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Fall Decoy Auction Session Two | November 8, 2012

by Guyette & Deeter

Platinum House

343 lots with images

November 8, 2012

Live Auction

Talbot County Community Center

Easton, MD, 21601 USA

Phone: 410.745.0485

Fax: 410.745.0487

343 Lots
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Redhead drake, Lee Dudley, Knott's Island, North Carolina.

Lot 520: Redhead drake, Lee Dudley, Knott's Island, North Carolina.

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Description: Redhead drake, Lee Dudley, Knott's Island, North Carolina.

Condition Report: Old in use repaint; crack and small chip in tail; head has been attached from a different Dudley decoy, X rays available.

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Redhead drake attributed to Alvirah Wright, Duck, North Carolina.

Lot 521: Redhead drake attributed to Alvirah Wright, Duck, North Carolina.

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Description: Redhead drake attributed to Alvirah Wright, Duck, North Carolina.

Condition Report: The paint has been professionally restored; numerous small cracks and age lines; small chip on one edge of the tail; some separation to the heart wood on the back.

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Rig of seven coot, Lester Cartwright, Knotts Island, North Carolina, circa 1930's.

Lot 522: Rig of seven coot, Lester Cartwright, Knotts Island, North Carolina, circa 1930's.

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Description: Rig of seven coot, Lester Cartwright, Knotts Island, North Carolina, circa 1930's. All have inserted wooden bills.

Condition Report: Old in use repaint; some cracks; one appears to be newer.

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Fine early swan, James Best, Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, early 1st quarter 20th century.

Lot 523: Fine early swan, James Best, Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, early 1st quarter 20th century.

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Description: Fine early swan, James Best, Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, early 1st quarter 20th century.

Condition Report: Old repaint shows average to moderate wear; crack runs through the neck; a few tight cracks in the body; overall structurally good.

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Two widgeon, Ned Burgess, Church's Island, North Carolina.

Lot 524: Two widgeon, Ned Burgess, Church's Island, North Carolina.

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Description: Two widgeon, Ned Burgess, Church's Island, North Carolina.

Condition Report: Old in use repaint; each has neck cracks.

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Mallard drake attributed to Robert Morse, Churches Island, North Carolina.

Lot 525: Mallard drake attributed to Robert Morse, Churches Island, North Carolina.

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Description: Mallard drake attributed to Robert Morse, Churches Island, North Carolina. Old in use repaint worn to the original in numerous spots; small cracks in underside; crack through neck.

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Two oversize redhead battery ducks from North Carolina.

Lot 526: Two oversize redhead battery ducks from North Carolina.

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Description: Two oversize redhead battery ducks from North Carolina.

Condition Report: Old repaint; cracks and shot marks; small tail chips.

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Bluebill drake from North Carolina.

Lot 527: Bluebill drake from North Carolina.

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Description: Bluebill drake from North Carolina. Raised neck seat.

Condition Report: Old repaint; numerous cracks and dents; small chip missing from one side of bill.

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Two pintail drakes, Ned Burgess, Churches Island, North Carolina.

Lot 528: Two pintail drakes, Ned Burgess, Churches Island, North Carolina.

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Description: Two pintail drakes, Ned Burgess, Churches Island, North Carolina.

Condition Report: Old in use repaint; cracks in bodies.

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Grey coot, attributed to Robert Morse, Churches Island, North Carolina, circa 1930's.

Lot 529: Grey coot, attributed to Robert Morse, Churches Island, North Carolina, circa 1930's.

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Description: Grey coot, attributed to Robert Morse, Churches Island, North Carolina, circa 1930's. From the Syd rig. Used at the Falls Cape Gun Club, Back Bay Virginia.

Condition Report: Paint appears to be original; moderate wear; numerous cracks; professional bill repair.

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Ruddy duck carved in the style of Alvirah Wright, North Carolina.

Lot 530: Ruddy duck carved in the style of Alvirah Wright, North Carolina.

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Description: Ruddy duck carved in the style of Alvirah Wright, North Carolina. Weight is stamped "A.V.W.".

Condition Report: Original paint that has been aged; crack in underside.

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Pair of gunning buffleheads, Grayson Chesser, Jenkins Bridge, Virginia.

Lot 531: Pair of gunning buffleheads, Grayson Chesser, Jenkins Bridge, Virginia.

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Description: Pair of gunning buffleheads, Grayson Chesser, Jenkins Bridge, Virginia. Both have wooden keels.

Condition Report: Original paint with minor discoloration and wear; small rough area on bottom edge of drake.

