Gus Wilson Black Duck
Downeast style black duck by this lighthouse keeper and accomplished carver from South Portland, Maine circa 1900...turned head that is inset into body with raised wings...original paint on body with working touch up to head and bill......measures 16"l.
Humphry Lewark Canvasback
Exceedingly rare hen canvasback by this market gunner from Sea Gull, North Carolina near Corolla ca. 1910...bold high head atop an oversized body with well worn original paint...some cracks and checks from heavy use...original rigging...about 18”l.
James Holly Canvasback
Classic drake canvasback by this well known carver, boat builder and artist from Havre de Grace, MD...made around 1890, it exhibits great patina with the "GRACE" brand on the underside...head has lifted slighty but stable......measures 15"l.
Cecil O'Neal Redhead
Extremely rare drake redhead made in the Currituck tradition by this legendary market gunner from Poplar Branch…stubby tail with flat bottom and breast …ballast weight has been removed...Bob Timberlake Collection stamp on underside...approximately 16”l.
One of a kind sleeper canvasback by Charles Nelson Barnard (1876-1958) of Havre de Grace, Maryland...surface has considerable wear and appears to be a combination of original and gunning paint...x-rays available upon request...measures 13"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.
Bill Neal Pintails
Outstanding and early pair of pintails by this prolific carver from Novato, CA...gunning paint with wear circa 1939...thought to have been part of the rig he sold just before entering WWII...both retain unusual cast aluminum ballast weights...both about 17"l.
Sam Smith Pintail
Historically significant hen pintail from Amityville, Long Island circa 1870...used at the Swan Island Club...head has lifted from the body and one eye missing...branded "W. H. FORBES" and "W. ENDICOTT" both of whom were early members...measures 15.5"l.
John & Wilse Farrow Brant
Check out this fabulous root head brant by the Farrow brothers from Avon,NC...made around 1900, it exhibits worn original paint with great patina...neck has cracks and structural issues but stable...ballast weight proves they used what they had at their disposal...measures 19"l.
John Glenn Bluebills
Rare and iconic high head pair of bluebills by this stallwart from Rock Hall, MD...original paint with honest wear circa 1940...hen has extremely high head...both signed on underside...both about 13.5"l.
Ben Holmes Bluebill
Classic example of a Stratford, CT drake bluebill circa 1875...great form and wafer thin body...mounted on a wooden base, it is in early second coat of his paint...signed and dated on the bottom of the decoy...from the Walter Bush Collection...14"l.
Ike Phillips Black Duck
Early black duck by Ike Phillips of Wachapreague, Virginia circa 1890's...cypress body with a large indentation on one side and inserted piece of wood on the other side...original paint with wear...body is peppered with tiny shot used for shorebirds...measures 15.5"l.
Manie Haywood Swan
Iconic form on this canvas over wire frame swan from Kill Devil Hills, NC...has trademark groove above bill and two-piece head with worn original paint...bottom has "H. B. Saunders, Poplar Branch, NC and 1935" for Blanton Saunders...about 31"l.
John Graham Canvasback
Early drake canvasback from the Upper Chesapeake Bay by this well known carver from Havre de Grace, MD circa 1870...worn gunning paint that is very old...retains double iron keel ballast weight...early flat tack eyes on well carved head...about 13"l.
Ben Dye Redhead
Extremely early drake redhead from the Upper Chesapeake Bay by this well known carver from Perryville, MD circa 1870...angel wing paint that appears original...x-rays reveal a neck repair to well carved head with mandibles...about 13"l.
Frank Combs Bluebill
Form and function describe this smart looking drake bluebill from Alexandria Bay,NY...the outstanding form is enhanced by worn original paint with comb painting on wings...neck has crack and swivels...ballast weight intact...measures 14.5"l.
John "Daddy" Holly Canvasback
Sculptural beauty describes this early canvasback by the father of the Holly family in Havre de Grace, MD circa 1870...in early repaint it has been described as a hen merganser...iron keel ballast was removed and bottom planed for the shelf...15"l.
Ken Anger Black Duck
A fine example by this well known carver from Dunnville, Ontario…rasp finish on head and hollow body exhibiting raised and delineated wings...extensive bill carving and glass eyes...original iron keel weight intact...approximately 16”l.
Ira Hudson Bluebill
Near mint drake bluebill from Chincoteague, VA circa 1930's...bone dry original paint and condition with his finest swirl paint around the breast...minimal wear with minor touchup to filler on top of head and front of neck...measures 13.5"l.
Elmer Crowell Goldeneyes
Classic gunning pair of goldeneyes by the father of American bird decoy carving from East Harwich, MA circa 1915...solid body construction with combination of original and gunning paint...both have oval brand on bottom...they measure 16" & 15"l.
Lloyd Tyler Pintail
Bold example of a drake pintail by this Crisfield, MD...in worn original paint from hard use, it still looks great on the shelf...signed and dated 1929 on the bottom of the decoy...in use bill repair from many years ago...19"l.
Ward Bros. Black Duck
Classic low body example of a balsa body black duck circa 1948...outstanding form with turned head and inserted tail...original paint with extensive feather detail and minor wear...this example is unsigned but unmistably by the famous brothers from Crisfield, MD...about 17"l.
Ward Bros. Canvasback
Iconic bull canvasback drake circa 1948...outstanding form with turned head and inserted tail...early second coat of paint with extensive feather detail and minor wear...this example is signed and dated 1948 by the famous brothers from Crisfield, MD...about 18"l.
Ned Burgess Redhead
Near mint drake redhead by Ned Burgess from Waterlily in North Carolina...from the Aman Rig used near Sneads Ferry on the New River...outstanding original paint and form with great patina...they don't come any better than this one...measures 16.5"l.
Ned Burgess Drake Widgeon
Another classic example of form and function from ...paint was totally restored by Burgess in the 1950's...a rare example of a puddle duck in this condition...other Burgess decoys available...call or message for additional information, photos and pricing...measures 16.5"l.
Alvirah Wright Ruddy
Exceedingly rare ruddy duck by one of North Carolina's most iconic carvers made around 1900...unmistakable form with high head and angular body...early paint with wear from many years of use...UV light shows old head replacement...formerly in the collection of Don Walston...about 14"l.
Dave Watson Pintail
Stylish drake pintail by the carver known as "Umbrella" Watson from Chincoteague, VA...outstanding and early restored paint with minimal wear...exhibits his signature raised wings, carved brow, hollow body original ballast weight...about 17"l.
Madison Mitchell Canvasbacks
Early pair of canvasbacks by the dean of Havre de Grace, MD...in working paint by Severin Hall...both retain metal tags from the rig of Jake Mowery, Lancaster, PA...signed and dated 1954 but these are much earlier circa 1940...about 15"l.
Portsmouth Island Brant
Exceedingly rare brant from Portsmouth Island circa 1890...exhibits dry original paint and condition with cracks in body and neck but all are stable...expected wear in places to bare wood and great patina......measures 18"l.