SOLD ITEMS


Otto Loat Rig

Pintail Drake

Hollow carved redwood pintail drake from the newly discovered Otto Loat rig (Alameda, CA), ca. 1940s. This exceptional example is in excellent original paint and condition with a small tail chip. See page 286 and 287 of Wildfowl Decoys of California for additional information on this relatively newly discovered rig of exceptional decoys. There are only approximately 30 of these decoys in existence. IS

Sold: $325


Gene Copp

Artichoke Head

A real California original...A pintail drake, stick-up "artichoke-head" by Gene Copp of Oakland, CA, ca. 1940s. The head is constructed of fine grain cedar. These were used in volumne with great success in the pickleweed flats on the Suisun Marsh. IS

Sold: $250


Barnegat Bay

Green-winged Teal Drake

Mint green-winged teal by Rick Brown and the Barnegat Bay Decoy Company of Pt. Pleasant, New Jersey. This great example is ca. 1980. OOS

Sold: $200


Wildfowler Company

Wigeon Drake

Rare superior model wigeon drake from the Old Saybrook, CT factory of the Wildfowler Decoy Company, c. 1950. Constructed of balsa for the body and pine for the head. Paint is good and all original. Measures approximately 13" in length. OOS

Sold: $225


Ed Snyder

Mallard Drake

Nice early (70s) hollow carved decorative mallard drake by Ed Snyder (Rio Vista, CA). Paint is excellent and all original. Measures just over 15" in length. A great example of Snyders early decorative work.

Sold: $450


Larry Zalesky

Mallard Pair

Larry Zalesky (Vacaville, CA) Mallard Pair ca. 1970s. Paint is excellent and all original. See page 213-217 of Wildfowl Decoys of California. OOS

Sold: $350


Larry Zalesky

Canvasbacks

Larry Zalesky (Vacaville, CA) canvasback pair ca. 1970s. Paint is excellent and all original. See page 213-217 of Wildfowl Decoys of California. OOS

Sold: $400


Larry Zalesky

Teal Pair

Larry Zalesky (Vacaville, CA) green-winged teal pair signed and dated 6-5-76. Paint is excellent and all original. See page 213-217 of Wildfowl Decoys of California by Michael Miller. Each measures approx. 13" in length. OOS

Sold: $600


John Patterson

Pintail Drake

Wonderful pintail drake attributed to John Patterson (Sacramento, CA), ca. 1900. These are early California decoys with a great stately presence. See page 542-544 of Wildfowl Decoys of California for additional information on this maker. Paint is in old in-use repaint OOS

Sold: $200


Bill Neal

Cackling Goose

Excellent and all original cackling goose by Bill Neal (Sonoma, CA) signed and dated 3/6/93. Bill Neal is discussed in detail on pages 175-177 in Wildfowl Decoys of the Pacific Coast by Miller and Hanson. Also see the great article in Decoy Mag. (September/October 2010) by Larry Rucker. Branded "WN" under the tail. IS

Sold: $350


Bill Neal

Brant

Excellent hollow carved brant by Bill Neal (Sonoma, CA). Bill Neal is discussed in detail on pages 175-177 in Wildfowl Decoys of the Pacific Coast by Miller and Hanson. Also see the great article in Decoy Magazine (September/October 2010) by Larry Rucker. Branded "WN" under the tail. Measures approx. 17.5" in length. IS

Sold: $325


Bill Neal

Pintail Pair

Excellent and all original pintail pair by Bill Neal (Sonoma, CA). Bill Neal is discussed in detail on pages 175-177 in Wildfowl Decoys of the Pacific Coast by Miller and Hanson. Also see the great article in Decoy Mag. (September/October 2010) by Larry Rucker. Branded "WN" under the tail. IS

Sold: $425


Bill Neal

Blue-Winged Teal Pair

Excellent and all original blue-winged teal pair by Bill Neal (Sonoma, CA) signed and dated 4/1/95. Bill Neal is discussed in detail on pages 175-177 in Wildfowl Decoys of the Pacific Coast by Miller and Hanson. Also see the great article in Decoy Mag. (September/October 2010) by Larry Rucker. Branded "WN" under the tail. IS

Sold: $425


Joe Freitas

Snow Goose

Solid carved redwood snow goose by Joe "Puggy" Freitas (Rio Vista, CA). IS

Sold: $175


Wildfowler Co.

Canvasback

Hollow carved canvasback drake from the Bohemia, NY factory of the wildfowler decoy company. This is a limited edition model number 685 of 2500 made. Inlaid sportsmens club international medallion in the bottom. Measures 16" in length. See page 138 of Wildfowler Decoys by Cowan and LaFountain for a similar example. IS

Sold: $250


Mason Co.

