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Canvasback Drake Decoy by George W. “Wash” Barnes (1861 – 1915), Carpenter’s Point, Cecil County, Maryland, circa 1900. There is a discussion of Wash Barnes’ decoys in McKinney’s Decoys of the Susquehanna Flats and Their Makers, and the measurements of this decoy are pretty much in line with his figures. What is Especially Appealing about this particular decoy is its Form. Barnes created a Classic Work of Folk Art for a Very Practical Purpose, attracting Canvasbacks to a Gunning Rig. The Working Repaint was done by Madison Mitchell, which further enhances the appeal of the decoy. While there are Some Typical Gunning Wear and Some Ages Lines, readily apparent in the photos, The Decoy is an Outstanding Example of the Folk Art Form by a Well-Known Cecil County Gunner/Carver.
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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
An Early Pair of Extremely Well-Carved Bufflehead Decoys by Marty Collins, Bridgewater, Massachusetts, circa Early 1990s. Marty is a Classic New England Carver who specializes in Massachusetts Decoys, and can probably turn out a Joe Lincoln Decoy better than old Joe. These Bufflehead display Exceptional Carving Detail, including Bills with Mandible, Nostril, and Nail Accents; Rasping for Head Feathers; and Raised Feathers with Secondary, Primary, and Tail Accents. Solid Round Body Form represents a Bufflehead in the Water, and the Paint Pattern is Excellent and Original, with the Glass Eyes also Accented. Condition is Near Excellent with Some Minor Shelf Wear from Age. Measurements: Drake 10 ½” in length, Hen 9 ½”; Drake 5 ¾” in width, Hen 5 ¼”; Drake 5 ½” in height, Hen 5”. Please examine the large images for detail for this Excellent Pair of Marty Collins Bufflehead.
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Price $595 plus shipping
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