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Guyette & Schmidt, Inc. Fall Decoy Auction Day 1

by Guyette & Deeter

Platinum House

459 lots | 444 with images

November 10, 2010

Live Auction

Talbot County Community Center

Easton, MD, 21601 USA

Phone: 410.745.0485

Fax: 410.745.0487

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Large contemporary curlew, Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia.

Lot 1: Large contemporary curlew, Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia.

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Description: "McNair" is carved into the underside.

Condition Report: Painted and stressed to look old, the condition is excellent.

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Contemporary oyster catcher, Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia.

Lot 2: Contemporary oyster catcher, Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia.

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Description: "McNair" is carved into the underside.

Condition Report: Painted and stressed to look old, the condition is excellent.

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Two contemporary yellowlegs, Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia.

Lot 3: Two contemporary yellowlegs, Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia.

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Description: These are two of Mark's earlier carvings, with the initials "MSM" carved into the underside.

Condition Report: Both painted and stressed to look old, the condition is excellent.

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Large contemporary curlew, Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia.

Lot 4: Large contemporary curlew, Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia.

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Description: "McNair" carved into the underside.

Condition Report: Painted and distressed to look old, the condition is very good.

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Root head curlew, Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia.

Lot 5: Root head curlew, Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia.

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Description: Head is removable.

Condition Report: Original paint that has been aged; a few tiny dents.

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Dove, Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia.

Lot 6: Dove, Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia.

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Description: Dove was never painted. 'McNair' carved in underside. An inlet wood patch in the back.

Condition Report: Two hairline age cracks, otherwise excellent and original.

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Exceptional set of three hollow carved yellowlegs in varying poses, Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia.

Lot 7: Exceptional set of three hollow carved yellowlegs in varying poses, Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia.

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Description: All are carved in the Massachusetts style. All have removable dove tail heads and relief wing carving. Original hardwood stands are included.

Condition Report: Very good and original.

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Running curlew, Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia.

Lot 8: Running curlew, Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia.

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Description: Running curlew, Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia.

Condition Report: Original paint that has been aged; structurally very good.

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Contemporary yellowlegs, Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia.

Lot 9: Contemporary yellowlegs, Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia.

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Description: "McNair" carved into the underside.

Condition Report: Painted and distressed to look old, the condition is very good.

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Contemporary hollow black duck, Ian McNair, Craddockville, Virginia.

Lot 10: Contemporary hollow black duck, Ian McNair, Craddockville, Virginia.

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Description: "I. McNair" carved into the underside.

Condition Report: Excellent original condition.

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Lot of three plovers, William Gibian, Onancock, Virginia.

Lot 11: Lot of three plovers, William Gibian, Onancock, Virginia.

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Description: Two golden plovers in feeding pose, and a black bellied plover in an upright pose. The latter has the initial "G" carved into the underside. The goldens have "GIBIAN" carved into the underside.

Condition Report: All in excellent original paint; one of the goldens has some bleeding of the pitch through the paint; all are good structurally.

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Lot of 3 contemporary yellowlegs or willet, William Gibian, Onancock, Virginia.

Lot 12: Lot of 3 contemporary yellowlegs or willet, William Gibian, Onancock, Virginia.

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Description: In three different poses, one feeding with the head turned to one side, one straight on feeder, and one in a more nestled position. "GIBIAN" carved into the underside of each.

Condition Report: All in mint condition.

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Lot of three yellowlegs or willet, William Gibian, Onancock, Virginia.

Lot 13: Lot of three yellowlegs or willet, William Gibian, Onancock, Virginia.

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Description: In three different poses including one with a minnow in the throat, one runner and one upright. "GIBIAN" carved into the underside of each.

Condition Report: All in superb original condition.

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Pair of yellowlegs, Marty Collins, East Wareham, Massachusetts.

Lot 14: Pair of yellowlegs, Marty Collins, East Wareham, Massachusetts.

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Description: Makers mark on underside. Inserted copper stick holes. Both have dovetailed and pinned removable heads, raised wings, and split tail carving.

Condition Report: Very good and original.

