Emile Herbert Coot
Southern coot by Emile Herbert from 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.
Duxbury, MA Mallards
Beautifully carved mallard pair with graceful form and hollow body construction…both are in worn original paint...some paint loss, chips and dents including small repair to underside of bill of drake...approximately 16”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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ward Bros. Humpback Pintail
Early and stylized drake pintail with hump back and beaver tail by Lem & Steve Ward of Crisfield...solid cedar construction with restored paint...in use bill repair from many years ago...unsigned...only a handful of these incredible decoys were made in this style...16"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.
Wallace O'Neal Redhead
Bold and oversized redhead from this prolific Aydlett, North Carolina carver circa 1930's…great form with high head and bold oversize body...square tail and protruding breast are his trademarks...original paint with wear and large crack down back...about 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.
Mannie Haywood Swan
Canvas over wire frame swan by this accomplished Kill Devil Hills, NC carver circa 1920...outstanding wooden head and bottom board with minor sewing repairs to canvas during use...original paint and condition with a painted "B" on the bottom...about 34”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.
Frank Dobbins Old Squaw
Diminutive drake old squaw from this downeast carver from Jones Port, Maine…signature inset head compliments appealing paint pattern...original leather thong and pad weight with name and address carved into bottom...Johnny Hillman Collection tag still intact...about 12”L.