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April 2013 - Session Two

by Guyette & Deeter

Platinum House

367 lots | 366 with images

April 26, 2013

Live Auction

Pheasant Run Resort

St. Charles, IL, 60174 USA

367 Lots
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Early mallard drake, John English, Florence, New Jersey, last quarter, 19th century.

Lot 559: Early mallard drake, John English, Florence, New Jersey, last quarter, 19th century.

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Description: Early mallard drake, John English, Florence, New Jersey, last quarter, 19th century. Exhibits superb raised "V" primaries, incised feather carving and carved "curly" tail; branded "J. B. PERKINS".

Condition Report: Some old repaint has been taken down to reveal the original surface; superb structurally.

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Early and exceptional lowhead model black duck, William Quinn, Bristol, Pennsylvania.

Lot 560: Early and exceptional lowhead model black duck, William Quinn, Bristol, Pennsylvania.

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Description: Early and exceptional lowhead model black duck, William Quinn, Bristol, Pennsylvania. This bird represents Bill Quinn at his best. Produced in the earlier years while he resided in Tullytown, Pennsylvania. Classic Delaware River style with raised "V" primary and incised feather carving and tucked head.

Condition Report: Fine original paint with detailed feathering; excellent structural condition.

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Superb black duck, Joe King, Edgely, Pennsylvania.

Lot 561: Superb black duck, Joe King, Edgely, Pennsylvania.

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Description: Superb black duck, Joe King, Edgely, Pennsylvania. Retains the original lead ballast weight. Cold stamped, "J.S. KING, EDGELY, PA"

Condition Report: Excellent original paint shows minor wear with the feather paint still visible on the body and head; minor scrape on the head, otherwise superb structurally.

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Important hollow carved Canada goose, John Blair, Sr, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 3rd quarter 19th century.

Lot 562: Important hollow carved Canada goose, John Blair, Sr, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 3rd quarter 19th century.

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Description: Important hollow carved Canada goose, John Blair, Sr, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 3rd quarter 19th century. This decoy surfaced in the 1980's from a rig owned by the old "Egg Island Gun Club" from Long Beach Island, New Jersey. Only a few of these very rare geese are known to have been made and only two have retained any original paint.

Condition Report: This decoy, as with the others, has had restoration to the painted surface; several thin cracks in head; one tack eye is missing; shot scar on back.

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Rare and early pintail drake, John English, Florence, New Jersey, last quarter 19th century.

Lot 563: Rare and early pintail drake, John English, Florence, New Jersey, last quarter 19th century.

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Description: Rare and early pintail drake, John English, Florence, New Jersey, last quarter 19th century. Classic raised "V" primary carving; Branded "J.L. PRESCOTT". Originally sold in Guyette & Schmidt's November, 1994 auction lot #392. The consignor at that time had acquired the decoy from Captain Jim Stokes in a trade for seven Madison Mitchell decoys approximately 25 years earlier. At that time Stokes, who at one time hunted with members of the English family and Jess Heisler, was using a rig of these to hunt on Virginia's Western Shore.

Condition Report: Very early working repaint showing minor wear; thin tight crack in the neck; small chip at the tip of the tail; minor shot marks.

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Rare and early widgeon hen, John English, Florence, New Jersey, last quarter 19th century.

Lot 564: Rare and early widgeon hen, John English, Florence, New Jersey, last quarter 19th century.

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Description: Rare and early widgeon hen, John English, Florence, New Jersey, last quarter 19th century. Unusual three piece body construction exhibiting classic raised "V" primary carving.

Condition Report: Original paint shows average wear and some flaking; very good structurally.

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Early redhead drake, Stanley Grant, Barnegat, New Jersey, 2nd quarter 20th century.

Lot 565: Early redhead drake, Stanley Grant, Barnegat, New Jersey, 2nd quarter 20th century.

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Description: Early redhead drake, Stanley Grant, Barnegat, New Jersey, 2nd quarter 20th century.

Condition Report: Some touch up around the body seam, and a working second coat of paint on the head and bill; slight separation at the body seam; overall very good to excellent structurally.

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Brant attributed to H.M. Shourds, Ocean City, New Jersey.

Lot 566: Brant attributed to H.M. Shourds, Ocean City, New Jersey.

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Description: Brant attributed to H.M. Shourds, Ocean City, New Jersey. This "hissing head" style is very unusual for H. Mitchell Shourds.

Condition Report: Old working repaint shows moderate wear and flaking; structurally sound.

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Early red breasted merganser drake, attributed to Nate Frazier.

Lot 567: Early red breasted merganser drake, attributed to Nate Frazier.

