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Auction Description for Decoys Unlimited, Inc: Day Two- Decoys Unlimited Inc.

Day Two- Decoys Unlimited Inc.

(498 Lots)

by Decoys Unlimited, Inc

Platinum House

498 lots with images

July 28, 2014

Live Auction

Post Office Box 206

2320 Main Street

West Barnstable, MA, 02668-0206 USA

Phone: 508-362-2766

Fax: 508-375-6367

Email: theodores.harmon@comcast.net

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Pair of Wm. Joeckel Oldsquaws 1969

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Description: 432. Pair of oldsquaws by Bill Joeckel of Islip Terrace, Long Island, NY. Both heads turned slightly to the left. Both have carved wings with raised wings and carved primaries. Drake has elaborately carved secondary feather groupings. Both have fluted tail feathers and the drake has an applied long tail feather. Excellent original paint with a few small, minor smudges on drake. Both signed on bottom and dated "1969". 500-750 Provenance: Pryor collection

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Hooded Merganser Drake by Wm Joeckel

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Description: 433. Hooded merganser drake by William ("Bill") Joeckel of Islip Terrace, Long Island, NY. Head turned to the left with carved and textured crest and a nicely carved bill. Slightly pinched breast with carved and raised wings. Nicely carved secondary feather groups on back with fluted tail feathers. Excellent original paint with nicely combed vermiculation on sides. Faintly signed on bottom with the date "1970". Decoy retains the paper exhibition label from the 1970 U.S. National Decoy Show. 500-750 Provenance: Pryor collection

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Ringbill Drake by Wm. Joeckel

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Description: 434. Ring-necked drake by Bill Joeckel of Islip Terrace, Long Island, NY. Head turned to the right with carved and textured crest. Carved wings with raised wingtips, carved primaries, carved secondary feather groups and fluted tail feathers. Subtle painted feather detail with vermiculation on sides. Excellent original paint. Decoy was awarded Honorable Mention in Professional class at the 1971 U.S. National Decoy Show, sponsored by the Great South Bay Waterfowlers Association (ribbon accompanies decoy). Paper entry tag from 1971 show is stapled to bottom. 500-750 Provenance: Pryor collection

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Miniature Bluebill Drake by Wm Joeckel

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Description: 435. Miniature bluebill drake, 1/3 life size, by Bill Joeckel of Islip Terrace, Long Island, NY. Head turned to the left with carved wings and wingtips. Excellent original paint with combed vermiculation on back. Branded on a finished oval hardwood base: "Bill Joeckel -". 250-500 Provenance: Pryor collection

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Pair of Flying Oldsquaws by Mike Borrett

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Description: 436. Pair of life size flying old squaw by Mike Borrett, Madison, WI. Strongly cupped wings with carved primaries and fluted tail feathers. Detailed bill carving including the undersides. Applied carved legs and feet. Excellent original paint. Rigged for display. 800-1200

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Pair of Flying Cinnamon Teal by Mike Borrett

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Description: 437. Pair of delicate life size flying cinnamon teal by Mike Borrett, Madison, WI. Strongly cupped wings with carved primaries and fluted tail feathers. Nicely carved bill detail with attached legs and feet. Excellent original paint. Rigged for display. 700-900

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Pair of Canvasbacks / Marty Hanson, Prior Lake, MN

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Description: 438. Rigmate pair of canvasbacks by respected contemporary artist, Marty Hanson of Prior Lake, WI. Both heads slightly turned, drake to the left and hen to the right. Carved wingtips reminiscent of the style of Michigan carvers such as Ben and Frank Schmidt. Excellent original paint. Both with a deep "MH" in bottom and signed by Mr. Hanson. 500-1000

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Preening Black Duck by David Ward

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Description: 439. Preening black duck by Connecticut's David Ward. Head back over right shoulder with bill resting in the back feathers. Inserted tail with applied bottom board. Excellent original paint and condition. Bottom has the "DBW" stamp. 500-1000

