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Standing Wood Duck Decoy with a Slightly Turned, Preening Head Form by Jay Miles, a Well-Know Decoy and Folk Art Carver from Maine, circa 1990s. Jay has been around the Decoy/Folk Art Community for quite a long time and this Wood Duck was obtained a number of years back. The Form of the Decoy is Very Appealing with the Carving Accenting a Finely Shaped Head and Attached Crest, a Detailed Bill, Glass Eyes, Raised Primaries, and Lined Tail Feathers. The Fully Original Wood Duck Paint Pattern is Purposely “Aged” and the Original Checks to the Wood are Maintained, a blend of the old and the new. As a “Stick Up” Decoy (Wood Ducks are frequently seen in a standing position), a Base of Red Cedar has been added by Raven’s Way. The Decoy measures 12” in length, 4 ¼” in width, and 13 ½” in height, including the stand. The decoy is Branded: “JM”, for Jay Miles.
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Exceptional Hollow Carved Surf Scoter Decoy with a Slightly Turned Head by Jode Hillman, Mullica Hill, New Jersey, circa 2011. Jode Hillman is the Prime Example of a Contemporary New Jersey Bayman. Jode is an outstanding decoy carver and waterfowl hunter, a craftsman’s skilled in building and restoring sneak boats, especially known for his turkey decoys and handmade turkey calls, a teacher of his trade, and an all-around outdoors man. Jode works most often with decoys in the Delaware River style, and we bought this decoy a few years back because its Form Displays the Essence of the Adult Male Surf Scoter. That Form displays the Detailed Feather Carving that Jode Incorporates into his Decoys; whereas, the Oil Painting Enhances the Subtle Coloration of the Feathers and the Dominant Color of the Head and Bill of a Duck we most often imagine as simply black with white on the water. Working with Traditional Tools, Jode works to create a decoy that is ready to use on the water – weight and tie line in place – but should probably be saved for the shelf. Measurements: 19” in length, 6 ¾” in width, and 7 ½” in height. Simply Exceptional.
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Rare Crow Decoy by Herbert S. Randall (1900 – 1971), Seabrook, New Hampshire, circa 1950s. Herbert was the son of Herbert L. Randall (b. 1867), a “market hunter”, a shoe maker, and a decoy carver. He grew up working with his father in the market hunting arena, eventually working as a shoe maker, and a decoy carver. In some ways Herbert was a jack of all trades, working as a hunting/fishing guide, in construction at the Naval shipyard in the 1940s, and finishing up as a carpenter, all the while carving shorebirds and duck decoys for the local population and the tourist industry. Over the years, I have collected numerous examples of Randall’s hunting decoys and this Crow is a rare item for him, but it has the Classic Randall Staple under the tail and it was purchased from a Randall Collector who had one other. Many decoys and Shorebirds have Randall’s name carved in the bottom, many don’t. Those decoys, especially shorebirds, with or without his name almost always have the staple under the tail. While he typically used tack eyes in his shorebirds, his Crow and Duck Decoys almost always have Glass Eyes. This Crow Decoy displays Strong Original Paint similar to his Black Ducks. More unique to this carving is the Detailed Wing Carving and the Pronounced Raised Primaries over the Extended Tail. The Bird shows Minor In-Use Wear and the Very Tip of the Bill has been Professionally restored. Measurements: 14 ½” in length, 3 ½” in width, and 11” in height, including the stand. A Prime Example of a New Hampshire Crow Decoy.
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Price $375 plus shipping
Appealing Swimming American Coot Decoy Hand Carved by an Unknown Maker probably from the Mid-West, circa Mid-20th Century. The decoy is branded “HALL”, but while reading an article recently about another maker, it appears that “HALL” was a brand an Ohio dealer placed on decoys he sold by a variety of makers. Clearly, this decoy has been used and the rigging has been removed. History is sometimes hard to determine. The Decoy is Quite Nice in both its carving, Body Form, Detailed Bill Carving, Glass Eyes; and in its Original Paint with Minor Gunning Wear and Appropriate Field Marks. It measures 12” in length, 5” in width, and 6 ¼” in height. A Quality Coot Decoy.
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Price $265 plus shipping
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