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Description: Early red breasted merganser drake, attributed to Nate Frazier.

Condition Report: Old working repaint shows average wear; the glass eyes are missing, the cavity has been filled and painted.

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Goldeneye hen, Stanley Grant, Barnegat, New Jersey, 2nd quarter, 20th century.

Lot 568: Goldeneye hen, Stanley Grant, Barnegat, New Jersey, 2nd quarter, 20th century.

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Description: Goldeneye hen, Stanley Grant, Barnegat, New Jersey, 2nd quarter, 20th century. Unusual balsa body construction; referring to Kenneth Gosner's book on Delaware River and New Jersey decoys, pages 44-45, he outlines some of the characteristics separating the work of Henry Grant and his son Stanley.

Condition Report: Original paint shows minor wear; fine structural condition.

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Two bluebill, hen is by Rowley Horner, drake possibly a collaboration between Horner and Chris Sprague.

Lot 569: Two bluebill, hen is by Rowley Horner, drake possibly a collaboration between Horner and Chris Sprague.

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Description: Two bluebill, hen is by Rowley Horner, drake possibly a collaboration between Horner and Chris Sprague. Both show all of the earmarks of a Horner carved decoy with chamfered and undercut bill and no nostrils; however, the paint on the drake was done by Sprague. Refer to the study, p. 121, Jim Doherty's book.

Condition Report: Both are in a second coat of working repaint showing average wear; each shows a few shot marks; overall both are in very good structural condition.

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Early red breasted merganser drake, Harry V. Shourds, Tuckerton, New Jersey, last quarter 19th century.

Lot 570: Early red breasted merganser drake, Harry V. Shourds, Tuckerton, New Jersey, last quarter 19th century.

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Description: Early red breasted merganser drake, Harry V. Shourds, Tuckerton, New Jersey, last quarter 19th century.

Condition Report: While there is a good deal of old working repaint, including the white on the sides and bottom; on the head and bill, the second coat is wearing away to reveal much of the original surface; overall the structural conditon is good.

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Rare redhead drake, Harry V. Shourds, Tuckerton, New Jersey.

Lot 571: Rare redhead drake, Harry V. Shourds, Tuckerton, New Jersey.

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Description: Rare redhead drake, Harry V. Shourds, Tuckerton, New Jersey. Fine deep body which bears an "eliptical stamp" located forward of the recessed weight. Part of the " O" rig, this stamp pointed out in Jim Doherty's "Classic New Jersey Decoys" on page 49, identifies this decoy as being from the same rig as the two Mr. Doherty illustrates in his book; for a complete treatise on Shourds refer to Doherty's book, pp. 17-71.

Condition Report: Excellent dry original paint shows minor wear with some minor flaking around the body seam; couple of very thin almost unnoticeable hairline cracks in the lower breast; overall superb structural condition.

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Rare flying brant, Harry V. Shourds, Tuckerton, New Jersey, 1st quarter 20th century.

Lot 572: Rare flying brant, Harry V. Shourds, Tuckerton, New Jersey, 1st quarter 20th century.

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Description: Rare flying brant, Harry V. Shourds, Tuckerton, New Jersey, 1st quarter 20th century. Canvas over wire wings.

Condition Report: There appears to be some old working touch up to the black areas; the remainder looks to be in the original surface; excellent structurally.

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Canada goose, probably by Nathan Rowley Horner, West Creek, New Jersey, first quarter, 20th century.

Lot 573: Canada goose, probably by Nathan Rowley Horner, West Creek, New Jersey, first quarter, 20th century.

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Description: Canada goose, probably by Nathan Rowley Horner, West Creek, New Jersey, first quarter, 20th century.

Condition Report: Appears to be an early working 2nd coat of paint, possibly by Horner or Spraque; fine tight crack in the neck; overall excellent structurally.

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Brant, Levi Rhodes Turex, Atlantic City, New Jersey, 1st quarter 20th century.

Lot 574: Brant, Levi Rhodes Turex, Atlantic City, New Jersey, 1st quarter 20th century.

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Description: Brant, Levi Rhodes Turex, Atlantic City, New Jersey, 1st quarter 20th century.

Condition Report: Original paint shows average wear; slight separation at the body seam; thin crack in the neck; thin tight crack on the back;

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Stick up black duck, Lloyd Johnson, Bay Head, New Jersey.

Lot 575: Stick up black duck, Lloyd Johnson, Bay Head, New Jersey.

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Description: Stick up black duck, Lloyd Johnson, Bay Head, New Jersey. Two piece vertically laminated body construction.

