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Fall Decoy Auction Session One | November 7, 2012

by Guyette & Deeter

Platinum House

419 lots with images

November 7, 2012

Live Auction

Talbot County Community Center

Easton, MD, 21601 USA

Phone: 410.745.0485

Fax: 410.745.0487

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Five miniatures.

Lot 150: Five miniatures.

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Description: Five miniatures. Four by Wilfred Bush and one by George Barto.

Condition Report: Original and good.

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Three miniatures.

Lot 151: Three miniatures.

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Description: Three miniatures. A shoveler, Harold Gibbs, half size house wren, Peter Peltz and full size chickadee, James Lapham.

Condition Report: All are signed and in very good condition.

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Pair of 1/3 size red breasted mergansers, William Cranmer, Beach Haven, New Jersey.

Lot 152: Pair of 1/3 size red breasted mergansers, William Cranmer, Beach Haven, New Jersey.

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Description: Pair of 1/3 size red breasted mergansers, William Cranmer, Beach Haven, New Jersey. Both are signed and have slightly turned heads.

Condition Report: Original paint with minor wear, otherwise very good.

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Two miniature flying ducks by a member of the Hudson Family, Chincoteague, Virginia.

Lot 153: Two miniature flying ducks by a member of the Hudson Family, Chincoteague, Virginia.

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Description: Two miniature flying ducks by a member of the Hudson Family, Chincoteague, Virginia.

Condition Report: Both in original paint showing average wear and some crazing to the surface; structurally fair to good.

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Pair of miniature mergansers, Doug Jester, Chincoteague, Virginia.

Lot 154: Pair of miniature mergansers, Doug Jester, Chincoteague, Virginia.

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Description: Pair of miniature mergansers, Doug Jester, Chincoteague, Virginia. Approximately 5.5" long.

Condition Report: Original and good.

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Pair of miniature swimming swans, Robert McGaw, Havre de Grace, Maryland.

Lot 155: Pair of miniature swimming swans, Robert McGaw, Havre de Grace, Maryland.

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Description: Pair of miniature swimming swans, Robert McGaw, Havre de Grace, Maryland. Both on their original wooden bases. Approximately 8" long.

Condition Report: Very good and original.

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Two miniatures, Robert McGaw, Havre de Grace, Maryland.

Lot 156: Two miniatures, Robert McGaw, Havre de Grace, Maryland.

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Description: Two miniatures, Robert McGaw, Havre de Grace, Maryland. A Canada goose and canvasback drake. Both on their original wooden bases.

Condition Report: Excellent and original.

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Two miniatures, Robert McGaw, Havre de Grace, Maryland.

Lot 157: Two miniatures, Robert McGaw, Havre de Grace, Maryland.

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Description: Two miniatures, Robert McGaw, Havre de Grace, Maryland. Mallard drake and pintail drake. On original wooden bases.

Condition Report: Mallard is excellent and original; pintail has two small cracks through neck and minor discoloration on the white areas.

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Pair of miniature redheads, Robert McGaw, Havre de Grace, Maryland.

Lot 158: Pair of miniature redheads, Robert McGaw, Havre de Grace, Maryland.

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Description: Pair of miniature redheads, Robert McGaw, Havre de Grace, Maryland. Both on original wooden bases.

Condition Report: Varnish shrinkage on bases; several small scrapes in paint on one side and drake's head; filler has popped out of nail hole in top of head.

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Two miniatures, Robert McGaw, Havre de Grace, Maryland.

Lot 159: Two miniatures, Robert McGaw, Havre de Grace, Maryland.

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Description: Two miniatures, Robert McGaw, Havre de Grace, Maryland. A redhead drake and a canvasback hen. On original wooden bases.

Condition Report: Minor discoloration at two knots in lower sides of hen, otherwise very good and original.

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Northwest Indian basket, last quarter 19th century.

Lot 160: Northwest Indian basket, last quarter 19th century.

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Description: Northwest Indian basket, last quarter 19th century. Approximately 13" in diameter and 8" tall.

Condition Report: A small amount of the wrapping on the rim is missing, otherwise original and good.

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Nantucket basket purse.

Lot 161: Nantucket basket purse.

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Description: Nantucket basket purse. With whale bone clasp, hinges, and carved whale on top. Shows good age. Approximately 9 1/2 " wide and 8" tall.

Condition Report: Very good and original.

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Model of gunning skiff with decoys, Don Helfrich, Tuckerton, New Jersey.

Lot 162: Model of gunning skiff with decoys, Don Helfrich, Tuckerton, New Jersey.

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Description: Model of gunning skiff with decoys, Don Helfrich, Tuckerton, New Jersey. Approximately 12" long.

Condition Report: Very good and original.

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Heavy pot metal sculpture of an oyster catcher by A. Arson.

