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Auction Description for Guyette & Deeter: North American Decoys at Auction
Auction Description:
North American Decoys at Auction
Viewing Notes:
Preview time 6pm-8pm 04/22 Preview time 8am 04/23

North American Decoys at Auction

(355 Lots)

by Guyette & Deeter

Platinum House

355 lots with images

April 23, 2009

Live Auction

Pheasant Run Resort

St. Charles, IL, 60174 USA

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Black bellied plover, Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia.

Lot 1: Black bellied plover, Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia.

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Description: Raised extended wing tips.

Condition Report: Original paint that has been aged; some wear near stick hole.

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Robin snipe carved in the Cobb Island style, Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia.

Lot 2: Robin snipe carved in the Cobb Island style, Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia.

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Description: Robin snipe carved in the Cobb Island style, Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia.

Condition Report: Original paint that has been aged and somewhat worn; structurally good.

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Running sandpiper, Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia.

Lot 3: Running sandpiper, Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia.

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Description: Carved in the style of Obediah Verity.

Condition Report: Original paint that has been aged; structurally very good.

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Exceptional preening red throated loon, Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia.

Lot 4: Exceptional preening red throated loon, Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia.

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Description: Relief wing carving. Head is attached to small squared dowels.

Condition Report: Very good and original.

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Contemporary knot, Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia.

Lot 5: Contemporary knot, Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia.

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Description: Bears the maker's name on the underside.

Condition Report: Painted and stressed to look old, the condition is excellent.

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Contemporary tern, Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia.

Lot 6: Contemporary tern, Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia.

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Description: Bears the maker's carved name on the underside.

Condition Report: Painted and stressed to look old, the condition is excellent.

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Contemporary yellowlegs, Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia.

Lot 7: Contemporary yellowlegs, Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia.

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Description: Bears the maker's name on the underside. Carved in the Eastern Shore Virginia tradition with split tail detail.

Condition Report: Painted and stressed to look old, the condition is excellent.

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Eskimo curlew, Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia.

Lot 8: Eskimo curlew, Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia.

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Description: Relief wing carving.

Condition Report: Original paint that has been aged; structurally very good.

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Curlew carved in the Cobb Island style, Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia.

Lot 9: Curlew carved in the Cobb Island style, Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia.

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Description: Curlew carved in the Cobb Island style, Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia.

Condition Report: Original paint that has been aged; lightly hit by shot.

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Running curlew, Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia.

Lot 10: Running curlew, Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia.

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Description: Relief wing carving. Modeled from the one time world auction record Massachusetts curlew sold by Guyette & Schmidt, Inc. in July 1997.

Condition Report: Original paint that has been aged; small dents.

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Oversize, hollow carved merganser drake, Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia.

Lot 11: Oversize, hollow carved merganser drake, Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia.

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Description: Relief wing carving. Inlet head.

Condition Report: Very good and original.

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Canvasback drake, Bert Graves, Peoria, Illinois, circa 1930's.

Lot 12: Canvasback drake, Bert Graves, Peoria, Illinois, circa 1930's.

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Description: Retains Graves weight.

Condition Report: Original paint with moderate discoloration and wear; small cracks in back; very slight roughness to one edge of bill.

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Early hollow mallard hen, Charles Ruggles, Henry, Illinois, last quarter 19th century.

Lot 13: Early hollow mallard hen, Charles Ruggles, Henry, Illinois, last quarter 19th century.

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Description: The initials "L.D.E." are stamped in the back.

Condition Report: Old working repaint much of which has been removed or worn to the bare surface; there appears to have been some filler on the lower breast over some apparent decay to the wood; a few light shot marks.

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Pair of sleeping mallards, Cline McAlpin, Chicago, Illinois.

Lot 14: Pair of sleeping mallards, Cline McAlpin, Chicago, Illinois.

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Description: Pair of sleeping mallards, Cline McAlpin, Chicago, Illinois.

