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.
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.
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.
Floyd Parker Redhead
Form and function describe this drake redhead by this little known carver fom Spot, North Carolina circa 1942...typical Curritucker, he built boats, worked on the water and guided...body is all original...head may be second coat...14"L.
Irving Fulcher Bluebill
Near mint drake bluebill by this prolific carver from Stacy, NC circa 1930's...making an early living as a carpenter, he preferred the life of a waterman...classic three piece body with great form and painted eyes...carved "IF" in side denotes it was used in his rig...14"L.
Ward Bros. Buffleheads
Rarely made species are these buffleheads by Lem & Steve Ward of Crisfield, Maryland...solid cedar construction with outstanding original paint...turned heads with glass eyes...drake has carved crest...in near mint condition, they are signed and dated 1966...11"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.
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. Canvasback
Classic drake canvasback in the 1948 style by the famous brothers from Crisfield, MD...balsa body with combination of original paint and overpaint...appears to be early bill repair as well...otherwise original condition...signed and dated 1948 on bottom with wooden keel...about 15”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
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.
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.
Ned Burgess Widgeon
Fresh to the market is this stylish drake widgeon from the Currituck region of North Carolina circa 1940's...early gunning paint with wear...bill appears to have been blunted many years ago...original ballast weight on underside...16"L.
Hudson pattern bluebill that was part of a rig made by Ted Mulliken in Old Saybrook, CT circa 1940's...solid body construction with original paint and ballast weight...branded "BEN" twice on bottom for the Ben Island Gun Club identified in Henry Stansbury's book on Hudson...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.
Bob McGaw Blue Wing Teal
Rare pair of Upper Chesapeake Bay blue wing teal by Bob McGaw circa 1940...found in the attic of John Pusey's home, rain leaked through a slate roof for many years and burned some of the paint...otherwise in original condition with minor wear and great patina...measures 12"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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
Joseph Paquette Redhead
Well made drake redhead by this carver from Montreal, Canada circa 1930...raised and delineated wings, fluted tail on top and bottom and great bill carving...combination of original and gunning paint with wear...from the Peter Brown Collection...15"L.
Irving Fulcher Redhead
Near mint drake redhead by this prolific carver from Stacy, NC circa 1930's...making an early living as a carpenter, he preferred the life of a waterman...classic three piece body with great form and simple paint pattern...carved "IF" in side denotes it was used in his rig...14"L.
Lloyd Tyler Widgeon
Classic pair of widgeon from this highly accomplished carver and neighbor of the Ward Brothers in Crisfield, MD carver circa 1930's...they are in original paint and condition with wear and great patina...amazing examples of American Folk Art...both about 16"L.
Shourds Black Duck
Stunning swimmer head black duck by Harry M. Shourds from Ocean City, NJ...hollow body construction very similar to his dad Harry V. Shourds...scratch paint that is in near mint condition with tack eyes and inset weight...early Johnny Hillman tag still intact...about 17"L.
Swimmer head brant by George Washington O'Neal from the Green Island Club in Ocracoke,NC...worn paint that is probably a second coat with great patina...neck has cracks and structural issues but stable...remnants of original rigging on bottom...measures 18"L.
Sterling Family Pintail
Check out this bold, oversized pintail from Crisfield...solid cedar construction and similar to early Ward styles...worn original paint with bare wood showing in places...early, in use repair to tail..."DRAKE SPRIGTAIL" written on bottom...almost 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.