Robin snipe 3

Robin snipe 2

Finely carved and painted shorebird decoy. Probably from New Jersey and most likely a Robin Snipe. Nice scratch painting on the back and sides and there is a square piece of wood mortised through the body from the back to the belly. Shoe button eyes. The very tip of the beak has a very small and virtually invisible restoration where it was broken long ago. 9″ long from tip of beak to tip of tail.  Circa late 19th century or very beginning of 20th century. A beautiful bird by a highly skilled carver. (BZ-14)


coot decoy 3

coot decoy

Finely made small root head coot decoy in original paint and very good condition. This was a working decoy, as witness an old  lead weight attached to the bottom. 10″ L x 5″ H (to top of head) x 4 1/4″ W. Probably from Maryland or the Carolinas, circa first half of 20th century. Maker unknown. (CC-17)



Killdeer 017

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Killdeer 024

Killdeer 022

Unusual Killdeer shorebird decoy with split tail in feeding pose. Very well carved. Has decent age but may have been made as a decorative after the shorebird hunting era rather than as a working decoy. Slight wear to bill and rub on right side.  9 1/2″ long.  Stick and base added, although hole in breast appears to have been made to produce a feeding position. We’ve never seen a Killdeer shorebird decoy before. (BO – 21)


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Classic Roy Conklin high head drake American Merganser. Roy Allen Conklin, Jr. (1909-1967) carved in Watertown N.Y. and his working decoys were used primarily in the Thousand Islands. He also made decoratives, including many flyers. This decoy was probably carved around 1940 and was never rigged for use, although it has a keel and obviously was made to be used for hunting. A slight crack at the junction where the head is secured to the neck took place when someone picked the decoy up by the head quickly. It was re-glued and professionally touched up and is virtually undetectable. There are a few minor spots on the head and body as shown in the photographs. It is a great piece of folk art.


antiques 6-19-14 098 antiques 6-19-14 100 antiques 6-19-14 105 antiques 6-19-14 103 Black duck decoy by Ward Brothers of Crisfield, Maryland. Original paint with wear typical of a working decoy. Body is balsa wood and head is doweled on through the crown of the head. Signed by Lem and Steve Ward. Circa 1940.



antiques 5-30-14 046 antiques 5-30-14 043 Scarce so-called “tongue pincher” duck call. Made with rosewood and brass. This was the earliest production call made. Patented in 1870 by Elam Fisher. 4 1/2″ long.




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