Lot 163: Heavy pot metal sculpture of an oyster catcher by A. Arson.

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Description: Heavy pot metal sculpture of an oyster catcher by A. Arson. Approximately 15" tall with shells incorporated into base.

Condition Report: Very good and original.

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Large metal

Lot 164: Large metal "duck press" (used for cooking).

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Description: Large metal "duck press" (used for cooking).

Condition Report: Original and good.

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Carved wooden fawn, circa 1950's.

Lot 165: Carved wooden fawn, circa 1950's.

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Description: Carved wooden fawn, circa 1950's. Approximately 22" tall.

Condition Report: Original paint with minor wear; small chips missing from feet; cracks in head; ears are replacements.

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Early metal gunning light.

Lot 166: Early metal gunning light.

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Description: Early metal gunning light. Designed with the fuel can with a feed to a curved reflector which houses a large wick. Well designed with curved handle.

Condition Report: Retains traces of white paint and overall is in excellent condition.

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Unusual early fireback with hanging fish motif, artist unknown.

Lot 167: Unusual early fireback with hanging fish motif, artist unknown.

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Description: Unusual early fireback with hanging fish motif, artist unknown. Professionally framed. The exposed part of the fireback itself measures 16 1/2" x 9".

Condition Report: Excellent condition.

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Bronze entitled,

Lot 167A: Bronze entitled, "Winnebago Sleigh Ride", William J. Koelpin.

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Description: Bronze entitled, "Winnebago Sleigh Ride", William J. Koelpin. 24" long. Hunter in skiff with dog and decoys.

Condition Report: Very good and original; on original wooden base with brass plaque.

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Large watercolor of Canada geese, Arthur LaMay.

Lot 167B: Large watercolor of Canada geese, Arthur LaMay.

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Description: Large watercolor of Canada geese, Arthur LaMay. Image size approximately 52" x 22". Professionally matted and framed. Excellent detail in feathers and faces of geese.

Condition Report: Original and good.

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Painted triptych of wood panels displaying landscape scene of family awaiting arrival of ships into protected bay, circa 1910.

Lot 168: Painted triptych of wood panels displaying landscape scene of family awaiting arrival of ships into protected bay, circa 1910.

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Description: Painted triptych of wood panels displaying landscape scene of family awaiting arrival of ships into protected bay, circa 1910. Each panel is 43 1/2" x 76". Made and painted in France for the J.W.Packard family library, Chautauqua Lake, New York. Extremely well executed. Unsigned.

Condition Report: Flat surface of panel is in excellent condition; beveled trim around edge shows some wear and discoloration, this is mostly the area where the trim would have covered.

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Original pencil drawing artist proof entitled,

Lot 168A: Original pencil drawing artist proof entitled, "Broadbills Coming In", Lynn Bogue Hunt (1878-1960).

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Description: Original pencil drawing artist proof entitled, "Broadbills Coming In", Lynn Bogue Hunt (1878-1960). Signed. Image size approximately 9" x 7".

Condition Report: Very good and original.

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Oil on board of hunting dog, Edwin Megargee (1883-1958).

Lot 168B: Oil on board of hunting dog, Edwin Megargee (1883-1958).

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Description: Oil on board of hunting dog, Edwin Megargee (1883-1958). Image size approximately 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".

Condition Report: Very good and original.

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Three model canoes.

Lot 168C: Three model canoes.

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Description: Three model canoes. One birch bark, two made from wood. All show good age and are approximately 15" long.

Condition Report: Original and good.

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Painted wood panel with Victorian urn and bouquet, circa 1910.

Lot 169: Painted wood panel with Victorian urn and bouquet, circa 1910.

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Description: Painted wood panel with Victorian urn and bouquet, circa 1910. 33 3/4" x 76 1/2". Made and painted in France for the J.W.Packard family library, Chautauqua Lake, New York. Extremely well executed. Unsigned.

Condition Report: Flat surface of panel is excellent and original; Beveled trim around edge shows some wear and discoloration, this is mostly the area where the trim would have covered.

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Incredible and important carved folk art floor lamp, 1st quarter 20th century.

Lot 170: Incredible and important carved folk art floor lamp, 1st quarter 20th century.

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Description: Incredible and important carved folk art floor lamp, 1st quarter 20th century. Sophisticated and skillfully carved pine cedar and possibly fur, with stain polychrome and varnish give this lamp a warm surface detailing great contrast and depth.

Condition Report: Standing five feet four inches tall with four slanted shades measuring twenty inches at their widest point, this lamp has remained in marvelous condition for over 100 years; appears as if the finial eagle has had a wing reset and that a few of the shade tear drops might be later replacements, the rest looks to be original; small area on each top corner of the shade where it appears that something was attached at one time.

