We're pleased to offer a nice selection of Decoys from the San Francisco Bay and Delta region of California on West Coast Decoys.  If you see anything that you'd like additional information on, please e-mail me at westcoastdecoys@gmail.com.  Feel free to call me at 1 (800) 942-0309.  Thanks for looking!


Fuhrmann

Miniature Pintails

Original pair of mini. pintails by Herman "Junky" Fuhrmann (Berkeley, CA), c. 1950's. Bodies are foam on board with wooden inserted tail (drake) and heads. The hen has a dime-sized indentation on the back.  Fuhrmann was an accomplished boat builder and his portrait and model ships remain on display at the famous Berkeley landmark, Spenger's Fish Grotto. 

Price: $215 

 


Pappy Kidwell

Mini Wood Duck

Rare, miniature drake wood duck by Harold "Pappy" Kidwell of Berkley, CA, C. 1960's. Branded with the square and HK on the bottom. Good original paint and condition. Measures approximately 7" from bill tip to tail tip.

Price: $150

 

 


Pappy Kidwell

Mini Brant

Rare, miniature brant by Harold "Pappy" Kidwell of Berkley, CA, C. 1960's. Branded with the square and HK on the bottom. Good original paint and condition. Measures approximately 8" from bill tip to tail tip.

Price: $150

 

 


Pappy Kidwell

Mini Canvasback

Rare, miniature drake canvasback by Harold "Pappy" Kidwell of Berkley, CA, C. 1960's. Branded with the square and HK on the bottom. Good original paint and condition. Measures approximately 8" from bill tip to tail tip.

Price: $150

 

 


Joe Roesling

Pintail Pair

Miller and Hanson's refrence on Wildfowl Decoys of the Pacific Coast states, "The most stylish decoys carved in the East Bay were those carved by Joe Roesling of Alameda".  The paint on this pair of pintails has been expertly restored by the deceased California artist, Don Brewer.  Each measures approximately 17.5" in length.

Price: $1850

 

 



Pappy Kidwell

Pintail Drake

A real piece of CA decoy folk art...A high head pintail drake by Pappy Kidwell (Berkeley, CA) c 1950. This exact decoy is pictured on page 237 of Wildfowl Decoys of the Pacific Coast by Miller and Hanson. The picture doesn't do this one justice. It is a large decoy measuring approx. 21" in length. Constructed of cork on board with inserted raised wings, an inserted tail and head/neck. Large keel with ballast weight. A special order decoy.

Price: $300

 


Ed Snyder

Teal Drake

Snyder is considered to have been one of the most talented of the early CA decoy makers. His works are highly prized. This working green-winged teal drake is solid carved and estimated to be ca. 1940. The paint is Snyders early work and estimated to have been applied ca. 1960's. Measures just under 12" in length. See Wildfowl Decoys of California by Michael Miller for additional information on this important early CA decoy maker.

Price: $2000


Ed Snyder

White-fronted Goose

Snyder is considered to have been one of the most talented of the early CA decoy makers. His early works are highly prized. His early decorative pieces continue to demonstrate his talents. This hollow white-fronted goose is signed by the maker and dated 1971. Measures 17" in length with a unique turned head posture and outstanding all original paint.

Price: $2600


Larry Zalesky

Bluebill Drake

All original, solid carved, bluebill drake by Larry Zalesky (Vacaville, CA) ca. 1960s-70s. Measures 14" in length.

Price: $575


Larry Zalesky

Mallard Pair

Larry Zalesky (Vacaville, CA) Mallard Pair ca. 1975. This exact pair are pictured on page 213 of Wildfowl Decoys of California

Price: $1650


George Goertz

Pintail Sleeper

Rare pintail sleeper by George Goertz of Alameda, CA, c. 1938. See Wildfowl Decoys of California page 267 for a similar example as well as our article on Goertz in the November-December 2008 issue of Hunting and Fishing collectibles magazine. Goertz was an innovative maker who pioneered many different construction techniques. This example is constructed of stuffed canvas with a redwood bottom board. Measures 16" in length.

Price: $550


George Goertz

Bluebill Pair

Bluebill pair by George Goertz of Alameda, CA, c. 1920's. This pair are pictured on page 269 of Wildfowl Decoys of California. See our article on Goertz in the November-December 2008 issue of Hunting and Fishing Collectibles magazine. Goertz was an innovative maker who pioneered many different construction techniques. Measures 12" in length. 

Price: $1500


George Goertz

Canvasback Pair

Rare pair of sleeping canvasbacks by George Goertz of Alameda, CA, c. 1947. See Wildfowl Decoys of California page 268 for a similar pair as well as our article on Goertz in the November-December 2008 issue of Hunting and Fishing Collectibles magazine. Goertz was an innovative maker who pioneered many different construction techniques. Bodies are constructed of balsawood and measure approximately 12" in length. 

Price: $1400


George Goertz

Pintail Pair

Pintail pair by George Goertz of Alameda, CA, c. 1947. See Wildfowl Decoys of California as well as our article on Goertz in the November-December 2008 issue of Hunting and Fishing Collectibles magazine. Goertz was an innovative maker who pioneered many different construction techniques. I suspect the paint has been restored.

