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Day 1 Decoy Auction April 22, 2010

by Guyette & Deeter

Platinum House

419 lots with images

April 22, 2010

Live Auction

Pheasant Run Resort

St. Charles, IL, 60174 USA

419 Lots
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Hollow ruddy turnstone, Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia.

Lot 1: Hollow ruddy turnstone, Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia.

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Description: "McNair" is carved into the underside. Made with a "slip neck" removable head.

Condition Report: Painted and stressed to show age, the condition is excellent.

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Finely carved and painted golden plover, Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia.

Lot 2: Finely carved and painted golden plover, Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia.

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Description: Hollow carved with removable dove tailed head. The date 2000 is carved in the underside of the dove tail.

Condition Report: Excellent and original.

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Finely carved and painted willet, Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia.

Lot 3: Finely carved and painted willet, Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia.

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Description: Relief wing carving and removable dove tailed head. A square piece of hardwood surrounds stick hole and extends to the back.

Condition Report: Very good and original.

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Hollow willet with a turned head, Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia.

Lot 4: Hollow willet with a turned head, Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia.

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Description: "McNair" carved into the underside. Made with a slip neck removable head, bone bill and bone insert around the stick hole to provide support.

Condition Report: Painted and stressed to show age, the condition is excellent.

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Hollow semi palimated plover, Mark McNair, Craddockville.

Lot 5: Hollow semi palimated plover, Mark McNair, Craddockville.

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Description: "McNair" carved into the underside. Made with a slip neck removable head, incised primary carving and split tail.

Condition Report: Painted and stressed to show age, the condition is excellent.

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Hollow ruddy turnstone, Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia.

Lot 6: Hollow ruddy turnstone, Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia.

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Description: "McNair" carved into the underside. Constructed with a "slip neck" removable head.

Condition Report: Painted and stressed to show age, the condition is excellent.

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Four sanderlings carved in the style of Obediah Verity, Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia.

Lot 7: Four sanderlings carved in the style of Obediah Verity, Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia.

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Description: Four sanderlings carved in the style of Obediah Verity, Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia.

Condition Report: Original and very good.

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Widgeon drake, Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia.

Lot 8: Widgeon drake, Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia.

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Description: Hollow carved with slightly turned head and raised extended wing tips.

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

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Two teal, Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia.

Lot 9: Two teal, Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia.

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Description: Bluewing teal drake is hollow.

Condition Report: Very good and original.

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Yellowlegs, Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia.

Lot 10: Yellowlegs, Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia.

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Description: Carved eyes and relief carved wings. Carrying hole through tail.

Condition Report: Very good and original.

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Yellowlegs, Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia.

Lot 11: Yellowlegs, Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia.

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Description: Yellowlegs, Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia.

Condition Report: Very good and original.

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Full size great horned owl silhouette, Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia.

Lot 11A: Full size great horned owl silhouette, Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia.

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Description: Signed. Shotgun shell brasses have been used for the eyes. Full height is 25".

Condition Report: Original paint with minor wear; small cracks.

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Exceptional hollow carved Nantucket style plover, Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia.

Lot 12: Exceptional hollow carved Nantucket style plover, Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia.

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Description: Very wide body style with relief wing carving and glass eyes.

Condition Report: Very good and original.

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Yellowlegs and running willet, Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia.

Lot 13: Yellowlegs and running willet, Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia.

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Description: Yellowlegs and running willet, Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia.

Condition Report: Most of willet's bill is missing; discoloration near knot; yellowlegs is a little bit faded.

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Tern, Ian McNair, Craddockville, Virginia.

Lot 14: Tern, Ian McNair, Craddockville, Virginia.

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

Condition Report: Painted and stressed to show age, the condition is excellent.

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Yellowlegs, Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia.

Lot 15: Yellowlegs, Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia.

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Description: Yellowlegs, Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia.

Condition Report: Original paint that has been aged; discoloration near stick hole.

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Preening widgeon drake, Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia.

Lot 16: Preening widgeon drake, Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia.

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Description: Preening widgeon drake, Mark McNair, Craddockville, Virginia.

Condition Report: Original paint with very minor wear, mostly on top of bill; several tiny dents.

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Pair of canvasbacks, Corbin Reed, Chincoteague, Virginia.

Lot 17: Pair of canvasbacks, Corbin Reed, Chincoteague, Virginia.

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Description: Both have relief wing carving and good paint detail.

Condition Report: Excellent and original.

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Blackduck, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan.

Lot 18: Blackduck, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan.

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Description: Early premier grade style.

Condition Report: Strong original paint; minor roughness at neck seam; small tail chip repair.

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Pair of hollow

Lot 19: Pair of hollow "Challenge" grade mallards, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan.

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Description: "CARL" is stenciled on the underside.

Condition Report: On the drake, some shellac has been removed along with some traces of glue at the neck seam; repair to a tail chip; the head has been reset with some neck filler added and touched up; a missing eye has been replaced; on the hen, there has been a repair to

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

Lot 20: Bluewing teal hen, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan.

