Emile Hebert Coot
Southern coot by Emile Hebert from Houma, Louisiana…very similar style to Dr. Cassius Peacock...characteristic round root head with glass eyes...originally had wooden keel that has been removed...worn original paint with some wear and paint loss… approximately 9”L.
Portsmouth Island Brant
Extremely early and rare root head brant from Portsmouth Island, NC...circa 1870's, it was purchased on Ocracoke Island in the 1970's from the family of Charlie Williams...retains the original rigging and carved initials "CN"...measures about 19"L.
Porter Rig Black Duck
Recently found with the teal above is this Porter Rig black duck from the Winous Point Shooting Club circa 1870's...great form and wafer thin body...original paint with wear...wooden pegs holding halves together...carved eyebrows...15"L.
Rufus Roberts Coot
Classic high head coot by this Churches Island, NC carver circa 1940…an extrememly rare decoy by this maker...early gunning paint with wear...fantastic form and attitude...approximately 12”L.
Marvin Midgett Pintail
Classic canvas over wire pintail by this well known carver from Rodanthe, NC…spent time at Kill Devil Hills Coast Guard Station and carved with Manie Haywood and Avery Tillet…two-piece head and square stern...original condition with wear...approximately 18”L.
Unknown Ohio Mallard
Unknown and folky drake mallard possibly from the Ottawa Club circa 1890's...great form with hard chine line...original paint with wear...highly stylized bill carving..."A.W." carved into the underside...13"L.
Mannie Haywood Goose
Nice looking canvas goose by this Outer Banks carver from Kill Devil Hills, NC circa 1930...worn original paint with some wear to bill and head...gently used but still in great condition for it's age...13"L.
Sterling Family Pintail
Check out this bold, oversized pintail from Crisfield...body is solid cedar construction and similar to early Ward styles...worn original paint with bare wood showing in places..."DRAKE SPRIGTAIL" written on bottom...almost 19"L.
Ward Bros. Redheads
Rare pair of redheads from Lem & Steve Ward of Crisfield...bodies are solid cedar with wide bills and turned heads... outstanding original stipple paint with expected wear...signed by both and dated 1929 on undersides...rigmates to pair shown in Gard & McGrath, page 50, plate 43...16"L.
Ward Bros. Brant
Never before offered for sale is this brant by Lem & Steve Ward of Crisfield...hollow cedar construction with outstanding original paint...turned head with glass eyes and rarely seen raised wings...in near mint condition, it is signed and dated 1966...18"L.
Bert Graves Hen Mallard
Extremely early example from this well known carver from Peoria, IL circa 1905...hollow body construction typical of the Illinois River School...outstanding, original swirl paint with great patina......measures 17"L.
Morris Boat Works Redhead
Light as a feather is this "cheeky" redhead by the family best known for boat building in Hamilton, Ontario circa 1900...typical hollow body construction, this dainty little redhead exhibits outstanding form and carving...worn original paint with wonderful patina...about 13”L.
Sam Smith Canvasback
Extraordinarily rare drake canvasback by this Amityville, LI carver circa 1870...out of the Swan Island Club rig in Currituck, NC...worn original paint with great patina...member brands on bottom include "J. BRYANT" and "W. MINOT JR."...measures 16"L.
Ward Bros. Black Duck
Iconic black duck by the famous team from Crisfield, Maryland...1936 era black duck with solid cedar body enhanced by Oliver Lawson paint...very affordable decoy with outstanding form, paint and shelf presence...17"L.
Lloyd Tyler Pintail
Form and function best describe these wonderful decoys by Lloyd Tyler, the Ward Bros. neighbor…solid body construction with turned head...his stylish decoys were formed mostly by hatchet...worn paint with inquisitive posture...tip of bill is blunted...about 19”L.
Buck Crawford Goldeneye
Stylish hen goldeneye by this creative carver from Smiths Falls, Ontario ca. 1910...extensive wing carving and stamping compliments the original paint with wear...mandibles reveal the "Crawford smile"...label on the bottom identifies it...from the Peter Brown collection...about 12”L.
Porter Rig Bluebill
Outstanding example of a Porter Rig drake bluebill from the Winous Point Shooting Club circa 1870's...great form and wafer thin body...original paint with wear...cut nails holding halves together...ballast weight gone..."P. BRASHER" brand...13"L.
Ward Bros. Canada Goose
Never before offered for sale is this oversize goose by Lem & Steve Ward of Crisfield...hollow cedar construction with outstanding original paint...turned head and graceful posture make this bird pleasing on the shelf...signed and dated 1969 and 1971!...23"L.
Ward Bros. Canada Goose
Early Canada goose made in 1932 by Lem & Steve Ward of Crisfield...solid cedar construction with outstanding paint...turned head and sleek design...exact bird shown on p. 103 of "The Ward Brothers' Decoys" by Gard & McGrath...signed on underside of tail...23"L.
Ward Bros. Canada Goose
Bishops Head model Canada goose made in 1930 by Lem & Steve Ward of Crisfield...solid cedar construction with worn original paint...some minor touchup to black on neck...swimming posture head and wonderful posture...signed and dated on the underside...24"L.
Ed Parsons Canvasbacks
Very rare canvasback pair by this Oxford, MD carver circa 1910...purchased by Spry Newman around 1920...and then purchased by Alvin Sanger in 1970...they are in good original condition with minor wear and great patina......measures 14"L.
Virginia Hooded Mergansers
Exceedingly rare pair of hooded mergansers from the Eastern Shore of Virginia...solid body construction with raised wings and solid carved crests similar to Umbrella Watson...combination of original and overpaint with wear...15"L.
Gaskill Family Pintail
Unusual hen pintail attributed to Alfred "Cotton-Eye" Gaskill...solid 2-piece body construction...original paint with "pineappling" on back...original foundry ballast weight remains on underside...approximately 15"L.
Ben Schmidt Black Duck
Near mint high head black duck from this well known carver from Detroit, Michigan circa 1950…extensive carving and stamping with original paint, glass eyes and raised wings…hairline crack in one side of neck...approximately 17”L.
Ira Hudson Brant Tip Up
Unique brant tip up or feeder decoy circa 1920's…painted white to show up better in the spread...remnants of the original hardware remain including leather thong and iron staple...original paint with extensive wear...about 9”L.
Addie Nichol Goldeneye
Very early example of a Smiths Falls decoy circa 1900...wafer thin hollow body with extensive wing and feather stamping and carving...also has fluted tail and carved crest...minor bill repair and Paul Brown label on bottom...13"L.
Charles Clark Pintail
Early and folky pintail from Chincoteague, Virginia circa 1900...root head and solid body construction with large checks in side and finish nail through bill to stabilize in use crack...early paint combination of original and some over paint to white areas...about 20”L.
Clarence Lewis Brant
Early and well made brant decoy from Stacy, NC circa 1940's…canvas over wire construction...he spent many hours with his friend Mitchell Fulcher...wonderful swimming posture with reaching head...original paint with great wing and feather detail...about 22”L.