Condition Report: Excellent dry original paint shows minor wear; excellent structurally.

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Canada goose, Jake Barrett, Somers Point, New Jersey, 1st quarter 20th century.

Lot 576: Canada goose, Jake Barrett, Somers Point, New Jersey, 1st quarter 20th century.

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Description: Canada goose, Jake Barrett, Somers Point, New Jersey, 1st quarter 20th century. Exhibits recessed ballast weight.

Condition Report: Early working second coat of repaint possibly by Barrett, as it shows scratch paint and a pattern found on other Barrett geese; very good to excellent structurally.

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Rare and early black duck, John Dorsett, Point Pleasant, New Jersey, last quarter 19th century.

Lot 577: Rare and early black duck, John Dorsett, Point Pleasant, New Jersey, last quarter 19th century.

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Description: Rare and early black duck, John Dorsett, Point Pleasant, New Jersey, last quarter 19th century.

Condition Report: Dry original paint shows moderate wear with some areas worn thin and to the bare wood; thin crack on the back; thin tight check on the breast; slight separation at the body seam; overall very good structurally.

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Early black duck, Harry V. Shourds, Tuckerton, New Jersey, last quarter 19th century.

Lot 578: Early black duck, Harry V. Shourds, Tuckerton, New Jersey, last quarter 19th century.

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Description: Early black duck, Harry V. Shourds, Tuckerton, New Jersey, last quarter 19th century.

Condition Report: Early working repaint possibly by Shourds, shows moderate wear; some decay to the underside and a thin check on the underside.

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Bluebill drake, Stanley Grant.

Lot 579: Bluebill drake, Stanley Grant.

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Description: Bluebill drake, Stanley Grant.

Condition Report: Dry original paint shows minor wear; superb structurally.

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Rare and exceptional hollow Canada goose, Henry Kilpatrick, Barnegat, New Jersey, 1st quarter 20th century.

Lot 580: Rare and exceptional hollow Canada goose, Henry Kilpatrick, Barnegat, New Jersey, 1st quarter 20th century.

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Description: Rare and exceptional hollow Canada goose, Henry Kilpatrick, Barnegat, New Jersey, 1st quarter 20th century. Finding early Jersey decoys in original paint is a challenging task, which places this fine goose in the rare or extremely hard to find category.

Condition Report: Superb dry original paint shows minor wear with a great patinaed surface; some discoloration to the white on one side; slight separation at the body seam on one side; overall outstanding original condition.

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Early hollow brant, Henry Kilpatrick, Barnegat, New Jersey, 1st quarter 20th century.

Lot 581: Early hollow brant, Henry Kilpatrick, Barnegat, New Jersey, 1st quarter 20th century.

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Description: Early hollow brant, Henry Kilpatrick, Barnegat, New Jersey, 1st quarter 20th century.

Condition Report: Fine original paint with a pleasing patinaed surface; very thin tight drying crack on one side of the head; overall excellent structural condition.

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Outstanding pair of hollow red breasted mergansers, Levi Rhodes Truex, Atlantic City, New Jersey 1st to 2nd quarters, 20th century.

Lot 582: Outstanding pair of hollow red breasted mergansers, Levi Rhodes Truex, Atlantic City, New Jersey 1st to 2nd quarters, 20th century.

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Description: Outstanding pair of hollow red breasted mergansers, Levi Rhodes Truex, Atlantic City, New Jersey 1st to 2nd quarters, 20th century.

Condition Report: Superb dry original paint shows minor wear with a fine patinaed surface; both are in excellent structural condition.

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Tern attributed to Henry Ellison, Freeport, Long Island, New York, last quarter 19th century.

Lot 583: Tern attributed to Henry Ellison, Freeport, Long Island, New York, last quarter 19th century.

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Description: Tern attributed to Henry Ellison, Freeport, Long Island, New York, last quarter 19th century. The initials, "H.E." are carved into the bottom.

Condition Report: Old repaint shows average wear; overall good structurally.

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Hollow carved red breasted merganser drake, Charles Strang, Amityville, Long Island, New York, circa 1890.

Lot 584: Hollow carved red breasted merganser drake, Charles Strang, Amityville, Long Island, New York, circa 1890.

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Description: Hollow carved red breasted merganser drake, Charles Strang, Amityville, Long Island, New York, circa 1890. Branded "C.G.S." twice in underside. Slightly turned head.

Condition Report: Original paint with minor to moderate discoloration and wear; a few small dents; small crack partway through neck; several shot marks.

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Black bellied plover in spring or breeding plumage, Chief Eugene Cuffee of the Shinnecock tribe, Long Island, New York.

