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.
Ward Bros. Canada Goose
Iconic and early example from Lem's personal rig made in 1930...outstanding form including detailed bill carving...very early second coat of paint with expected wear...turned head with glass eyes...a rare example of their work indeed...about 23"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.
Ward Bros. Pintail
Outstanding drake pintail from the 1950's by Lem & Steve Ward of Crisfield, Maryland...solid cedar body with a turned head, keel and original paint with wear...crack present along the back which isn't visible on the shelf...two ink stamps, signed and dated...measures 18.5"l.
Ira Hudson Bluebill
Great form and condition on this drake bluebill by the dean of decoy carving from Chincoteague, VA...outstanding original paint with minimal wear including some dry rot on bottom...fluted tail, tack eyes and original ballast weight...about 14"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.
Perry Family Bluebill
Iconic drake bluebill by a member of the Perry Family, Kitty Hawk, NC circa 1900...worn paint that appears mostly original...area of filler at base of neck...see top of p. 283 of "Gunnin' Birds" for photos of Bob Perry Stand decoys...measures about 14"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.
Oscar Carroll Redhead
Bold and recognizable form on this oversized drake redhead from Back Bay, VA circa 1900...worn gunning paint as expected from decades of use...relatively light weight due to cypress knee construction...retains original ballast weight...about 16"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.
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.
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.
Unknown North Carolina Redhead
Beast mode descxribes this fabulous gunning redhead from the northern portion of the Outer Banks of NC...probably made circa 1930's, it exhibits worn original paint with great patina...lead ballast weight remains intact...measures 16"l.