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Description: Premier grade. Stamped "LU" twice in underside.

Condition Report: Original paint with very minor wear; small crack partway through neck; six very small spots of touch up on back.

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Pair of hollow

Lot 21: Pair of hollow "Premier" grade mallards, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan.

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Description: "CARL" stenciled on the underside.

Condition Report: Both are in original paint with the grungy surfaces having been cleaned and covered with a thin coat of oil; on the hen, there has been a repair to a small tail chip, the head has been reset with some touchup there; on the drake, there has been a repair t

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Early hollow

Lot 22: Early hollow "Premier" grade canvasback drake, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan, circa 1900.

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Description: Branded, "LOVE" on the underside who was a board member of the Grand Island Gun Club.

Condition Report: Original paint shows moderate wear overall with rubs to the bare surface around the bill and breast; a few shot marks present; some flaking to the filler and paint around the neck seam; overall sound structurally.

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Hollow

Lot 23: Hollow "Challenge" grade mallard drake, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan.

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Description: "CARL" is stenciled on the underside.

Condition Report: There has been some restoration to the paint on the breast and head; the head has been reset, neck filler added with some touchup to that area., with these exceptions, the paint is original.

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Exceptional bufflehead drake, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan.

Lot 24: Exceptional bufflehead drake, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan.

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Description: Standard grade with glass eyes. Branded "MR RINGMAN" in underside.

Condition Report: Original paint with minor discoloration and wear; small age split in underside; approximately 1/4 of the neck filler is missing; short hairline crack over one shoulder.

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Mallard drake, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan.

Lot 25: Mallard drake, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan.

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Description: Challenge grade with snakey head style.

Condition Report: Original paint with minor wear; touch up to white ring around neck; small crack in underside; hairline crack part way through neck.

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Widgeon hen, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan.

Lot 26: Widgeon hen, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan.

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Description: Standard grade with glass eyes.

Condition Report: Original paint with minor discoloration and wear; crack in back; hairline crack in underside; approximately half of the neck filler is missing.

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Bluewing teal drake, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan, circa 1900.

Lot 27: Bluewing teal drake, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan, circa 1900.

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Description: Early premier grade. Branded "MHM" in underside.

Condition Report: Original paint with moderate wear; lightly hit by shot; thin chip missing from neck base; age split in one lower side.

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Very rare rigmate pair of mergansers, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan.

Lot 28: Very rare rigmate pair of mergansers, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan.

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Description: Very early examples, circa 1900. Challenge grade.

Condition Report: Original paint with good patina and minor wear; hen has a very small crack at a knot in the back and a small amount of neck filler missing; drake has two cracks in the underside that are mostly covered by the weight, a small crack in the neck and a small

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Pair of mallards, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan.

Lot 29: Pair of mallards, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan.

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Description: Premier grade.

Condition Report: Original paint with moderate wear; each have tail chip repairs; crack in lower side in hen with some filler missing from a defect in wood; small crack in hen's neck; a few small dents and shot marks.

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Bluebill hen, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan.

Lot 30: Bluebill hen, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan.

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Description: Early premier grade with extra wide bill.

Condition Report: Original paint with moderate wear; small cracks in neck and breast; a few tiny dents.

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Hollow

Lot 31: Hollow "Premier" grade canvasback hen, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan.

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Description: Hollow "Premier" grade canvasback hen, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan.

Condition Report: There is a professional repair to roughly 1/3 to 1/2 of the bill with touchup to that area, the remainder of the decoy is in original paint; a few dents and a fine drying line on the back.

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Canvasback drake, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan.

Lot 32: Canvasback drake, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan.

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Description: Premier grade Seneca Lake model.

Condition Report: Original paint with minor wear; slight separation at neck seat; crack in underside; filler is missing from a small knot in the lower side; small dents.

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Early hollow pintail drake, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan, last quarter 19th century.

Lot 33: Early hollow pintail drake, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan, last quarter 19th century.

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Description: One of the earliest of the Mason carvings, believed to have been made around 1894.

Condition Report: Original paint with moderate wear and considerable flaking to the bare surface on the head and in a few places on the body; the end of the tail is missing; the neck filler is missing; several brands in the bottom have been gouged out; multiple shot marks

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Bluebill drake, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan.

Lot 34: Bluebill drake, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan.

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Description: Challenge grade with extra wide spoon bill.

Condition Report: Original paint with minor wear on most of the decoy; moderate wear and small crack in one side of head.

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Extremely rare pair of ringnecks, Mason Decoy Factory last quarter 19th to 1st quarter 20th century.

Lot 35: Extremely rare pair of ringnecks, Mason Decoy Factory last quarter 19th to 1st quarter 20th century.

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Description: Premier grade. Each is branded, "BARTHOLOMAY", the drake's colors include the prominent ring around the bill, which explains why they are sometimes referred to as "ringbills", and the slight chestnut ring around the base of the neck which denotes the nam

Condition Report: Original paint shows minor to moderate wear; drake has a factory filled crack on the back, a small chip and a thin tight crack in the tail, a vertical scratch on one side, and some discoloration on each side of the body; the hen has a slight separation at

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Excellent pair of hollow

Lot 36: Excellent pair of hollow "Premier" grade bluebills, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan, last quarter 19th to 1st quarter 20th century.

