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.
Stevens Brothers Black Duck
Beautifully carved and painted black duck from this Weedsport tandem with unique form and construction…Strong original paint with loop feather painting...prominent paddle tail compliments sleek body...neck crack and dent in top of bill...approximately 17”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.
Herb Miller Mallards
Early mallard pair by this Ship Bottom, NJ carver...tucked heads, raised wings and fluted tails accentuate the hollow body construction... Hillman Collection tags state they won Best of Show at the Ward Foundation in Salisbury, MD...original paint with nice patina...about 14”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.
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.
Ward Bros. Pintail
Bold and early example by the famous brothers from Crisfield, MD...solid cedar body construction with turned head typical of their work in the late 1930's...original paint with some wear...old coat of varnish was applied to protect the paint...17"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. 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.
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.
Unique style redhead made by the father and son team of "Tink" and "Cliff" Tillet of Wanchese, NC…part of a rig of 600 decoys made around 1925 for the Phipps Gun Club...worn original paint with wear and crack in neck... approximately 17”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.
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.
Daniel Lake Leeds Black Duck
Known primarily for his wonderful shorebirds, this Pleasantville, NJ carver made most of his decoys prior to 1900...sleek form and hollow body enhance original paint with wear...extremely rare and early New Jersey decoy...16"L.
Blair School Bluebill
Early bluebill from the Philadelphia area along the Delaware River…stunning original paint with wear and bear wood in places...hollow body and well carved head...ballast weight has been removed...approximately 15”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.
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.
Warren Dettmann Black Duck
Exceedingly rare and bold example from this Milwaukee School master...well executed hollow body with raised wings and great form...original paint with some wear...small area on end of bill appears to have been touched up at some point...16"L.
St. Clair Flats Bluebill
Well carved, hollow bluebill from the St. Clair Flats…great form is enhanced by original paint, glass eyes and wafer thin body…hot branded "HY DAHLKA" on underside...tag mentions Top of the Line Hunting Collectibles...approximately 13”L.
Theodore Williams Ruddy
Wonderful little ruddy duck from Back Bay, VA that was repainted at some point as a bluebill circa 1880's…great form with sculptural head and petite body...used at the North Bay Gunning Club...early gunning paint with wear and crack on one side...about 12”L.