Canvasback Drake

Great and early Mason challenge grade canvasback drake with heavy paint swirls. Good original paint. The paint on the head may have been taken down to original or a wax was applied. Excellent early example. Measures 14.5" in length. IS

Sold: $850


Mason Co.

Mallard Drake

All original standard grade, glass eye model mallard drake from the Mason Decoy Company (Detroit, MI) ca. 1910. Neck filler is missing, head is loose and paint is worn to bear wood in various areas. Measures 16" in length. OOS

Sold: $225


Jerry McLellan

Black Brant

Wonderful Pacific black brant by Jerry McLellan (Eureka, CA) ca. 1950s. Jerry was the nephew of the important Humboldt Bay maker Bill McLellan. Jerry's wonderful decoys follow the lines of Bills. I believe this example to have undergone beautiful paint restoration by the talented and deceased artist Don Brewer. IS

Sold: $375


Mason Co.

Challenge Grade Black Duck

Stunning Mason Decoy Company (Detroit, MI) challenge grade black duck in outstanding all original paint and condition. This is an early model ca. 1900. It's very difficult to find these in untouched and excellent all original condition. OOS

Sold: $1500


Mason Co.

Bluebill Pair

Honest, all original paint and condition standard grade, glass-eye bluebill pair from the Mason Decoy Company of Detroit, MI (1890-1924). The drake came from the collection of noted early CA collector Jim Keegan. The hen came from the rig of Fergus Ward (San Francisco). OOS

Sold: $450


James Jensen

Mallard Drake

Excellent and all original solid carved western red cedar mallard drake by James Jensen of Astoria, Oregon, ca. 1930s. See pages 87-88 of Wildfowl Decoys of the Pacific Coast by Miller and Hanson. Measures 15 1/4" in length. IS

Sold: $500


Junky Fuhrmann

Pintail Drake

Original pintail drake by Herman "Junky" Fuhrmann (Berkeley, CA), c. 1940's. The body is constructed of cork on board with wooden inserted tail, raised wing tips and pine carved head. Fuhrmann was an accomplished boat builder and his portrait and model ships remain on display at the famous Berkeley landmark, Spenger's Fish Grotto. OOS

Sold: $225


Paul Lowe

Mallard Hen

Sleek and all original solid carved western red cedar mallard hen by Paul Lowe of Astoria, Oregon, ca. 1930s. See pages 88-89 of Wildfowl Decoys of the Pacific Coast by Miller and Hanson. Measures 17 1/2" in length. OOS

Sold: $450


Gundelfinger

Pintail Drake

Hollow, Grand Prix model, pintail drake by the Gundelfinger Wood Products Company of Jefferson City & St. Louis, Missouri, ca. 1920s. This is a rare example in decent all original paint. There appears to be an old bill repair on the right side. Measures approximately 17.5" in length. OOS

Sold: $200


Dick Janson

Pintail Drake

Solid carved pintail drake by Richard Ludwig "Fresh Air Dick" Janson. Janson is widely considered to be among the most influential of the early California decoy makers. This example is ca. 1920s. The paint on the back is good and all original. It appears much of the sides and head have undergone a quality paint restoration. Meaures 17 3/4" in length. IS

Sold: $875


Decoys Unlimited

Mallard Pair

Wonderful, lightly used mallard pair by Jack Sweet and Decoys Unlimited of Erie, PA (1961-1975). This is an oversized rigmate pair measuring approximately 22" in length. OOS

Sold: $175


Stan Bennett

Teal Hen

Beautifful little green-winged teal hen by Stan Bennett of Rio Vista, California. This example is stamped and signed by the maker as well as dated 1973. Solid carved redwood and measuring approximately 9" in length. IS

Sold: $225


Stan Bennett

Teal Drake

Wonderful little snuggle head green-winged teal drake by Stan Bennett of Rio Vista, California. This example is stamped and signed by the maker. Solid carved redwood measuring approximately 9" in length. IS

Sold: $225


Stan Bennett

Teal Hen

Beautifful little blue-winged teal hen by Stan Bennett of Rio Vista, California. This example is stamped and signed by the maker. Solid carved redwood and measuring just over 9.5" in length. IS

Sold: $225


Bill Goenne

Cinnamon Teal

Solid carved cinnamon teal drake 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 a full bodied, stick up model in outstanding original paint. Measures 18" in length. It is pictured without the stand which I'll include. OOS

Sold: $115


Scott Company

Pintail Drake

Nice example of a pintail drake by the Scott Cork Decoy Company of Oakland, CA c 1940. Good overall paint and condition. OOS

