SOLD ITEMS


Azevedo/Snyder

Pintail Hen

Very stylish, pintail hen by Artie Azevedo (Rio Vista, CA) ca. 1952. Azevedo and the collectible Rio Vista carver, Ed Snyder, were close. In 1952 Azevedo used Snyders patterns and rough carved a rig of decoys. Snyder then finished carved them and painted them in Snyders wonderful style. See page 390 of Wildfowl Decoys of California for additional information on these decoys. oos

Sold: $330


Joe Freitas

Bluebill Pair

Beautiful pair of greater scaup by Joe "Puggy" Freitas (Rio Vista). Signed by the maker. Measure approximately 13" in length. Carved of solid redwood. OOS

Sold: $300


Dick Thedens

Wigeon Pair

This unique, hollow carved, wigeon pair was found on a farm near Othello, WA in 1976. The rig consisted of very stylish pintail, wigeon, teal and mallard. Said to have been made by Dick Thedens of Ellensburg, WA. I suspect these to be C. 1960's. The drake measures 16" with a turned hed and the hen measures 17" in a slight reaching forward posture. The keels have pendulum swing weights attached. IS

Sold: $900


Glenn DeLozier

Canvasback

Beutiful, hollow carved canvasback drake by Glenn DeLozier of Rodeo, CA. Signed and dated "Good Luck Louie, April 12, 1986". Measures 13.5" in length. There are a few small dents on the head and bill. OOS

Sold: $150


PADCO

Mallard Drake

Excellent original paint on this mallard drake from the Pascagoula Decoy Company (PADCO) of Pascagoula, MS, ca. 1940s. There appears to be a thin coat of varnish on this example. OOS

Sold: $75


Dick Janson

Pintail Drake

A great example by the most collectible early California maker, Dick Janson (Sonoma, CA), ca. 1920. Measures 17.5" in length. Early in-use repaint consistent with the Janson style. OOS

Sold: $325


Evans Company

Mallard Drake

Evans (Ladysmith, WI) standard mallard drake ca. 1930s. This example is in a mix of original and restored paint. The Evans stamp is clear on the bottom. There is a tail chip repair. IS

Sold: $175


Charles Pice

Canvasback

Hollow carved canvasback drake by Charles Pice (Astoria, OR) ca. 1930s. Paint is old in-use repaint. The bottom is branded "FJ" for Francis Jermaine. Measures nearly 17" in length. OOS

Sold: $850


Big Sky Carvers

Loon

Common loon from the Big Sky Carvers, Exclusive Edition, Orvis and so stamped. Signed "Joret". Measures 17" in length. OOS

Price: $50


Wildfowler Co.

Mallard Drake

Mint condition mallard drake from the Babylon, NY factory of the Wildfowler Decoy Company, c. late 70s. Measures 15.5" in length. See page 121 of Wildfowler Decoys by Cowan and LaFountain for a similar example. OOS

Sold: $125


Unknown Maker

Ruddy Duck

Nicely done ruddy duck drake by a maker unknown to me. Paint chip on the bottom of the bill indicates redwood construction. There is some wear and the bottom indicates a balast weight was once attached. Unknown age. Measures 13" in length. OOS

Sold: $120


Duck-In Decoys

Mallard Pair

A good pair of cork and kapok stuffed cloth mallard tip up decoys by the Duck-In Decoy Company of St. Louis, Missouri, ca. 1930's. See page 122-123 of North American Factory Decoys by Ken Trayer. OOS

Sold: $100


Wildfowler Co.

Wood Duck Pair

Exceedingly rare pair of mint wood ducks by they Wildfowler Decoy Company of Point Pleasant, NJ. These are hollow carved pine and in unused condition. They are from the Perkins collection and so stamped. OOS

Sold: $1250


Scott Company

Pintail Drake

Good and original canvas over cork pintail drake by the Scott Cork Decoy Company of Stockton, California, ca. 1950's. Scott canvas decoys are discussed on pages 338-342 of North American Factory Decoys by Ken Trayer as well as pages 249-257 of Wildfowl Decoys of the Pacific Coast by Miller and Hanson. OOS

Sold: $75


Wildfowler Co.