Condition Report: Near mint original paint protected by the original coat of varnish; a few small varnish drips on the underside of the drake; small area of off white paint in center of undersides as identification mark.

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Hollow mallard drake, Charles Perdew, Henry, Illinois.

Lot 15: Hollow mallard drake, Charles Perdew, Henry, Illinois.

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Description: Retains Perdew weight.

Condition Report: Original paint by Charles Perdew shows minor wear, with some rubs to the bare surface over the head, and a few smaller areas on the body; small chip out of one side of the bill.

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Greenwing teal hen and drake, Cline McAlpin, Chicago, Illinois.

Lot 16: Greenwing teal hen and drake, Cline McAlpin, Chicago, Illinois.

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Description: Both have McAlpin weights. Hen is branded "JHD" for John Dunham. Both have turned heads.

Condition Report: Very good and original.

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Pair of hollow pintails, Heck Whittington, Oglesby, Illinois.

Lot 17: Pair of hollow pintails, Heck Whittington, Oglesby, Illinois.

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Description: Signed and dated 1977. They also bear the maker's stamp including his name, town and date.

Condition Report: Both are in excellent original condition.

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Extremely rare greenwing teal drake, Robert Elliston, Bureau, Illinois, circa 1880's.

Lot 18: Extremely rare greenwing teal drake, Robert Elliston, Bureau, Illinois, circa 1880's.

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Description: Detailed combing and feather paint.

Condition Report: Original paint with minor wear on most of the decoy; moderate wear on one upper side and sides of tail; short vertical crack in back of neck; right behind the neck there is an old plug approximately 3/8" in diameter, which was put in at a later date, prob

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Extremely rare canvasback drake, Robert Elliston, Bureau, Illinois, circa 1880's.

Lot 19: Extremely rare canvasback drake, Robert Elliston, Bureau, Illinois, circa 1880's.

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Description: Strong combing and feather paint.

Condition Report: Original paint with minor discoloration and wear; moderate discoloration and wear on sides; crack in lower side; two cracks in tail; two chips missing from tail.

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Mallard drake, Fred Allen, Monmouth, Illinois, last quarter 19th century.

Lot 19A: Mallard drake, Fred Allen, Monmouth, Illinois, last quarter 19th century.

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Description: Mallard drake, Fred Allen, Monmouth, Illinois, last quarter 19th century.

Condition Report: Original paint with minor wear on most of the decoy; moderate wear on the top of the head; several small dents.

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Rare bluebill drake, Fred Allen, Monmouth, Illinois, last quarter 19th century.

Lot 19B: Rare bluebill drake, Fred Allen, Monmouth, Illinois, last quarter 19th century.

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Description: Hollow carved with very strong comb painting on the back.

Condition Report: Original paint with very minor wear; several tiny dents.

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Pair of mallards, Roy Patterson, East Peoria, Illinois, circa 1940's.

Lot 20: Pair of mallards, Roy Patterson, East Peoria, Illinois, circa 1940's.

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Description: Both have good paint detail and slightly turned heads.

Condition Report: Original paint with minor wear; the undersides of both have been shaved so the decoy will sit flat on a table.

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Rare pintail hen, Bert Graves, Peoria, Illinois, circa 1920's.

Lot 20A: Rare pintail hen, Bert Graves, Peoria, Illinois, circa 1920's.

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Description: Fine feather paint detail. Branded "G.S.O." for Guy Osborne. A number of the Crane Lake Gun Club near Bath, Illinois.

Condition Report: Original paint with very minor wear; small crack in back near tail; slight paint shrinkage.

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Mallard drake, Charles Walker, Princeton, Illinois, circa 1930's.

Lot 21: Mallard drake, Charles Walker, Princeton, Illinois, circa 1930's.

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Description: Slightly turned head; relief wing carving.

Condition Report: Original paint with minor wear on the upper half of the decoy; old overpaint has been taken off on lower half and the speculums; two cracks in bill.

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Very early hollow mallard drake, Charles Ruggles, Henry, Illinois, last quarter 19th century.

