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Auction Description for Decoys Unlimited, Inc: Day One

Day One

(464 Lots)

by Decoys Unlimited, Inc

Platinum House

464 lots | 459 with images

July 28, 2013

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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Grebe with Baby by Frank Finney

Lot 1: Grebe with Baby by Frank Finney

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Description: Life size western grebe with chick by Frank Finney. Hollow carved. Head arched back and turned slightly to the left with a slight downward gaze. Chick is nestled under the carved feathers on the back and is also looking slightly to the left. Lightly delineated wings on side and back. Excellent overall original paint and condition with a few small rubs on top rear of head. "F. Finney 91" carved in bottom.

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Barn Owl Carving by Frank Finney

Lot 2: Barn Owl Carving by Frank Finney

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Description: Oversized barn owl by Frank Finney. Carving measures an impressive 23 inches overall and is hollowed to a thin shell. Mounted so as to spin readily on its base. Body is carved with the lower wingtips and tail fanned and arched to the birds right side accentuating the life like appeal of the piece. Body textured throughout with shallow gouge work. Excellent original condition. Signed on bottom of base with Mr. Finney's stylized carved "F".

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Little White Heron Carving by Frank Finney

Lot 3: Little White Heron Carving by Frank Finney

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Description: Life size snowy egret by Frank Finney. Serpentine neck with long slender bill and applied delicate plumes on head chest and tail. Deeply carved wings with split wingtips and delineated primaries. Painted feather texturing on back. Excellent original condition. Mounted on a weathered brack and finished wooden base. Mr. Finney's stylized carved "F" on base. A very detailed carving.

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Black Bellied Plover by David Ward

Lot 4: Black Bellied Plover by David Ward

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Description: Excellent black-bellied plover by Connecticut's David Ward. Deeply carved wing shoulders with deeply split tail and carved wingtips. Excellent original paint has been slightly aged by the artist. Bottom stamped "DBW" to rear of stick hole.

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Eskimo Curlew by David Ward

Lot 5: Eskimo Curlew by David Ward

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Description: Wonderful Eskimo curlew by Connecticut's David Ward. Head delicately turned slightly to the right. Detailed carving with the suggestion of a thigh detail. Split, dropped tail with deeply carved primaries and extended wingtips. Bottom stamped "DBW" forward of the stick hole and "esquimaux" (Latin for the species name) stamped to the rear of the stick hole.

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Ringneck Plover by David Ward

Lot 6: Ringneck Plover by David Ward

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Description: 300. Ring neck plover by David B. Ward. Carved shoulders, split tail with carved and raised wingtips. Head in a restful pose. Stamped "DBW" to rear of stick hole. Excellent original paint and condition.

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Whimbrel by Mark McNair

Lot 7: Whimbrel by Mark McNair

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Description: 302. Whimbrel by Mark McNair. Finely carved wings and wingtips with a small hole in tail for stringing. Bill appears to be bone or antler. Carved "McNair to rear of stick hole on a very graceful and attractive carving. Expertly blended all original paint and condition.

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Life Size Red Knot Decorative by Lyons

Lot 8: Life Size Red Knot Decorative by Lyons

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Description: Life-sized red knot with head turned slightly to the left. Carved wings with raised and crossed wingtips. Carved primaries and fluted tail feathers. Excellent original paint and condition.. Bottom of natural wood base has a stamp or brand in the form of an elongated lion as well as "Lyons - #285 - Knot".

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Pair of Black Duck Flyers by Borrett

Lot 9: Pair of Black Duck Flyers by Borrett

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Description: Pair of life size flying black ducks by Mike Borrett. 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. Carved on back: Borrett 01".

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Pair of Goldeneye Flyers by Borrett

Lot 9A: Pair of Goldeneye Flyers by Borrett

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Description: Pair of life size flying goldeneyes by Mike Borrett. 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. Carved on back: Borrett 01"

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Mason Factory Plover #1

Lot 10: Mason Factory Plover #1

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Description: Mason Factory black-bellied plover. Glass eyes with rusted nail bill. Original paint darkened with age but still retains strong swirling. Areas on the white and black with light rubs and some minor shrinkage along grain lines. Small area of paint loss at base of bill. Hit by shot.

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Mason Factory Plover #2

Lot 11: Mason Factory Plover #2

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Description: Mason Factory, black-bellied plover. Glass eyes with rusted nail bill. Original paint has darkened with age. Surface shows light to moderate overall gunning wear. A few small flakes or rubs to wood. A 3/8" to ½" rub on back and on base. Thin crack in bottom appears to have been filled at the Factory with perhaps a small amount of more recent touchup.

