack Eppel, Peoria, Illinois. Good comb and feather paint detail. From the hunting rig of Andy Anderson, "A.L.A." carved in weight.

Condition Report: Original paint with minor discoloration and very slight wear; structurally very good.

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Rigmate pair of mallards, Robert Elliston, Bureau, Illinois, 1st quarter 20th century.

Lot 450: Rigmate pair of mallards, Robert Elliston, Bureau, Illinois, 1st quarter 20th century.

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Description: Rigmate pair of mallards, Robert Elliston, Bureau, Illinois, 1st quarter 20th century. Both are branded "HC Gardner". Drake is also branded "JHD".

Condition Report: Both retain original Elliston weights. Both are in original paint protected by an old coat of varnish; small dents and wear over body and heads; drake has a crack near base of neck.

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Pintail drake, Bert Graves, Peoria, Illinois.

Lot 451: Pintail drake, Bert Graves, Peoria, Illinois.

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Description: Pintail drake, Bert Graves, Peoria, Illinois. His later style. Fine feather paint detail. Retains Graves weight.

Condition Report: Original paint with minor discoloration and wear; cracks in eyes; a few tiny dents.

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