Lot 21A: Very early hollow mallard drake, Charles Ruggles, Henry, Illinois, last quarter 19th century.

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Description: The initials, "L.D.E." are stamped into the back; the initial "W" is hand carved under the tail.

Condition Report: Most of the surface is in an old working repaint with the head, bill and possibly some of the back paint being the original surface; some wear to the wood around the tail; overall good structurally.

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Pair of hollow mallards, Charles Perdew, Henry, Illinois.

Lot 22: Pair of hollow mallards, Charles Perdew, Henry, Illinois.

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Description: Both retain Perdew weights.

Condition Report: Excellent original paint by Charles Perdew shows very little wear; structurally superb.

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Pair of hollow bluewing teal, Charles Perdew, Henry, Illinois, 2nd to 3rd quarters 20th century.

Lot 23: Pair of hollow bluewing teal, Charles Perdew, Henry, Illinois, 2nd to 3rd quarters 20th century.

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Description: Exhibit raised wings. Neither decoy has a weight

Condition Report: Original paint with a varnished surface by Charles Perdew shows minor wear; both excellent structurally.

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Large miniature curlew, A. Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts.

Lot 24: Large miniature curlew, A. Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts.

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Description: Just under 5" tall. Crowell's rectangular stamp is under the base.

Condition Report: Very good and original.

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Fine miniature dowitcher, A. Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts.

Lot 25: Fine miniature dowitcher, A. Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts.

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Description: Fine miniature dowitcher, A. Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts.

Condition Report: Outstanding original condition.

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Miniature shorebird, A. Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts.

Lot 26: Miniature shorebird, A. Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts.

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Description: Crowell's rectangular stamp is under the base. A very fat carving with good paint detail.

Condition Report: Excellent and original.

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Very rare miniature marbled godwit, A. Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts.

Lot 27: Very rare miniature marbled godwit, A. Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts.

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Description: Crowell's paper label is under the base.

Condition Report: A tiny amount of wear on the bill, otherwise very good and original.

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Miniature redhead drake, A. Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts.

Lot 28: Miniature redhead drake, A. Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts.

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Description: The bottom of the base retains Crowell's circular rubber stamp reading, "A.E. CROWELL, MAKER, EAST HARWICH, MASS."

Condition Report: Nice original paint with a tiny smudge to the paint on the end of the bill; overall excellent.

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Pair of miniature pintails, A. Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts.

Lot 29: Pair of miniature pintails, A. Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts.

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Description: Both have Crowell's blue paper label on the underside of the base.

Condition Report: Very good and original.

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Pair of miniature widgeon, A. Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts.

Lot 30: Pair of miniature widgeon, A. Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts.

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Description: Both are identified on the underside of the bases in Crowell's handwriting. The drake has Crowell's blue paper label.

Condition Report: A tiny amount of wear on hen's bill, other wise good and original.

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Miniature Canada goose, A. Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts.

Lot 31: Miniature Canada goose, A. Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts.

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Description: Crowell's rectangular stamp is on the backside as well as his signature.

Condition Report: Very good and original.

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Fine pair of hooded mergansers, A. Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts.

Lot 32: Fine pair of hooded mergansers, A. Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts.

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Description: The bottom of the bases retain Crowell's circular rubber stamp, and handwritten script reading "Hooded merganser male" and "Hooded merganser female".

Condition Report: Both in excellent original condition.

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Miniature bufflehead drake, A. Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts.

Lot 33: Miniature bufflehead drake, A. Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts.

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Description: Miniature bufflehead drake, A. Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts.

Condition Report: Professional repair to the tip of the bill, otherwise very good and original.

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Miniature greenwing teal hen, A. Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts.

Lot 34: Miniature greenwing teal hen, A. Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts.

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Description: The bottom of the base retains a slight trace of Crowell's circular ink stamp.

Condition Report: Excellent original condition in all respects.

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Miniature green heron, A. Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts.

