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North American Decoys At Auction

by Guyette & Deeter

Platinum House

321 lots with images

July 18, 2009

Live Auction

24718 Beverly Road

P.O. Box 1170

St. Michaels, MD, 21663 USA

Phone: 410 745 0485

Fax: 410 745 0487

Email: decoys@guyetteanddeeter.com

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Hollow carved bluewing teal hen, George Warin, Toronto, Ontario, last quarter 19th century.

Lot 1: Hollow carved bluewing teal hen, George Warin, Toronto, Ontario, last quarter 19th century.

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Description: Hollow carved bluewing teal hen, George Warin, Toronto, Ontario, last quarter 19th century. Head in slightly forward position with raised neck seat.

Condition Report: Original paint with minor wear on most of the decoy; moderately hit by shot; professional repair to a chip in the neck base by Russ Allen.

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Rigmate pair of mallards, Ken Anger, Dunnville, Ontario, 2nd quarter 20th century.

Lot 2: Rigmate pair of mallards, Ken Anger, Dunnville, Ontario, 2nd quarter 20th century.

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Description: Rigmate pair of mallards, Ken Anger, Dunnville, Ontario, 2nd quarter 20th century. Both have very slightly turned heads.

Condition Report: Very good and original.

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Pair of canvasbacks, Ken Anger, Dunnville, Ontario, 2nd quarter 20th century.

Lot 3: Pair of canvasbacks, Ken Anger, Dunnville, Ontario, 2nd quarter 20th century.

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Description: Pair of canvasbacks, Ken Anger, Dunnville, Ontario, 2nd quarter 20th century.

Condition Report: Small paint rub on hen's back, otherwise paint is very good and original; old repair to a tiny chip on the edge of the hen's bill; drake bill has newer paint than the rest of the decoy, but there is no sign of a repair.

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Rigmate pair of redheads, Ken Anger, Dunnville, Ontario, 2nd quarter 20th century.

Lot 4: Rigmate pair of redheads, Ken Anger, Dunnville, Ontario, 2nd quarter 20th century.

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Description: Rigmate pair of redheads, Ken Anger, Dunnville, Ontario, 2nd quarter 20th century.

Condition Report: Very good and original, never rigged.

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Canada goose, George Warin, Toronto, Ontario, last quarter 19th century.

Lot 5: Canada goose, George Warin, Toronto, Ontario, last quarter 19th century.

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Description: Canada goose, George Warin, Toronto, Ontario, last quarter 19th century. Hollow carved with glass eyes and very slightly turned head.

Condition Report: Strong original feather paint; minor roughness to one edge of tail; two small tail chips with old touch up; professional repair to the neck by Russ Allen; there is a chip repair up about 2" on one side and there is a repair to where the head was cut off a

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Exceptional redhead drake from the Markham rig, Markam, Ontario, circa 1890.

Lot 6: Exceptional redhead drake from the Markham rig, Markam, Ontario, circa 1890.

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Description: Exceptional redhead drake from the Markham rig, Markam, Ontario, circa 1890. Very hollow with detailed bill carving and glass eyes. Very slightly turned head.

Condition Report: Original paint with a few small rubs; never rigged; small area of discoloration on one lower side.

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Exceptional redhead hen from the Markham rig, Markam, Ontario, circa 1890.

Lot 7: Exceptional redhead hen from the Markham rig, Markam, Ontario, circa 1890.

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Description: Exceptional redhead hen from the Markham rig, Markam, Ontario, circa 1890. Very hollow with detailed bill carving and glass eyes. Very slightly turned head.

Condition Report: Original paint with a few small rubs; never rigged; very small dent in one side.

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Very rare hollow carved canvasback drake, James Harper, Hamilton, Ontario, 1st quarter 20th century.

Lot 8: Very rare hollow carved canvasback drake, James Harper, Hamilton, Ontario, 1st quarter 20th century.

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Description: Very rare hollow carved canvasback drake, James Harper, Hamilton, Ontario, 1st quarter 20th century. Slightly turned head. Finely detailed comb painting on back and sides. Subtle feather painting on edges of tail. There is an "H" stamped under the tail.

Condition Report: Original paint with good patina and minor wear, mostly on the end of the bill; several tiny dents in the top of the bill.

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Two decoys from Wolfe Island, Ontario, circa 1950's.

