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Early White-winged Scoter Decoy by an Unknown Maker from Coastal Maine, circa 1910s – 1920s. This Decoy represents a Common Gunning Bird Form with a 6” Inletted Neck, an “As Found” Working Repaint showing considerable wear and Shot Scares along with Checks to the wood, and an Interesting Lead Weight shaped like a horse shoe. While the decoy has no eyes, the White paint under the “eyes” and the White Pattern on the wings identifies the species. In addition, the carver was careful to add the Prominent Bump on the Bill. Measurements: 14 ½” in length, 6 ½” in width, 9” in height. Solid and Heavy. An Early Coastal Maine Hunting Decoy.
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Price $195 plus shipping
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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New Price $350 plus shipping
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
Very Appearing Hollow Carved Black Duck Decoy by an Unknown Maker from Quebec, Canada, circa 1920s – 1930s. What First Attracts Attention is the Form of the Decoy with the Head Pulled Back into a Fully Contoured Body accented with Detailed Raised-Wing Carving of Primaries and Secondaries leading to an Extended Flat Tail. The Head displays Wide Cheeks, Glass Eyes, Incised Bill Separation and Carved Mandibles and Nostrils, all reminiscent of a Black Duck in the Wild. The Paint is a Combination of Original and a Very Early Working Repaint. A ¼” Bottom Board covers approximately three quarters of the bottom, ending where the under-tail begins to slope upward. Measurements: 15” in length, 5 ½” in width, 6 ½” in height. A Very Appealing Hollow Carved Black Duck Decoy from Quebec.
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