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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

Red-Breasted Merganser Drake Gunning Decoy by Lyle G. Smith, Shinnecock Reservation, Long Island, New York, circa 2016. This Slightly Turned Head Merganser with a Turkey Beard Crest was recently created to serve in a Gunning Rig on Long Island, though I managed to obtain it before it hit the water. The Decoy displays Strong Original Paint, Carved Eyes and Bill, and Especially Raised Primaries with a Distinct Tail Form. The later characteristics are reflective of Smith’s continuation of the Eugene Cuffee Style with whom Smith has a traceable lineage on his Grandmother’s side. In fact, though a true carver in his own right, Lyle frequently carves extensively in the Cuffee tradition. Measurements: 16 ¾” in length, 6” in width, and 7” in height. It is Branded: “Lyle G. Smith / Shinnecock / 2016.” A Fine Native American Hunting Decoy from Long Island.

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Price  $275 plus shipping  SALE PRICE $175

 

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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