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Merganser Hen by Cameron McIntyre

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Description: 440. Early merganser by very accomplished contemporary artist Cameron McIntyre. Pinched breast with carved crest and "heart shaped" carved wings and wingtips. Original paint with beautifully aged surface. Mr. McIntyre was the subject of a featured retrospective display at the 2014 National Decoy Show in St. Charles, IL. 2000-3000

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Martin Collins Black Duck After Charles Hart

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Description: 441. Black duck by Marty Collins of Bridgewater, MA. Head turned slightly to the right. Carved in the manner of Charles Hart of Gloucester, MA. Complete with carved wings, primaries, fluted tail and diamond marked nostrils. Excellent original paint and condition. Fully rigged with Marty's oval hot brand on the bottom. 200-300

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Eider Drake by Reggie Birch

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Description: 442. Stylish eider drake by noted contemporary artist Reggie Birch of Chincoteaque, VA. Inspired by the classic Maine carvings with inlet head, two piece pegged body construction and carved plumage outlines. Typical eider styled bill carving with rasping to rear of head. Original paint has been nicely aged by the artist. Bottom has the carved "R. Birch". Great form by this well known carver. 400-500

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Pair of Pintails by Art Kilman

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Description: 443. Pair of pintails by Art Kilman of Pocomoke, MD. Hen has head tucked over left shoulder. Both have carved, undercut tails with raised wingtips. Strong original paint is in fine condition except on the breast which has bubbled due to exposure to heat or equal. This is particularly noticeable on drake. Both have the original pad weight and Mr. Kilman's carved "K". Signed and dated "1988". 300-500 Provenance: Huster collection

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Pintail Drake by Reggie Birch

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Description: 444. Pintail drake by Reg Birch of Chincoteaque, VA. Head turned to the left with carved wings and nicely elongated tail. Rasp work to rear of head. Excellent original paint and condition by this well respected artist. Bottom is rigged with the carved "R. Birch". 400-500

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Hollow Canada Goose, Cobb Is Style by Steve Morey

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Description: 445. Life size hollow carved Canada goose carved in the Cobb Island style by Steve Morey of Tuckerton, NJ. Serpentine neck and head cocked and looking to the left. Split tail. Fine, all original paint has been nicely aged by the artist. Small "H" stamped into the pad weight. Mr. Morey's signature "M'" carved to rear of weight. 400-600

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Description: 446. Bluebill hen by Delbert ("Cigar") Daisey (b1924) of Chincoteaque, VA. Carved wings and well formed head. Textured surface. Excellent original paint and condition. Never rigged. Bottom has the deep hot brand "Cigar". 200-400

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Black Duck with Carved Wings

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Description: 447. Nicely executed black duck with deeply carved shoulder separation and wingtips. Thick original paint with pronounced scratch feather detail on both head and body. Crack in body was filled at time of construction and this has separated slightly. A nicely executed carving. 250-500

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NJ Brant Decoy

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Description: 448. IMPORTANT hollow carved brant c1900 from New Jersey from the collection of Bill Mackey, author of "American Bird Decoys". Wonderful deep-bodied decoy that rises sharply from the back of the neck to the tail. Outstanding original paint is in excellent condition as is the body, neck, and head. Pad weight and rigging removed. Brant is in a forward swimming pose. Purchased by a gentleman at one of the Mackey-Bourne Sales in the early 70's. The consignor was a co-worker of Mr. Mackey. 750-1250 Provenance: Mackey collection with his stamp on base

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Black Duck by Tom Fitzpatrick

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Description: 449. Pintail hen by Thomas ("Tom") Fitzpatrick (1887-1958) of Delanco, NJ. Hollow carved in the classic style. This is the exact decoy pictured on page 68 in Floating Sculpture where the authors describe it as "a very early Fitzpatrick with a round bottom and superlative original paint". Retains the original weight and rigging. 1000-2000 Provenance: Huster collection

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Mallard Drake by Liebensperger 1st Place

