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North American Decoys At Auction

by Guyette & Deeter

Platinum House

207 lots with images

April 24, 2009

Live Auction

Pheasant Run Resort

St. Charles, IL, 60174 USA

207 Lots
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Pair of cork bodied ruddy ducks, Harold Haertel, Dundee, Illinois.

Lot 324: Pair of cork bodied ruddy ducks, Harold Haertel, Dundee, Illinois.

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Description: Highly detailed paint and feather carving. Drake is signed "For Gene Conopasek 1969" and the hen is signed and dated 1972.

Condition Report: Very good and original.

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Rare pair of baikal teal, Harold Haertel, Dundee, Illinois.

Lot 325: Rare pair of baikal teal, Harold Haertel, Dundee, Illinois.

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Description: Highly detailed paint and feather carving. Signed "For Eva Brauer, Harold Haertel, 1973 and 1974". Both have slightly turned heads and highly detailed feather work.

Condition Report: Excellent and original.

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Very rare horned grebe, Harold Haertel, Dundee, Illinois, signed and dated 1968.

Lot 326: Very rare horned grebe, Harold Haertel, Dundee, Illinois, signed and dated 1968.

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Description: Slightly turned head. Highly detailed feather carving and paint.

Condition Report: Excellent and original.

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Set of three phalaropes, Harold Haertel, Dundee. Illinois,

Lot 327: Set of three phalaropes, Harold Haertel, Dundee. Illinois,

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Description: A red phalarope in Winter plumage, signed "Happy Birthday to Laverne 1984". Red phalarope, signed "Made for Laverne Brauer". Wilson's phalarope signed "For the collection of Dan Slagle".

Condition Report: Slight scuff on tip of red phalarope's bill and two tiny dents in its side; otherwise excellent and original.

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Carved frog on a piece of tree branch, Charles Perdew, Henry, Illinois, 3rd quarter 20th century.

Lot 328: Carved frog on a piece of tree branch, Charles Perdew, Henry, Illinois, 3rd quarter 20th century.

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Description: Measures roughly 4 1/2" high and 7 1/2" long.

Condition Report: Excellent original condition in all respects.

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Preening sandpiper, Al Glasford, Ontario, Canada.

Lot 329: Preening sandpiper, Al Glasford, Ontario, Canada.

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Description: Signed. Highly detailed feather carving.

Condition Report: Very good and original.

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Lesser yellowlegs, A. Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts.

Lot 330: Lesser yellowlegs, A. Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts.

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Description: Crowell's rectangular stamp is under the base. Finely detailed feather paint with good patina. Slightly turned head.

Condition Report: Original paint with very slight shrinkage and wear; 2/3 of the bill is a professional replacement by Russ Allen, as well as most of the gesso on the thigh, some of the toes and around the left eye; all repairs have had touch up to match the original surfa

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Running spotted sandpiper, A. Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts.

Lot 331: Running spotted sandpiper, A. Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts.

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Description: Crowell's rectangular stamp is under the base. Fine paint detail with good patina.

Condition Report: Original paint with very slight wear; approximately 1/4 of the bill is a professional repair by Russ Allen, as well as most of the gesso in the thighs and some of the toes; all repairs have had touch up to match the original surface.

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Excellent 1/2 size standing blackduck, A. Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts, 1st quarter 20th century.

Lot 332: Excellent 1/2 size standing blackduck, A. Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts, 1st quarter 20th century.

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Description: Crowell's oval brand is burned into the bottom. Dated in pencil, "Feb. 1924".

Condition Report: Outstanding dry original paint with a fine patinated surface; structurally excellent.

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Decorative lifesize bobwhite quail, A. Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts, 1st to 2nd quarter 20th century.

Lot 333: Decorative lifesize bobwhite quail, A. Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts, 1st to 2nd quarter 20th century.

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Description: The base is stamped with Crowell's rectangular stamp.

Condition Report: Original paint with some significant crazing and shrinkage around the head, breast and the area immediately behind the head; most of the gesso toes are missing; couple of small dents on the top of the head.

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Exceptional full size flying mallard hen, Ward Brothers, Crisfield, Maryland, 1937.

Lot 334: Exceptional full size flying mallard hen, Ward Brothers, Crisfield, Maryland, 1937.

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Description: Fine paint and carving detail. Six raised secondary feathers made from peach basket splints. Slightly turned head.

Condition Report: Original paint with good patina and very minor wear; shrinkage on top of tail, part of the back and one side of the upper breast; slight separation at head seam.

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Very rare pair of flying full size mallards, Heck Whittington, Oglesby, Illinois, circa 1950.

Lot 335: Very rare pair of flying full size mallards, Heck Whittington, Oglesby, Illinois, circa 1950.

