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Rare Canada goose by Doug Jester of Chincoteague, Virginia, ca. 1920. Worn original paint with a wonderful dry surface.
Rare Canada goose by Doug Jester of Chincoteague, Virginia, ca. 1920. Worn original paint with a wonderful dry surface. $2000
Canvasback by Scott Jackson of Charlestown, Maryland, ca. 1880. Branded "JH" under the tail, it's from the John Hanson rig. Canvasback by Scott Jackson of Charlestown, Maryland, ca. 1880. Branded "JH" under the tail, it's from the John Hanson rig.
Canvasback by Scott Jackson of Charlestown, Maryland, ca. 1880. Branded "JH" under the tail, it's from the John Hanson rig. $1895
Dowitcher or plover from New Jersey's "Lumberyard" rig, ca. 1900. Dowitcher or plover from New Jersey's "Lumberyard" rig, ca. 1900.
Dowitcher or plover from New Jersey's "Lumberyard" rig, ca. 1900. $950
Rare black-bellied plover from New Jersey's "Lumberyard" rig, ca. 1900. Rare black-bellied plover from New Jersey's "Lumberyard" rig, ca. 1900.
Rare black-bellied plover from New Jersey's "Lumberyard" rig, ca. 1900. $950
Black-bellied plover by John Dilley of Quogue, Long Island, New York, ca. 1890, with a replaced bill. Lots of shot hits on one side, but it's in original paint. Black-bellied plover by John Dilley of Quogue, Long Island, New York, ca. 1890, with a replaced bill. Lots of shot hits on one side, but it's in original paint.
Black-bellied plover by John Dilley of Quogue, Long Island, New York, ca. 1890, with a replaced bill. Lots of shot hits on one side, but it's in original paint. $1895
Curlew by Joe King of Tuckerton, New Jersey, ca. 1890, with a replaced bill. Curlew by Joe King of Tuckerton, New Jersey, ca. 1890, with a replaced bill.
Curlew by Joe King of Tuckerton, New Jersey, ca. 1890, with a replaced bill. $1895
Scoter with a 90 degrees turned head by Gus Wilson of South Portland, Maine, ca. 1920 in old gunning paint. Terrific form!
Scoter with a 90 degrees turned head by Gus Wilson of South Portland, Maine, ca. 1920 in old gunning paint. Terrific form! $2895
Bluebill hen by Ira Hudson of Chincoteague Virginia, ca. 1920. One of Hudson's earliest decoys in near mint condition Bluebill hen by Ira Hudson of Chincoteague Virginia, ca. 1920. One of Hudson's earliest decoys in near mint condition
Bluebill hen by Ira Hudson of Chincoteague Virginia, ca. 1920. One of Hudson's earliest decoys in near mint condition. $8500
Canvasback wooden wing duck by Charles Nelson Barnard of Havre de Grace, Maryland, ca. 1930. Excellent original condition. Canvasback wooden wing duck by Charles Nelson Barnard of Havre de Grace, Maryland, ca. 1930. Excellent original condition. $3850
Oversized canvasback by Jim Currier of Havre de Grace, Maryland, ca. 1950. Oversized canvasback by Jim Currier of Havre de Grace, Maryland, ca. 1950.
Oversized canvasback by Jim Currier of Havre de Grace, Maryland, ca. 1950. $950
Merganser hen by Halstead Brown of Noank, Connecticut, ca. 1920s. Balsa-bodied black duck by the Ward brothers of Crisfield, Maryland, ca. 1940s. Keel removed.
Merganser hen by Halstead Brown of Noank, Connecticut, ca. 1920s. $695 Balsa-bodied black duck by the Ward brothers of Crisfield, Maryland, ca. 1940s. Keel removed. $1950
Pintail by Ken Harris of Woodville, New York, ca. 1950. Pintail by Ken Harris of Woodville, New York, ca. 1950.
Pintail by Ken Harris of Woodville, New York, ca. 1950. $495
Goldeneye by the Sperry Decoy Co. of Connecticut, ca. 1930s. Hooded merganser by Oliver King of Port Severn, Ontario.
Goldeneye by the Sperry Decoy Co. of Connecticut, ca. 1930s. $295 Hooded merganser by Oliver King of Port Severn, Ontario. $495
Bluebill by Ira Hudson of Chincoteague, Virginia, ca. 1940. Wonderful deep body form in original paint with a nice dry surface patina. Bluebill by Capt. Percy Smith of Annapolis, Maryland, ca. 1930. Petite decoy in fine original paint.