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Pair of hooded merganser carved in the style of Ira Hudson, Reggie Birch.

Lot 532: Pair of hooded merganser carved in the style of Ira Hudson, Reggie Birch.

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Description: Pair of hooded merganser carved in the style of Ira Hudson, Reggie Birch.

Condition Report: Original paint that has been aged; a few tiny dents.

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Monhegan style eider, Reggie Birch, Accomack, Virginia.

Lot 533: Monhegan style eider, Reggie Birch, Accomack, Virginia.

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Description: Monhegan style eider, Reggie Birch, Accomack, Virginia. Signed. Hollow carved with inlet head.

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

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Preening brant carved in the Cobb Island style, Grayson Chesser, Jenkins Bridge, Virginia.

Lot 535: Preening brant carved in the Cobb Island style, Grayson Chesser, Jenkins Bridge, Virginia.

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Description: Preening brant carved in the Cobb Island style, Grayson Chesser, Jenkins Bridge, Virginia. Raised "V" wing tip carving.

Condition Report: Original paint that has been aged; two hairline cracks in body.

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Pair of pintails, Grayson Chesser, Jenkins Bridge, Virginia.

Lot 536: Pair of pintails, Grayson Chesser, Jenkins Bridge, Virginia.

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Description: Pair of pintails, Grayson Chesser, Jenkins Bridge, Virginia. Large "C" carved in undersides.

Condition Report: Original and good.

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Pintail hen and drake, Grayson Chesser, Jenkins Bridge, Virginia.

Lot 537: Pintail hen and drake, Grayson Chesser, Jenkins Bridge, Virginia.

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Description: Pintail hen and drake, Grayson Chesser, Jenkins Bridge, Virginia. Both are signed "Made for Lars Crispin".

Condition Report: Several small areas where sap has bled through paint on the drake, otherwise original and very good.

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Two carvings, Reggie Birch.

Lot 539: Two carvings, Reggie Birch.

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Description: Two carvings, Reggie Birch. Signed. A feeding yellowlegs carved in the style of Fred Nichols and a 1/2 size flying pintail drake carved in the style of Ira Hudson.

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

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Pair of widgeon, Reggie Birch, Accomack, Virginia.

Lot 540: Pair of widgeon, Reggie Birch, Accomack, Virginia.

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Description: Pair of widgeon, Reggie Birch, Accomack, Virginia. Signed.

Condition Report: Very good and original.

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Pair of reproduction Ward Brothers goldeneyes.

Lot 541: Pair of reproduction Ward Brothers goldeneyes.

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Description: Pair of reproduction Ward Brothers goldeneyes. Made for the Chincoteague Refuge Museum in the 1980's Both are large, approximately 17" long with slightly turned heads.

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

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Pair of gunning style buffleheads, Cigar Daisey, Chincoteague, Virginia.

Lot 542: Pair of gunning style buffleheads, Cigar Daisey, Chincoteague, Virginia.

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Description: Pair of gunning style buffleheads, Cigar Daisey, Chincoteague, Virginia.

Condition Report: Original paint with minor discoloration and wear; moderate wear on one lower side of drake; lightly hit by shot.

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Pair of reproduction swans.

Lot 543: Pair of reproduction swans.

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Description: Pair of reproduction swans. One is hollow.

Condition Report: Original surface that has been aged; cracks and dents.

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Full size running Sora Rail, Shang Wheeler, Stratford, Connecticut.

Lot 543A: Full size running Sora Rail, Shang Wheeler, Stratford, Connecticut.

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Description: Full size running Sora Rail, Shang Wheeler, Stratford, Connecticut. Written on underside in Wheeler's script "#9 Sora Rail bird".

Condition Report: Original paint with very slight wear; minor damage to jesso feet.

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Wood duck drake, Ken Harris Woodville, New York.

Lot 543B: Wood duck drake, Ken Harris Woodville, New York.

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Description: Wood duck drake, Ken Harris Woodville, New York. Unstamped. Good feather paint detail.

Condition Report: Original paint with very slight wear, mostly on tail; small rough spot on tail; numerous specs of off white paint on back.

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Canvasback hen, Robert McGaw, Havre de Grace, Maryland.

Lot 543C: Canvasback hen, Robert McGaw, Havre de Grace, Maryland.

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Description: Canvasback hen, Robert McGaw, Havre de Grace, Maryland.

Condition Report: Second coat of paint by McGaw with very slight wear; crack through neck; a few small dents.