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Unusual and large curlew, Delbert

Lot 15: Unusual and large curlew, Delbert "Cigar" Daisey, Chincoteague, Virginia.

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Description: "CIGAR" branded into the underside. Also inscribed, "Delbert 'Cigar' Daisey, LONG BILL CURLEW".

Condition Report: Excellent original condition.

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Contemporary willet with a removable head, Reggie Birch.

Lot 16: Contemporary willet with a removable head, Reggie Birch.

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Description: The head is attached with a dovetailed joint. The maker's name is carved into the underside.

Condition Report: Excellent original condition.

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Large decorative pintail drake, William Gibian, Onancock, Virginia.

Lot 17: Large decorative pintail drake, William Gibian, Onancock, Virginia.

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Description: Signed. Detailed feather carving. Relief wing carving and crossed wing tips. Decoy sits on its original hardwood base. Base included.

Condition Report: Very good and original.

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Pair of hollow contemporary greenwing teal, Marty Hanson, Prior Lake, Minnesota.

Lot 18: Pair of hollow contemporary greenwing teal, Marty Hanson, Prior Lake, Minnesota.

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Description: Each rubber stamped "MARTY HANSON DECOY".

Condition Report: Both in excellent original condition.

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Hollow pair of pintails, Grayson Chesser, Jenkins Bridge, Virginia.

Lot 19: Hollow pair of pintails, Grayson Chesser, Jenkins Bridge, Virginia.

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Description: Signed and dated 1985. Both have a "C" carved in the underside.

Condition Report: Hen is excellent and original; drake has two small spots where sap has bled through the paint.

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Two hollow carved blackducks, George Strunk, Glendora, New Jersey.

Lot 20: Two hollow carved blackducks, George Strunk, Glendora, New Jersey.

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Description: One in the style of Shang Wheeler, the other a flat bottom style. Both have flat lead weights with "G Strunk" stamped into it.

Condition Report: Excellent and original.

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Hollow carved preening pintail, Reggie Birch, Chincoteague, Virginia.

Lot 21: Hollow carved preening pintail, Reggie Birch, Chincoteague, Virginia.

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Description: Carved in the style of Elmer Crowell. Raised and crossed wing carving. "R. Birch" carved in the underside.

Condition Report: Very good and original.

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Pintail, Davison Hawthorne, Greenville, Delaware.

Lot 22: Pintail, Davison Hawthorne, Greenville, Delaware.

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Description: Paint has been aged.

Condition Report: Excellent and original.

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Outstanding black bellied plover, John Dilley, Quogue, Long Island, New York, last quarter 19th century.

Lot 23: Outstanding black bellied plover, John Dilley, Quogue, Long Island, New York, last quarter 19th century.

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Description: Relief wing carving. Extra fine paint detail with loop feather painting under breast and tail; one of the finest Dilley shorebirds to come to auction.

Condition Report: Minor flaking on bill, otherwise excellent and original.

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Fine black bellied plover in very rare emerging plumage, John Dilley, Quogue, Long Island, New York, last quarter 19th century.

Lot 24: Fine black bellied plover in very rare emerging plumage, John Dilley, Quogue, Long Island, New York, last quarter 19th century.

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Description: Exhibits superb feather detail, and raised wing carving.

Condition Report: Outstanding dry original paint shows slight wear with some flaking to the paint on the bill; a fracture in the neck has been professionally repaired and inpainted over the repair by Russ Allen.

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Rare robin snipe, John Dilley, Quogue, Long Island, New York, last quarter 19th century.

Lot 25: Rare robin snipe, John Dilley, Quogue, Long Island, New York, last quarter 19th century.

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Description: Fine feather paint detail. "DILLEY" is written under the tail.

Condition Report: Original paint with minor wear; very lightly hit by shot.

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Black bellied plover, John Dilley, Quogue, Long Island, New York, last quarter 19th century.

Lot 26: Black bellied plover, John Dilley, Quogue, Long Island, New York, last quarter 19th century.

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Description: Fine feather paint detail. "DILLEY" is written in pencil under the tail.

Condition Report: Original paint with very minor wear, mostly on the head; hit by shot on both sides.

