Antique Decoys Up for Bid

A highlight of this year's Southeastern Wildlife Exposition is the decoy auction presented by Guyette, Schmidt & Deeter

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    A very rare magnum mallard drake hollow carved with relief wing tip carving by Delbert “Cigar” Daisey in Chincoteague, Virginia.

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    An oversize hollow merganser carved in the Maine tradition by Mark McNair in Craddockville, Virginia. Signed and dated 1996.

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    Set of four root head egrets in various poses on driftwood crafted by Grayson Chesser in Jenkins Bridge, Virginia. Large “C” carved under each.

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    A shooting stool model of a Canada goose with extra fine feather paint detail by the Ward brothers in Crisfield, Maryland.

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    A widgeon hen with cracks in the head and body carved by Lee Dudley in Knott’s Island, North Carolina, from the last quarter of the nineteenth century.

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    A pair of miniature 1/4 size mergansers with fluted tails carved in the style of Ira Hudson by Reggie Birch in Accomack, Virginia. Signed.

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    A very rare bluewing teal hen with original paint and minor wear crafted by Elmer Crowell in East Harwich, Massachusetts, during the first quarter of the twentieth century. This decoy is from a hunting rig used on the Edisto, Combahee, and Ashepoo Rivers in the South Carolina Lowcountry. It was purchased directly from Crowell in 1925 and is one of less than a dozen known teal hunting decoys by Crowell.

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    A rare pintail drake with round body, banjo tail, and scratch paint detail crafted by Ira Hudson in Chincoteague, Virginia, during the first quarter of the twentieth century. Has original paint with minor wear and cracks; most of bill is a professional replacement.

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    A flat sided yellowlegs from Hatteras, North Carolina, circa 1920. This decoy was collected in 1961 on Hatteras Island.

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    Pintail hen circa 1930s from Crisfield, Maryland.

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    A blackduck with minor wear and shot marks carved by Elmer Crowell in East Harwich, Massachusetts during the first quarter of the twentieth century. Crowell’s oval brand marking is underneath.

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    Classic 1936 model canvasback by the Ward Brothers from Crisfield, Maryland.

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The auction is 2:00 p.m. Friday, February 15, at the Charleston Marriott across from Brittlebank Park. For more information, click here

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