Lot 585: Black bellied plover in spring or breeding plumage, Chief Eugene Cuffee of the Shinnecock tribe, Long Island, New York.

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Description: Black bellied plover in spring or breeding plumage, Chief Eugene Cuffee of the Shinnecock tribe, Long Island, New York. Exhibits raised and separated primaries. A very rare species for Cuffee.

Condition Report: Excellent and original condition in all respects.

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Pair of full size herons, Chief Eugene Cuffee, South Hampton, Long Island, New York.

Lot 586: Pair of full size herons, Chief Eugene Cuffee, South Hampton, Long Island, New York.

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Description: Pair of full size herons, Chief Eugene Cuffee, South Hampton, Long Island, New York. Both are on the original wooden bases and have applied dropped wings. Recently purchased by the consignor from a barn in Maine.

Condition Report: Original paint with minor to moderate discoloration and wear; a few small separations and cracks.

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Very rare rigmate pair of mergansers, Thomas Gelston, Quogue, Long Island, New York, last quarter 19th century.

Lot 587: Very rare rigmate pair of mergansers, Thomas Gelston, Quogue, Long Island, New York, last quarter 19th century.

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Description: Very rare rigmate pair of mergansers, Thomas Gelston, Quogue, Long Island, New York, last quarter 19th century. Each is branded "T.H.G." in the keel. Both have glass eyes and high head positions.

Condition Report: Original paint with minor wear; white areas on both decoys have old working touch up; several small dents; hen has a reglued crack at the end of the bill with a small amount of filler added to the end of the crack.

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Stylish merganser drake from Maine, 1st quarter 20th century.

Lot 588: Stylish merganser drake from Maine, 1st quarter 20th century.

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Description: Stylish merganser drake from Maine, 1st quarter 20th century.

Condition Report: Old in use repaint with some original showing; crack in neck; shallow chip missing from underside.

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Merganser drake, Fred Anderson, South Portland, Maine, circa 1950's.

Lot 589: Merganser drake, Fred Anderson, South Portland, Maine, circa 1950's.

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Description: Merganser drake, Fred Anderson, South Portland, Maine, circa 1950's. Carved in the style of Gus Wilson.

Condition Report: Original paint with moderate wear; a few small dents.

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Large hollow carved eider drake from Maine.

Lot 590: Large hollow carved eider drake from Maine.

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Description: Large hollow carved eider drake from Maine. Square nail construction.

Condition Report: Original paint with minor wear; filled chip in top of head; small crack and dent in head; lightly hit by shot.

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Small loon from Maine.

Lot 591: Small loon from Maine.

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Description: Small loon from Maine. Carved eyes.

Condition Report: Original paint with minor wear; head has lifted somewhat from body.

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Bass, Lawrence Irvine, Winthrop, Maine.

Lot 592: Bass, Lawrence Irvine, Winthrop, Maine.

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Description: Bass, Lawrence Irvine, Winthrop, Maine. Fish is 19" with carved fins, tail and eyes on 28"plywood backboard.

Condition Report: Near mint.

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Eider hen, Gus Wilson, South Portland, Maine.

Lot 593: Eider hen, Gus Wilson, South Portland, Maine.

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Description: Eider hen, Gus Wilson, South Portland, Maine. Inlet head, relief wing carving and carved eyes.

Condition Report: Old in use repaint; minor roughness to edges of tail; small cracks.

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Monhegan island style scoter, Gus Wilson, South Portland, Maine.

Lot 594: Monhegan island style scoter, Gus Wilson, South Portland, Maine.

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Description: Monhegan island style scoter, Gus Wilson, South Portland, Maine. Inlet head, relief wing carvings and carved eyes. Bill almost touches the neck base.

Condition Report: Original paint with minor to moderate wear; thin wash of white overpaint on speculums; small vertical crack in neck.

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Oversize eider drake, Amos Wallace, Smalls Point, Maine.

Lot 595: Oversize eider drake, Amos Wallace, Smalls Point, Maine.

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Description: Oversize eider drake, Amos Wallace, Smalls Point, Maine. Inlet head.

Condition Report: Two coats of paint by Wallace; crack in underside; small cracks and shot marks.

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Very rare hollow carved merganser drake, William Foster, Freeport, Maine.

Lot 596: Very rare hollow carved merganser drake, William Foster, Freeport, Maine.

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Description: Very rare hollow carved merganser drake, William Foster, Freeport, Maine. Relief wing carving and slightly turned head.

Condition Report: Original paint with minor wear, mostly to primer on head; leather crest is missing.

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Oversize scoter from the upper Maine coast, circa 1900.