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Very rare curlew, Mitchell Hewlett, Hewlett, Long Island, circa 1890.

Lot 27: Very rare curlew, Mitchell Hewlett, Hewlett, Long Island, circa 1890.

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Description: Relief wing carving and slightly turned head. Shoe button eyes.

Condition Report: Original paint with moderate wear; approximately half of the bill is a professional replacement; lightly hit by shot.

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Very rare bufflehead hen, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan, circa 1905.

Lot 28: Very rare bufflehead hen, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan, circa 1905.

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Description: Standard grade with tack eyes.

Condition Report: Original paint with minor discoloration and wear; neck filler is a professional replacement; small crack in back of head; lightly hit by shot.

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Very rare bufflehead drake, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan, circa 1910.

Lot 29: Very rare bufflehead drake, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan, circa 1910.

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Description: Standard grade with tack eyes.

Condition Report: Original paint with minor to moderate wear; most of the neck filler is missing; "in factory" filled crack in back; two small defects in wood in underside.

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Rigmate pair of mallards, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan.

Lot 30: Rigmate pair of mallards, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan.

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Description: Premier grade with early snakey head style. Both are branded "PERROW".

Condition Report: Original paint with minor discoloration and wear; drake has a very small tail chip missing; both have been lightly hit by shot.

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Pair of mallards, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan, 1st quarter 20th century.

Lot 31: Pair of mallards, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan, 1st quarter 20th century.

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Description: Premier grade.

Condition Report: Original paint with minor wear on most of the decoys; each has a tail chip; hen has worn area on underside and lower sides where it appears the decoy was sitting in standing water for a very long time; each has a crack in the underside.

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Bluewing teal hen, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan, circa 1910.

Lot 32: Bluewing teal hen, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan, circa 1910.

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Description: Standard grade with tack eyes.

Condition Report: Original paint with minor wear; a few small chips missing from neck filler; small crack in underside; one side of bill has been slightly blunted.

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Bluebill hen, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan, 1st quarter 20th century.

Lot 33: Bluebill hen, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan, 1st quarter 20th century.

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Description: Premier grade. Stamped "ZED. STRAUB" in underside and in original Mason weight.

Condition Report: Original paint with minor wear; hairline surface crack in one side of neck; filled "in factory" crack in back.

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Bluewing teal drake, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan, circa 1910.

Lot 34: Bluewing teal drake, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan, circa 1910.

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Description: Standard grade with tack eyes.

Condition Report: Original paint with minor wear; dent in back; neck filler has been professionally replaced.

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Bluewing teal drake, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan, 1st quarter 20th century.

Lot 35: Bluewing teal drake, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan, 1st quarter 20th century.

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Description: Challenge grade with snakey head style. Branded "EL" and "SJW". Used at the Pointe Mouille Duck Club by Sam Mixter.

Condition Report: Original paint with moderate wear; small cracks and shot marks.

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Bluewing teal hen, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan, 1st quarter 20th century.

Lot 36: Bluewing teal hen, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan, 1st quarter 20th century.

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Description: Standard grade with glass eyes.

Condition Report: Original paint with minor wear; neck filler is a professional replacement and some of it has fallen out; crack in underside; worn area on breast; several small cracks in back.

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Bluewing teal drake, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan, circa 1910.

Lot 37: Bluewing teal drake, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan, circa 1910.

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Description: Standard grade with glass eyes.

Condition Report: Original paint with minor wear; minor paint shrinkage on back; neck filler is a professional replacement; a few small dents in one lower side.

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Extremely rare and important special order mallard hen, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan, 1st quarter 20th century.

Lot 38: Extremely rare and important special order mallard hen, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan, 1st quarter 20th century.

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Description: Premier grade. Approximately 20 1/2" long. Especially fine paint pattern and patina.

Condition Report: Original paint with very slight wear; professional touch up to small missing paint flakes; hairline crack in neck; very slight roughness on tip of tail.

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Canvasback drake, Harvey Stevens, Weedsport, New York.

Lot 39: Canvasback drake, Harvey Stevens, Weedsport, New York.