Lot 9: Two decoys from Wolfe Island, Ontario, circa 1950's.

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Description: Two decoys from Wolfe Island, Ontario, circa 1950's. A bluebill hen and a redhead hen. Both have raised neck seats and feather carving.

Condition Report: Redhead has a crack in the neck, otherwise very good and original.

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Miniature blackduck, A.E. Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts.

Lot 10: Miniature blackduck, A.E. Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts.

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Description: Miniature blackduck, A.E. Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts. Crowell's rectangular stamp appears on the underside of the base, along with the penciled number 20, and "BLACK DUCK" in ink.

Condition Report: Excellent and original in all respects.

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Miniature bluebill drake, A.E. Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts.

Lot 11: Miniature bluebill drake, A.E. Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts.

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Description: Miniature bluebill drake, A.E. Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts. Bears Crowell's blue circular stamp which reads, "A.E. CROWELL, MAKER, EAST HARWICH, MASS."

Condition Report: Excellent original condition.

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Pair of miniature buffleheads, A.E. Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts.

Lot 12: Pair of miniature buffleheads, A.E. Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts.

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Description: Pair of miniature buffleheads, A.E. Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts. Each retains Crowell's blue circular rubber stamp which reads, "A.E. CROWELL MAKER, EAST HARWICH, MASS."

Condition Report: Both are in excellent original condition.

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Two miniatures, Robert Morse.

Lot 13: Two miniatures, Robert Morse.

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Description: Two miniatures, Robert Morse. A cackling goose and a blackduck. Both are signed and have good paint detail.

Condition Report: Minor paint loss on the two goose's feet and the top of the blackduck's head.

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Miniature Canada goose, A.E. Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts.

Lot 14: Miniature Canada goose, A.E. Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts.

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Description: Miniature Canada goose, A.E. Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts. Crowell's rectangular stamp is in the underside.

Condition Report: Very good and original.

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Mallard drake, A.E. Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts.

Lot 15: Mallard drake, A.E. Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts.

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Description: Mallard drake, A.E. Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts. Crowell's rectangular stamp is in the underside.

Condition Report: Very good and original.

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Miniature Kildeer Plover, A.E. Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts.

Lot 16: Miniature Kildeer Plover, A.E. Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts.

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Description: Miniature Kildeer Plover, A.E. Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts. The number 7 is written on the underside of the base.

Condition Report: Excellent and original condition.

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Miniature robin snipe, A.E. Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts.

Lot 17: Miniature robin snipe, A.E. Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts.

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Description: Miniature robin snipe, A.E. Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts. Crowell's rectangular stamp is on the underside. Fairly large 2 3/4" high, body is 1 3/16" wide.

Condition Report: Very good and original.

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Pair of ring neck pheasants, A. J. King, North Scituate, Rhode Island.

Lot 18: Pair of ring neck pheasants, A. J. King, North Scituate, Rhode Island.

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Description: Pair of ring neck pheasants, A. J. King, North Scituate, Rhode Island. Fine paint detail.

Condition Report: Tip of cock's tail has been broken off and reattached; tiny chips missing from tufts on head.

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Miniature Cape May Warbler, Jess Blackstone, New Hampshire, 2nd quarter 20th century.

Lot 19: Miniature Cape May Warbler, Jess Blackstone, New Hampshire, 2nd quarter 20th century.

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Description: Miniature Cape May Warbler, Jess Blackstone, New Hampshire, 2nd quarter 20th century.  "6318 CAPE MAY WARBLER" and Jess's initials are written on the underside.

Condition Report: Outstanding and original condition in all respects.

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Miniature, roughly 3/4 size Chestnut sided Warbler, Jess Blackstone, New Hampshire, 2nd quarter 20th century.

Lot 20: Miniature, roughly 3/4 size Chestnut sided Warbler, Jess Blackstone, New Hampshire, 2nd quarter 20th century.

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Description: Miniature, roughly 3/4 size Chestnut sided Warbler, Jess Blackstone, New Hampshire, 2nd quarter 20th century. "55 CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER" and Jess's initials are written on the underside.

Condition Report: Excellent and original in all respects

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Miniature, roughly 1/2 to 3/4 sized Chickadee, Jess Blackstone, New Hampshire, 2nd quarter 20th century.

Lot 21: Miniature, roughly 1/2 to 3/4 sized Chickadee, Jess Blackstone, New Hampshire, 2nd quarter 20th century.