Lot 597: Oversize scoter from the upper Maine coast, circa 1900.

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Description: Oversize scoter from the upper Maine coast, circa 1900. Carved eyes and tail. Body is made from several pieces of wood joined by wooden dowels.

Condition Report: Small tail chips and small cracks.

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Exceptional back preening white wing scoter, Gus Wilson, South Portland, Maine, 1st quarter 20th century.

Lot 598: Exceptional back preening white wing scoter, Gus Wilson, South Portland, Maine, 1st quarter 20th century.

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Description: Exceptional back preening white wing scoter, Gus Wilson, South Portland, Maine, 1st quarter 20th century. Outstanding form with the bill appearing to be buried into the back. Large inlet head. Raised, relief wing carvings and carved eyes. Characteristic of Wilson's work.

Condition Report: In very rare dry original paint with little wear on most of the decoy; worn area on top of head and on one side; a few tiny dents; small crack under tail.

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Hollow carved merganser hen, Fred Nickerson, Bourne, Massachusetts and Reynoldscroft, Nova Scotia.

Lot 599: Hollow carved merganser hen, Fred Nickerson, Bourne, Massachusetts and Reynoldscroft, Nova Scotia.

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Description: Hollow carved merganser hen, Fred Nickerson, Bourne, Massachusetts and Reynoldscroft, Nova Scotia.

Condition Report: Original paint with moderate wear on much of the decoy; black area appears to have old touch up; numerous small cracks.

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Very rare stick up root head egret from Marshfield, Massachusetts.

Lot 600: Very rare stick up root head egret from Marshfield, Massachusetts.

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Description: Very rare stick up root head egret from Marshfield, Massachusetts.

Condition Report: Numerous coats of old paint; cracks; small defects in the wood; bark was left on root head and neck when decoy was made; some of that bark is falling off; tip of bill has broken off.

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Classic brant, Joseph Lincoln, Accord, Massachusetts.

Lot 601: Classic brant, Joseph Lincoln, Accord, Massachusetts.

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Description: Classic brant, Joseph Lincoln, Accord, Massachusetts.

Condition Report: Original paint with minor wear; moderate wear on breast; age split on underside; professional repair to end of bill; lightly hit by shot.

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Exceptional black duck, maker unknown from New England.

Lot 602: Exceptional black duck, maker unknown from New England.

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Description: Exceptional black duck, maker unknown from New England. Believed to have been made in Massachusetts; a wonderfully sculpted decoy with raised and separated primaries and fine delineated bill carving.

Condition Report: Superb dry original paint shows minor wear with crescent feathering and a great mellowed surface; thin tight crack on the back; professional repair to a chip on one wing; overall excellent structurally.

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Goldeneye drake, Joseph Lincoln, Accord Massachusetts, 1st quarter 20th century.

Lot 603: Goldeneye drake, Joseph Lincoln, Accord Massachusetts, 1st quarter 20th century.

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Description: Goldeneye drake, Joseph Lincoln, Accord Massachusetts, 1st quarter 20th century.

Condition Report: Old in use repaint; hit by shot; crack in underside.

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Blackduck, Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts.

Lot 604: Blackduck, Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts.

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Description: Blackduck, Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts. Crowell's oval brand is in the underside. Slightly turned head.

Condition Report: Paint has been restored; small tail chip repair.

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Rare greenwing teal hen believed to be from Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.

Lot 605: Rare greenwing teal hen believed to be from Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.

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Description: Rare greenwing teal hen believed to be from Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. Fine feather paint detail.

Condition Report: Original paint with very minor wear; a few tiny dents; two small dents and small hole in underside.

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Gunning model bluebill drake, Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts.

Lot 606: Gunning model bluebill drake, Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts.

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Description: Gunning model bluebill drake, Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts. Crowell's oval brand is in the underside. From the Pequaw hunt club, club brand in underside.

Condition Report: Paint has been restored in Crowell's style by Ken DeLong; a few small dents.

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Blackduck, Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts.

Lot 607: Blackduck, Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts.

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Description: Blackduck, Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts. Crowell's oval brand is in the underside.

Condition Report: Original paint with minor to moderate wear; cracks in underside and back; roughness to edge of tail; professional bill repair.

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Classic mallard drake, Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts, 1st quarter 20th century.

Lot 608: Classic mallard drake, Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts, 1st quarter 20th century.

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Description: Classic mallard drake, Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts, 1st quarter 20th century. Pre stamp. Slightly turned head.

Condition Report: Original paint with good detail and patina; minor shrinkage and wear; filled crack in back and at neck base.

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