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Pair of greenwing teal, Frank Finney, Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Lot 171: Pair of greenwing teal, Frank Finney, Virginia Beach, Virginia.

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Description: Pair of greenwing teal, Frank Finney, Virginia Beach, Virginia. Signed. Raised, carved wing tips.

Condition Report: Very good and original.

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Pair of wood ducks, Frank Finney, Virginia, Beach, Virginia.

Lot 172: Pair of wood ducks, Frank Finney, Virginia, Beach, Virginia.

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Description: Pair of wood ducks, Frank Finney, Virginia, Beach, Virginia. Both have a large carved "F" in the underside. Both have slightly turned heads.

Condition Report: Near mint original paint; small crack in drake's breast.

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Pair of widgeon, Frank Finney, Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Lot 173: Pair of widgeon, Frank Finney, Virginia Beach, Virginia.

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Description: Pair of widgeon, Frank Finney, Virginia Beach, Virginia. Both have a large "F" carved in the underside.

Condition Report: Very good and original.

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Exceptionally well carved pair of greenwing teal, George Strunk.

Lot 174: Exceptionally well carved pair of greenwing teal, George Strunk.

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Description: Exceptionally well carved pair of greenwing teal, George Strunk. Both are signed and dated 1998. Both are carved in the Delaware River tradition. Drake is in preening pose. Hen is preening with bill buried in feathers.

Condition Report: Very good and original.

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Pair of blackducks, George Strunk.

Lot 175: Pair of blackducks, George Strunk.

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Description: Pair of blackducks, George Strunk. Both have "G. Strunk" stamped in weights and are carved in the Delaware River tradition. Fine paint detail.

Condition Report: Very good and original.

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Nicely painted pair of bluewing teal, George Strunk.

Lot 176: Nicely painted pair of bluewing teal, George Strunk.

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Description: Nicely painted pair of bluewing teal, George Strunk. Both have slightly turned heads and are carved in the Delaware River tradition. Both are signed and dated 1996.

Condition Report: Very good and original.

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Yellowlegs, Cameron McIntyre, Stockton, Maryland.

Lot 177: Yellowlegs, Cameron McIntyre, Stockton, Maryland.

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Description: Yellowlegs, Cameron McIntyre, Stockton, Maryland. "C.T.M." carved in underside.

Condition Report: Original paint that has ben aged; very lightly hit by shot.

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Golden plover, Cameron McIntyre, Stockton, Maryland.

Lot 178: Golden plover, Cameron McIntyre, Stockton, Maryland.

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Description: Golden plover, Cameron McIntyre, Stockton, Maryland. "C.T.M." carved in underside. Relief wing carving.

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

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Pair of pintails, George Strunk.

Lot 179: Pair of pintails, George Strunk.

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Description: Pair of pintails, George Strunk. Carved in the Delware River tradition. Carved in 1994. Both are signed and stamped "G.S." in weights.

Condition Report: Very good and original.

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Pair of hollow greenwing teal, Bob White, Tullytown, Pennsylvania.

Lot 180: Pair of hollow greenwing teal, Bob White, Tullytown, Pennsylvania.

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Description: Pair of hollow greenwing teal, Bob White, Tullytown, Pennsylvania. Signed and dated 1987 and bearing Bob's triangular lead ballast incised, "R.WHITE DECOYS". Both carved in a reaching head position with raised primaries.

Condition Report: Excellent and original in all respects.

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Sleeping Canada goose carved in the Delaware River tradition, George Strunk.

Lot 181: Sleeping Canada goose carved in the Delaware River tradition, George Strunk.

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Description: Sleeping Canada goose carved in the Delaware River tradition, George Strunk. "G.S." stamp in underside.

Condition Report: Original paint with minor wear; a few tiny dents; minor shrinkage.

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Well made reproduction of a Nathan Cobb blackduck.

Lot 182: Well made reproduction of a Nathan Cobb blackduck.

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Description: Well made reproduction of a Nathan Cobb blackduck. Hollow carved. Proportedly made by Frank Finney for the Chincoteague Refuge Museum in the 1980's. Large serifed "N" in underside. Inlet head

Condition Report: Worn original paint; a few small dents.

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Hollow blackduck, Bob White, Tullytown, Pennsylvania.

Lot 183: Hollow blackduck, Bob White, Tullytown, Pennsylvania.

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Description: Hollow blackduck, Bob White, Tullytown, Pennsylvania. Carved in the classic Delaware River style with raised "V" primaries and carved tail. Retains Bob's triangular lead weight with the likeness of a Bob White quail incised into the lead. The maker's name is etched into the weight.

Condition Report: Excellent and original in all respects.

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Very rare and important hollow carved merganser hen, John Dawson, Trenton, New Jersey, circa 1920.

Lot 184: Very rare and important hollow carved merganser hen, John Dawson, Trenton, New Jersey, circa 1920.