Pintail Pair

Honest, all original pair of pintails from the Old Saybrook, CT factory of the Wildfowler Decoy Company. Constructed with balsa bodies and pine heads, ca. 1940's. The hen has a neck crack. OOS

Sold: $170


Jack Leach

Redhead Drake

Redhead drake by the recently deceased Jack Leach (Tacoma, WA). Excellent all original paint and condition. Head is slightly raised to represent a drinking posture. Glass eyes. Hollow carved with bottom board. Detailed bill, shoulder and wingtip carving. Measures approximately 15" in length. See the July/August 1992 Decoy Magazine article by Larry Rucker. OOS

Sold: $475


Percy Bicknell

Mallard Pair

All original, hollow carved, rigmate mallard pair by Percy Bicknell (Richmond, BC) ca. 1930, See page 22 of Wildfowl Decoys of the Pacific Coast by Miller and Hanson. OOS

Sold: $650


Bill Goenne

Green-winged Teal Pair

Bill Goenne (King City, CA) green-winged teal pair. Goenne's work is very collectible and is represented in Decoys, Sixty Living and Outstanding North American Carvers by Loy Harrell. Both branded WRG. OOS

Sold: $280


Bill Goenne

Cinnamon Teal

Bill Goenne (King City, CA) cinnamon teal pair. Goenne's work is very collectible and is represented in Decoys, Sixty Living and Outstanding North American Carvers by Loy Harrell. Both are signed by the maker and branded WRG. IS

Sold: $280


Bill Goenne

Cinnamon Teal 

Bill Goenne (King City, CA) cinnamon teal pair. Goenne's work is very collectible and is represented in Decoys, Sixty Living and Outstanding North American Carvers by Loy Harrell. Both are branded WRG. OOS

Sold: $275


Bill Goenne

Blue-winged Teal

Bill Goenne (King City, CA) blue-winged teal drake. Goenne's work is very collectible and is represented in Decoys, Sixty Living and Outstanding North American Carvers by Loy Harrell. Branded WRG on the bottom, turned head, excellent original paint. Measures 14.5" in length. IS

Sold: $125


Bill Goenne

Green-winged Teal

Bill Goenne (King City, CA) hollow carved green-winged teal drake. Goenne's work is very collectible and is represented in Decoys, Sixty Living and Outstanding North American Carvers by Loy Harrell. Branded WRG on the bottom, turned head, excellent original paint. Signed by the maker Measures 14.5" in length. IS

Sold: $80


Tom Daily

Canvasback

Solid carved of redwood canvasback drake by John Thomas "Tom" Daily of San Francisco, CA, c. 1890. Daily was one of the earliest of the known CA decoy makers. This example is excellent structurally. Later repaint in the Daily style. OOS

Sold: $150


Charles Pice

Pintail Drake

Hollow carved pintail drake by Charles Pice (Astoria, OR) ca. 1930s. Paint is original and skillfully applied applied by another highly collecible early Astoria maker, Frank Bay. Measures nearly 18" in length. See the wonderful article detailing the Astoria group entitled "Helsinki of the West" in the September/October 2012 issue of Decoy Magazine. OOS

Sold: $1300


David Ward

Standing Teal

An outstanding, full-bodied, standing, green-winged teal drake by David Ward (Essex, CT). Excellent, thick all original paint applied with nice combing. Raised primary feathers and carved shoulders. Slightly turned head. Measures 11.5" in length and 12" from base to the top of the head. The pictures don't do this carving justice. OOS

Sold: $720


Miles Pirnie

Redhead Hen

Outstanding solid carved redhead hen by Miles Pirnie of East Lansing, MI, ca.1960's. Beautiful form and carving. Stamped with the Pirnie stamp on the bottom. Head is turned to the right. Measures 14" in length. The keel has been removed. OOS

Sold: $490


Mason Co.

