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A Fine Pair of Bluebill Decoys by Jim Pierce, Havre de Grace, Maryland, circa 1983. Jim Pierce is a Very Well-Known and Highly Regarded Carver from the Upper Bay of the Chesapeake. His work fits well into the Classic Form of Havre de Grace Decoys and he holds an Honored Place in the Havre de Grace Decoy Museum. These Bluebill Decoys created in 1983 are representative of the Finest Original Paint found on Upper Bay Decoys. Pierce has used thick paints to create Extremely Fine Feathering throughout both the Hen and the Drake, creating a Multidimensional Texture. A rarely seen addition is the use of three different colors on the head designed to capture the fluorescence of the head feathers in bright light. The Quality of these decoys cannot be fully captured in the photographs. Each is Signed: “Jim Pierce / H d Grace / MD / 1983”. Measurements: 14 ½” in length, 6” in width, and 8 ½” in height, including the stands. A Fine Pair of Havre de Grace Decoys.

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Price $350 plus shipping

Swimming Wood Duck Drake with a Slightly Turned Head by Duncan Szeliga, a New Hampshire Hunter/Carver who has made a name in the “antique decoy” carving market. This particular decoy is from his 2022 decoy rig on the Great Bay in New Hampshire. Duncan’s gunning birds are made with an Animated Form and Bold Lines to Enhance the Wing Pattern, further adding Highly Delineated Bill Carving. The Original Paint focuses on the Characteristic Colors of the Drake Wood Duck for easy Attraction on the Water. The Bird shows Minor Wear from Use and is Fully Rigged to further lure the birds in the future. “Great Bay” is Branded on the Bottom and is Signed “Duncan Szeliga / 2022”. Measurements: 14 ½” in length, 5” in width, and 5” in height. A Nice New Hampshire Gunning Decoy.

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Goldeneye Hen Decoy by Harold A. “Mucker” Davis (1883 – 1967), Waquoit (Falmouth), Cape Cod, Massachusetts, circa 1930s – 1940s. Davis owned the H. A. Davis Boat Co., at White’s Landing in Waquoit, a village in Falmouth. This Goldeneye is one of Davis’s earlier decoys and is quite nicely carved. It was probably made for his own rig. His later work was marked “H. A. Davis, Cape Cod Decoys, Waquoit, MA” and was undoubtedly made for hunters on Cape Cod. This decoy displays Strong Original Paint with Average Gunning Wear; there is a possible repair under the neck. There is also some writing under the tail which is difficult to discern, though the word “Davis” is apparent. The Decoy measures 15” in length, 5” in width, and 6 ½” in height. Nice example of a Cape Cod Gunning Decoy.

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Price $325 plus shipping

 

Primitive Merganser Hen Decoy by an Unknown Maker from Islesboro, Maine, circa 1900 – 1920. Islesboro is a small island off the coast of Maine just Northeast of Camden. In the early 20th century, it served as a typical Maine Island with communities living off the water and the land, and feeling the steady influx of “Summer People”. This Merganser is a Remnant of the Island’s early life. It has a Three-Piece Body Construction with an Inletted Head. In the style of “make do”, the Maker used a grouping of 1” boards to make the body which is dowelled together and undoubted glued. One can envision the work of his draw knife and spoke shave to create the sleek form. The he took another 1” board using the same tools and perhaps a fine rasp to fashion the Inletted Head. Finally, he Primed Decoy, Coated it with Black Paint, and apparently did some Stippling on the Back. Condition displays Minor Gunning Wear, Age from Salt Water, and some Mouse Chew to the Bill. The Decoy measures 14” in length, 6” in width, and 7 ½” in height. A Fascinating Primitive from Coastal Maine.

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