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Description: 450. Award winning tucked head mallard drake by Robert W. ("Turk") Leibensperger (b1932) of Trenton, NJ and Levittown, PA. Carved wings with raised wingtips and individually carved primaries. Fluted tail feathers and double curled tail feathers. Wonderful combed vermiculation on back and sides. Excellent original paint and condition. Signed on bottom with the notation: "1st Place Mallard Class - International - Decoy Show 1968" Also retains the exhibition paper label of the 1968 International Decoy Contest. 500-750 Provenance: Huster collection

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Black Duck by Liebensperger 1st Place

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Description: 451. Award winning black duck by Robert W. ("Turk") Leibensperger (b1932) of Trenton, NJ and Levittown, PA. Tucked head turned to the right. Carved wings with detailed wingtip carving. Individually carved primaries and fluted tail detail. Extensive individually painted feather detail. Excellent original paint and condition. Signed on bottom by Mr. Leibensperger with the notation: "1st place - Black Duck Class - 1967 Davenport Iowa". 500-750 Provenance: Huster collection

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Bluebill Hen by Charles Allen

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Description: 452. Bluebill hen by Charles Allen (b1893) of Bordentown, NJ. Carved tail with delineated primaries and fluted tail feathers. Excellent original paint. Bottom has the deep hot brand of "C.L. Allen". Rig mate is lot 458. 450-650 Provenance: Huster collection

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B W Teal decoy

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Description: 453. Hollow carved "Blair School" blue-winged teal drake c1900. Original paint with heavy crazing on head and at rear of neck. Lightly crackled on blue areas. Branded "T. Lower". Fine vermiculation on lower sides. 500-1000

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Green Winged Teal Drake by Cooper Burkley

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Description: 454. Green-winged teal drake by Charles ("Cooper") Burkley (b 1910) of Fieldsboro, NJ. Inserted, notched primaries with two piece body which is apparently hollow carved. Nicely blended painted feather detail. Decoy was carved circa 1955 and is the exact decoy pictured on page 42 of "Floating Sculpture" by Huster and Knight. A very nice Delaware River teal. 400-600 Provenance: Huster collection

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Pair of Sleeping Mergansers by Hurley Conklin

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Description: 455. Excellent pair of back preening red-breasted mergansers by Hurley Conklin of Manahawkin, NJ. Pre 1970 models with the bills resting in a shallow carved groove on back. Five tined crest on both. Excellent original paint and condition. Strong "H. Conklin" hot brand on bottom. 400-800

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Pintail Drake by Charles Burkley

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Description: 456. Pintail drake by Charles Burkley (b1910) of Bordentown, NJ. Head turned slightly to the left. Applied raised wingtips with an elongated tail and fluted tail feathers. Painted and scratched vermiculation on back and sides. Excellent original paint and condition. Carved into bottom: C. Burkley - Bordentown - N.J. 400-600 Provenance: Huster collection

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Blue Bill Hen by Jack English

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Description: 457. Bluebill hen. H. Huster notation that the carver is Jack English (1878-1944) of Florence, NJ. Repaint with possibly some original on sides and bottom. Bill may have been restored and both eyes cracked. 250-500 Provenance: Huster collection

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Bluebill Drake by Charles Allen

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Description: 458. Bluebill drake by Charles Allen (b1893) of Bordentown, NJ. Fluted tail feathers and shallow shoulder separation. Fine original paint. Bottom has deep hot brand of "C.L. Allen". Rig mate is lot 452. 400-600 Provenance: Huster collection

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Bluebill Hen by Tom Church

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Description: 459. Bluebill drake by Thomas Church. Classic upper Delaware River styling with fluted tail feathers. Balsa construction. Original paint shows light to moderate gunning wear with a scattering of small rubs or flakes to wood. 250-450 Provenance: Huster collection

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Canvasback Drake- Tony Bianco- Paint by McLoughlin