Tack-eye Teal

Rare tack-eye model teal (likely green-winged) from the Mason Decoy Company (Detroit, MI), c. 1900. Paint has been stripped. Measures 12" in length. OOS

Sold: $135


Tom Rodella

Pintail Drake

A great example by Tom Rodella (Concord, CA) c. 1940s. Paint appears to be good and original with some fine scratch painting on the back. See page 444 of Wildfowl Decoys of California by Michael Miller for additional information on this maker. IS

Sold: $200


John Winter

Pintail Drake

Pintail drake by John Winter (Cleveland Wrecking Co.) of San Francisco, CA, ca. 1948. Constructed with a balsa body, redwood tail and head and tack eyes. See page 376-377 of Wildfowl Decoys of California by Mike Miller for additional information on these interesting decoys. Measures 16.5" in length. Original paint with light wear. The red staining is commonly found on decoys used in the San Pablo Bay region of San Francisco Bay. IS

Sold: $100


Frank Mattie

Pintail Drake

Great solid redwood body with sugar pine head "jack-tail" sprig by Frank Mattie of Antioch, CA, ca. 1920s. Nice original comb painting on the back with in service repaint on the head and chest. Unique construction with the tail attached as a seperate piece of wood. See pages 439-442 of Wildfowl Decoys of California by Michael Miller. OOS

Sold: $700


Charlie Haines

Bluebill Drake

Stylish and folksy bluebill drake by Charlie Haines (Richmond, California), c. 1938. Paint on this solid carved redwood bluebill has had professional restoration. Page 186 of Wildfowl Decoys of the Pacific Coast indicates that Haines, a sergeant in the Richmond Police Department, was arrested for an overlimit of canvasbacks. "The judge thought it inappropriate that a lawman should violate the law, so he sentenced Haines to 10 days in the Federal penitentiary in San Francisco". OOS

Sold: $275


Dick Thedens

Pintail Pair

This unique, hollow carved, pintail pair was found on a farm near Othello, WA in 1976. The rig consisted of very stylish pintail, wigeon, teal and mallard. Said to have been made by Dick Thedens of Ellensburg, WA. I suspect these to be C. 1960's. The drake measures 22" and the hen measures 15". The drakes sprig tail is removable. The bottom indicates they were once weighted for use. OOS

Sold: $750


George Goertz

Black Brant

Rare brant by George Goertz of Alameda, CA, c. 1946. See Wildfowl Decoys of California page 264 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. Balsawood body, sugar pine head reinforced with fiberglass. The bill has been repaired by Bill Neal. Measures 17" in length. IS

Sold: $400


James Walton

Bluebill Pair

Charming pair of bluebills by James Walton of Milwaukee, WI ca. 1930's-40's. The hen's head is turned to the left and the drakes head is tucked in the resting posture. Very appealing style on this diminutive rigmate pair. The hen is approximately 12" n length and the drake is 11". Attractive carved, crossed wings. There may be areas of old in-use repaint. OOS

Sold: $750


Tuveson Co.

Pintail Pair

Rare pair of solid cedar pintails attributed to the Tuveson Mfg. Company of St. James, MN. This Co. was in production from 1919-1942. The hen is all original with a tail chip and missing her right eye. The drake is original with the white sides, chest and neck in repaint with the right eye missing. See pages 376-378 of North American Factory Decoys by Ken Trayer. OOS

Sold: $240


Mason Co.

Canvasback 

Rare, tack-eye model canvasback drake from the Mason Decoy Company of Detroit, MI, ca. 1905. Paint appears to be mostly original with an old coat of varnish applied. Measures 14.5" in length. OOS

Sold: $150


Taylor Boyd

Pintail Drake

Early, solid carved canvasback in attractive old gunning repaint to represent a pintail. This great old Chesapeake Bay decoy is by Taylor Boyd (Perryville, Maryland). Boyd's elongated body style decoys are dated to ca. 1900. OOS

Sold: $530


Unknown Maker

Goldeneye

Stylish little common goldeneye by a maker unknown to me. Measures 12.5" in length. OOS

Sold: $70


Herters Co.