Price: $600


Harry Cook

Bluebill Pair

Excellent and original bluebill pair by Harry Cook (Vallejo, CA). COOK branded in the bottoms. Each measures approximately 12" in length. See pages 188-192 of Wildfowl Decoys of California by Michael Miller. 

Price: $1000


Harry Cook

Canvasback Pair

All original canvasback pair by Harry Cook (Vallejo, CA). COOK branded in the bottoms. Each measures approximately 15" in length. See pages 188-192 of Wildfowl Decoys of California by Michael Miller. Paint on the top and right side of the hens head is worn.

Price: $1000


Ed Snyder

White-fronted Goose

Snyder is considered many to have been one of the most talented of the early CA decoy makers. His early works are highly prized. His early decorative pieces continue to demonstrate his talents. This hollow white-fronted goose is signed by the maker and dated 1972. Measures 18.5" in length. Snyder won 1st place in the 1972 Pacific Flyway Decoy Association competion with this carving.

Price: $2600


Larry Zalesky

Bluebill Pair

Larry Zalesky (Vacaville, CA) Bluebill pair ca. 1970s. See Wildfowl Decoys of California for more information on the important early CA decoy maker.

Price: $1200


Leo Tocchini

Canvasback

Balsa body with redwood head on this magnum (17" in length) canvasback drake by Leo Tocchini of Oakland, CA, ca. 1940s. See page 324 of Wildfowl Decoys of California by Michael Miller for a similar example.

Price: $250


Manny Avila

Bluebill Drake

I believe paint to be in service repaint on this cork on redwood board rare bluebill drake by Manuel Avila, Rodeo, CA, ca. 1940s. See pages 218-219 of Wildfowl Decoys of California by Michael Miller. Measures approx. 12" in length.

Price: $280


Manny Avila

Canvasback

I believe paint to be in service repaint on this cork on redwood board canvasback drake by Manuel Avila, Rodeo, CA, ca. 1940s. See pages 218-219 of Wildfowl Decoys of California by Michael Miller. Measures approx. 14" in length.

Price: $275


Larry Zalesky

Pintail Pair

Classic balsa constructed pintail pair by Larry Zalesky (Vallejo, CA). Mint condition, signed and dated 1986. Zalesky's work is detailed on pages 213-217 of Wildfowl Decoys of California by Michael Miller.

Price: $600


Larry Zalesky

Canvasback Pair

Larry Zalesky (Vacaville, CA) solid carved redwood canvasback pair in mint unrigged condition. See page 213-217 of Wildfowl Decoys of California by Michael Miller.

Price: $420


Unknown Maker

Bluebill Drake

Solid carved tack-eye bluebill drake by a San Francisco bay area maker unknown to me. Paint is a mix of worn original and old in use repaint. Measures 13" in length. Old neck repair.

Price: $80


Manny Avila

Canvasback

I believe paint to be in service repaint on this solid redwood canvasback drake by Manuel Avila, Rodeo, CA, ca. 1940s. See pages 218-219 of Wildfowl Decoys of California by Michael Miller. The bottom is signed by the maker, including his address, and dated 7-15-1982. This example was made in the 30s-40s and dated later.

Price: $245


Joe Roesling

Pintail Drake

Solid carved pintail drake by Joe Roesling (Alameda, CA), ca. 1920s. Old working repaint and a tight neck crack. See pages 296-299 of Wildfowl Decoys of California.

Price: $395

 


Dick Allen

Canvasback

Solid carved canvasback drake by Dick Allen (Vallejo, CA). Old working repaint. See pages 172-175 of Wildfowl Decoys of California.

Price: $375


Tom Dailey

Canvasback

Soldi carved canvasback drake by Tom Daily (San Francisco, CA). Old repaint ca. 1900. See pages 346-348 of Wildfowl Decoys of California.

Price: $295


Roesling/Kidwell

Pintails

Two drake pintails ca. 1940. The bodies are by wildfowlers Old Saybrook, CT factory. The heads are by Joe Roesling (San Francisco), ca. 1920s and they are painted by Pappy Kidwell (Berkeley, CA) ca. 1940s. Great shelf appeal to these unique old working decoys.

Price: $350


Unknown Maker

Canvasback

Unknown CA maker hen canvasback ca. 1940s. This decoy is from the same maker as depicted in the "unknowns" section on page 654 of Wildfowl Decoys of California.

Price: $175


Manny Avila

Canvasback

Good original paint on this canvasback drake by Manny Avila (Rodeo, CA). Unique body style similar to that on page 219 of Wildfowl Decoys of California. Makers stamps on the bottom and dated 1939.

Price: $250


Ralph Cerrutti

Pintail Drake

Solid carved pintail drake by Ralph Cerrutti (San Francisco, CA), ca. 1940s. Excellent original paint. See pages 341-343 of Wildfowl Decoys of California.

Price: $450


Leo Tocchini

Pintail Drake

Solid carved pintail drake by Leo Tocchini (Hayward, CA), ca. 1950s. This excellent example appears unused. See Wildfowl Decoys of California, pages 319-325.

Price: $250