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Description: Detailed feather carving on wings.

Condition Report: Original paint with minor to moderate shrinkage and slight wear.

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Rare ringbill hen, Bud Tully, Peterborough, Ontario, 2nd quarter 20th century.

Lot 336: Rare ringbill hen, Bud Tully, Peterborough, Ontario, 2nd quarter 20th century.

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Description: Highly detailed relief wing carving with cross wing tips. Slightly turned head. Rounded in underside with two lead feet cut in.

Condition Report: Very good and original.

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Very rare pair of standing 1/2 size mallards, Ward Brothers, Crisfield, Maryland.

Lot 337: Very rare pair of standing 1/2 size mallards, Ward Brothers, Crisfield, Maryland.

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Description: Both are signed and dated 1947. Balsa bodies with applied cedar wings, heads and feet.

Condition Report: Small chip missing from underside of drake's bill, otherwise very good and original.

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1/4 size swimming mallard drake, Dr. Hill, Hingham, Massachusetts, 2nd quarter 20th century.

Lot 338: 1/4 size swimming mallard drake, Dr. Hill, Hingham, Massachusetts, 2nd quarter 20th century.

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Description: Relief wing carving with good detail.

Condition Report: Structurally good.

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Early penguin, Charles Hart, Gloucester, Massachusetts.

Lot 339: Early penguin, Charles Hart, Gloucester, Massachusetts.

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Description: Approximately 7" to 8" tall.

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

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1/2 size robin, Mike Valley, Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin.

Lot 340: 1/2 size robin, Mike Valley, Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin.

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Description: Signed and dated 1995. Relief wing carving.

Condition Report: Very good and original.

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Pair of 1/3 size Canada geese, signed

Lot 341: Pair of 1/3 size Canada geese, signed "Warfield".

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Description: Mounted on a piece of driftwood base and including two young goslings.

Condition Report: Excellent original condition.

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Gadwall drake, Don Morley, New Market, Maryland.

Lot 342: Gadwall drake, Don Morley, New Market, Maryland.

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Description: Signed and dated 1979. Hollow carved with fine paint and feather carving detail.

Condition Report: Tiny chip missing from one wing tip, otherwise very good and original.

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Heron, Harold Haertel, Dundee, Illinois.

Lot 342A: Heron, Harold Haertel, Dundee, Illinois.

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Description: Approximately 8" long. Signed and dated 1994.

Condition Report: Very good and original.

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Early red breasted merganser drake, A. Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts, 1st to 2nd quarter 20th century.

Lot 343: Early red breasted merganser drake, A. Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts, 1st to 2nd quarter 20th century.

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Description: Retains Crowell's oval brand.

Condition Report: Strong original paint shows minor wear and a nice patina; multiple shot marks along one side; the original bill was broken off apparently struck by shot, and reattached without professional repair and leaving a crack showing; some wear and blunting at the

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Canada goose, A. Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts, 1st quarter 20th century.

Lot 344: Canada goose, A. Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts, 1st quarter 20th century.

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Description: Bears Crowell's oval brand

Condition Report: Fine original paint shows average wear; area along one side where the body apparently was lying against something damp showing some missing paint; check running down the underside and about a third of the way up the breast; a horseshoe shaped crack at the

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Rare wood duck drake, A. Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts, circa 1920's.

Lot 345: Rare wood duck drake, A. Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts, circa 1920's.

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Description: Approximately 13" long. Crowell's brand is on the underside. "AE Crowell and Son" paper label is on the inset circular leaden weight. Head is slightly turned and lifted.

Condition Report: Original paint with very slight wear; small crack in tail.

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Preening blackduck, A. Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts.

Lot 346: Preening blackduck, A. Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts.

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Description: Crowell's rectangular stamp is on the underside.

Condition Report: Original paint with minor wear and good feather detail; professional touch up to a scrape on one side.

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Widgeon drake, A. Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts, circa 1920's.

Lot 347: Widgeon drake, A. Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts, circa 1920's.

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Description: Crowell's oval brand is on the underside. Fluted tail.

Condition Report: Original paint with significant fading and minor shrinkage; small chip in fluted tail.

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Blackduck, A. Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts.

Lot 348: Blackduck, A. Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts.

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Description: Bears two rectangular stamps. Was likely mounted on a tri-form floating rig.

Condition Report: Fine original paint shows average wear with most of the paint on the bill having flaked away; very fine hairline on the back; overall structurally excellent.

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Large blackduck, A. Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts, circa 1920's.

Lot 349: Large blackduck, A. Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts, circa 1920's.

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Description: Crowell's oval brand is in the underside. Fluted tail.

