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Raven’s Way is pleased to offer this Splendid Dodge Monroe Marsh Style Factory Decoy by Jasper Dodge, Detroit, Michigan, circa 1889 – 1891. Dodge Factory Decoys display a wide range of styles based on the period of production from 1879 to 1908. Beginning in 1885, according to Sharp & Dodge’s Detroit Decoy Dynasty, both special order St. Clair Flats and Monroe Marsh style decoys were offered to the public. The Monroe Marsh Mallard Drake, featured on pg. 139, of the Detroit Decoy Dynasty, is a very similar example to the decoy offered here. As many collectors know, as a collector of Dodge decoys I reviewed the Detroit Decoy Dynasty for Decoy Magazine, July/August, 2009, so I have a critical understanding of Dodge Decoys. This particular decoy displays Exceptionally Strong Original Paint and Fine Structural Condition. The Paint Wear around the bottom suggests that it was used on icy waters. There are also a few minor shot marks to one side. It measures 17 ½” in length, 5” in width, and 6 ¾” in height. A Wonder Example of the Monroe Marsh pattern that has been in my collection since approximately 1989.
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Neat Goldeneye Drake Decoy by Chester E. Doughty (1894-1974), Orr’s Island, Maine, circa 1940s – 1950s. This Goldeneye displays a Full-Bodied Form, Apparent Original Paint, an Inletted Head, and Tack Eyes. The Detail of the Paint suggests that Doughty had a Specific Pattern that he Used rather than simply applying paint. Moreover, Minor Flaws in the Wood and Knots that show Salt Water residue further suggests he used the wood he found available. The Chalky White Paint shows more wear than the Black, suggesting two different types of paint. Average or less Gunning Wear and a Small Repair to the Tip of the Bill. There is a Rig Mate to this decoy in Doc Starr’s Auction Catalog, p. 125. Measurements: 16” in length, 7” in width, and 7” in height. A Nice Maine Goldeneye Drake Decoy.
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Price $450 plus shipping
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
Terrific Eider Drake Decoy from Monhegan Island, Maine, circa 1930s. Wonderful Form, Inletted Head, Tack Eyes Dowelled into Head, Typical Gunning Wear, Early Working Repaint with Some Later Touchup, simply a Classic Maine Eider. 16” in length, 8 ½” in width, and 8 ½” in height. At one time the Eider Decoy was in the Collection of Adele Earnest, Stony Point, New York, author of The Art of the Decoy.
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Price $2400 plus shipping
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