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Mason Factory Plover with Chauncy Wheeler Paint

Lot 12: Mason Factory Plover with Chauncy Wheeler Paint

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Description: RARE Mason black-bellied plover in excellent original paint with light wear. A special order "Chauncey Wheeler model" decoy painted by the Mason Factory in the manner of Chauncey Wheeler of Alexandria Bay. Surface shows light gunning wear. A few collector-museum, acquisition numbers on the bottom.

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Mason Factory Red Knot

Lot 13: Mason Factory Red Knot

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Description: Rare tack eye red knot or robin snipe by the Mason Factory. Somewhat darkened paint appears to be all original under a thin protective coating or a thin darkening wash. Few old rubs to wood on breast. Sponge or dabbed feather detail on back. Rust on bill and eyes.

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Mason Dove

Lot 14: Mason Dove

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Description: Dove by the Mason Factory. Over paint was professionally removed to reveal good original paint, complete with the sponge detail on back and individual painted feather detail. Some minor professional touch up around base of original bill and to a small spot on the right cheek. A few very tiny grain checks and a small "S" carved into back. A rig mate to the other Mason dove in this auction.

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Mason Dove

Lot 15: Mason Dove

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Description: Dove by the Mason Factory. Overpaint was professionally removed to reveal good crackled original, complete with the original sponge detail on back and some factory swirling. Nicely elongated tail. A few thin spots and wear on upper sides. Some minor professional touch up around base of original bill. Tiny wood grain checks. A rig mate to the other Mason dove in this auction.

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Mason Factory Premier Mallard Drake

Lot 16: Mason Factory Premier Mallard Drake

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Description: Mason Factory Premier Grade hollow mallard drake. Excellent swirled original paint, very light gunning wear. Stable grain check slightly noticeable on back appears to date to factory. Small spot on left wing filled and touched up and small tail chip professionally restored by Paul Fortin

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Mason Factory Premier Grade Mallard Hen

Lot 17: Mason Factory Premier Grade Mallard Hen

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Description: Mason Factory Premier Grade mallard hen is the finest example we've had in many years. Superb original paint which retains strong factory swirling and loop painted feather detail.. Minute imperfections only. A bright, factory fresh example. Never used. Purchased at Bourne's Decoy Auctions decades ago.

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Mason Standard Glass Eye BW Teal Pair

Lot 18: Mason Standard Glass Eye BW Teal Pair

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Description: Pair of Mason Factory, standard grade, glass eye blue-winged teal. Original paint with very light gunning wear. Drake has had a very small amount of puppy chew at the very tip of the bill professionally restored. Drake has a thin crack in bottom. Hen has had some neck filler replaced and a thin crack in the back may be filled.

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Mason Factory Challenge Grade Black Duck

Lot 19: Mason Factory Challenge Grade Black Duck

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Description: Mason Factory, Challenge Grade black duck. Original paint with factory swirling. Overall light wear with a few small rubs and flakes. Small tail chip repair, mostly on bottom of tail. Glued check in bottom. Large hot brand of H.D. Lloyd on lower left side.

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Important Mason Factory Brant Decoy

Lot 20: Important Mason Factory Brant Decoy "Barrons Brand

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Description: Mason Factory Challenge Grade brant. From the famous "Barron" rig and so indicated with his hot brand on the left side and on the back of the decoy. Decoys from this rig are considered to be among the finest examples by this decoy factory. Original paint with very minor rubs to bill and tail edge. Minute crack near neck seat. Tight check on right side has been partially filled.

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Blue winged Teal by Peterson

Lot 21: Blue winged Teal by Peterson

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Description: Blue-winged teal drake by Peterson. Original paint with light overall gunning wear. Few small rubs on back and head with some wear to wood on bill. Few light grain checks on head and body. Some neck filler replaced with some touchup in that area.

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Dodge Factory Scoter

Lot 22: Dodge Factory Scoter

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Description: Extremely rare white-winged scoter by the Dodge Factory. Paint appears to be a combination of original with some very old, crackled gunning touchup. Light scattering of small rubs and/or flakes to wood. Very small and minor chip on top edge of tail and a tight hairline on upper left side. Neck filler professionally replaced. Reportedly, only 4 or 5 scoters by Dodge are known. See pages 177 and 137 in "Detroit Decoy Dynasty".

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Stevens Factory Widgeon Drake w/ Keel

Lot 23: Stevens Factory Widgeon Drake w/ Keel

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Description: Very rare widgeon drake by the Stevens brothers of Weedsport, N.Y. According to Newell's "Essential Guide to Stevens Decoys - Vol. 1, no more than 3 dozen widgeon drakes and no hens by either George or Harvey Stevens have been accounted for in collections. The masterful banjo tail on this example is believed to be a creation of George Stevens between 1895 and 1900. Strong original paint and combing with a scattering of small rubs and/or flakes. Very small chip to tip of bill. At some point in its history, a small stamp, ending in "--B." was impressed on the bottom of the decoy (near the rear of the present keel). Afterwards, a keel was added by the owner of the decoy, presumably to stabilize the bird in river water. This addition was accomplished by a skilled woodworker and is well done and

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Mason/Peterson Mallard Pair

Lot 24: Mason/Peterson Mallard Pair

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Description: Pair of early Peterson/Mason Factory mallards. Both with tack eyes and neck filler replacement. Predominantly original paint on both. Small "knot-like" area on right side of drake appears to have been filled and both have a few very small areas which may have been professionally touched up. Two thin, tight cracks on back of drake and two small slivers missing and darkened on right side. Thin tight crack on bottom of hen.