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Description: 460. Canvasback drake by Antonio ("Tony") Bianco with paint by John McLoughlin. Head turned to the left with carved shoulders and wing separation. Carved primaries and detailed wing tip carving. Fluted tail. Beautifully carved bill detail. Paint and physical condition are excellent. 500-1000 Provenance: Huster collection

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Canvasback Pair by Holloway branded

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Description: 461. Rig mate pair of canvasbacks by John Holloway (b1935) of Florence, NJ. Drake has head in a content tucked position. Both have fine head and bill carving with fluted tails. Excellent original paint and condition. Both have original rigging and both have the conjoined "JRH" within a circle hot brand. 350-550 Provenance: Huster collection

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Gadwall Drake by Bob White

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Description: 462. Tucked head gadwall drake by Robert ("Bob") White (b1939) of Trenton, NJ / Tullytown, PA. Early hunting model with the original rigging and Mr. White's brass rig identification tag. Excellent original paint with a few light line wrap marks on rear of back. This is the exact decoy pictured on page 114 of "Floating Sculpture" by Huster and Knight. In this reference, the authors state that this "is a rare species of the Delaware River decoy" and that "Bob White has made only one". 750-1250 Provenance: Huster collection

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Black Duck by John English

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Description: 463. Hollow carved black duck by John English (1852-1915) of Florence, NJ. Raised wingtips and gracefully upswept, fluted tail. In repaint with some light wear. Old crack in neck has been repaired and some minor restoration to bill. 400-600 Provenance: Huster collection

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Black Duck by John Holloway

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Description: 464. Tucked head black duck by John Holloway of Florence, NJ. Head turned to the right. Elaborate caring detail to wings, head and tail. Original paint. A solvent or glue - like substance has dripped on portions of the decoy with some paint damage to these areas. 300-500 Provenance: Huster collection

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Black Duck by John Holloway

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Description: 465. Black duck by John Halloway of Florence, NJ. Well carved head, wings and primaries. Original paint. A solvent or glue-like substance has dripped on the breast and under the tail with some paint damage to these areas. 300-500 Provenance: Huster collection

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Black Duck by Charles Burkley

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Description: 466. Early hollow black duck by Charles Burkley (b1910) of Fieldsboro and Bordentown, NJ. Applied raised wingtips with a broad tail and fluted tail feathers. Delineated wings and back feathers. In early repaint on body with probably original scratch feathering on head. Bill possibly repaired. Noted on bottom in pen: "Charles Burkley - Fieldsboro, N.J. - Ponderosa Pine 1942". 200-400 Provenance: Huster collection

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Wood Duck Drake by Tony Bianco

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Description: 467. Hollow wood duck drake by Anthony ("Tony") Bianco (1915-1968) of Bordentown, NJ. Head turned to the right. Carved shoulder separation with raised wingtips and carved primaries. Fluted tail feathers. Original paint with finely crackled paint on breast and combed vermiculation on sides. Some light paint separation on left side of head. Bottom has Mr. Bianco's hot "crown" brand. 300-500 Provenance: Huster collection

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Wood Duck Hen by Leibensperger

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Description: 468. Rare, hollow carved wood duck hen by Robert ("Turk") Leibensperger (b.1932) of Trenton, NJ and Tullytown, PA. Split, raised wingtips with a single carved primary on each. Excellent original paint and condition. In "Floating Sculpture", the authors state that only three wood ducks were made by Mr. Leibensperger. Two are pictured in the book but neither are hens. This may be the only hen known by this carver. 400-600 Provenance: Huster collection

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Green Winged Teal Pair by Kerr

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Description: 469. Rig mate pair of green-winged teal by Robert ("Bob") Kerr of Smith Falls, Ontario, Canada. Hollow carved with an inlet bottom board. Both with carved wingtips and carved speculums. Drake has a nicely carved crest. Drake has nicely combed vermiculation on sides and back and the hen has individually painted feather detail. Excellent original paint and condition. Drake is signed "(partially illegible) R.G. Kerr - 1967". Both have a notation on a small paper label which reads: Made by R.G. Kerr, Smith Falls, Ontario, Canada. 2nd place 1967 Decoy Contest". 500-1000 Provenance: Huster collection