Goldeneye Pair

Rigmate pair of Herter's Company (Waseca, MN) goldeneye's. Balsa body models, c 1940s-mid 1950s. Paint is worn but all original. OOS

Sold: $65


Madison Mitchell

Canada Goose

Nice, original, Canada Goose by Madison Mitchell (Havre de Grace, MD). Measures 24.5" in length. There is an old stable neck crack. OOS

Sold: $250


Roger Barton

Mallard Hen

A beautifully designed and painted swimming mallard hen by Roger Barton of San Francisco, CA. The bottom is branded "R.W.B." in attractive scroll design. The tag dates this example to 1968. Measures 17.5" in length. OOS

Sold: $2000


L.L. Bean

Wood Duck

Original paint wood duck drake by the L.L. Bean Company of Freeport, MN. This is the later style very similar to the one pictured on page 60 of North American Factory Decoys by Ken Trayer. Measures 14" in length. OOS

Sold: $100


Anthony Hillman

Mourning Dove

Stunning dove decoy in the sleeping posture by Cape May, NJ artist Anthony Hillman. Branded "H". OOS

Sold: $325


Mark McNair

Ruddy Duck

Plump ruddy duck by the talented decoy maker, Mark McNair (Craddockville, VA). Outstanding original paint and condition. Measures approximately 10.5" in length. OOS

Sold: $880


Dick Allen

Pintail Drake

The body on this decoy is that of Dick Allen (Vallejo, CA), c 1940's. This is the COM MINS model and so branded on the back. This stands for Commissioned Officers Mess Mare Island Naval Shipyard. See pages 153-155 of Wildfowl Decoys of the Pacific Coast by Miller and Hanson for additional information on this important maker. The tail and bill are a later replacement. Paint is mostly in old repaint. Measures 18.5" in length. IS

Sold: $160


Emilio Andreuccetti

Pintail Drake

Pintail drake by Emilio Andreuccetti of Sacramento, California, c. 1950's. Paint appears to be in a second coat, likely by the maker. Directly from the Andreucetti estate. Emilio's work is well documented on pages 336-337 of Wildfowl Decoys of the Pacific Coast. IS

Sold: $120


Walter Ruppel

Mallard Hen

This is a rare, hollow carved cedar, model mallard hen by Walter Ruppel (Portland, OR). North American Factory Decoys by Ken Trayer indicates that to control production costs, Ruppel used cork or balsa after moving to Oregon in 1942. This is a hollow cedar model with the Oregon factory ink stamp on the bottom. Excellent unused paint and condition. There is a tight stable neck crack. Measures 16.5" in length. OOS

Sold: $375


Madison Mitchell

Pintail Drake

All original pintail drake by Madison Mitchell of Havre de Grace, MD. Measures 18" in length. Head is slightly turned to the left. Tight neck crack. Signed in electropen and dated 1974. OOS

Sold: $325


Pete Peterson

Mourning Dove

Dove by Cape Charles, VA artist, Pete Peterson. OOS

Sold: $300


Harry V. Shourds

Preening Brant

Hollow carved preening brant by H.V. Shourds. Excellent original paint. Signed and dated 1980. OOS

Sold: $170


Sperry Co.

Mallard Drake

Rare and special order back bay model mallard drake by the Sperry Decoy Company of New Haven, CT, c 1920-1930. Large, solid carved cedar example measuring 19" in length. See page 352 of North American Factory Decoys by Ken Trayer for a similar example. All original paint and condition. There is an age split on the right side as shown in the photo. OOS

Sold: $200


Mr. Wilkinson

Brant

Interesting Pacific black brant attributed to Mr. Wilkinson of Eureka, CA, c. 1940s. Hollow carved redwood construction for the body and what appears to be fiberglass for the head. Measures 17" in length. IS

Sold: $200


Jasper Stallone

Bluebill Drake

Solid redwood carved bluebill drake by Jasper Joseph "Jas" Stallone of Albany, CA, c. 1924. Stallone made the great SF Bay decoys at the young age of 13. See pages 318-319 of Wildfowl Decoys of California by Michael Miller for additional information on this interesting early CA decoy maker. Paint appears to by good and all original. IS

