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Canvasback Drake Decoy by Jim Currier (1886 – 1969), Havre de Grace, Maryland, circa 1930s. All Currier’s Decoys were Hand Chopped, completely Made by Hand, and Mostly Canvasbacks. His Bills were also well Formed and the Tail upswept in the Havre de Grace Form. See McKinney’s Decoys of the Susquehanna Flats and Their Makers. This decoy reflects a Strong Working Repaint and is a Classic Example of Currier’s work. Measurements: 15 ˝” in length (bill to tail), 5 ˝” in width, 9” in height, including the stand.
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Price $400 plus shipping
Nice Bluebill Drake by Paul Lipke, Whiting, Indiana, circa 1940s. Exactly who Paul Lipke was or where he lived is still an open question, but he clearly made excellent decoys. This Drake displays a Hollow Carved Body, a Wide Bill (sometimes called a Broad Bill rather than Bluebill), a Full-bodies Form, Glass Eyes, and Strong Original Paint. The Decoy remains in Very Good Condition with Typical Gunning Wear. There is a Repair to the Bill with Tiny Nails (see photographs) leaving the Original Paint Untouched, and there is a small flake on one side, leaving only the primer showing. Measurements: 14” in length, 5 ˝”+ in width, and approximate 6 ˝” in height, excluding the original weight. This Classic Lipke Form is a Prime Example of American Folk Art.
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Price $875 plus shipping
Early Hand Chopped Redhead Drake Decoy by Robert F. “Bob” McGaw (1879 – 1958), Havre de Grace, Maryland, circa 1920s. This Redhead Drake is a Good Working Example of an Early McGaw Decoy. There is an extensive discussion of McGaw’s decoys in McKinney’s Decoys of the Susquehanna Flats and Their Makers, including the primary differences between the Early Hand Chopped decoys and his later Machine Turned decoys. The Decoy displays an Early Working Repaint with perhaps some Original showing through and the Typical Gunning Wear of an Early Decoy. The Measurements are fairly consistent with McKinney’s analysis, though this bird has a 12” body length. The Weight appears to be original to the decoy; whereas, the leather tie line, probably worn out, was replaced by a later ring which became standard on Upper Bay birds. Originally purchased from Jeff Pelayo years ago. Classic Early McGaw Redhead.
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A Pair of Intriguing Folk Art Red-throated Loons by Bob Biddle, a Well-Known Pennsylvania Decoy Carver, 2010 -2012. The inspirational source for these Loons came from the Decoy Collection of the Shelbourne Museum in Vermont. Years ago, the Museum used to put out an annual calendar of decoys in their collection. At one point, they pictured Loons of this type as made by the Indians in Nova Scotia at some very early period. Biddle, much later, looked at the calendar and decided to give these early loons a new life by creating his vision of these birds. The Paint Pattern surely reflects an Early Indian Symbolic Vision of a Red-throated Loon and Biddle has brought this Vision back to life. If they had not been identified by the Museum as Nova Scotia in Origin, I would have suggested that they had been highly influenced by the Totemic Work of Pacific Coast Native Americans. Nonetheless, Biddle has breathed life into an Earlier Vision of the Decoy. The Paint is All Original and Slightly “Aged” to reflect the past. They measure between 19” & 21” in length, 6” in width, and 10 ˝” in height. Each is Signed on the Bottom: “Bob Biddle”. If you are looking for some Intriguing Folk Art to Display in you home, these Loons are the answer.
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Price $625 plus shipping
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