Condition Report: Original paint that is faded somewhat; tail chip missing; cracks in tail.

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Large mallard drake, A. Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts, circa 1920's.

Lot 350: Large mallard drake, A. Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts, circa 1920's.

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Description: Crowell's oval brand is in the underside. Fluted tail.

Condition Report: Original paint with significant fading and minor shrinkage; two small cracks under tail.

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Canvasback drake, A. Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts, 1st quarter 20th century.

Lot 351: Canvasback drake, A. Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts, 1st quarter 20th century.

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Description: Crowell's oval brand is on the underside.

Condition Report: Original paint with very slight discoloration and wear; a thin wash of old overpaint was taken off of the white area of each lower side; structurally very good.

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Rare hollow mallard hen in a sleeping pose, Charles Perdew, Henry, Illinois, 2nd quarter 20th century.

Lot 352: Rare hollow mallard hen in a sleeping pose, Charles Perdew, Henry, Illinois, 2nd quarter 20th century.

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Description: Retains the original Perdew weight with embossed dots indicating the production year of 1937. This bird along with the rigmate drake in this sale were originally found in the original crate provided by Perdew. The crate has since been misplaced.

Condition Report: Fine original paint by Edna Perdew shows minor wear and some flaking under the tail around the body seam; some minor separation at the body seam; overall excellent structurally.

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Pair of hollow mallards, Robert Elliston, Bureau, Illinois, last quarter 19th century.

Lot 353: Pair of hollow mallards, Robert Elliston, Bureau, Illinois, last quarter 19th century.

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Description: Both are missing the lead keels.

Condition Report: Original paint shows average to moderate wear on the drake; drake has a tight fracture in the bill; the paint on the hen shows more considerable wear; some later tacks around the body seam and at the base of the neck have been filled and touched up; some

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Silhouette, pintail drake, Charles Walker, Princeton, Illinois, circa 1930's.

Lot 354: Silhouette, pintail drake, Charles Walker, Princeton, Illinois, circa 1930's.

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Description: Detailed bill carving. Good comb and feather paint detail.

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

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Rare Canada goose, Otto Garren, Pekin, Illinois, 2nd quarter 20th century.

Lot 355: Rare Canada goose, Otto Garren, Pekin, Illinois, 2nd quarter 20th century.

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Description: Hollow carved with scratched paint detail.

Condition Report: Very good and original.

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Mallard hen, Bert Graves, Bureau, Illinois, circa 1930's.

Lot 356: Mallard hen, Bert Graves, Bureau, Illinois, circa 1930's.

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Description: Retains Graves' weight.

Condition Report: Minor paint shrinkage and wear; short crack on body below neck on one side.

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Canvasback drake, Bert Graves, Peoria, Illinois, circa 1930.

Lot 357: Canvasback drake, Bert Graves, Peoria, Illinois, circa 1930.

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Description: Retains Graves weight.

Condition Report: Original paint with minor discoloration and wear; crack in one eye; professional repair to a chip on the top of the bill.

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Exceptional early hollow pair of mallards, Charles Perdew, Henry, Illinois, 1st to 2nd quarter 20th century.

Lot 358: Exceptional early hollow pair of mallards, Charles Perdew, Henry, Illinois, 1st to 2nd quarter 20th century.

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Description: Both retain the original Perdew weights.

Condition Report: Both in excellent original paint by Edna Perdew shows minor to moderate wear; thin tight crack in the hen's neck with the bill blunted slightly at the tip; some wear to the paint around the edges of the drake's bill; overall superb pair of Perdew mallards

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Fine hollow mallard drake, Charles Perdew, Henry, Illinois, 2nd quarter 20th century.

Lot 359: Fine hollow mallard drake, Charles Perdew, Henry, Illinois, 2nd quarter 20th century.

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Description: Retains the original Perdew weight with embossed dots indicating the production year of 1937. This is the rigmate to the Perdew hen sleeper in this sale.

Condition Report: Fine original paint by Edna Perdew with some possible later touchup to the white around the neck and to the white slashes on each side of the speculum; excellent structurally.

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Rare pintail drake, Steven Lane, Lacon, Illinois, circa 1880.

Lot 360: Rare pintail drake, Steven Lane, Lacon, Illinois, circa 1880.

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Description: Rare pintail drake, Steven Lane, Lacon, Illinois, circa 1880.

Condition Report: Original paint with minor discoloration and wear; minor bill and tail chip repairs by Gigi Hopkins; a few small dents.

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Pair of hollow greenwing teal, Charles Perdew, Henry, Illinois

Lot 361: Pair of hollow greenwing teal, Charles Perdew, Henry, Illinois

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Description: Each exhibits raised wings. Neither has a weight with embossed dots indicating the production year of 1937.

