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An Early Pair of Red-Breasted Merganser Decoys by Marty Collins, Bridgewater, Massachusetts, circa Early 1990s. Here is one of the Classic Pair of Sleek Solid-Bodied Mergansers with Leather Crests and Detailed Bill Carving that Marty produced in the Early 1990s. The Decoys display Excellent Original Paint with a Good Deal of “Soft” Feathering to Enhance the Realism of the Decoys without turning them into decoratives. The Brass Tags nailed to the Bottom of these Decoys are an early ID form that Marty used and are Stamped: “Martin D. Collins / Decoy Maker / E. Wareham MA 02538”; Marty has since moved to Bridgewater; this Pair was also Originally Signed “Martin D. Collins” in ink. They are now Rigged for use as gunning decoys and Branded: “M. D. Collins.” They are in Very Good Condition with Very Minor Wear. Measurements: approximately 20” in length, 5 ½” in width, and 6 ½” in height; the Drake is slightly larger than the Hen. Nice Pair of Early Collins’ Mergansers.
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Price $875 plus shipping
Hollow Carved Atlantic Brant Decoy by Frank T. Lamson (1866 – 1939), Mayette, New Jersey, circa 1920. Lamson was a Carpenter and a Boat Builder, along with being a fine decoy maker. This Brant displays all the Classic Elements of a Fine Coastal New Jersey Brant: it is Hollow Carved, has an Inlaid Weight, Fine Form of Head and Body, No Eyes, a Raised Back with a Strong Ice Groove and a Leather Tie Line. It has a Very Early Working Repaint with Considerable Crazing and Typical Gunning Wear. It measures 17 ½” in length, 6” in width, and 8” in height. The Photographs also provide a copy of a Photo of Lamson throwing out Black Duck decoys posted by Jimmy Allen on Facebook a few years back. A Fine Example of a Classic New Jersey Brant.
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Early Goldeneye Drake Decoy from the Doubleday Family, Quincy, Massachusetts, circa 1920. This Rugged Old Decoy came from an Estate on Hough’s Neck when a rig was found a few years back. The Decoy still displays Original Paint with an Appealing Patina; the Eyes are both Carved and Painted; and the Bill shows carved separation from the Head and Mandibles. The Decoy is Roughly Carved, though the Goldeneye Form is Strong. Rigged Back and Front, it displays Average Gunning Wear with Some Chips to the Edge of the Bill on One Side. Measurements: 14” in length, 6 ¼” in width, and 8” in height, excluding any stand. Overall, it is a Great Piece of Massachusetts Decoy History.
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Raven’s Way is proud to offer
a Rare Pair of Ring-Necked Gunning Decoys fro the Rig of Marty Hanson,
Prior Lake, Minnesota, circa 1991. These Decoys, from Marty’s Personal
Rig, are in Mint Original Paint with Some Minor Gunning Wear and a
Couple of Shot Marks. The Drake displays Strong Comb Painting on the
Sides and Excellent Bill Carving. The Hen displays a Fine Subtle Feather
Painting and Excellent Bill Carving. Both Decoys have Glass Eyes and
Their Original Keels. The Bottom of Each is Stamped: “Martin Hanson
Decoys / Prior Lake, Minnesota” in an Oval Form. Measurements: 13 ½” in
length, 6” in width, and 8 ½” in height, including the Keel. A Great
Pair of Hanson Gunning Decoys.
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