Lot 35: Miniature green heron, A. Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts.

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Description: The bottom of the base retains Crowell's rectangular stamp, along with "A.E. Crowell, Cape Cod, Green Heron" in Crowell's script.

Condition Report: Excellent and original in all respects.

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Miniature Canada goose, A. Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts.

Lot 36: Miniature Canada goose, A. Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts.

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Description: The bottom of the base retains Crowell's rectangular stamp.

Condition Report: Excellent original condition in all respects.

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Flying miniature mallard, A. Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts.

Lot 37: Flying miniature mallard, A. Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts.

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Description: Approximately 7.5" long. Crowell's rectangular stamp is on the backside as well as his signature.

Condition Report: Several paint chips missing where wing joins body.

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Miniature ruddy duck, A. Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts.

Lot 38: Miniature ruddy duck, A. Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts.

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Description: Miniature ruddy duck, A. Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts.

Condition Report: Excellent and original condition in all respects.

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Miniature Canada goose, A. Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts.

Lot 39: Miniature Canada goose, A. Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts.

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Description: Miniature Canada goose, A. Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts.

Condition Report: Professional repair to the tip of the bill, otherwise good and original.

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Miniature wigeon drake, A. Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts.

Lot 40: Miniature wigeon drake, A. Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts.

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Description: The bottom of the base bears Crowell's rectangular stamp.

Condition Report: Some minor blunting to the tip of the bill, otherwise excellent condition.

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Two miniature mallard drakes, A. Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts, 1st to 2nd quarters, 20th century.

Lot 41: Two miniature mallard drakes, A. Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts, 1st to 2nd quarters, 20th century.

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Description: Each bears the rectangular stamp on the base.

Condition Report: Both in good original paint which has mellowed to a soft patinated surface; there appears to be a thin coat of shellac or varnish over the surface; one has had the head broken off and reattached leaving a thin crack showing.

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Two 1/4 size ducks, James Lapham, Dennisport, Massachusetts.

Lot 42: Two 1/4 size ducks, James Lapham, Dennisport, Massachusetts.

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Description: Both are signed under the bases. Both have raised wing tips.

Condition Report: Very small area of paint shrinkage on canvasback breast, otherwise very good and original.

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Pair of 1/4 size mallards, James Lapham, Dennisport, Massachusetts.

Lot 43: Pair of 1/4 size mallards, James Lapham, Dennisport, Massachusetts.

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Description: Signed and stamped under the base.

Condition Report: Very good and original.

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Two 1/4 size shorebirds, James Lapham, Dennisport, Massachusetts.

Lot 44: Two 1/4 size shorebirds, James Lapham, Dennisport, Massachusetts.

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Description: A ruddy turned stone and a snipe. Both are signed and stamped under the base.

Condition Report: Head on snipe has been broken off and reattached, otherwise very good and original.

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Very rare hollow carved feeding Canada goose, Sam Soper, Barnegat, New Jersey, circa 1890's.

Lot 45: Very rare hollow carved feeding Canada goose, Sam Soper, Barnegat, New Jersey, circa 1890's.

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Description: Very rare hollow carved feeding Canada goose, Sam Soper, Barnegat, New Jersey, circa 1890's.

Condition Report: Original paint with minor wear on most of the decoy; old repaint on white area of breast; professional repair to neck cracks and chip by Russ Allen; X-rays of repair are available.

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Fine hollow Canada goose, Levi Rhodes Truex, Atlantic City, New Jersey, 1st to 2nd quarters, 20th century.

Lot 46: Fine hollow Canada goose, Levi Rhodes Truex, Atlantic City, New Jersey, 1st to 2nd quarters, 20th century.

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Description: Fine hollow Canada goose, Levi Rhodes Truex, Atlantic City, New Jersey, 1st to 2nd quarters, 20th century.

Condition Report: Excellent original paint shows average wear and a pleasing patinated surface; couple of short tight vertical checks in the breast; overall excellent structurally.

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