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Day Two

by Decoys Unlimited, Inc

Platinum House

513 lots with images

July 29, 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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Standing Wood Duck by Bob Seabrook

Lot 300: Standing Wood Duck by Bob Seabrook

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Description: Excellent interpretation of a life size standing drake wood duck by New Jersey's Robert (Bob) Seabrook. Carved wings with individually raised wingtips and a nicely carved crest. Very pleasing form with a commanding presence.

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Early Canada Goose by Frank Finney

Lot 301: Early Canada Goose by Frank Finney

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Description: Rare and early hollow Canada goose by noted folk artist Frank Finney (b1947). Serpentine neck with head posed just above the breast. Rigged and weighted as if a working decoy. "F.R.F" in script carved into pad weight. To the best of our knowledge, this is the only goose by Mr. Finney ever to be offered at public auction.

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Life Size Egret by Dave Ward

Lot 301A: Life Size Egret by Dave Ward

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Description: Life size hollow carved American egret by Connecticut's David B. Ward. Bird measures approximately 22 ½" in a straight line from tip of bill to tip of tail. Split tail with carved wings and nicely executed carved crest. Shallow shoulder carving. Posed as if looking slightly downward and to the right. Bottom stamped "DBW". Nicely antiqued textured original paint in excellent condition.

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Black Duck by David Ward

Lot 302: Black Duck by David Ward

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Description: Classic black duck by Connecticut's David Ward. Head turned to the right. Clearly demonstrates the Stratford influence with a carved ice groove and insert wooded tail and bottom board. Excellent original paint and condition. "DBW" stamped just behind leather rigging loop.

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Preening Black Duck by David Ward

Lot 302A: Preening Black Duck by David Ward

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Description: Sleeping black duck by Connecticut's David B. Ward. Cork body with wooden head and applied wooden tail and bottom board in the classic Connecticut tradition. Excellent original paint and condition. A fine example.

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Scoter Decoy c 1970 by David Ward

Lot 303: Scoter Decoy c 1970 by David Ward

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Description: Rare smooth, hollow, wooden scoter by Connecticut's David Ward. Head turned to the left. Executed in the classic Stratford style with a deeply carved ice groove and delineated wingtips. Original paint. A very pleasing form. Stamped in bottom: "DBW 83".

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Turned Head Curlew by David Ward

Lot 304: Turned Head Curlew by David Ward

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Description: Preening curlew by Connecticut's David Ward. Head turned back almost a full 180 degrees over the right shoulder. Deeply carved wing, raised wingtips and individually carved primaries. Excellent original paint and condition. "D.B.W." stamped to rear of stick hole.

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Sanderling by David Ward 78

Lot 305: Sanderling by David Ward 78

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Description: Early running sanderling by Connecticut's David Ward. Three carved primaries on each wingtip. Nicely blended plumage. Excellent original antiqued surface. Stamped "DBW 78".

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Plump Black Bellied Plover- Cork

Lot 306: Plump Black Bellied Plover- Cork

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Description: Oversized, cork black-bellied plover may be an early Dave Ward. Tack eyes with well carved wooden bill. Paint appears to be the original. Excellent structural condition.

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Golden Plover (Banana Bird) by David Ward

Lot 307: Golden Plover (Banana Bird) by David Ward

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Description: Early golden plover by Connecticut's David Ward. Carved in the style of the early so-called "banana birds" due to their overall shape. Deeply carved shoulders with deeply cut split tail. Nicely blended plumage on back. Excellent original aged paint. Stamped "DBW 78".

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Piping Plover by David Ward 82

Lot 308: Piping Plover by David Ward 82

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Description: Early running piping plover by Connecticut's David Ward. Carved shoulders with concave tail and carved primaries on each wing. Excellent original condition. Stamped "DBW - 82".

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Semipalmated  Plover by David Ward 78

Lot 309: Semipalmated Plover by David Ward 78

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Description: Early semi-palmated plover by Connecticut's David Ward. Three deeply carved primaries on each wingtip. Excellent, original aged paint. Stamped on base "DBW 78". An excellent example of his early work.

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Black Bellied Plover/ Carved Wingsby David Ward 81

Lot 310: Black Bellied Plover/ Carved Wingsby David Ward 81

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Description: Early golden plover by Connecticut's David Ward. Concave, split tail with carved wingtips. Excellent original condition. Stamped "DBW 81".

