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Decoys

From ducks and geese to trout and frogs, vintage decoys have become valuable relics of early American fishing and hunting. Decoys were used not only in the commercial supply of fish and game to restaurants, but also for the personal need of feeding one's family.

The earliest decoys were made by Native Americans over a thousand years ago, with grasses, plants, and bones used as building materials. As settlers came to North America in the 19th century and began to fish and hunt, they generated a great demand for decoys, sparking a new industry of wood carvers and crafters that would cater to them. Of all bird decoys created, duck decoys were the most commonly made, however it wasn’t unusual to produce other species, such as geese, turkeys, swans, grouse, partridge... Read more

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Mason Red Head Hen Decoy

July 30, 2016, 10:30 AM CST
Anna, IL, USA

$50 (2 bids)

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Early 2pc Wooden Decoy

July 30, 2016, 10:30 AM CST
Anna, IL, USA

$25 (starting bid)

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CANADA GOOSE DECOY From Quebec. Maker unknown. Tack eyes. Ornately carved wing and back feathers.

August 3, 2016, 12:00 PM EST
East Dennis, MA, USA

$200 (starting bid)

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EIDER HEN DECOY From Prince Edward Island. Old in-use repaint and wear.

August 3, 2016, 12:00 PM EST
East Dennis, MA, USA

$60 (starting bid)

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GOLDEN PLOVER DECOY By Frank Adams of Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. Original paint with wear.

August 3, 2016, 12:00 PM EST
East Dennis, MA, USA

$200 (starting bid)

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Group of eight carved and painted shorebird decoys, late 19th/20th century

August 10, 2016, 10:00 AM EST
Philadelphia, PA, USA

$300 (starting bid)

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