|Peep shorebird by Mark McNair, Craddockville, VA. This creation has an old worn and soft patina with shot marks and a split in wood. Mark carved raised wings, eyes and bill inserted through head. About 7 inches in length with "McNair" incised under bottom. A nice primitive shorebird. $650.|
|American Widgeon/Baldpate pair by Grayson Chesser, Sanford VA. Gunning decoys with hen in a swimming pose. These have been retired to the shelf but ready for action if needed. C carved under bottom. $650.|
|Semipalmated Plover by Mark McNair, Craddockville, VA. Great patina including scratched painted feathers. Tack eyes and bone in-letted bill. Measures about 7 inches long. Made for Ducks Unlimited and marked under bottom along with McNair. Stand included. $700.|
|Blue Winged Teal pair by Grayson Chesser, Sanford, VA. 2003. Outstanding swimming drake and content hen. This is a rare species by Grayson. A great pair of Teal for $700.|
|Red-Breasted Merganser pair by William Gibian, Onancock, VA. Special pair of decoys, by a renowned artist. This pair is hollowed with carved overlapping primaries and tail feathers. Comb paint on drake, blended oil paint is outstanding. Glass eyes and Gibian inscribed on bottom with signed card attached. Mint condition $2,500.|
|Bufflehead pair by Ronald Justis, Chincoteague,VA 2016. Excellent and gorgeous pair of "dippers" by one of the World's best decoy makers. Carved foot on hen and drake. Bill carving is realistic and outstanding oil paint. $500.|
|Gorgeous Bufflehead pair by George Strunk, Glendora, NJ. Hollow, carved from Cedar wood with George's outstanding paint techniques. Measures 12 inches, bill to tail. Signed and rigged for use. $550.
|Canvasback by Pete Peterson, Cape Charles, VA. 2010. This stylish gunning decoy is very functional with its chip or rough carved features. This serves as a realistic feather effect. Signed and dated. $300.|
|Ruddy Duck hen by Delbert "Cigar" Daisy, Chincoteague, Va.Signed and stamped. Cute hen with carved primaries and tail feathers. A very nice Cigar Ruddy Sold.|
|Nathen Cobb Black Duck,
Cobb Island VA. by Frank Finney. This two piece hollow decoy portrays the realism of its 100 + year old namesake. This decoy was exhibited in the Chincoteague Decoy Museum for many years. Own this museum quality decoy.
|Large Black Duck by Ian McNair, Charlottesville, VA. Gunning decoy made of cork in a preening posture. 17 inches long, head to tail. ITM carved in keel. $300.|
|Pintail pair by Grayson Chesser, Sanford, VA. Gunning pr. with great form and paint. Nice hollow two piece bodies. A must for any Virginia collector or Pintail fan. "C" carved under bottom.
|Black Duck by Miles Hancock (1888-1974) Chincoteague, Va. Decorative 10 inch long decoy made about mid 1960's. "Miles Hancock and 1965" written under bottom in pencil. Tack eyes and nice relief carved wings. Dust on bird. A great piece for $325.|
|Dowitcher shorebird by Mark McNair, Craddockville, VA. Outstanding Short billed Dowitcher with glass eyes and a soft mellow patina. Split carved tail feathers. McNAIR carved under bottom. Out of a fine Virginia collection. $800.|
|Mallard drake by Ralph Reed, Chincoteague, VA. Circa 1970. A great little 6 inch long carving with raised primaries and scratched painted wings. Mr Reed, now deceased made these for the tourist on Chincoteague. His stamp is under bottom. 121 Ocean Blvd. $75.|
|Black Duck by Mark McNair, Craddockville, VA. Circa 2000. This snakey neck BlackDuck is approximately 21 inches long and solid body with knots filled. There is a fine stress crack in neck. Excellent form and patina. McNair incised under bottom. Sold.
|Yellow leg shorebird by Mark Daisey, Chincoteague, VA. 2004. Signed, dated and branded on base bottom. This "minnow in the throat " pose looks identical to his mentor and uncle, Delbert "Cigar" Daisey's Yellow leg shorebird. Nice driftwood on base stand. $275.
|Bluebill by S. Doug Jester (1876-1961) Chincoteague, VA. This 5 inch long antique is in great condition, small paint chip on breast. Very collectible and hard to find. $425.|
|Rare BlackDuck pair by Grayson Chesser, Sanford, VA. Rare because they are approximately 6 inches long. Miniatures. Look identical to his gunning birds. C carved under bottom. A nice addition to any Chesser collection. Sold|
|Pintail, Sterling family, Crisfield, MD circa 1940. Great Crisfield School form on this 21 inch long Pintail gunning decoy. Original paint with worn to wood on most of decoy.Carved from pine with age cracks, but bird is solid. Filler missing on top of head where nail attaches head to body. $850.|
Teal by Mark McNair, Craddockville, VA. 11 inch long decoy rigged for gunning. Great aged patina with tack eyes. McNair incised under body. $850.
|Red Breast Merganser pr by R. Taggart, Elkton, MD. Signed and dated 1970. Nice Balsa Wood minis, measuring about 9 inches, Bill to tail. Mr Taggart was friends with Lem and Steve Ward and spent alot of time visiting Crisfield. You can defiantly see the Crisfield influence. Not a common pair of decoys. $175.
|Nice high head Green Winged Teal pair by Pete Peterson, Cape Charles, VA. 1978. This pair was formally in the Hillman collection ,staple, and branded PETE, signed and dated. $575.|
Bluebill pair, William Pratt Co. Joliet, Illinois. Circa 1925. Note the Mason paint style on the drake. Pratt bought out Mason decoys around 1920. Pratt sold out its business in 1937 to Animal Trap/Victor Decoys. This pair $550.