Sold: $330


Chick DeRiso

Mallard Drake

Milton "Chick" DeRiso (Sacramento, CA) mallard drake, c 1940. This exact decoy is pictured on page 326 of Wildfowl Decoys of the Pacific Coast by Miller & Hanson. Original paint and condition. Measures 16" in length. From the Bill Mori collection. IS

Sold: $375


Bill Neal

Pintail Drake

Solid redwood pintail drake by Bill Neal (Black Point, CA), ca. 1940s. This example is similar to the "flattie" pictured on page 157 of Wildfowl Decoys of California by Michael Miller. I believe the paint to be good and original. It is possible that the white is a very old in use repaint. Nice rare and early example by Bill Neal. IS

Sold: $400


Dick Grubb

Pintail Pair

Wildfowl Decoys of California states that "...Dick Grubb carved some of the most interesting, innovative, distinctive, and spectacular diving duck decoys to come out of the San Francisco Bay area." This is a rare pintail pair in old working repaint. c 1930's measureing 17" in length. Rigmate pair to the examples pictured on page 351 of Wildfowl Decoys of California. IS

Sold: $600


Jerry & Bev Carson

Cinnamon Teal

Stunning cinnamon teal pair by noted Northern California carving duo Jerry & Bev Carson of Citrus Heights, CA. Excellent all original paint and condition. Working pair with weights and line ties. Signed on the bottoms by the maker. Both heads are slightly turned to the right and the drakes is in the tucked posture. Both measure approximately 11" in length. IS

Sold: $400


Janson/Zalesky

Pintail Drake

A great example by two of the most collectible early San Francisco Bay area makers. The body is a 1920s Dick Janson (Sonoma, CA) and the paint is by Larry Zalesky (Vallejo, CA), ca. 1930s. Measures 17.5" in length. IS

Sold: $600


George Rule

Canvasback Pair

Wonderful canvasback pair by George Rule (Vallejo, CA) ca. 1900. I believe the white on the drake to be mostly a very old in use repaint, likely by the maker. The hen may have some old repaint on the body, as well likely by the maker. See pages 205-206 of Wildfowl Decoys of Califonria by Mike Miller. These are very early and highly collectible CA decoys. Both measure 13 1/2" in length. Detailed and folksy bill carving. IS

Sold: $600


Dean Brown

Bluebill Pair

A rare pair of bluebills by Geroge Dean Brown of Alameda, CA, ca. 1940. Classic California decoys constructed of balsa. Diminutive in size measuring approximately 10.5" in length. The drake is all original with moderate wear and classic comb painting on the back. The hen appears to have some old in use repaint and the bill edges are worn. See pages 237-241 of Wildfowl Decoys of California by Mike Miller for detailed history on this interesting maker. IS

Sold: $400


Dick Janson

Canvasback Hen

Early Dick Janson (Sonoma, CA) canvasback hen with unique smooth body design. This wonderful piece of early California duck hunting history has obviously seen quite a lot of action afield. There are remnants of original paint on this example. A stylish design by California's most prolific and collectible early decoy maker. IS

Sold: $600


COM MINS

Pintail Hen

A rare, unused and unrigged pintail hen in excellent original paint from the Commissioned Officers Mess at Mare Island Naval Shipyard (COM MINS). These fine decoys are c. 1930s-40s and are well documented on pages 186-188 of Wildfowl Decoys of California by Michael Miller. This example was never rigged and the eyes were never set. From an early Vallejo collection that consisted of several examples in various stages of construction. IS

Sold: $600


Scott Company

Mallard Pair

Original pair of canvas over cork mallards by the Scott Cork Decoy Company of Stockton, California, ca. 1950's. Scott canvas decoys are discussed on pages 338-342 of North American Factory Decoys by Ken Trayer as well as pages 249-257 of Wildfowl Decoys of the Pacific Coast by Miller and Hanson. The vast number of Scott decoys found are pintails. To find a good original pair of mallards is not common. The drake has a tear to the canvas on the bottom and side as shown. IS