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Description: While not matched rigmates, both appear to have been made at the same time and exhibit Mason's exaggerated flared bill. Hen is branded, "ACS" with the "C" being reversed, and the drake is branded, "N. WOLF".

Condition Report: Both are in original paint, the hen showing more wear with small areas to the bare surface; hen has some touchup to a crack on the back, and some filler added around the base of the neck; hen also appears to have had some overpaint taken off of the white

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Rare bufflehead drake, Mason Decoy Factory.

Lot 37: Rare bufflehead drake, Mason Decoy Factory.

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Description: Premier grade. The letter "J" is branded in the underside.

Condition Report: Old in use repaint; a few small dents.

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Canvasback hen, circa 1920, found in Upstate New York.

Lot 38: Canvasback hen, circa 1920, found in Upstate New York.

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Description: Possibly a special order from the Mason Decoy Factory.

Condition Report: Original paint with considerable shrinkage and slight discoloration; slight separation at neck seam with a small amount of neck filler missing; hairline crack in tail and underside; small defect in wood in underside.

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Pair of canvasbacks, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan.

Lot 39: Pair of canvasbacks, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan.

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Description: Premier grade, Seneca Lake models. Hen is branded "DURANT" three times and "R ZELNER".

Condition Report: Original paint with moderate wear; hen has a bill repair; both have been hit by shot and have small cracks; hen has a filled age split in the back.

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Early canvasback drake,

Lot 40: Early canvasback drake, "Premier" grade, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan, 1894-1905.

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Description: Branded, "J.F.W.". Exhibits fine bill carving with tight breast paint swirls.

Condition Report: Original paint shows moderate to considerable wear and flaking; some roughness at the edges of the bill and tail; multiple shot marks over the body.

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Mallard hen, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan.

Lot 41: Mallard hen, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan.

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Description: Rare oversize solid body style.

Condition Report: Paint has been professionally restored in the Mason style; minor roughness on underside.

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Very rare early oversize redhead drake, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan.

Lot 42: Very rare early oversize redhead drake, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan.

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Description: Challenge grade.

Condition Report: Old in use repaint on much of the decoy; original paint showing on breast and lower sides and part of the back; thin board has been added to the underside; lightly hit by shot.

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Lot 43: Early "Challenge" grade widgeon, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan, last quarter 19th to 1st quarter 20th century.

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Description: Early "Challenge" grade widgeon, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan, last quarter 19th to 1st quarter 20th century.

Condition Report: Original paint with moderate wear and flaking in areas to the bare surface; covered with an early coat of varnish; some touch up around replaced neck filler, and repair to a chip in the neck and over cracks on the back; otherwise good structurally.

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Mallard drake, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan.

Lot 44: Mallard drake, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan.

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Description: Challenge grade. Branded "CASS".

Condition Report: Original paint with moderate wear; small crack in one side of neck; small tail chip missing; larger crack in underside.

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Fine hollow

Lot 46: Fine hollow "Premier" grade pintail drake, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan, last quarter 19th to 1st quarter 20th century.

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Description: The initials "JF" are stamped onto the underside.

Condition Report: There is some discoloration to the surface on one side below the speculum and extending to under the tail. this appears to be pitch bleeding through the paint; the surface is original showing minor wear; traces of the newsprint wrap shows on one side of t

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Rare bluewing teal hen, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan.

Lot 47: Rare bluewing teal hen, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan.

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Description: Premier grade.

Condition Report: Original paint with very slight wear; several tiny dents.

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Pair of hollow

Lot 48: Pair of hollow "Challenge" grade mallards, Mason Decoy Factory", Detroit, Michigan.

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Description: Stenciled "CARL" on the underside.

Condition Report: Original paint shows minor to moderate wear; a grungy surface has been cleaned on both birds; on the hen, some traces of glue at the neck seam has been removed; the neck filler has been replaced and touched up there; she has some roughness around the edge

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

Lot 49: Rigmate pair of canvasbacks, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan.

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Description: Premier grade. Both are branded "DW RUST" and have Mason factory weights.

Condition Report: Both have original paint with minor wear; both have had professional bill chip repairs and old over paint professionally removed from lower sides and undersides; hen has irregular surface and small cracks over backs.

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Exceptional black bellied plover in spring or breeding plumage, John Dilley, Quogue, Long Island, New York, last quarter 19th century.

Lot 50: Exceptional black bellied plover in spring or breeding plumage, John Dilley, Quogue, Long Island, New York, last quarter 19th century.

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Description: Exhibits raised wings. Signed in invisible ink by Joe French on the underside and the back, visible only with a black light. Also ink stamped "70" and "F" on the underside.

Condition Report: Outstanding original paint with superb feathering; some structural damage where the bill meets the head appears as a couple of cracks extending slightly up onto the face, a tiny nail has been added here; some black touchup around that area of the bill; on

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