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Description: Miniature, roughly 1/2 to 3/4 sized Chickadee, Jess Blackstone, New Hampshire, 2nd quarter 20th century. "1925 CHICKADEE" and Jess's initials are written on the underside.

Condition Report: Excellent original condition in all respects.

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Miniature black throated blue warbler, Jess Blackstone, New Hampshire, 2nd quarter 20th century.

Lot 22: Miniature black throated blue warbler, Jess Blackstone, New Hampshire, 2nd quarter 20th century.

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Description: Miniature black throated blue warbler, Jess Blackstone, New Hampshire, 2nd quarter 20th century.  "BLACK THROATED BLUE WARBLER" and Jess's initials are written on the underside.

Condition Report: Superb original condition in all respects.

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Miniature shoveler drake, James Lapham, Dennisport, Massachusetts.

Lot 23: Miniature shoveler drake, James Lapham, Dennisport, Massachusetts.

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Description: Miniature shoveler drake, James Lapham, Dennisport, Massachusetts. Signed by the artist.

Condition Report: Very good and original.

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Miniature Canada goose, James Lapham, Dennisport, Massachusetts.

Lot 24: Miniature Canada goose, James Lapham, Dennisport, Massachusetts.

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Description: Miniature Canada goose, James Lapham, Dennisport, Massachusetts. Signed on the underside of the base.

Condition Report: Superb original condition.

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Miniature black throated green warbler, Jess Blackstone, New Hampshire.

Lot 25: Miniature black throated green warbler, Jess Blackstone, New Hampshire.

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Description: Miniature black throated green warbler, Jess Blackstone, New Hampshire.  "BLACK THROATED GREEN WARBLER" Jess's initials, the price of $3.00, #10, and 24 are written on the underside.

Condition Report: Superb and original condition in all respects.

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Miniature hooded merganser drake, A.E. Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts.

Lot 26: Miniature hooded merganser drake, A.E. Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts.

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Description: Miniature hooded merganser drake, A.E. Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts. Bears Crowell's blue circular rubber stamp, which reads, A.E. CROWELL MAKER, EAST HARWICH, MASS."

Condition Report: Roughly 1/3 of the bill is missing; the head has been off and reattached with traces of glue showing around the remaining crack.

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Pair of miniature canvasbacks, A.E. Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts.

Lot 27: Pair of miniature canvasbacks, A.E. Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts.

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Description: Pair of miniature canvasbacks, A.E. Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts. Crowell's blue paper label is on the underside of each base.

Condition Report: Very good and original.

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Two miniature ducks by James Lapham, Dennisport, Massachusetts.

Lot 28: Two miniature ducks by James Lapham, Dennisport, Massachusetts.

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Description: Two miniature ducks by James Lapham, Dennisport, Massachusetts. Included are a canvasback drake and a mallard drake. Both are signed on the underside of the base.

Condition Report: Both in superb original condition.

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Two miniatures by James Lapham, Dennisport, Massachusetts.

Lot 29: Two miniatures by James Lapham, Dennisport, Massachusetts.

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Description: Two miniatures by James Lapham, Dennisport, Massachusetts. Included is a drake Barrow's goldeneye and drake hooded merganser. Both are signed on the bottom of the bases.

Condition Report: Both in superb original condition.

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Rigmate pair of eiders, Gus Wilson, South Portland, Maine, circa 1930's.

Lot 30: Rigmate pair of eiders, Gus Wilson, South Portland, Maine, circa 1930's.

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Description: Rigmate pair of eiders, Gus Wilson, South Portland, Maine, circa 1930's. Both have carved eyes and bills, inlet heads and relief wing carving.

Condition Report: Hen has near mint original paint and a filled "in the making" crack in one side; drake has strong original paint with discoloration on some of the white areas; there is an area approximately 1 1/2" round on the drake's back where most of the paint has wor

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Finely sculpted eider drake by an unknown maker from Deer Isle, Maine, 1st quarter 20th century.

Lot 31: Finely sculpted eider drake by an unknown maker from Deer Isle, Maine, 1st quarter 20th century.

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Description: Finely sculpted eider drake by an unknown maker from Deer Isle, Maine, 1st quarter 20th century. Inlet head and detailed bill craving. Head is attached with a wooden dowel. The number 10 is painted under the tail.

