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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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Price $2250 plus shipping SALE PRICE $1750
A Wonderful Folk Art Barn Owl by New Jersey Decoy and Folk Art Carver Russ Allen. Russ is considered one of the Best Decoy and Antique Restorers in the Country, and creates some Incredibly Fine Folk Art. This Barn Owl is made from an Old Factory Decoy Body which then is Completely Recreated to Represent a Folk Art Vision of a Barn Owl Decoy. A Face is Carved into the Decoy Body and then enhanced by a Great Degree of Carving Detail, Dark Marble Glass Eyes, Leather Side Wings, and a Deer Antler Beak, all of which creates a Multidimensional Sculpture. The Owl is then completed with a Painted Finish representing the Features of the Illusive Barn Owl. Russ adds a Leather tie on the Back for Wall Hanging or a Hole Drilled in the Bottom for an Iron Stand. Allen’s initials “RA” are branded into the back. Measurements: 14” in height (with stand 16”); 6” in width and approximately 3 ½” in depth. This Barn Owl is a truly Unique Piece for the Owl or Folk Art Collector.
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Outstanding Hollow Carved Snuggle Head Black Duck Decoy by Marty Collins, Bridgewater, Massachusetts, circa 2010. 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.” This Black Duck is an excellent reflection of that statement. Finely Carved in a Snuggle Head Form with Substantial Rasping to the Back of the Head to Simulate Feathering, Glass Eyes with Carved Accents, Detailed Bill Carving and Paint; the Wings are Slightly Raised with a Nice Split Tail Form and Chip Carving Under the Tail. Displaying Strong Original Paint with Subtle Coloration, the Quality of his Painterly Approach is Simply Outstanding. Moreover, this Outstanding Black Duck is Fully Rigged, Branded: “M. D. Collins”, and Signed: “M. D. Collins / 2010. Measurements: 15” in length, 6” in width and 5 ½” in height. A Quality Hunting Decoy that Should Stay on the Mantel.
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Early Red-breasted Merganser attributed to Herbert Stevens Randall (1900 – 1971), Seabrook, New Hampshire, circa 1930s – 1940s. While many auction houses identify Randall’s decoys circa 1940s – 1960s, Randall worked with his father Herbert Leonard Randall, a market gunner, when he was still in his youth, and was clearly carving decoys in the early part of the century. He also continued to make gunning rigs for himself and others until his 60s and is most readily recognized for his Shorebird Decoys for use and later for the shelf. This Merganser, which we believe to have been made by Randall and clearly influenced by George Boyd, has a body made in two parts and doweled together with the Head a separate piece on a raised neck shelf with a Very Slight Turn. (Note that Randall’s later decoys had heads resting directly on the body.) The decoy has painted Tack Eyes that show a fair degree of rust; the Paint appears to be All Original and has considerable age crazing, especially on the Head. The Condition is Quite Good, though there are a few shot marks on one side and some separation to the body parts toward the rear. The decoy measures 18 ½” in length, 5 ¾” in width, and 7” in height. A Fine Red-breasted Merganser.
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