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Sleek Hollow Carved Red-breasted Merganser Decoy by an Unknown Maker believed to be Massachusetts in Origin, circa 1890 – 1900. Acquired from the Herman Goldthwaite Rig of Biddeford Pool, Maine, in 1940 and Held in Kennebunk, Maine, until the 1990s. The Decoy displays Very Dry Original Paint with Some Touch up to the Left Wing Patch and a Light Wash on the Breast, along with the Age Separation around the Body, a Deep Shot Mark under the Neck and Minor Wear from Use and Age. Measurements: 17 ½” in length, 6” in width, and 6 ½” in height.The Racy Form and the Early Age of this Merganser make it an Excellent Addition any Decoy Collection, especially to a New England Collection.
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Price $2350 plus shipping NEW SALE PRICE $1800, including shipping & insurance Continental U.S.
Classic Hooded Merganser Drake Decoy by David “Davey” W. Nichol (1890 – 1977), Smiths Falls, Ontario, Canada, circa Late 1960s. Much has been written about Davey Nichol and his decoys. A concise look at the family is included in Fleming’s Traditions in Wood, and a particularly interesting look at the tools used for feathering and texturing is included in Lunman’s David W. Nichol and the Decoys of the Rideau Canal Waterway. This Unrigged Hooded Merganser displays Wonderful Form with Detailed Bill Carving and Various Types of Feather Tail Carving, plus Excellent Original Paint representing a Fine Vision of the Bird itself. As is typical of his later decoys, this one is Marked: “Male Hooded Merganser / by / D.W. Nichol / Smiths Falls, Ont.”. Measurements: 13” in length, 5” in width, 5 ½” in height. A Fine Example of a Later Model Nichol’s Hooded Merganser.
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Price $875 plus shipping
Early Hollow Carved Atlantic Brant by Jack Inman (Attributed), Bay Head, New Jersey, circa 1880 – 1890. This wonderful old Brant has a Nice Restored Paint Pattern over coats of Working Repaint. There is a Neck Crack which is Stable and Typical Gunning Wear. The Decoy has an External Weight on the Bottom, and Two Brands from the Head of the Bay: “D.C.V.” and a less clear “C.C.C.” (someone should be able to identify the correct brand) with the paint cleaned out. The Brant displays Terrific Coastal New Jersey Form and Serious Age. Measurements: 17” in length, 6” in width, and 8 ½” in height, no stand necessary. A Fine Old New Jersey Brant.
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Price $575 plus shipping
Hollow Carved Red-Breasted Merganser Drake Decoy by Mark Kears (1856 – 1946), Northfield, New Jersey, circa 1920s. An Early Coastal New Jersey Decoy with a Terrific Working Repaint Reflecting the Kears’ Pattern. See Fleckenstein’s New Jersey Decoys for biographical and photographic information. This Old Work Horse displays a Nice Original Crest, Detailed Bill Carving, Tack Eyes, a Classic Hollow Carved Body and an Inletted Weight. The Decoy also displays its Age and Gunning Wear with Separation to the Body Seam and Scrapes to the Breast. Measurements: 17” in length, 5 ½” in width, and 6 ½” in height. An Early New Jersey Merganser with a Very Appealing Form.
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