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Description: Stevens' paint stencil on underside.

Condition Report: Original paint with moderate wear; small dents.

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Bluebill drake, Stevens Brothers, Weedsport, New York, circa 1880's.

Lot 40: Bluebill drake, Stevens Brothers, Weedsport, New York, circa 1880's.

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Description: Bluebill drake, Stevens Brothers, Weedsport, New York, circa 1880's.

Condition Report: Black areas have been repainted as well as the bill, the rest has original paint with moderate wear; rough area on center of underside; lightly hit by shot.

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Goldeneye hen, Chauncey Wheeler, Alexandria Bay, New York, circa 1930's.

Lot 41: Goldeneye hen, Chauncey Wheeler, Alexandria Bay, New York, circa 1930's.

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Description: Goldeneye hen, Chauncey Wheeler, Alexandria Bay, New York, circa 1930's.

Condition Report: Original paint with good patina and minor wear; very lightly hit by shot; two wedges of wood were added to the body when the decoy was made to correct defects in the wood.

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Goldeneye hen from Alexandria Bay, New York, 1st quarter 20th century.

Lot 42: Goldeneye hen from Alexandria Bay, New York, 1st quarter 20th century.

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Description: Goldeneye hen from Alexandria Bay, New York, 1st quarter 20th century.

Condition Report: Original paint with minor wear; minor roughness to one edge of bill.

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Mallard drake, Ken Harris, Woodville, New York.

Lot 43: Mallard drake, Ken Harris, Woodville, New York.

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Description: "HARRIS" stamp on underside. Good paint detail.

Condition Report: Near mint original paint; small smudge of gray paint on lower breast; professional repair to a small dent in the back.

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Blackduck from Alexandria Bay, New York, 2nd quarter 20th century.

Lot 44: Blackduck from Alexandria Bay, New York, 2nd quarter 20th century.

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Description: Inset lead weight in underside.

Condition Report: Original paint with minor wear; a few small white paint drips on back; excellent structurally.

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Goldeneye drake, Stevens Brothers, Weedsport, New York, circa 1880's.

Lot 45: Goldeneye drake, Stevens Brothers, Weedsport, New York, circa 1880's.

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Description: Goldeneye drake, Stevens Brothers, Weedsport, New York, circa 1880's.

Condition Report: Paint has been restored; bill repair.

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Rare

Lot 46: Rare "lowhead" model redhead drake, Stevens Brothers, Weedsport, New York, circa 1880's.

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Description: Rare "lowhead" model redhead drake, Stevens Brothers, Weedsport, New York, circa 1880's.

Condition Report: Original paint with minor wear, mostly on back; good comb paint detail; extremely rare and original paint; structurally very good.

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Redhead drake, Stevens Brothers, Weedsport, New York, circa 1880's.

Lot 47: Redhead drake, Stevens Brothers, Weedsport, New York, circa 1880's.

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Description: Redhead drake, Stevens Brothers, Weedsport, New York, circa 1880's.

Condition Report: Original paint with minor to moderate wear on much of the decoy; old touch up to black areas and head; small defect in wood on one side.

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Blackduck, Chauncey Wheeler, Alexandria Bay, New York, circa 1930's.

Lot 48: Blackduck, Chauncey Wheeler, Alexandria Bay, New York, circa 1930's.

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Description: Blackduck, Chauncey Wheeler, Alexandria Bay, New York, circa 1930's.

Condition Report: Original paint with minor wear; small crack at neck base; small rough area on top of tail; lightly hit by shot.

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Bluebill hen, Chauncey Wheeler, Alexandria Bay, New York, circa 1930's.

Lot 49: Bluebill hen, Chauncey Wheeler, Alexandria Bay, New York, circa 1930's.

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Description: Bluebill hen, Chauncey Wheeler, Alexandria Bay, New York, circa 1930's.

Condition Report: Original paint with minor wear; string marks on sides; lightly hit by shot.

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Miniature song bird, Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts.

Lot 50: Miniature song bird, Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts.

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Description: Unstamped.

Condition Report: Slight wear on top of tuft, otherwise excellent and original.

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