Condition Report: Excellent original paint with a varnished surface by Charles Perdew; both excellent structurally.

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Rare rigmate pair of mallards, Robert Elliston, Bureau, Illinois, circa 1880's.

Lot 362: Rare rigmate pair of mallards, Robert Elliston, Bureau, Illinois, circa 1880's.

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Description: Both retain Elliston weights. Strong combing and feather painting.

Condition Report: Original paint with good patina and minor wear; professional repair to a very small crack at one side of the drake's neck base; a few tiny dents; several spots on underside of drake where knots have bled through the paint.

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Rare hollow canvasback drake, Charles Perdew, Henry, Illinois, 1st to 2nd quarter 20th century.

Lot 363: Rare hollow canvasback drake, Charles Perdew, Henry, Illinois, 1st to 2nd quarter 20th century.

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Description: Retains the original unmarked Perdew weight.

Condition Report: Outstanding original paint by Edna Perdew shows minor wear and a nice patina; structurally excellent.

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Coot, Heck Whittington, Ogelsby, Illinois.

Lot 364: Coot, Heck Whittington, Ogelsby, Illinois.

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Description: Signed and dated 1977.

Condition Report: Very good and original.

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Large pintail drake, Cline McAlpin, Chicago, Illinois.

Lot 365: Large pintail drake, Cline McAlpin, Chicago, Illinois.

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Description: Large pintail drake, Cline McAlpin, Chicago, Illinois.

Condition Report: Old in use repaint on the head and breast; the rest of the body has original paint and very slight wear.

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Mallard drake, Tube Dawson, Putnam, Illinois, 2nd quarter 20th century.

Lot 366: Mallard drake, Tube Dawson, Putnam, Illinois, 2nd quarter 20th century.

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Description: Mallard drake, Tube Dawson, Putnam, Illinois, 2nd quarter 20th century.

Condition Report: Old in use repaint by Dawson; small dents.

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Early hollow blackduck, Nathan Cobb, Cobb Island, Virginia, last quarter 19th century.

Lot 367: Early hollow blackduck, Nathan Cobb, Cobb Island, Virginia, last quarter 19th century.

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Description: Bears a large superbly carved serifed "N" in the bottom. Exhibits fine inletted head.

Condition Report: Old repaint over most of the body; some traces of the original surface on the head and bill; slight separation at the body seam.

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Canada goose, Walter Brady, Oyster, Virginia, last quarter 19th century.

Lot 368: Canada goose, Walter Brady, Oyster, Virginia, last quarter 19th century.

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Description: Raised "V" wing carving.

Condition Report: Old paint worn to the bare wood in numerous places; replaced bill; filled chips in neck; several cracks in head and neck; small crack in one side; age split in underside.

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Hollow carved blackduck, Dave Watson, Chincoteague, Virginia, 1st quarter 20th century.

Lot 369: Hollow carved blackduck, Dave Watson, Chincoteague, Virginia, 1st quarter 20th century.

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Description: Raised "V" wing carving. Good paint detail.

Condition Report: Original paint with minor wear; moderate wear on underside; a few small dents.

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Hollow blackduck, Nathan Cobb, Cobb Island, Virginia.

Lot 370: Hollow blackduck, Nathan Cobb, Cobb Island, Virginia.

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Description: From the rig of Elkannah Cobb, it bears a carved serifed "E".

Condition Report: The paint has been restored; a couple of cracks in the head; slight separation at the body seam.

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Early hollow Canada goose, attributed to Nathan Cobb, Sr., or another Cobb family member, Cobb Island, Virginia, last quarter 19th century.

Lot 371: Early hollow Canada goose, attributed to Nathan Cobb, Sr., or another Cobb family member, Cobb Island, Virginia, last quarter 19th century.

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Description: Early hollow Canada goose, attributed to Nathan Cobb, Sr., or another Cobb family member, Cobb Island, Virginia, last quarter 19th century.

Condition Report: Old working repaint shows considerable wear; thin repair to the lower portion of the original inserted hardwood bill; overall sound structurally.

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Wonderful and rare pair of buffleheads, Charles Jester, Chincoteague, Virginia, 1st quarter, 20th century.

Lot 372: Wonderful and rare pair of buffleheads, Charles Jester, Chincoteague, Virginia, 1st quarter, 20th century.

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Description: Wonderful and rare pair of buffleheads, Charles Jester, Chincoteague, Virginia, 1st quarter, 20th century.

Condition Report: Dry original paint shows average to moderate wear on the drake, and more considerable wear on the hen; hen has a chip on the underside of the bill, and a thin crack on the head; the drake has a crack running through the neck; both have thin drying lines i

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