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Fine Turned Head Hollow Carved Black Duck Decoy by Hurley Conklin (1913 – 1991), Manahawkin, New Jersey, circa 1972. Conklin was a Bayman who Guided for the “Marshelder Gunning Club, and established a Classic New Jersey form that continues into the present. This Fine Black Duck Decoy displays Strong Original Paint, a Truned Head with Glass Eyes, and Carved Wing and Tail Feathers. It is Branded “H. Conklin” and Signed “1972 / Hurley Conklin / Manahawkin / N.J.” Measurements: 17" in length, 5 1/2" in width, and 6 1/4" in height. A Fine Example of Conklin’s Decoys.
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Price $495 plus shipping SALE PRICE $375
Outstanding Example of a William Southard Style Red-Breasted Merganser Drake Decoy by Cameron McIntyre, New Church, Virginia, circa Early 1990s. He has studied and restored many historic decoys from the time he was young and collectors recognize his exceptional skills, especially his ability as an artist and a carver. This Contemporary “Antique” Decoy represents an Incredible Insight into Traditional Sculptural Form and the Faithful Use of Traditional Hand Tools. The Decoy is made from Old Growth Northern White Cedar and is Painted in Oils which are worked to display a wonderfully “Aged” Patina; that Patina ultimately reflects the “reality” of the Hundred Plus Year Old Decoy. A quick reference to an Original Southard Merganser, circa late 1800s, in The Decoys of Long Island indicates Cameron’s ability creating historically important decoys with a sense of accuracy and credibility. When this decoy was displayed on Long Island, people suggested the dates were incorrect and that it should be 1890s! But Cameron invariably marks his decoys with a carved signature: “CTM” to maintain the authenticity of his work. Measurements: 18” in length, 7” in width, and 7” in height. A Wonderful Representation of an 1890s Southard Merganser. (DX682) Click on Photo for larger images. Contact us for additional information. Price $2000 plus shipping SALE PRICE $1450
Maine Style Folk Art Old Squaw (Long-tailed Duck) by Dan Bruffee, Plymouth, Massachusetts, circa 2017. Dan Bruffee is exhibiting the Quality Carving Ability possessed by his father, a deceased carver from Cape Cod Byron Bruffee, and his older brother Byron Bruffee. Both Dan and his brother Byron were featured in an earlier issue of Hunting and Fishing Collectibles Magazine. This Maine Style Old Squaw shows Dan’s work with Traditional Hand Tools and “Contemporary Primitive” Wood Condition and “Aged” Painting Techniques. Draw Knife Marks and Drying Cracks in the Body are typical of early Maine Decoys. The Inletted Head and Carved Eyes, plus the Over-sized Body, are Classic Elements of Coastal Maine Decoys. Dan has even carved Initials on the Bottom, suggesting the Original Hunter, and Carved his own name on the Bottom to eliminate any deception of age. Measurements: 17” in length, 7 ¾” in width, and 8” in height. Excellent Original Condition and a Fine “Maine” Folk Art Style.
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Price $600 plus shipping
Super Snuggle Head Old Squaw (Long Tailed Duck) Drake Decoy by Stephen Brettell, Biddeford, Maine, circa 1990. Brettell is a licensed Coast Guard Captain and Registered Maine Guide who specializes in guiding stripper fishing and sea duck hunts. He has also been carving waterfowl decoys for his sea duck hunts and this decoy is a prime example of his work. Steve’s emphasis is on Form and the Desire to make the Decoy look Natural on the water. This Old Squaw has a Nice Bold Breast with a Snuggle Head and a Sleek Elongated Form leading out to the Classic Tail. The Paint is All Original with the Old Squaw’s Natural Feathering represented in Excellent, almost abstract, Form. While the Decoy was made for Hunting, it apparently never left the shelf and has only Minor Shelf Wear and a Some Very Tiny Paint Spots. Signed on the Bottom: “Stephen Brettell / Old Squaw / 1990.” Measurements: 16” in length, 5 ½” in width, and 6” in height. Old Squaws are Very Appealing on the Water or on the Shelf.
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Price $650 plus shipping SALE PRICE $450
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