Condition Report: Appealing old repaint that is quite worn; numerous cracks; a small defect in wood on top of tail.

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Eider, Gus Wilson, South Portland, Maine, 1st quarter 20th century.

Lot 32: Eider, Gus Wilson, South Portland, Maine, 1st quarter 20th century.

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Description: Eider, Gus Wilson, South Portland, Maine, 1st quarter 20th century. Slightly turned inlet head, bill carving and carved eyes. Relief wing carving.

Condition Report: Old in use repaint; cracks in underside; approximately half of the bill has been professionally replaced; lightly hit by shot.

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Blackduck with a rocking head, Gus Wilson, South Portland, Maine, 2nd quarter 20th century.

Lot 33: Blackduck with a rocking head, Gus Wilson, South Portland, Maine, 2nd quarter 20th century.

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Description: Blackduck with a rocking head, Gus Wilson, South Portland, Maine, 2nd quarter 20th century. The head is attached via pegged construction which sets into a rectangular slot in the body. When the decoy moves on the water, the head rocks back and forth to simulate movement.

Condition Report: The light brown paint on the head may be a later working overpaint; the remainder is the original surface; crack runs through the upper neck suggesting the head may have been off and reattached; thin crack on the bottom.

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Oversized eider drake from Port Clyde, Maine, 2nd quarter 20th century.

Lot 34: Oversized eider drake from Port Clyde, Maine, 2nd quarter 20th century.

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Description: Oversized eider drake from Port Clyde, Maine, 2nd quarter 20th century. Inlet head with detailed bill carving.

Condition Report: Black area has old in use repaint, the rest is original with significant wear; numerous small cracks and age splits.

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Rare Sabine's gull from Maine, 1st quarter 20th century.

Lot 35: Rare Sabine's gull from Maine, 1st quarter 20th century.

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Description: Rare Sabine's gull from Maine, 1st quarter 20th century. "Sabine Gull" is written in pencil on the underside with Adele Earnest signature. Carved eyes and inset oval weight.

Condition Report: Original paint with minor wear; small crack in head.

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Rare and exceptional merganser hen, Leigh Witherspoon, North Haven, Maine.

Lot 36: Rare and exceptional merganser hen, Leigh Witherspoon, North Haven, Maine.

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Description: Rare and exceptional merganser hen, Leigh Witherspoon, North Haven, Maine. Carved with an open bill with a mussel, notched wooden crest, carved eyes, inlet neck seat and relief carving around the primaries and tail.

Condition Report: Superb dry original paint shows average wear and some minor discoloration on the underside; the ends of the separated bill and a small chip in the carved mussel have had professional restoration.

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Oversized eider by a member of the Wallace Family, Smalls Point, Maine, 2nd quarter 20th century.

Lot 37: Oversized eider by a member of the Wallace Family, Smalls Point, Maine, 2nd quarter 20th century.

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Description: Oversized eider by a member of the Wallace Family, Smalls Point, Maine, 2nd quarter 20th century. Inlet head. Detailed bill carving and carved eyes.

Condition Report: Appealing old in use repaint; age split in underside; lightly hit by shot.

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Oversized merganser hen by a member of the Tremfethen family, Peak's Island, Maine, 1st quarter 20th century.

Lot 38: Oversized merganser hen by a member of the Tremfethen family, Peak's Island, Maine, 1st quarter 20th century.

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Description: Oversized merganser hen by a member of the Tremfethen family, Peak's Island, Maine, 1st quarter 20th century. Slightly lifted head with carved eyes and leather crest.

Condition Report: Original paint with minor discoloration and moderate wear; fairly narrow age split in underside.

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Set of three running yellowlegs from Southampton, Long Island, New York, last quarter 19th century.

Lot 39: Set of three running yellowlegs from Southampton, Long Island, New York, last quarter 19th century.

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Description: Set of three running yellowlegs from Southampton, Long Island, New York, last quarter 19th century.

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

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Pair of paper mache Lincoln type yellowlegs from Hingham, Massachusetts, 1st quarter 20th century.

Lot 40: Pair of paper mache Lincoln type yellowlegs from Hingham, Massachusetts, 1st quarter 20th century.

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Description: Pair of paper mache Lincoln type yellowlegs from Hingham, Massachusetts, 1st quarter 20th century. Both have tack eyes and wooden bills. Strong paint detail and good patina.

