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Exceptional Hollow Carved Double-Crested Cormorant Decoy by Reggie Birch, Chincoteague, Virginia / Berlin, Germany, circa 1980s. Reggie is well-known throughout the decoy world for his work as a carver and his place in the development of “contemporary antique” decoy carving, using traditional tools and carefully crafted aging techniques. This particular Hollow Craved Cormorant decoy was designed quite simply as a contemporary carving, reflecting the Characteristics of the Double-crested Cormorant. Form is a critical element of this carving and Reggie uses a Pronounced Head Display, Bold Bill Detail, and Full-Bodied Presentation to offer an Almost Full-sized Presentation the Species’ Character. Measurements: 26” in length, 9 ½” in width, and 9” in height. Paint is intriguing here because the Cormorant is basically seen as “black”, but Reggie has elaborated the Blackish Brown Feather Color with a dark Orange Bill, Greenish Sheen on the side of the Head, Blue-Teal Color of the Eyes, and a Subtle Accenting of the Feather Pattern which is most represented by the carving. It is Signed on the Bottom: Reggie Birch / Chincoteague, VA. Condition: Excellent Original Paint and Form with Minor Spotting on one wing. This Cormorant is one Exceptional Decoy.

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Stylized Pair of Hooded Merganser Decoys by Marty Collins, Bridgewater, Massachusetts, circa Early 2000s.  As Rod Taylor points out in Hunting & Fishing Collectibles Magazine, Sept./Oct. 2010, pg. 35, “Today Collins is regarded by many as one of the preeminent carvers in America.” Many, if not most, of Collins’ carving display a strong Massachusetts influence, especially Joe Lincoln and Elmer Crowell. With these Mergansers, Marty displays the ability to take his favorite carvers to the next level with the Collins’ Brand of Decoys. These Decoys show the Rugged Construction of a Gunning Decoy and the Quality Carving of a “Preeminent” Maker. The Bills are Highly Detailed with Separation, Mandible, and Nostril Carving. The Crests are designed with Wood Inserts. The Body offers a Wide Presence a Distinctive Ice Groove behind the Head while the Tails Flare Out like a Hoodie. The Quality Paint Work suggests the Look of the Merganser on the Water, whereas, the Subtle Aging Enhances Use as a Gunning Decoy. Rigged for Use and Displaying an Inserted Weight, the Decoys are Boldly Branded: “M.D. Collins”. Measurements: 13” in length, 6” in width, and 6” in height (the Hen is just a bit smaller). A Great Pair of Hooded Mergansers ready for the Water or the Shelf.

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Price $850 plus shipping

Hollow Carved Sleeping Pintail Drake by Downeast Sportcraft Decoy Company, Freeport, Maine, circa 1946 – 1950. Apparently, the Downeast company grew out of a slow period in the construction business and ended rather quickly when that slowdown ended. Still, while the business lasted, the company created some fine decoys, mostly solid gunning birds but also some fine hollow decoys. The “Down East” Pintail offered here is a Hollow Carved Decoy in a Sleeping Pose with a Well-Designed Body Form, Textured Wood Finish, Small Glass Eyes, and Near Excellent Original Paint, Highlighting the Field Marks of the Pintail Drake. It displays Very Minor Wear with some original filler along the body seams. It measures 17” in length, 6” in width, and 6” in height. (For reference, see Ken Trayer’s North American Factory Decoys.) The Downeast Company may only have been in business for a short period of time, but they created some quality decoys the coastal hunter.

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Well Carved Turned Head Old Squaw (Long-tailed Duck) Drake Decoy by Michael R. McCarthy, Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, circa 2000. McCarthy is a Full Time Decoy/Wildlife Carver who created a Limited Group of 25 Old Squaw in 2000, and identified each item on his Inlaid Weight. Weight Signature: “Michael R. McCarthy / Limited Edition Edition / ‘Old Squaw’ / #21 of 25 / 2000”. The Bottom is also Branded “M R McCarthy”. This Well Carved Decoy displays a Highly Detailed Bill, Cheeky Head with Glass Eyes, and the Classic Long-tailed Form. The Original Paint is Boldly Represented, emphasizing the Field Marks of Winter Plumage when seen on the Atlantic Coast in a Simple Flowing Design. To give the decoy a look of the wild, McCarthy has added a softly “aged” patina. Measurements: 15” in length, 5” in width, and 7” in height. Fully Rigged, the Decoy can be Used on the Water or, more often, Added to the Shelf. A Very Appealing Decoy.

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Price $325 plus shipping

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