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Hays/Mason Blue Bill Drake

Lot 25: Hays/Mason Blue Bill Drake

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Description: Bluebill drake by the Hayes Factory, glass eye model. Original paint with overall light wear and rubs. Knot on back with a few imperfections in the wood on body and head. Grain check on left side.

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Mason Factory Painted Eye Bluebill Hen

Lot 26: Mason Factory Painted Eye Bluebill Hen

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Description: Mason Factory Standard Grade painted eye bluebill hen. Overall light gunning wear. Small knot visible on back and thin crack in bottom. Minor neck filler loss.

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Mason Factory Painted Eye Redhead Drake

Lot 27: Mason Factory Painted Eye Redhead Drake

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Description: Mason Factory Standard Grade painted eye bluebill hen. Overall light gunning wear. Small knot visible on back and thin crack in bottom. Minor neck filler loss.

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Mason Factory Mallard Drake

Lot 28: Mason Factory Mallard Drake

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Description: Mason Factory Standard Grade glass eye mallard drake. Original paint shows light overall wear and a scattering of small rubs or flakes. Small knot visible on left side of breast and on left tail. Small factory filled area on right bottom edge. Neck filler missing. Tiny, somewhat indecipherable collectors stamp on bottom may read "WAR".

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Mason Factory Tack Eye Widgeon Drake

Lot 29: Mason Factory Tack Eye Widgeon Drake

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Description: Mason Factory Standard Grade tack eye widgeon drake. good original paint with roughness to back and right wing areas. Neck filler loss with small amount of old glue showing in that area.

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Mason Factory Glass Eye Black Duck

Lot 30: Mason Factory Glass Eye Black Duck

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Description: Mason Factory Standard Grade glass eye black duck. Most of the decoy is in restored condition. Few flakes on back and tail and small rubs to each side of head. Provenance: Cole Collection

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Hays Factory Black Duck

Lot 31: Hays Factory Black Duck

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Description: Black duck by the J.M. Hayes Wood Products Co., Jefferson City, Missouri c1921-1925. All original paint with overall light gunning wear. Some tiny rubs on body. Small factory filled area on right side. Thin crack in bottom.

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Dodge Canvasback Hen

Lot 32: Dodge Canvasback Hen

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Description: Early canvasback hen by the Jasper Dodge Factory. Slightly oversized model. Traces of worn original paint with old, aged rubs and flakes to wood. Old, "wood dough" type filler at neck. Chip missing from bottom portion of bill and a partial, thin, tight hairline check in tail. Retains the brand on back of "AWV" which collectors information indicates stands for Allan W. Vosburg of Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. Also branded "Carcajou" which again, according to collectors information stands for the Carcajou hunt club on Lake Koshkonong WI.

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Wildfowler Hollow Pine Black Duck

Lot 33: Wildfowler Hollow Pine Black Duck

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Description: Black duck by the Wildfowler Factory. Hollow pine or cedar with applied bottom board. Strong original paint with rub to wood on right side, tail and bill edge. Some flaking on head. Original keel. No stamp.

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Pair of Hollow Wildfowler Blue Bills

Lot 34: Pair of Hollow Wildfowler Blue Bills

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Description: Pair of bluebills by the Wildfowler Factory. Hollow pine or cedar with applied bottom boards. Strong original paint with very light overall wear. Some partial rubs to back on drake. Retain original keels and the "Point Pleasant" stamp.

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Wildfowler Hen Blue Bill

Lot 35: Wildfowler Hen Blue Bill

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Description: Bluebill hen by the Wildfowler Factory. Hollow pine or cedar with an inlet bottom board. Original paint which shows moderate flaking to wood on body and heavy rubs to wood on head and bill. Small notch cut in each side and in keel, presumably to facilitate wrapping of line. Few thin grain checks on breast. Has partial "Old Saybrook" brand as well as the initials "WMP".

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Wildfowler Mallard

Lot 36: Wildfowler Mallard

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Description: Mallard drake by the Wildfowler Factory. Solid, dense balsa construction. Original paint with light overall wear on body and slightly heavier wear to rear of head. Few very small dents in body. Apparently never had a keel No stamp.