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Canvasback Drake by Charles Allen

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Description: 470. Excellent canvasback drake by Charles Allen (b1893) of Bordentown, NJ. Beautifully carved head and detailed bill. Raised wings with carved primaries and fluted tail feathers. Wonderful original paint. Ink notation on bottom indicates that the decoy was from Allen's own rig and made c1940. Bottom has deep hot brand of "C.L. Allen". 500-1000 Provenance: Huster collection

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Preening Merganser by Bob White

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Description: 471. Early, hollow preening red-breasted merganser by Robert ("Bob") White of Tullytown, PA. Head resting on center of back with nicely carved, two tined crest. Original paint shows light gunning wear. Small area of minor paint separation on breast. Knot visible under the paint on left breast. Retains original rigging and Mr. White's early, oval hot brand. 800-1200 Provenance: Huster collection

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Miniature Monhegan Style Merganser Hen by Bob White

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Description: 472. Miniature Monhegan style merganser hen after Gus Wilson by Bob White, Tullytown, PA. Carved eyes, incised bill, carved crest, and raised wings. Signed "Bob White " in pen on the bottom. Original condition. 300-500 Provenance: Huster collection

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Miniature Hooded Merganser Drake by Bill Joeckel

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Description: 473. Miniature hooded merganser by Bill Joeckel of Islip, LI, NY. Finely painted detail with raised primaries. Signed with his ink stamp on the bottom. Original condition. 300-500 Provenance: Huster collection

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Mallard Drake Branded J. Boyd

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Description: 474. Hollow mallard drake with slightly upswept tail. Head appears to be mortised into the body which is an unusual construction feature for the region. In repaint with little wear. Bottom branded "J. Boyd". 250-350 Provenance: Huster collection

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Bluebill Hen by John Dawson

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Description: 475. Finely sculptured Delaware River redhead hen c 1910 by John English (1852-1915), Florence, NJ. Original paint by John Dawson. Evenly worn with wear to tail feathers. 800-1200 Lit: Henry Fleckenstein, Jr. "New Jersey Decoys" p 240, Plate 59. Possible rigmate pictured.

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Goldeneye Drake by Hurley Conklin

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Description: 476. Hollow whistler drake by Hurley Conklin of Manahawkin, NJ. Carved wings and shallow ice groove. Excellent original paint and condition. Strong "H. Conklin" hot brand on bottom. 200-400

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Preening Teal Decoy

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Description: 477. Early hollow, preening green-winged teal hen by Hurley Conklin. Head back over left shoulder with carved and raised wingtips. Separation along body seams especially on the left side. Old, dry original paint is worn and weathered. 200-400 Provenance: J. Hanemann collection

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Merganser Drake From New Jersey

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Description: 478. Solid American merganser from the New Jersey area. Head thrust slightly forward with a nicely carved crest. Paint is original with some gunning repaint. White areas show moderate gunning wear. Front half of bill is a replacement. Deep hot brand of "WFO" on bottom. 250-450

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Black Duck by John English

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Description: 479. Tucked head black duck by John English (1852-1915) of Florence, NJ. Raised wingtips wit fluted tail feathers. Surface is possibly a second coat by English which now shows light gunning wear. 400-800 Provenance: Huster collection

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Shourds Goldeneye Hen

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Description: 480. Hollow goldeneye hen by Harry V. Shourds of Tuckerton, NJ. In old gunning repaint which shows light overall wear. Thin, tight compound crack in neck. Retains the Mackey collection stamp. 200-300 Provenance: Mackey collection

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NJ Brant- Damage to Breast

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Description: 481. Hollow brant from the mid Atlantic region. Paint had been aged and then was apparently exposed to extreme heat or similar environmental or chemical conditions which caused large areas to become lightly scorched and/or bubbled. Structural condition is very good. 100-300

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