Sold: $100


Unknown Maker

Canvasback 

Robust, solid carved redwood, canvasback drake by a San Francisco Bay maker unknown to me. Similar in style to the work of Tom Dailey. I'd estimate this example to be ca. 1920s. One glass eye is missing. Likely a mix of original and in-use repaint. IS

Sold: $165


Charles Pice

Jewelry Box

Full-sized, 17.5", jewelry box mallard drake by Charles Pice (Astoria, OR) ca. 1930. This is an old working decoy that Pice transformed into a jewelry box upon decoy retirement. It appears Pice repainted most of the decoy at that time. The head may be original. A great piece of Astoria folk art by a very collectable maker. IS

Sold: $600


Mason Co.

Mallard Drake

Worn and all original paint mallard drake from the Mason Decoy Company of Detroit, MI, ca. 1900. This is a standard grade tacky-eye model that either the factory inserted glass eyes into a tack-eye body or the head is from a different Mason, which doesn't appear to be the case. OOS

Sold: $100


Unknown Maker

Pintail Hen

Solid carved San Francisco bay pintail hen in outstanding working repaint. Measures 15" in length. I'd estimate this decoy to be ca. 1920s. IS

Sold: $125


Joe Cerruti

Pintail Drake

Joe Cerruti (San Francisco, CA) pintail drake, ca. 1935, in old in-use repaint. Cerruti carved stylish pintails utilizing clear redwood ties. See page 341 of Wildfowl Decoys of California by Michael Miller for additional information on this important California maker. IS

Sold: $250


Mason Co.

Mallard Drake

Excellent original paint standard grade, glass eye mallard drake from the Mason decoy company (Detroit, MI) ca. 1890. OOS

Sold: $500


Lisa Byrd

Pintail Pair

Stylish, hollow carved, pintail pair by Lisa Byrd of Saxis, Virginia. This are signed and dated 2010 and are branded "5th Day Decoys". The drake measures 19.5" in length. OOS

Sold: $225


George Soule

Bluebill Drake

Hollow carved bluebill drake by George Soule of Freeport Maine. Signed and dated 1974. Measures 14.5" in length. OOS

Sold: $300


Unknown Maker

Pintail Drake

Solid carved pintail drake by an unknown Astoria, OR maker. Paint is good and all original. There is wear to the bill tip and several what appear to be hatchet marks. Measures 17.5" in length. OOS

Sold: $300


Charles Bergman

Pintail Hen

A very rare hollow carved pintail hen by Charles Bergman (Astoria, OR), ca. 1930s. Paint on the head, back and neck is very good and all original. There appears to be remnanats of a very old second of paint on the bottom white areas. Additional photos are available upon request. IS

Sold: $5750


Frank Garatti

Pintail Drake

Solid carved pintail drake by Frank Garatti (San Rafael, CA), ca. 1951. Repainted by Garatti in 1981 and signed on the bottom. Exquisite paint by Garatti. See pages 147-149 of Wildfowl Decoys of California. OOS

Sold: $250


Mason Co.

Premier Pintail

Mason premier pintail drake in nicely restored paint. Decoy is ca. 1900. Likely started life as a pintail hen. OOS

Sold: $200


Mason Co.

Redhead

Hollow carved premier grade redhead drake by the Mason Company (Detroit, MI), ca. 1910. Nice paint restoration in the Mason style by Don Sunderland in 1992. IS

Sold: $175


Harry Cook

Mallard Pair

Excellent and original mallard 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. Hollow carved and beautifully applied paint. IS

Sold: $850


Harry Cook

Wigeon Drake

Excellent and original wigeon drake by Harry Cook (Vallejo, CA), ca. 70s. COOK branded in the bottoms. See pages 188-192 of Wildfowl Decoys of California by Michael Miller. IS

Sold: $325


Harry Cook

Goldeneye

Excellent and original common goldeneye drake by Harry Cook (Vallejo, CA), ca. 70s. COOK branded in the bottoms. See pages 188-192 of Wildfowl Decoys of California by Michael Miller. IS

Sold: $250


Mason Co.

Mallard Drake

Mason Decoy Co. (Detroit, MI) premier grade mallard drake, ca. 1910 in worn but all original paint. Check in the back as shown in the picture. OOS

Sold: $225


Mason Co.

Bluebill Pair

Standard grade, glass-eye model bluebill pair by the Mason Company (Detroit, MI). Original paint. Split on the back of the drake. OOS

Sold: $350


Wildfowler Co.