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Description: Very rare and important hollow carved merganser hen, John Dawson, Trenton, New Jersey, circa 1920. One of only 3 hens known to exist. Exceptional racey form with intricate feather paint detail.

Condition Report: Original paint with very minor wear and good patina, mostly on underside; very slight roughness to one edge of tip of tail.

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Hollow black duck John Blair, Sr, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, last quarter 19th century.

Lot 185: Hollow black duck John Blair, Sr, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, last quarter 19th century.

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Description: Hollow black duck John Blair, Sr, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, last quarter 19th century. This exceptional "Classic" Blair decoy has a impeccable provenance, only once removed from the Blair family. Exhibits hollow and pegged construction.

Condition Report: Retains fine original scratch paint with large speculum; the surface, which was treated with linseed oil by the Blairs in the early 1940's, was professionally cleaned with some flaking also conserved; very tiny chip at one side of the tail.

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Very rare miniature pintail drake, John Blair, Sr, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Lot 186: Very rare miniature pintail drake, John Blair, Sr, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Description: Very rare miniature pintail drake, John Blair, Sr, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Approximately 5" long. Extra fine feather paint detail and very slightly turned head.

Condition Report: Original paint with vey minor wear; early repair to a small chip at the top of the tail.

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Very rare miniature mallard drake, John Blair, Sr, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Lot 187: Very rare miniature mallard drake, John Blair, Sr, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Description: Very rare miniature mallard drake, John Blair, Sr, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Approximately 5" long. Fine feather paint detail.

Condition Report: Original paint with minor wear; two cracks through neck; early repair to a chip at end of bill.

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Early hollow oldsquaw drake, Mark English, Somers Point, New Jersey, last quarter 19th to 1st quarter 20th century.

Lot 188: Early hollow oldsquaw drake, Mark English, Somers Point, New Jersey, last quarter 19th to 1st quarter 20th century.

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Description: Early hollow oldsquaw drake, Mark English, Somers Point, New Jersey, last quarter 19th to 1st quarter 20th century. Branded, "H.B. BOICE".

Condition Report: Outstanding dry original paint shows minimal wear; some minor crazing around the breast; structurally superb and exhibiting a beautiful patinated surface.

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Rare rigmate pair of blackducks, John McLoughlin, Bordentown, New Jersey.

Lot 188A: Rare rigmate pair of blackducks, John McLoughlin, Bordentown, New Jersey.

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Description: Rare rigmate pair of blackducks, John McLoughlin, Bordentown, New Jersey. Hollow carved. Raised, crossed wing tips. One has a slightly turned head, the other is in preening pose.

Condition Report: A few tiny dents, otherwise very good and original.

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Pintail drake, Jess Heisler, Burlington, New Jersey.

Lot 189: Pintail drake, Jess Heisler, Burlington, New Jersey.

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Description: Pintail drake, Jess Heisler, Burlington, New Jersey. Raised "V" wing tip carving.

Condition Report: Original paint with minor wear on much of the decoy; old overpaint on white areas; a few small dents.

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Hollow carved Blair School mallard hen, last quarter 19th century.

Lot 190: Hollow carved Blair School mallard hen, last quarter 19th century.

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Description: Hollow carved Blair School mallard hen, last quarter 19th century. Body halves are joined with four small dowels.

Condition Report: Worn original paint on much of the decoy; old touch up at neck seam; body seam and part of the underside; small wooden plugs were added a long time ago to several shot marks and holes in the underside; much of the bill was spliced on from another Blair de

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Hollow carved Blair school blackduck, last quarter 19th century.

Lot 191: Hollow carved Blair school blackduck, last quarter 19th century.

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Description: Hollow carved Blair school blackduck, last quarter 19th century. Body halves are joined by small dowels.

Condition Report: Original paint showing feather detail on much the decoy; moderate wear; old touch up at neck and body seams, as well as parts of the underside; several cracks in neck with a tiny piece missing in the center of the back of the neck.

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Rare and early hollow

Lot 192: Rare and early hollow "Blair School" woodduck hen, last quarter 19th century.

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Description: Rare and early hollow "Blair School" woodduck hen, last quarter 19th century. Three piece hollow construction, with small dowels joining the body sections. Inlet head and carved crest. The head is also made to two vertically laminated pieces which are doweled as well.

Condition Report: Original paint with minor flaking and wear, primarily on one lower side; professional repair to approximately 2/3 of the bill.

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Blackduck, Jess Heisler, Burlington, New Jersey.

Lot 193: Blackduck, Jess Heisler, Burlington, New Jersey.

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Description: Blackduck, Jess Heisler, Burlington, New Jersey. Hollow carved with three piece body construction. Relief wing tip carving and fluted tail.

Condition Report: Near mint.

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