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Point Pleasant Wildfowler Widgeon Hen

Lot 37: Point Pleasant Wildfowler Widgeon Hen

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Description: Pintail hen by the Wildfowler Factory. Hollow pine or cedar with applied bottom board. Original paint which is in excellent condition on body with a few rubs on head. Original keel with added iron weight and strong "Point Pleasant" stamp.

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Wildfowler Pintail Inlet Low Head

Lot 38: Wildfowler Pintail Inlet Low Head

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Description: Pintail drake by the Wildfowler Factory. Early, low head hollow pine or cedar model with inlet bottom board. Original paint with light overall wear on body and slightly more wear on head. Few rubs to nicely patinated suface. Two or three small shot hits on right side and tight hairline crack in neck. Retains original keel and "Old Saybrook" stamp.

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Wildfowler Green Winged Teal Drake

Lot 39: Wildfowler Green Winged Teal Drake

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Description: Wildfowler Factory green-winged teal drake. Balsa construction with tucked head turned very slightly to the left. Original paint with very light wear. Unpainted bottom with no stamp.

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Wildfowler Great Lake Canvasback Drake

Lot 40: Wildfowler Great Lake Canvasback Drake

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Description: Canvasback drake by the Wildfowler Factory. A special order rig for use on the open waters of the Great Lakes. Body is broad for stability and high-backed for increased visibility. Nicely executed head. Weighted keel appears to be original. All original paint shows light gunning wear under a coat of sealer. 800-1200 Provenance: Cole Collection

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Factory Black Duck

Lot 41: Factory Black Duck

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Description: Factory black duck. Carved somewhat in the style of the Evans Factory and believed by consignor to possibly be an early work by this manufacturer. Very good, strong original paint with fine combing detail to head and bold feather detail on body. Minor rubs and/or flakes to tail edge, top of head and left side.

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Withdrawn To Be Sold as lot 346  Pair of Mammoth Evans Factory Canvasback

Lot 42: Withdrawn To Be Sold as lot 346 Pair of Mammoth Evans Factory Canvasback

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Description: Pair of solid mammoth canvasbacks by the Evans Decoy Factory of Ladysmith WI. Both in original paint with overall moderate in use wear. Brush drag "swirling" clearly visible on both. Both retain the stamp of the "Starr collection" and his written acquisition code. Original paint with a number of small rubs and flakes to wood or primer. Drake has open, factory filled split on left side and head loose on body. Hen has small chip missing from top of head, a thin crack on left side and a thin, tight angled crack at left base of neck. Both hit by shot.

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Oversized Evans Mallard Drake

Lot 43: Oversized Evans Mallard Drake

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Description: Mallard drake by the Evans decoy Factory. Magnum size. Patinated original paint with a small rub and a few small dents on back and on head. Thin crack on bottom with original "Evans Decoy" stamp.

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Pratt Canvasback Hen

Lot 44: Pratt Canvasback Hen

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Description: Canvasback hen by the William E. Pratt Co. Original paint with some scattered flaking to wood. Small area of roughness on left side and on tail edge. Few bleached line wrap marks on right side.

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Fabulous Five Evans canvasback

Lot 45: Fabulous Five Evans canvasback

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Description: Mammoth canvasback drake by the Evans Decoy Factory of Ladysmith, WI. This oversized model is one of "The Famous Five" that were discovered at the Mid-West Decoy Show a few years ago. Slightly darkened and finely crackled original paint shows overall light gunning wear with a few small smudges on head and right side. Very minor roughage to right side of bill.

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Evans Canvasback Hen

Lot 46: Evans Canvasback Hen

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Description: Hen canvasback by the Evans Factory. Standard size. Original paint with moderate overall wear and rubs. Line wrap mark on back and right side. Small tight checks on left side and old tight crack at base of neck. Retains strong "Evans Decoy" stamp.

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Pair of Evans Blue Bills

Lot 47: Pair of Evans Blue Bills

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Description: Pair of bluebills by the Evans Factory. Both standard size. Hen is solid and drake has the large circular plug on the breast where the bird was partially hollowed. Good original paint with light to moderate overall gunning wear and light rubs to both bill edges. Rub to wood on head of drake as well as some light shot hits on drake. Both have faded "Evans Decoy" stamp.

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Evans Factory Can Drake

Lot 48: Evans Factory Can Drake "B. Shepard"

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Description: Evans standard grade canvasback drake. Original paint with light overall wear. Few small flakes and rubs on head, breast and tail. Retains strong "Evans Decoy" stamp and the deep hot brand of: "B. Shepard".

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Evans Factory Mallard Drake

Lot 49: Evans Factory Mallard Drake

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Description: Evans mammoth mallard drake. Two piece body and slightly hollowed. Detailed bill carving. Original paint with overall light to moderate wear. Very thin, tight partial grain check on left side appears to be partially filled at the factory. Rubs to edge of bill. Head has been glued a long time ago. Two or three small shot hits

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