|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.|
|Ruddy Ducks by Ronald Justis, Chincoteague, VA. 2015. Beautiful life-size Ruddies by Chincoteague's best maker. Hen is in a preening pose while drake has a 45 degree turned head. Realistic pair, carved from cedar wood and painted with oils. Lots of detail and signed and dated. RJ carved under tail. $500.|
|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%. $300.|
|Canvasback pair by Oliver Lawson, Crisfield, Md circa 2010. Nice cedarwood solid bodies painted with oils. "Kings of the Chesapeake" affectionately referred as. Shipped (in US) for $1075.|
|Old Squaw by Reg Birch, formally of Chincoteague, VA. Patina is soft and worn with an old gunning bird appeal. Measures 16 inches, bill to tail. R Birch under bottom.Sold.|
|Black Bellied Plover by Mark McNair, Craddockville, VA. Very classic style Plover with glass eyes, Oak bill splined thru head. Carved raised wings with split primary feathers at tail. McNair incised under bottom. $950.|
|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. $1500.|
|Hen Red Breast Merganser, Ronald Justis? Chincoteague, VA. 2015. Approx 15 inches long with outstanding carving and painting. Note the veins in neck and details of the head crest. Made as a tribute to his mentor and friend "Cigar" Daisey. Drake available per request. $325.|
|Cardinal by Will Birch, Chincoteague, VA. Circa 1970. Folk carving measures about 8 inches long, bill to tail. Raised wings with artistic feathering. Bird stands on wire legs and a wooden base approx. 5 inches tall. Signed on base. $125.|
|Outstanding Bufflehead pair by Delbert "Cigar" Daisey of Chincoteague, VA. This pair is stamped, signed and dated 1981. Excellent carved primaries that are crossed and carved tail feathers. This period (1970-1990) was Mr. Daisey's finest decoy making years. A bit of sap bleed through is slightly noticeable on hens breast. $1,350.|
|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|
|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. $300.|
|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.
|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. $825.
|Golden Plover by Mark McNair, Craddockville, VA. Nice slightly raised Black Bellied Plover measuring 8.5 inches bill to tail and stands about 8.5 inches tall. Mark's walnut stand included. Primitive painting with a neat aged patina, there is a knot that runs thru body that was in the original piece of wood. A nice addition to the aged appearance. $775.|
|Shoveler pair by Oliver Lawson, Crisfield, Md. 1955. A rare and early miniature pr by the Crisfield master. This pair was made for Kitty Cummings and her Duck House shop in Rumbly, Md. Note the early "jelly jar" label which she used in the 1950's. ( see Decoy Magazine issue Nov / Dec 2010 for more info. regarding the Duck House) $800.
Sleeper Canvasback by William Kennedy (formerly from Havre De Grace, MD. Great form with sleek lines, this hollow two-piece decoy had square nails attaching top and bottom. Wide through the hips (7.5 inches).Bill, a former MD State trooper has worked with and known some of the Upper Bay makers such as Paul Gibson and Madison Mitchell. $ 450.
|Long Billed Curlew by Ian McNair, Craddockville, VA. Stylishly carved Curlew with rich and mellow painted feather pattern. Carved eyes with finished highlights. I McNair incised under bottom. Hardwood bill splined thru head. About 16 inches long, bill to tail. $600.|
|Curlew in feeding pose by William Gibian, Onancock, VA. Outstanding carved shorebird with raised and seperated primary feathers. Measures about 14 inches long. Gibian incised under bottom. $750.|
|Mallard Plaque circa 1960's by Ira C. Hudson Chincoteague VA. This Mallard on board measures approximately eleven inches tall. Its age is showing and Folk Art indeed. Ira C. known as "Glory bound" due to his response when folks asked how he was, he responded "I am Glory Bound". Mr. Hudson is the grandson of Ira D. Hudson. $300.|
|Golden Plover, Delbert "Cigar" Daisey, Chincoteague, VA. A classic shorebird by the 87 year old classic maker. Cigar is one of,if not,the best decoy maker and entertainer alive. Great hunting and trapping stories can always be heard when visiting with the Chincoteague legend. This Plover is signed and stamped. $625.|
|Curlew by Mark McNair, Craddockvlle, VA. This Curlew measures about 16 inches long, bill to tail. Great form with a fantastic finish and shot shell pellet marks for effect. This bird rest on Mark's Walnut stand. Mark has signed and dated the stand 2015. McNair is inscribed under Curlew. $975.|
|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. $275.|
|Loon and baby by Ed Itter of Bobkin Point in New Jersey, January 1990.This solid body carving measures 15 inches and has burnt incised feathers , raised wings with inserted primary wing tips. Signed and dated this Loon pair $875.|
|Black Duck pr. by George Strunk, Glendora, NJ. Elegant Delaware River style decoys done like only George can do. Carved tail feathers and slightly raised primary feathers with glass eyes and lead ballast weight. Excellent pr. for $1400.|
|Trout fish plague by George Strunk, Glendora, NJ. Nice colorful trout on a 19 inch hardwood plague. George's great carving and paint adorn this carving. A glass eye sets off this speckled trout. Signed and dated 2006. $700.|
Pintail by William Gibian, Onancock, VA. Outstanding sculptured drake painted in oils.Plenty of details on this large ( 21 inches long and 8 inches tall) original carving by Mr. Gibian. A great decoy to own by a contemporary master. $1,600.
|Mason Premier model Canvasback, Detroit, Michigan circa 1940. Premier model is Mason's highest grade with its brush swirls, paint patterns, highly carved bill and glass eyes. This decoy has been restored in the Mason style by Paul Fortin and is outstanding for only $850.|
|New Jersey shore Ruddy Turnstone by Ed Itter. Great carving and paint by Ed. Lots of feather detail and raised primaries. This Shorebird has glass eyes, wire legs and stands on a Jersey Cypress knee base. Signed on bottom, this Ruddy Turnstone is $325.|
|Ruddy Duck by Delbert "Cigar" Daisey, Chincoteague,VA circa 1990. This Ruddy is "best grade" by Cigar. A lot of wing and feather carving details. Glass eyes and feather details on face. This bird was never rigged but stamped and signed. Cigar's work is highly sought after and in demand. $800.|
|Virgina Peep by Mark McNair. A fantastic Virginia shorebird that shows shot scars from the "turn of the century" hunts. This new Peep has a well aged patina that Mr. McNair is renowned for. Inserted bill through head and large M under tail. This bird measures 7.5 inches bill to tail. $675.|
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 $325.
Miniature blue Winged Teal by Oliver Lawson. This 6.5 inch carving was made about 1955 when Oliver was at the age of 16 years. One of the earliest decoys available by the Crisfield, Md legend. Outstanding condition and rare. Mr. Lawson signed and dated his carving in 2006. Someone had previously mistakenly written "LT Ward" and signed Steve. This Balsa wood Teal hen is $300.
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. $400
Information obtained from North American Factory Decoys 2003, Kenneth L. Trayer. Reyart Publishing