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Killdeer by David Ward 81

Lot 311: Killdeer by David Ward 81

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Description: Early and stylish killdeer by Connecticut's David Ward. Head turned slightly to the right. Deeply carved shoulders, split tail and carved primaries on each wing. Stamped "DBW 80".

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Black Bellied Plover by David Ward

Lot 312: Black Bellied Plover by David Ward

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Description: Early oversized black-bellied plover by Connecticut's David Ward. Carved elevated wingtips with three carved primaries. Excellent original antiqued paint. Tiny blunt to very tip of bill with a tight hairline crack in that area. "DBW - 77" stamped near stick hole.

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Mourning Dove by David Ward 77

Lot 313: Mourning Dove by David Ward 77

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Description: Early dove by Connecticut's David Ward. Head turned demurely to the right. Thin, elongated tail with carved shoulders and three deeply carved primaries. Original paint has been antiqued. A few small paint flakes off the surface. Stamped on base "DBW 77"

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Greater yellowlegs by Marty Hanson

Lot 313A: Greater yellowlegs by Marty Hanson

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Description: Greater Yellowlegs by Martin B ("Marty") Hanson. Carved in the style of the "Seaford school" of carving. Carved wings and wingtips. Beautifully aged to simulate an old gunning decoy complete with applied wear to the edges of drawknife marks and a light scatter of shot hits. Carved "MH" just forward of the stick hole. Comes with its custom scallop base with the Marty Hanson decal and the notation "Yellowlegs". Signed by Mr. Hanson with the date "1/24/88" Excellent and original in all respects.

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Preening Yellowlegs by Mark McNair

Lot 313B: Preening Yellowlegs by Mark McNair

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Description: Early preening yellowlegs by Mark McNair. Carved wings and wingtips with head turned back a full 180 degrees on the body. Excellent original paint and condition. "McNair" carved in bottom to rear of stick hole.

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Life Size Sanderling

Lot 313C: Life Size Sanderling

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Description: Very nicely executed carving of a sanderling or peep with carved wingtips. Expertly applied original paint with plumage executed with numerous, finely blended, tiny brush strokes. Carved in the form of a working decoy and very attractive. Consignor information indicates it was purchased from Dave Ward

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Dove Decoy  by T. J. Hooker

Lot 314: Dove Decoy by T. J. Hooker

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Description: Dove by T.J Hooker. Deeply carved wingtips and primaries. Original paint has been aged by the artist. Some old code numbers on bottom.

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Standing Preening Bufflehead Drake

Lot 314A: Standing Preening Bufflehead Drake

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Description: Life size standing, preening bufflehead drake attributed to Mark Holland. Numerous feather groups carved in detail. Head clutching a small feather in the bill. Excellent original paint and condition. Mounted on a carved and painted "rock" base.

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Pintail Drake by Marty Hansen

Lot 315: Pintail Drake by Marty Hansen

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Description: Excellent pintail drake by noted Minnesota artist Marty Hanson. Head carved to the left and looking downward. Raised wingtips and elongated tail. Excellent all original paint and condition. Bottom has Mr. Hanson's "Maker" stamp/stencil as well as his signature and the date "1998'

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Pintail Drake by Chesser

Lot 316: Pintail Drake by Chesser

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Description: Excellent pintail drake by Virginia's noted decoy maker Grayson Chesser. Carved raised wingtips and elongated tail. Excellent detailed and combed original paint. Carved "C" on base as well as his signature and the date "1998". Original weight and rigging.

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Bluebill Hen by Bob Kerr

Lot 317: Bluebill Hen by Bob Kerr

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Description: Excellent bluebill hen by well known Canadian carver Bob Kerr. Beautifully sculptured body, wingtips and head. Nicely executed rasping on head and sides. In excellent original condition.

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Miniature Black Throated Warbler by F. M. Kilburn

Lot 318: Miniature Black Throated Warbler by F. M. Kilburn

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Description: Black-throated warbler by F.M. Kilburn of Waldoboro, Maine. Excellent dry original paint and condition. Species identified and signed on bottom of driftwood stub: "F.M. Kilburn, Waldoboro, Me." About half lifesize.

