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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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An early 20th century carved wooden pigeon decoy N

August 30, 2016, 10:00 AM BST
Newmarket, United Kingdom

£80 (starting bid)

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A collection of five various carved wooden wading

August 30, 2016, 10:00 AM BST
Newmarket, United Kingdom

£200 (starting bid)

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A pair of American papier mache and wooden Canada

August 30, 2016, 10:00 AM BST
Newmarket, United Kingdom

£50 (starting bid)

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Carved & painted fish decoy, maybe catfish, 9

August 30, 2016, 11:00 AM EST
Chadds Ford, PA, USA

$50 (starting bid)

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2-Piece painted & stamped tin bird decoy, unsigned, 10

August 30, 2016, 11:00 AM EST
Chadds Ford, PA, USA

$50 (starting bid)

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(2) Carved & painted shore birds, one signed RAM, 14

August 30, 2016, 11:00 AM EST
Chadds Ford, PA, USA

$50 (starting bid)

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FOLKSY AMERICAN FISH WEATHERVANE.

September 10, 2016, 10:00 AM EST
Delaware, OH, USA

$105 (starting bid)

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AMERICAN SHOREBIRD.

September 10, 2016, 10:00 AM EST
Delaware, OH, USA

$50 (starting bid)

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AMERICAN SWAN CARVING.

September 10, 2016, 10:00 AM EST
Delaware, OH, USA

$125 (starting bid)

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玛瑙镂雕花卉游鱼把玩 A Reticulated Agate Pebble with Fish in Pond

September 17, 2016, 10:00 AM EST
New York, NY, USA

$300 (starting bid)

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Composition swan decoy

September 17, 2016, 11:00 AM EST
Forest Hill, MD, USA

$5 (starting bid)

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Pair miniature swan decoys, Ed Sampson 1985

September 17, 2016, 11:00 AM EST
Forest Hill, MD, USA

$15 (starting bid)

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Miniature canvasback pair stamped JCC 8-81, John Clark maker

September 17, 2016, 11:00 AM EST
Forest Hill, MD, USA

$20 (starting bid)

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Miniature mallard pair signed Capt Jess Urie

September 17, 2016, 11:00 AM EST
Forest Hill, MD, USA

$20 (starting bid)

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Miniature greenwing teal pair painted by Clarence Bauer, mounted on driftwood

September 17, 2016, 11:00 AM EST
Forest Hill, MD, USA

$15 (starting bid)

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New England style Bufflehead decoy frame

September 17, 2016, 11:00 AM EST
Forest Hill, MD, USA

$20 (starting bid)

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Three goose silhouette decoys, one signed Charles Bryan

September 17, 2016, 11:00 AM EST
Forest Hill, MD, USA

$15 (1 bid)

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Ca 1948 Bluebill hen decoy, R. Madison Mitchell

September 17, 2016, 11:00 AM EST
Forest Hill, MD, USA

$50 (1 bid)

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Ca 1958 Canvasback hen decoy, R. Madison Mitchell

September 17, 2016, 11:00 AM EST
Forest Hill, MD, USA

$50 (1 bid)

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Bufflehead hen decoy, R. Madison Mitchell

September 17, 2016, 11:00 AM EST
Forest Hill, MD, USA

$50 (starting bid)

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Bufflehead hen decoy, R. Madison Mitchell

September 17, 2016, 11:00 AM EST
Forest Hill, MD, USA

$50 (1 bid)

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5 H.Monk Painted Carved Wood Shore Bird Decoy

September 17, 2016, 12:00 PM EST
Cranston, RI, USA

$100 (1 bid)

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