Bluebill by Ira Hudson of Chincoteague, Virginia, ca. 1940. Wonderful deep body form in original paint with a nice dry surface patina. $3250 Bluebill by Capt. Percy Smith of Annapolis, Maryland, ca. 1930. Petite decoy in fine original paint. $695
Bluebill by the Ward brothers of Crisfield, Maryland, ca. 1930. Cheeky, bulbous head with nicely carved wings. Great early bird! Bluebill by the Ward brothers of Crisfield, Maryland, ca. 1930. Cheeky, bulbous head with nicely carved wings. Great early bird!
Bluebill by the Ward brothers of Crisfield, Maryland, ca. 1930. Cheeky, bulbous head with nicely carved wings. Great early bird! $8500
Green-winged teal hen by William Kemble of Trenton, New Jersey, ca. 1910. Good original paint.
Green-winged teal hen by William Kemble of Trenton, New Jersey, ca. 1910. Good original paint. New Jersey teal are very rare! $950
 
Mason Challenge brant decoy, ca. 1915 Mason Challenge brant decoy
, ca. 1915
Challenge grade brant by the Mason decoy factory of Detroit, ca. 1915. $2495
Henry Lockard canvasback hen decoy, ca. 1915 Henry Lockard canvasback hen decoy, ca. 1915
Canvasback hen by Henry Lockard of Elk Neck, Maryland in Bob McGaw paint, ca. 1915. $1950
Rare wigeon by Tom Wilson Rare wigeon by Tom Wilson
Rare wigeon by Tom Wilson of Ipswich, Massachusetts, ca. 1920. Never rigged. $3850
Black duck by Lonnie Ganung Black duck by Lonnie Ganung
Black duck by Lonnie Ganung of West Haven, Connecticut, ca. 1920. $1595
Bluebill by Chauncey Wheeler Bluebill by Chauncey Wheeler
Bluebill by Chauncey Wheeler of Alexandria Bay, New York. $1895
Bluebill by Jimmy Clark Bluebill by Jimmy Clark
Bluebill by Jimmy Clark of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, ca. 1930. $695
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Hollow-carved black duck by Joe Tom Cranmer of Manahawkin, New Jersey, ca. 1920. Ex-collection of John Hillman. $795

Pictured at the left is the bottom of the Cranmer black duck with the Hillman collection stamp.
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Hollow-carved brant by Rowley Horner of West Creek, New Jersey, ca. 1920. Mostly original paint. $3850
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Canvasback by Charles Nelson Barnard of Havre de Grace, Maryland, ca. 1920. Old gunning paint. Crack in neck. $1595
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Black-bellied plover, possibly from the Canadian Maritimes, ca. 1900. Gunners carry hole drilled through the body. $895
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Diminutive bluebill decoy from Crisfield, Maryland, ca. 1920. All original. Rigging removed. $1895
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Cork-bodied eider by L.L. Bean of Freeport, Maine, 1950s. Nice condition and fully rigged. $495 
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Full-sized decorative mallard by Bob McGaw of Havre de Grace, Maryland, ca. 1930. Good condition other than some flaking to one side of the head and a check on the bottom of the bird. While McGaw made hundreds of miniature decoys, his full-size decoratives are harder to find. $2250
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Canvasback hen by Scott Jackson of Charlestown, Maryland, ca. 1890. Old gunning repaint with excellent surface patina. Glass eyes that were later added have been removed. Fully rigged. A rare Cecil County decoy by one of its few celebrated makers. $3500
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Canvasback hen by Jim Currier of Havre de Grace, Maryland, ca. 1920. Early "Roman nose" style with Cecil County style "angel wing" paint pattern. Wonderful dry surface with no structural repairs. The weight has been removed by an early collector. $1595
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Canvasback by Bob McGaw of Havre de Grace, Maryland, ca. 1930. Good original paint and condition. Half of the "dog bone" weight has been removed by an early collector so that it would sit on a shelf. Similar in style to the McGaw canvasback that appeared on a U.S. postage stamp. $1295
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Black duck by Madison Mitchell of Havre de Grace, Maryland, ca. 1955. Nice early gunning decoy with excellent scratch feather painting. Fully rigged. $595
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Sleeping black duck by Madison Mitchell of Havre de Grace, Maryland, ca. 1938. Rare sleeping model puddle duck from the Brummett rig, which included pintails and black ducks and was used on the Delaware River. Fine scratch feather paint. Check on the bottom. One of the earliest puddle ducks ever made in Mitchell's shop. $6850