Eider Pair

Exceedingly rare rigmate pair of common eiders from the Old Saybrook, CT factory of the Wildfowler Decoy Company, c. 1940s. There's only a handful of these known to exist. Excellent all original paint and condition. Oversize, Atlantic Coast model. Balsa bodies with nicely carved and painted pine heads. See the cover and page 41 of Wildfowler Decoys by Cowan and LaFountain for similar examples. IS

Sold: $2500


Mason Co.

Mallard Hen

Mostly good original paint on the standard grade glass-eye model mallard hen from the Mason Decoy Company of Detroit, MI, ca. 1915. The white on the speculums and tail are repaint. The neck filler is replace. The rest of the decoy is good and original. An excellent candidate for a small amount of restoration. OOS

Sold: $120


Wildfowler Co.

Redhead Hen

All original balsa model redhead hen from the Wildfowler Decoy Company (Old Saybrook, CT). The keel has been removed. OOS

Sold: $70


Stevens Co.

Bluebill Drake

Hollow, round bottomed model, bluebill drake from the H.A. Stevens Company of Weedsport, NY, ca. 1890. Paint is original and worn. It appears an over paint on the majority of the decoy has been removed. Nice stylish design from a rare and early factory. Measures 14.5" in length. OOS

Sold: $750


Evans Company

Bluebill Pair

Bluebill pair by the Evans Decoy Company (Ladysmith, WI), ca. 1930. Old repaint, Evans stamp still visible on the drake. It's likely the drake started life as a canvasback and has been repainted to a bluebill. OOS

Sold: $90


Unknown Maker

Mallard Hen

Paint is good and original on this solid carved mallard hen by an unknown Astoria, OR maker. A drake by the same maker is pictured on page 9 of Wildfowl Decoys of the Pacific Coast by Michael Miller. OOS

Sold: $190


Richard Huson

Mallard Pair

The nicest pair of Richard Huson (Molalla, OR) mallard I've offered. Solid carved rigmate pair in all original and lightly used condition. These great Oregon decoys are circa 1920s. Each retain a strong "Decoys by Huson" stamp on the bottom. OOS

Sold: $650


Mason Co.

Merganser

Mason Co. (Detroit, MI), standard grade glass-eye common merganser (rare species). Paint is a mix of original and old repaint. ca. 1910. OOS

Sold: $150


Joe Freitas

Canvasback Pair

Beautiful solid carved redwood canvasback pair by Joe "Puggy" Freitas of Rio Vista, CA. OOS

Sold: $300


Unknown Maker

Teal Hen

Great little (12" in length) solid carved green-winged teal hen from the Astoria, OR area. The collectors tag indicates "Sturi Rig" and Brownsport. The bottom of the bill is chipped. Paint is excellent and original. IS

Sold: $120


Charles Bergman

Mallard Drake

A relic hollow carved mallard hen by Charles Bergman of Astoria, OR. A real war horse. Looks great on the shelf. IS

Sold: $120


Charles Bergman

Pintail Drake

An Astoria, Oregon war horse by Charles Bergman. Paint is worn but original. Bill and tail damage justify repair. An honest decoy by arguably the most collectable of the Oregon makers.

Sold: $220


Gundelfinger

Mallard Hen

Excellent and all original hollow (grand prix model) mallard hen from the Gundelfinger Wood Products Company of Jefferson City & St. Louis, Missouri, ca. 1920s. Tail chip, wear to the tail edges and top of head. Loose weight inside the body. IS

Sold: $125


Frank Bay

Mallard Drake

Hollow carved mallard drake by Frank Bay (Astoria, OR) ca. 1920s. The body paint is good and original with nicely detailed feathering. The head is a later repaint. See pages 71-74 of Wildfowl Decoys of the Pacific Coast by Miller and Hanson. Measures 16.5" in length. OOS

Sold: $200


Unknown Maker

Canvasback & Pintail Drakes

A pair of seriously folksy, high-head decoys (pintail drake and canvasback drake) by a Pacific Northwest maker unknown to me. Recently discovered in an Oregon estate. These look very cool on the shelf. OOS

Sold: $295


Mason Co.

Teal Drake

Exceedingly rare standard grade glass-eye model green-winged teal drake by the Mason Decoy Company of Detroit, MI, c 1910. Paint is worn but 100% original. Measures 12.5" in length. OOS

Sold: $1000


Mason Co.

Mallard Drake

Mason Decoy Co. (Detroit, MI), standard grade glass-eye mallard drake in great all original paint. ca. 1905. OOS

Sold: $250


Mason Co.

Broadbill Drake

Paint is excellent and all original on this Mason Decoy Company, standard grade, glass-eye model broadbill drake, ca. 1910. The neck putty appears to have been replaced. This example retains the original Mason egg shaped weight. OOS

Sold: $250