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Auction Description for Guyette & Deeter: Important Waterfowl Decoys & Bird Carvings At Auction

Important Waterfowl Decoys & Bird Carvings At Auction

by Guyette & Deeter

Platinum House

960 lots

April 28, 1994

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Lot 1: SUPERB MERGANSER HEN by George Boyd, (Seabrook, NH). Consignor purchased this bird from Win Carter. Two holes were drilled into the

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Description: underside at the time the bird was made, to reduce the weight. CONDITION Excellent original paint with minimal wear; a few minor smudges and nicks to the paint surface; tiny chip on one side of tail; a couple of tight age lines on underside; a few string marks around neck. (Wick Collection).

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Lot 2: OUTSTANDING CANVAS COVERED CANADA GOOSE by George Boyd, (Seabrook, NH). Exceptionally fine feather painting. Retains Boyd's

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Description: signature. May have been presented to a friend, as there is another illegible signature and dated 1933. The bird has never been weighted. CONDITION Excellent original paint with some minor shrinkage at the base of the neck; a couple of small rubs to the primer coat on the head; structurally near mint. (Wick Collection).

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Lot 3: CANVAS COVERED BLACK DUCK by George Boyd, (Seabrook, NH). Purchased by the consignors from Harold Corbin in 1974. CONDITION Paint on

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Description: sides of head and bill is original, however, black appears to be an old working repaint; chip in the tail; one or two shot scars; some minor chipping to the paint around the tacks that hold the canvas in place; generally structurally excellent. (Wick Collection).

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Lot 4: RARE CANADA GOOSE by George Boyd, (Seabrook, NH). See "Decoys: A North American Survey", Kangas, and "New England Decoys", Delph. Slightly

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Description: turned head, canvas over wooden frame. CONDITION Original paint with minor wear; several small tears on edge of canvas; small crack in bill and in tail; better than average form for a Boyd goose.

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Lot 5: EXCELLENT EARLY HOLLOW BLUEBILL DRAKE, CIRCA 1880-90 by Robert Elliston, (Bureau, IL). CONDITION Excellent original paint with minimal

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Description: wear; a thin coat of old varnish was removed in 1986 by Ken DeLong, and there is little evidence that it was ever there; very fine tight stress crack in the neck, otherwise excellent structurally.

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