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Large vintage carving of a Plains Indian,

Lot 543D: Large vintage carving of a Plains Indian,

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Description: Large vintage carving of a Plains Indian, Signed "H. Raly". Approximately 23" tall.

Condition Report: Original surface with good patina; a few small scrapes; two cracks on front side.

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Standing crow with applied wings.

Lot 543E: Standing crow with applied wings.

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Description: Standing crow with applied wings. On a wooden base with glass eyes.

Condition Report: Original paint with minor wear; small crack in one side; tiny chips missing from wing tips and two tail feathers.

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Peters Cartridge Company calendar.

Lot 543F: Peters Cartridge Company calendar.

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Description: Peters Cartridge Company calendar. 1916 with scene of hunters, decoys & ducks in marsh by noted artist Frank Stick. Approximately 15" x 20" with both metal bands. December calendar page showing.

Condition Report: Minor fold marks; very slight fraying on right edge.

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Dead Shot American Powder Mills Poster.

Lot 543G: Dead Shot American Powder Mills Poster.

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Description: Dead Shot American Powder Mills Poster. Frame size approximately 18" x 25". Scene of two hunters in marsh shooting mallard.

Condition Report: Minor discoloration, mostly on margin.

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Duck call with tear drop motif, Warner Wiles.

Lot 543H: Duck call with tear drop motif, Warner Wiles.

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Description: Duck call with tear drop motif, Warner Wiles.

Condition Report: Original and good.

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Two fluted goose calls Sean Mann.

Lot 543I: Two fluted goose calls Sean Mann.

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Description: Two fluted goose calls Sean Mann. Both titled "The Eastern Shore Mann".10"& 10 1/2" long. One in original bag the other in original box.

Condition Report: Very good; box good.

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Pair of hollow Canada geese, Robert Moreland.

Lot 544: Pair of hollow Canada geese, Robert Moreland.

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Description: Pair of hollow Canada geese, Robert Moreland. Signed and dated, 1993.

Condition Report: Both in excellent original condition.

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Pair of shooting stool style pintails, Davison Hawthorne, Greenville, Delaware.

Lot 545: Pair of shooting stool style pintails, Davison Hawthorne, Greenville, Delaware.

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Description: Pair of shooting stool style pintails, Davison Hawthorne, Greenville, Delaware. Signed and dated 1972. Hollow carved with slightly turned heads. Carved primaries.

Condition Report: Very good and original.

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Pair of oversize gunning brant, Bob Moreland.

Lot 546: Pair of oversize gunning brant, Bob Moreland.

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Description: Pair of oversize gunning brant, Bob Moreland. Signed and dated 1993.

Condition Report: Original and very good.

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Two hollow brant, Robert Moreland.

Lot 547: Two hollow brant, Robert Moreland.

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Description: Two hollow brant, Robert Moreland. Initials "R.D.M." and the date 1990 carved into the bottom.

Condition Report: One of the birds has a slight separation in the wood on the back just behind the base of the neck, otherwise both very good and original.

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Pair of bluewing teal, George Strunk.

Lot 548: Pair of bluewing teal, George Strunk.

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Description: Pair of bluewing teal, George Strunk. Lowhead models. Signed and dated 1991. Carved in the Delaware River tradition.

Condition Report: Very good and original.

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Pair of greenwing teal, George Strunk.

Lot 549: Pair of greenwing teal, George Strunk.

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Description: Pair of greenwing teal, George Strunk. Lowhead style with Strunk brand in underside. Signed and dated 1989.

Condition Report: Very good and original.

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Rare blackbellied plover from Accomack, Virginia, last quarter 19th century.

Lot 550: Rare blackbellied plover from Accomack, Virginia, last quarter 19th century.

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Description: Rare blackbellied plover from Accomack, Virginia, last quarter 19th century. Raised "V" wing carving. Very wide bulbous head with a slight ridge on each side. From the William Mathews rig, possibly by Charles Clark, Chincoteague, Virginia.

Condition Report: Original paint with minor wear; lightly hit by shot.

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Early robin snipe, maker unknown, Cobb's Island, Virginia, last quarter 19th century.

Lot 551: Early robin snipe, maker unknown, Cobb's Island, Virginia, last quarter 19th century.

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Description: Early robin snipe, maker unknown, Cobb's Island, Virginia, last quarter 19th century.

Condition Report: The eyes have been replaced; the bill was broken off around the half way point, and reattached; multiple shot marks; chip at one edge of the tail.