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Miniature Parula Warbler  by F. M. Kilburn

Lot 319: Miniature Parula Warbler by F. M. Kilburn

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Description: Parula warbler by F. M. Kilburn. Carved approximately ¾ scale with dropped wings and painted eyes. Excellent original paint and condition except for feet which are slightly loose on legs. Species identified on base and printed "F. M. Kilburn - 1971"

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Goldfinch by Jess Blackstone #131

Lot 320: Goldfinch by Jess Blackstone #131

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Description: Goldfinch by Jess Blackstone in fine original condition. Signed with "131" and his typical stylized JB signature.

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Mini Snowy Plover by Harold Haertel, 1980

Lot 321: Mini Snowy Plover by Harold Haertel, 1980

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Description: Snowy plover by Harold Haertel of East Dundee, IL. Detailed bill and wing carving. Raised wingtips with carved primaries and secondaries. Fine original paint with a few small areas of strengthening or in-painting on head area and edge of tail. Signed and dated on burl base: "Snowy Plover - Harold Haertel - 1980".

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Life Size Killdeer by Roger Mitchell

Lot 322: Life Size Killdeer by Roger Mitchell

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Description: Lifesize killdeer by Roger Mitchell of Kingston, Mass. Split tail with fluted tail feather detail. Excellent original paint and structural condition. Mounted on a carved and painted quahog shell with Mr. Mitchell's stamp on base.

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Life Size Black Bellied Plover by Roger Mitchell

Lot 323: Life Size Black Bellied Plover by Roger Mitchell

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Description: Lifesize black-bellied plover by Roger Mitchell of Kingston, Mass. Head turned strongly to the right. Split tail with individually carved and raised wingtips. Fluted tail feather detail. subtle plumage painted on back Excellent original paint and condition. Mounted on a black painted quahog base with Mr. Mitchell's stamp on bottom.

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Life Sized Peep on a Carved Quahog Shell

Lot 324: Life Sized Peep on a Carved Quahog Shell

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Description: Lifesize sanderling or peep done in the style of A. E. Crowell. Split tail with nicely applied all original paint in excellent condition. Mounted on a carved and painted quahog base.

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PA Distelfink on a Branch

Lot 325: PA Distelfink on a Branch

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Description: Pennsylvania distelfink. A fine example in fine original paint. Carved wings with individually raised wingtips and primaries. Notched tail. One wire leg loose where it attaches to the body. Mounted on a natural branch and wood base. Distelfinks are stylized goldfinches based on the European goldfinch. They frequently appear in Pennsylvania folk art and represent happiness and good fortune. Provenance: X Howard Waddell collection

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PA Distelfink on a Painted Rock Base

Lot 325A: PA Distelfink on a Painted Rock Base

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Description: Pennsylvania distelfink. Head turned to the right with individually raised wingtips and notched tail. Nicely carved with original paint. On a carved and painted "rock" base. Provenance: X Howard Waddell collection

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Morse Painted Bunting

Lot 325B: Morse Painted Bunting

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Description: Rare miniature painted bunting ca early 1900's by Robert Morse, Ellsworth, ME. In excellent original paint. Signed "Painted Bunting by Robert Morse" and "$5.50" on the bottom of the base.

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Mini Black Duck Drake by Vreeland

Lot 325C: Mini Black Duck Drake by Vreeland

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Description: Miniature black duck by Harry Vreeland (1908- 1982) of Long Island, N.Y. and Massachusetts. Finely carved with low head and detailed wingtips. Beautifully blended original paint in excellent condition. Misidentified on bottom of burl base as a "ring neck female" and signed on side of base: "H. Vreeland". Provenance: Pebble Hill Plantation collection

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Mini Redhead Drake by Vreeland

Lot 325D: Mini Redhead Drake by Vreeland

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Description: Miniature redhead drake by Harry Vreeland (1908-1982) of Long Island, N.Y. and Massachusetts. Great musculature with deep shoulder groove and detailed wing carving. Beautifully applied and blended original paint in excellent condition. One very tiny dent on left side. Signed on side of base: "H. Vreeland". Provenance: Pebble Hill Plantation collection

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Nuthatch by V. W. Smith

Lot 325E: Nuthatch by V. W. Smith

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Description: Lifesize nuthatch by V. W. Smith. In excellent condition. Mounted on driftwood. Signed V. W. Smith on base.