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Redhead by John "Daddy" Holly of Havre de Grace, Maryland, ca. 1870. Mixture of original and old gunning repaint. Nice dry surface patina with wear to bare wood in a couple of spots. Crack in one side of the neck. Nice example of an early Susquehanna Flats decoys. $1895
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Hollow-carved black duck from Cape May County, New Jersey, ca. 1920. This large oversized decoy, used on the Delaware Bay side of the peninsula, has excellent sculptural form. Paint may have been restored at some point. Fully rigged. Similar to the work of Townsend Godfrey, but as yet it was carved by an unidentified maker. $2495
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Old squaw from coastal Maine, ca. 1900. Tiny flat-bottomed decoy, fully rigged, with wonderful paint pattern and dry surface patina. A folk art delight! $2895
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Hooded merganser hen by Leonard Jester of Chincoteague, Virginia, ca. 1950. Leonard was the nephew of Doug Jester and worked in his shop. This "hairy head" is in near perfect condition and fully rigged. $1295
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Pintail hen by Madison Mitchell of Havre de Grace, Maryland, ca. 1940. This decoy has Mitchell's earliest paint pattern - most pintail hens have scratch feather paint. Fully rigged. Some damage to the top of the tail. A rare hard to find example. $3250
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Blue-winged teal by Don Gearhart of Tulsa, Oklahoma, ca. 1930. This decoy has a unique weight that fits into the keel on its bottom. It is marked with his name and place of origin. Original paint with some wear throughout, particularly a spot on the head. A delightful little decoy. $895
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Bluebill by an unidentified maker from Ontario, Canada. Flat-bottomed, solid-bodied decoy with nicely applied combed-painted tail feathers. Bulbous head gives it an animated folky look. While the maker is unknown, it appears to be from the Toronto area. $1095
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Redhead by an unidentified maker from Upstate New York, ca. 1920. Folky, almost "helmet-like" head. Near perfect original paint. Branded "T Wlson" on the bottom. Ex-collection of Colonel Connor. $595
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Red-breasted merganser by an unidentified maker from Long Island, ca. 1900. Terrific carving to the crest gives the head a very folky look. Nice early North Shore decoy. $1695
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"Big Eyed" yellowlegs by an unidentified maker from Long Island, New York, ca. 1870. Nice early shorebird with the head slightly cocked. Nice surface patina. Partial bill replacement. $595
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Ruddy turnstone from the well-known Bennett rig, ca. 1990. Coastal New Jersey was one of the few areas in the country where ruddy turnstone decoys were made and used. Old gunning repaint. Excellent paint pattern. $2850
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Matched pair of long-billed curlews by an unidentified maker from coastal New Jersey, ca. 1890. Long-billed curlews are among the rarest species of shorebird decoys, and these two are rigmates. Somewhat thin bodies and absolutely original bills. Excellent original paint and condition. It's amazing they survived their years of usage. Excellent examples of early American folk art. $35,000
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Red-breasted merganser by an unidentified New Jersey maker, ca. 1880. Early hollow pegged construction and nice crusty surface patina. One side is a little "bleached out," possibly due to exposure to the sun. Diamond-shaped pad weight on the bottom. $1895
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Black duck by Rhodes Truex of Atlantic City, New Jersey, ca. 1915. Hollow-carved construction, carved eyes and inletted weight. Small repair to a chip in the tail. Terrific form. $1295
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Canada goose by Charlie Joiner of Chestertown, Maryland, signed and dated 1952. Perfect condition, never rigged nor used. This is the finest example of a Joiner goose decoy that we've ever seen. $2895
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Canada goose by Sam Soper of Barnegat, New Jersey, ca. 1890. Wonderful swimming attitude and appealing old gunning repaint. Hollow-carved construction. Fully rigged. Clever early repair to a break in the neck. Terrific piece of folk sculpture by one of New Jersey's finest decoy makers. $3500

 

  
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