Sold: $100


Frank Mattie

Pintail Drake

Great solid redwood body with sugar pine head pintail drake by Frank Mattie of Antioch, CA, ca. 1940s. Paint is good and mostly original with in service repaint on the white portions of the head and chest. There is a stable neck crack. See pages 439-442 of Wildfowl Decoys of California by Michael Miller. IS

Sold: $235


Ed Snyder

Mallard Drake

Awesome hollow carved mallard by one of California's most talented decoy makers, Ed Snyder (Rio Vista, CA 1928-2011). This stunning example is in excellent original paint, signed and dated 10-30-77, measures 16.5" in length. Examples of Snyder early decorative work are not easy to come by. IS

Sold: $500


L. Andreuccetti

Wigeon Drake

A rare wigeon drake by Luigi Andreuccetti (Sacramento, CA) ca. 1960's. Solid redwood construction. Paint is excellent and all original. Glass eyes and branded "LA" on the bottom. Measure approximately 14.5" in length. See pages 504-512 of Wildfowl Decoys of California by Michael Miller for additional information on this important California maker. IS

Sold: $1400


Wildfowler Co.

Wigeon Hen

Rare hollow pine wigeon hen from the Old Saybrook, CT factory of the Wildfowler Decoy Company, c. 1940s. Paint is good and all original on the body and worn on the head. Measures 13 3/4" in length. IS

Sold: $400


Bill Goenne

Ring Neck

Hollow carved drake ring-necked duck by the talented Bill Goenne (King City, CA). Bill is documented in Decoys, Sixty Living and Outstanding North American Carvers by Loy Harrell Jr. This example is in outstanding original paint with a turned head and branded WRG on the bottom. Measures 15" in length. OOS

Sold: $125


Walter Ruppel

Pintail Hen

One of the nicest early (c. 1950) examples of a Walter Ruppel (Portland, OR) decoy I've ever offered. Pintail hen in what appears to be unused condition. Constructed of cork on board for the body with a stylish cedar carved head. Paint is outstanding and all original. See pages 110-112 of Wildfowl Decoys of the Pacific Coast by Miller for additional information on this great Oregon maker. OOS

Sold: $350


Howard Hughes

Mallard Pair

Rare mallard pair by Howard Hughes (Knappa, OR) ca. 1929. Constructed of balsa for the bodies with sugar pine heads. The bottoms are signed by the maker and dated 1930. Paint is likely a mix of original and in use repaint. OOS

Sold: $225


Mason Co.

Canvasback Pair

Honest, all original paint standard grade, glass-eye canvasback pair from the Mason Decoy Company of Detroit, MI (1890-1924). The hen appears to have a light coat of wax applied that is likely easily removed. OOS

Sold: $500


R.A. Hewitt

Mallard Hen

These wonderful hollow carved decoys are depicted on pages 14 (Fig. 1.2-Flyers) and 20 (Fig. 2.3-Floaters) of Wildfowl Decoys of the Pacific Coast by Miller. At the time, Miller was unable to identify the maker. Current attribution is that of R.A. Hewitt of Vancouver, B.C. They are dated to 1910. Hewitt was a Canadian representative the the migratory bird convention held in Washington, D.C. in 1916. This is the finest example I've seen. More research on this maker is definitely warranted. IS

Sold: $650


Petersen Co.

Redhead Hen

This exact decoy is pictured on page 295 of North American Factory Decoys by Ken Trayer. This is a very rare and early (1880s) redhead hen from the Petersen Decoy Company of Detroit, MI. Paint is excellent and all original. There appears to be an old thin coat of varnish that shows under black light. Small tail chip. IS

Sold: $1700


Roger Barton

Mallard Hen

A beautifully designed and painted swimming mallard hen by Roger Barton of San Francisco, CA. This is from Barton's personal hunting rig c. 1972. Signed on the bottom. Comes with a recessed display stand to accomodate the keel. Measures 17.5" in length. IS

Sold: $1500


Ted Dixon

Bluebill Pair

Hollow carved bluebill pair by Ted Dixon of Ontario, Canada, ca. 1940's. Head's are inlet and turned and wings are raised. Paint is outstanding and original. These stylish examples measure approximately 12" in length. OOS

Sold: $300