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Mini  Eider  by Dorothy Brown

Lot 325F: Mini Eider by Dorothy Brown

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Description: Miniature eider drake by Dorothy Brown of drake by Dorothy Brown. Both original and in good condition. Signed on bottom. Dorothy Brown, eider duck, North Haven, Mane. Carved wing and bill detail. In excellent original condition.

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Mason Factory Premier Bluewinged Teal Drake

Lot 326: Mason Factory Premier Bluewinged Teal Drake

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Description: Mason Factory Premier Grade blue-winged teal drake. Very desirable so-called double blue. Excellent original paint with factory swirling. A small area of professional touchup in the throat area and some strengthening to a very thin (less than 1/16" wide) rub to the edge of bill and a similar restoration to a very tiny rub on very tip of tail.

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Mallard Drake by Ken Harris

Lot 327: Mallard Drake by Ken Harris

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Description: Mallard drake by Ken Harris of Woodville, N.Y. Low breast - high tail model. Slightly faded all original paint with combed vermiculation on sides. Small 7/16" knot shows on lower left side.

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Mallard Drake by Hudson Decoy Co.

Lot 328: Mallard Drake by Hudson Decoy Co.

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Description: Lathe turned factory mallard drake. Probably the Hudson Vac-Sta model. Excellent original paint and condition except for one very thin, tiny black paint drip on back.

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Mason Factory White Winged Scoter

Lot 329: Mason Factory White Winged Scoter

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Description: Rare special order white-winged scoter by the Mason Factory. Made for use on Cape Cod or Martha's Vineyard. Head attached with a rectangular "dowel" to maximize strength and to eliminate spinning of the head. Head has lifted slightly from body. The condition is excellent. Recessed, circular weight. May never have been used.

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Peterborough Canoe Co. Blue Bill Hen

Lot 330: Peterborough Canoe Co. Blue Bill Hen

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Description: Bluebill hen by the Peterborough Canoe Co. Strong original paint. Very minor rubs on head and bill edge.

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Dodge Factory Redhead Drake

Lot 331: Dodge Factory Redhead Drake

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Description: Redhead drake from Ohio. Two piece body appears to be hollow. Original paint with light to moderate overall gunning wear and rubs. Number of tiny dents on head and body. Very slight roughage to edge of tail.

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Wildfowler Green Winged Teal

Lot 332: Wildfowler Green Winged Teal

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Description: Green-winged teal drake by the Wildfowler Company. Carved shoulder groove. Original paint with light wear on body and flaking to top of head. Never rigged. No stamp.

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Rocking Horse Teal Decoy Lyn Ontario

Lot 332A: Rocking Horse Teal Decoy Lyn Ontario

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Description: Early teal. Consignor information attributes the decoy to the Lyn Last Works c1865 - 1923 of Lyn, Ontario. Deep, round bottomed decoy with a hole for use as a stick-up. Early tack eyes. Bottom retains the painted "A.A." rig mark. Original paint with some flaking to head. Tight grain check on right side and some roughness and puppy chew to tip of bill. Head slightly loose on body. Three small shot hits on left side and small chips on tail. 300-450

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Ken Harris Mallard Drake

Lot 333: Ken Harris Mallard Drake

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Description: Mallard drake by Ken Harris of Woodville, N.Y. Strong original paint with overall light wear to surface. Two small holes where decoy was made into a lamp. Thin crack in back . Crack in bill has been glued. Right glass eye missing. Retains the "Made By - "Ken" Harris - Woodville, N.Y." stencil.

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Evans Factory Mallard Hen

Lot 334: Evans Factory Mallard Hen

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Description: Evans Standard mallard hen. Good scratch feather detail on body with blended paint on head. Retains strong "Evans Decoy" stamp. Very good original paint with light wear, mostly on back. Tight knot visible under paint on upper right shoulder. Provenance: Cole Collection

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Pratt Factory Coot Decoy

Lot 335: Pratt Factory Coot Decoy

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Description: Freshwater coot by the Pratt Co. Original paint in very good overall condition. Some flakes to wood on head, bill with rubs to tail edge. Good structural condition.

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Evans Factory Mallard Drake

Lot 336: Evans Factory Mallard Drake

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Description: Evans standard grade mallard drake. Factory circular plug in breast. Original paint with light to moderate overall gunning wear. Possibly some small amount of gunning touchup to the white neck ring. No stamp.

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