Condition Report: Original paint with a few small rubs, structurally very good.

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Golden plover by a member of the Harris family, Nantucket, Massachusetts, last quarter 19th century.

Lot 41: Golden plover by a member of the Harris family, Nantucket, Massachusetts, last quarter 19th century.

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Description: Golden plover by a member of the Harris family, Nantucket, Massachusetts, last quarter 19th century. Tack eyes. Carrying hole drilled through tail.

Condition Report: Original paint with very minor wear; bill is an old replacement.

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Running peep, Obediah Verity, Seaford, Long Island, New York, circa 1870's.

Lot 42: Running peep, Obediah Verity, Seaford, Long Island, New York, circa 1870's.

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Description: Running peep, Obediah Verity, Seaford, Long Island, New York, circa 1870's.

Condition Report: Worn original paint; hit by shot; small shallow chip missing from top of head.

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Black bellied plover from the South Shore of Long Island, New York, last quarter 19th century.

Lot 43: Black bellied plover from the South Shore of Long Island, New York, last quarter 19th century.

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Description: Black bellied plover from the South Shore of Long Island, New York, last quarter 19th century. Relief wing carving and carved eyes. "JHB" is carved on the underside for John Henry Birch.

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

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Yellowlegs in alert pose, from the Kingston, Massachusetts area, last quarter 19th century.

Lot 44: Yellowlegs in alert pose, from the Kingston, Massachusetts area, last quarter 19th century.

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Description: Yellowlegs in alert pose, from the Kingston, Massachusetts area, last quarter 19th century. Relief wing carving. Very similar to the work of Lothrop Holmes.

Condition Report: Original paint with minor wear; moderate wear on bill; end of bill has been broken off and tightly reattached; lightly hit by shot.

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Fine gunning model yellowlegs, A.E. Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts, 1st quarter 20th century.

Lot 45: Fine gunning model yellowlegs, A.E. Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts, 1st quarter 20th century.

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Description: Fine gunning model yellowlegs, A.E. Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts, 1st quarter 20th century.

Condition Report: Excellent original paint shows minor wear and a nice patinated surface; there is a very tiny chip and thin crack on the upper portion of the split tail; one or two very minor shot scrapes; overall excellent structurally.

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Extremely rare Eskimo curlew from Nantucket, Massachusetts, circa 1870's.

Lot 46: Extremely rare Eskimo curlew from Nantucket, Massachusetts, circa 1870's.

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Description: Extremely rare Eskimo curlew from Nantucket, Massachusetts, circa 1870's. Relief wing carving with raised touching wing tips. Carved eyes. Carrying hole through tail.

Condition Report: Strong original paint with good patina; bill is a very well done replacement by Ken Delong; several tiny dents; tiny chip missing from one edge of wing tip.

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Rare yellowlegs, Sven Limberg, Wildwood, New Jersey, circa 1890's.

Lot 47: Rare yellowlegs, Sven Limberg, Wildwood, New Jersey, circa 1890's.

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Description: Rare yellowlegs, Sven Limberg, Wildwood, New Jersey, circa 1890's. Long thin neck. Carrying hole in tail. Limberg carved for his own use only.

Condition Report: Original paint with very slight wear; bill is a professional replacement.

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Robin snipe from the South Shore of Long Island, New York, last quarter 19th century.

Lot 48: Robin snipe from the South Shore of Long Island, New York, last quarter 19th century.

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Description: Robin snipe from the South Shore of Long Island, New York, last quarter 19th century. Relief wing carving and carved eyes. "JHB" is carved on the underside for John Henry Birch.

Condition Report: Original paint with significant wear; structurally good.

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Yellowlegs from Massachusetts, circa 1900.

Lot 49: Yellowlegs from Massachusetts, circa 1900.

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Description: Yellowlegs from Massachusetts, circa 1900. Three piece laminated construction. Tack eyes.

Condition Report: Original paint with minor wear; one shot mark; bill is an old replacement.

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Oversized black bellied plover from Massachusetts, circa 1900.

Lot 50: Oversized black bellied plover from Massachusetts, circa 1900.

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Description: Oversized black bellied plover from Massachusetts, circa 1900. Approximately 12 1/2" long. Shoe button eyes.

Condition Report: Most of the paint appears to be original; moderate wear; later paint strengthening on most of the breast; small dents and hairline cracks.

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