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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 Terrific Lee Dudley Style Full-Sized Ruddy Duck Decoy by Reggie Birch, Chincoteague, Virginia, circa 2012. Lee Dudley was a 19th century carver from Knotts Island, North Carolina, whose decoys are both historical artifacts and amazing pieces of folk art. In 2008, Guyette & Deeter sold an original Dudley Ruddy Duck for $269,000. This Reggie Birch Ruddy Duck displays not only the incredible Dudley Form but also an “aged” patina that gives the decoy the look and feel of a 19th century decoy. One of the things for which Birch is most noted is his work with “patina,” something that he gained from the study of old decoys, but he also has a “feel” for the folk art element of many historic decoys and incorporates that element into his work. The Bottom and the Rigging also suggest the “age” of an Early Working Decoy, but Reggie is always careful to incise his signature “R. Birch” into the bottom to assure the buyer of the decoy’s true origin. Many collectors are simply happy to own a Reggie Birch for the Quality of his Folk Art. The Ruddy measures 11 ˝” in length, 5 ˝” in width, and 8” in height, including the stand. A Terrific Dudley Style Ruddy.
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