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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 $1900, including shipping & insurance Continental U.S.
A Very Fine Hollow Carved, Snuggle Head Gunning Style Back Duck Decoy with a Slightly Turned Head by Cameron McIntyre, circa 2014. Cameron lives on the Eastern Shore of Virginia and loves the opportunity to hunt waterfowl on a daily basis, so when he carves a Black Duck there is untold experience that guides his efforts. In addition, he carves in a highly skilled fashion with the traditional tools – hatchets, draw knives, spoke shaves, and so forth. Cameron is also a studied artist and the quality of his work with oil paints adds to the authenticity of his decoys. This 17” long, 7” wide Black Duck Decoy displays an array of Feathered Scratch Painting which complements the Primary and Secondary Wing Carving and the Overall Form of the Decoy. And the Realism of the Decoy is further Enhanced by the Subtle Aging to the Paint. Marked on the Bottom: “CTM.” Quite Simply, this Decoy is Both an Enticing Lure and an Outstanding Display Piece.
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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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Outstanding White-winged Scoter Decoy by Stephen Brettell, Biddeford, Maine, circa 1992. Brettell is a licensed Coast Guard Captain and Registered Maine Guide who specializes in guiding stripper fishing and sea duck hunts. This Decoy is from one of Brettell’s Gunning Rigs when he was guiding early sea duck hunts, and a photograph of the rig will go to the buyer. Steve’s emphasis is on Form and the Desire to make the Decoy look Natural on the water. The Scoter has a Bold Snuggle Head Look with Glass Eyes, Excellent Bill Detail, and Slightly Raised Speculum and Primary Feathers. The Paint is All Original with Gunning Wear and a Few Shot Marks on one side. I bought this decoy from Stephen in 1992 and it is Signed “Stephen Brettell / 1992”. It measures 17” in length, 7 ½” in width, and 7” in height. An Excellent Maine Coast Gunning Scoter Decoy.
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