|Peep by Mark NcNair, Craddockville, VA. Great little North Hampton County, VA shorebird with a fantastic hundred year old looking patina and shot marks. Similar to Eli Doughty 's Peep decoys from the early 1900's. MSM incised under bottom. Sold.|
Ruddy Duck by Mark McNair, Craddockville,VA. Wide breast and stylish Ruddy drake carved and finished with an old and used effect. Great "antique" gunning appearance. Sold.
|Pintail hen by Douglas Jester, (1876-1961) Chincoteague,VA circa. 1930. This mini is approximately 5 inches long with scratch paint on back. A nice little decoy by a legend. $375.|
|Bufflehead by Miles Hancock (1888-1974) Chincoteague,VA. Made in 1952. All original with slight wear marks in paint. Nice and wide body, great dipper by Mr Miles. $450.
Ruddy Duck by Pete Peterson, Cape Charles, VA. 1982. A very fine gunning decoy for $275.
|Pintail drake by the late and eccentric J.Eldred Tyler, 1901-1995. Mr Tyler, a lifelong resident of Crisfield, MD made and sold his decoys in front of his home. Folk Art in its purest form. $150.|
|Mallard pair by Oliver Lawson, Crisfield, MD. 1971. Outstanding pair carved from Cedar and painted in oils. This pair of miniatures measure 9 inches bill to tail. Nice raised primaries and glass eyes.$975.|
|Bluebill/Scaupe pr by Pete Peterson, Cape Charles, VA. 1990. Two piece slightly hollowed bodies with a North Hampton County VA raised/shelf neck and head. Very nice. Made for the T. O'Connor collection. $625
|Dowitcher by Delbert "Cigar"Daisey, Chincoteague, VA circa 1980's. Made for John Maddox and the Chincoteague Decoy Museum. Shorebird is stamped and signed and displays on a clamshell base. $625|
|BlackDuck, S.Douglas Jester (1876-1961) Chincoteague, VA. Circa: 1940's. Carved from Cottonwood with a hand chopped head nailed to body. Excellent condition with very nice scratch paint. Old collection numbers under bottom. From a fine Eastern Shore collection. $650.|
|Kinglet or Crest by Ronald Justis, Chincoteague, VA. This small bird is standing on a fennel and is approximately 4 inches tall. Signed by Ronald. $125.
Hooded Merganser by Rocky Detwiler, Chincoteague, Va. 2009. This life-size decoy is finely carved. Extremely detailed feathering with raised primary feathers. The Assateague lighthouse is drawn under bottom near signature. A very nice Chincoteague decoy for $200.
|Miniature Bluebill by Robert (Bob) McGaw (1879-1958) Havre De Grace,MD. Original carving, circa.1950, measures, approx.5 and 3/4 inches long. Drake has a hairline crack in neck. Drake rests on Walnut base, felt was applied to bottom of base. Great patina highlights the outstanding paint patterns. $475.|
|Canvasback by Mark McNair and Ian McNair. 2008. Slightly hollowed body with accented primaries. Made for Eastern Shore VA Ducks Unlimited. Measures about 16 inches long, Bill to tail. Nice aged patina applied to the gray on the back. $1200.|
|Canvasback pair from Havre de Grace, MD. Carved by Paul Gibson. Nice pair of "Kings of the Chesapeake" gunning birds. $450.|
|Delbert Hudson, Chincoteague, VA (B. 1927 D.1979) Black Duck made around 1945 in all original condition. Head and bill are carved from redwood (redwood could only have been from a screen door purchased at a hardware store). Scratch paint and head paint patterns are similar to those of Charles Jester from the 20's and 30's in my opinion. Cracks in neck are firm, this bird is 100%. $200.|
|A very nice pheasant by Ralph Reed Chincoteague, Va. Circa. 1970's. A great find off the island. Mr Reed lived on Ocean Blvd and made and sold carvings during the 1960s 70s and mid 80s. This pheasant is in excellent condition and stands 8 inches tall. $175|
|Bluebill by Charles Clark, Chincoteague,VA circa early 1900's. Mr. Clark was a boat builder, note the boat hull similarities on his decoy body. Charles Clark Shorebirds tend to be found more so than ducks. Mr. Clark made decoys for hunting parties at the Russell Hotel, on Chincoteague, owned by William Mathews in the late 1800's. This heavy and large decoy is about 15 inches long bill to tail. Crack through neck but firm and some filler missing on head and neck. $1300.|
|Black Duck by Josiah Travers, (1900-1965) Vienna, MD. This cork body Black Duck, circa 1950, has pine wood carved head and a pine bottom board. Mr. Travers made Black Ducks and Canada Geese out of cork. He used extensive wing carving as evident on this Black Duck. $175.|
Decoys Deluxe, Morrison, IL. ca. 1939-1940's. These factory decoys were produced from live birds preserved through taxidermy. Decoys Deluxe were produced only in the Mallard species. $300
Information obtained from North American Factory Decoys 2003, Kenneth L. Trayer. Reyart Publishing
|Goldeneye decoy pair by the late Zack Ward, Crisfield, Md. Circa 2000. Gunning birds made in the Crisfield school style by Zack, a cousin to his better known relatives, Lem and Steve Ward. These Goldeneyes are hollowed, rigged and painted with oils. "Z" carved under body. $275.|