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Large knot in spring plumage, Cobb Island, Virginia, last quarter 19th century.

Lot 552: Large knot in spring plumage, Cobb Island, Virginia, last quarter 19th century.

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Description: Large knot in spring plumage, Cobb Island, Virginia, last quarter 19th century. Approximately 11" long.

Condition Report: Worn old paint appears to be original; numerous small dents.

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Three cork shorebirds, circa 1900, found on the eastern shore of Virginia.

Lot 552A: Three cork shorebirds, circa 1900, found on the eastern shore of Virginia.

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Description: Three cork shorebirds, circa 1900, found on the eastern shore of Virginia.

Condition Report: Bills are missing; small chips missing from cork.

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Preening robin snipe from Eastern Shore of Virginia, circa 1900.

Lot 553: Preening robin snipe from Eastern Shore of Virginia, circa 1900.

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Description: Preening robin snipe from Eastern Shore of Virginia, circa 1900. Shoe button eyes. Very unusual side preening pose.

Condition Report: Original paint with good patina and minor wear; slight separation at neck seam.

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Rare curlew from the William Matthews rig, Accomack, Virginia circa 1880's.

Lot 554: Rare curlew from the William Matthews rig, Accomack, Virginia circa 1880's.

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Description: Rare curlew from the William Matthews rig, Accomack, Virginia circa 1880's. Raised "V" wing carving.

Condition Report: Two coats of paint; minor wear; a few small dents.

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Very rare dowitcher in emerging plumage, John Dilley, Quogue, Long Island, New York, last quarter 19th century.

Lot 555: Very rare dowitcher in emerging plumage, John Dilley, Quogue, Long Island, New York, last quarter 19th century.

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Description: Very rare dowitcher in emerging plumage, John Dilley, Quogue, Long Island, New York, last quarter 19th century. Fine paint feather detail and shoe button eyes.

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

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Set of four greater yellowlegs recently found in Hampton Bay, New York.

Lot 556: Set of four greater yellowlegs recently found in Hampton Bay, New York.

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Description: Set of four greater yellowlegs recently found in Hampton Bay, New York. Chip carved.

Condition Report: Original paint with minor wear; bills are missing; one has a chip missing from the top of the tail.

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Balsa body yellowlegs, Charles Clark, Chincoteague, Virginia, last quarter 19th century.

Lot 556A: Balsa body yellowlegs, Charles Clark, Chincoteague, Virginia, last quarter 19th century.

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Description: Balsa body yellowlegs, Charles Clark, Chincoteague, Virginia, last quarter 19th century.

Condition Report: Chip missing from one side of tail; a few small dents; strong original paint.

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Early curlew or whimbrel, attributed to Robert Andrews, Smith Island, Virginia, last quarter 19th century.

Lot 557: Early curlew or whimbrel, attributed to Robert Andrews, Smith Island, Virginia, last quarter 19th century.

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Description: Early curlew or whimbrel, attributed to Robert Andrews, Smith Island, Virginia, last quarter 19th century. Carved in a simulated running position. Carved initial "H" in the underside of the tail. Decoys with "H" have been attributed to John Henry Downes or possibly Robert Andrews.

Condition Report: Only traces of brown paint remain with areaas of the bare wood showing; retains the original inserted and splined hardwood bill; the tip of the bill is somewhat blunted; overall very good structurally.

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Early robin snipe, maker unknown from the Eastern Shore of Virginia, late 19th century.

Lot 558: Early robin snipe, maker unknown from the Eastern Shore of Virginia, late 19th century.

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Description: Early robin snipe, maker unknown from the Eastern Shore of Virginia, late 19th century. Small plump decoy with a chip carved surface.

Condition Report: Original paint shows minor to moderate wear; the bill is a late replacement, otherwise structurally excellent.

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Plump sandpiper from the eastern shore of Virginia, last quarter 19th century.

Lot 559: Plump sandpiper from the eastern shore of Virginia, last quarter 19th century.

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Description: Plump sandpiper from the eastern shore of Virginia, last quarter 19th century. Scratch paint detail.

Condition Report: Most of the paint appears to be original; small crack in bill.

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Peep, Dave Watson, Chincoteague, Virginia, circa 1900.

Lot 560: Peep, Dave Watson, Chincoteague, Virginia, circa 1900.

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Description: Peep, Dave Watson, Chincoteague, Virginia, circa 1900. Raised "V" wing tip carving.

Condition Report: Original paint with minor to moderate wear; hairline crack in underside; glass eyes have been added; bill is a professional replacement.

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