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Duck Decoys

Considered prized relics of American folk art, collectible duck decoys have a history that runs parallel to the settlement and growth of North America. This evolution introduced a diverse number of wood carvers including Elmer Crowell, the Ward brothers, Lathrop T. Holmes, Delbert Daisey, and Charles Perdew. The evolution also prompted the establishment of decoy factories that capitalized on demand across the commercial and sport hunting industries.

Native Americans were the earliest known makers of duck decoys, using reeds, grass, and rushes to construct lifelike replicas. As North America was settled through the 1700s and 1800s, high restaurant demand for waterfowl brought market hunting to fruition. Concurrently, the need for duck decoys rose as commercial hunters often used 50 to 100 decoys or more on the water. The industry changed again once the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 was enacted, making commercial waterfowl hunting illegal. The popularity of game hunting grew, and wooden decoys remained an important trade.

When deciding which duck decoys to collect, some enthusiasts choose to gather decoys by bird type, carver, or even decoy position. The value of a resulting collection then depends on a combination of factors including condition, rarity, and carver. Altogether, decoys representing birds not typically hunted and decoys representing birds hunted with fewer decoys tend to hold higher value.


Quick Facts

  • During the Ford presidency, First Lady Betty Ford would often use carved waterfowl as centerpieces at White House dinners
  • The Smithsonian National Art Museum holds an expansive collection of duck decoys. The earliest is made by Native Americans, dating back to a period between 400 B.C. and 100 A.D.
  • Guyette and Deeter, Inc. specializes in selling decoys, holding four major auctions each year and weekly online auctions

Recommended Items at Auction

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Duck head rack, Wildfowler Decoy Company
Oct 30, 12:00 PM EDT
Duck head rack, Wildfowler Decoy Company
by South Bay Auctions Inc
Est: $150- $250
$2255 Bids
Large Assortment Of Flambeau Duck Decoys
Oct 30, 10:00 AM MST
Large Assortment Of Flambeau Duck Decoys
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$304 Bids
(2pc) Charlie Joiner Signed Carved Wood Duck Decoy
Oct 30, 10:00 AM MST
(2pc) Charlie Joiner Signed Carved Wood Duck Decoy
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$304 Bids
ANTIQUE WOODEN DUCK DECOY STAMPED HBJ
Oct 28, 9:00 AM EDT
ANTIQUE WOODEN DUCK DECOY STAMPED HBJ
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $50- $100
$704 Bids
Randy Tull Signed Wood Carved Duck Decoy
Oct 30, 10:00 AM MST
Randy Tull Signed Wood Carved Duck Decoy
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$253 Bids
(2pc) Randy Tull Signed Carved Wood Duck Decoy
Oct 30, 10:00 AM MST
(2pc) Randy Tull Signed Carved Wood Duck Decoy
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$253 Bids
Paul Nock Signed Carved Wood Duck Decoy
Oct 30, 10:00 AM MST
Paul Nock Signed Carved Wood Duck Decoy
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$203 Bids
Fine pair of "Red Head" ducks by Paul Gibson, Havre de Grace, MD
Nov 19, 4:00 PM EST
Fine pair of "Red Head" ducks by Paul Gibson, Havre de Grace, MD
by Horst Auctioneers
Est: $0- $0
$352 Bids
Randy Tull Signed Carved Canadian Goose Decoy
Oct 30, 10:00 AM MST
Randy Tull Signed Carved Canadian Goose Decoy
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$152 Bids
(2pc) Paul Nock Signed Carved Wood Duck Decoy
Oct 30, 10:00 AM MST
(2pc) Paul Nock Signed Carved Wood Duck Decoy
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$152 Bids
David R. Jackson, 6 x 13 x 5 1/2 in. (15 x 33 x 14 cm)
Nov 06, 9:00 AM PDT
David R. Jackson, 6 x 13 x 5 1/2 in. (15 x 33 x 14 cm)
by Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
Est: $150- $250
$1102 Bids
Paul Nock Carved Wood Duck Decoy
Oct 30, 10:00 AM MST
Paul Nock Carved Wood Duck Decoy
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$152 Bids
(2pc) Paul Nock Signed Carved Wood Duck Decoy
Oct 30, 10:00 AM MST
(2pc) Paul Nock Signed Carved Wood Duck Decoy
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$302 Bids
Randy Tull Signed Wood Carved Duck Decoy
Oct 30, 10:00 AM MST
Randy Tull Signed Wood Carved Duck Decoy
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$202 Bids
Randy Tull Signed Wood Carved Duck Decoy
Oct 30, 10:00 AM MST
Randy Tull Signed Wood Carved Duck Decoy
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$202 Bids
Pair of mergansers, Reggie Birch, Chincoteague, Virginia.
Nov 10, 11:00 AM EST
Pair of mergansers, Reggie Birch, Chincoteague, Virginia.
by Guyette & Deeter
Est: $1,200- $1,600
$6001 Bid
Well carved pair of wood ducks, Bob White, Tullytown, Pennsylvania.
Nov 10, 11:00 AM EST
Well carved pair of wood ducks, Bob White, Tullytown, Pennsylvania.
by Guyette & Deeter
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1,0001 Bid
Standing black duck, George Strunk, Glendora, New Jersey.
Nov 10, 11:00 AM EST
Standing black duck, George Strunk, Glendora, New Jersey.
by Guyette & Deeter
Est: $800- $1,200
$4001 Bid
Oil on board, Willie Crockett (1939-2021)
Nov 11, 10:00 AM EST
Oil on board, Willie Crockett (1939-2021)
by Guyette & Deeter
Est: $800- $1,200
$4001 Bid
Exceptional greenwing teal drake, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan, 1st quarter 20th century.
Nov 10, 11:00 AM EST
Exceptional greenwing teal drake, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan, 1st quarter 20th century.
by Guyette & Deeter
Est: $4,000- $6,000
$2,0001 Bid
Three carved and painted duck decoys, 20th c.
Oct 29, 9:00 AM EDT
Three carved and painted duck decoys, 20th c.
by Pook & Pook, Inc.
Est: $80- $120
$401 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Duck Decoys


Guyette & Deeter

Guyette & Deeter

Maynards Fine Art & Antiques

Maynards Fine Art & Antiques

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Eldred's

Eldred's