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Sleek Hollow Carved Red-breasted Merganser Decoy by an Unknown Maker believed to be Massachusetts in Origin, circa 1890 – 1900. Acquired from the Herman Goldthwaite Rig of Biddeford Pool, Maine, in 1940 and Held in Kennebunk, Maine, until the 1990s. The Decoy displays Very Dry Original Paint with Some Touch up to the Left Wing Patch and a Light Wash on the Breast, along with the Age Separation around the Body, a Deep Shot Mark under the Neck and Minor Wear from Use and Age. Measurements: 17 ½” in length, 6” in width, and 6 ½” in height.The Racy Form and the Early Age of this Merganser make it an Excellent Addition any Decoy Collection, especially to a New England Collection.
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Price $2350 plus shipping
A Very Fine Hollow Carved, Snuggle Head Gunning Style Back Duck Decoy with a Slightly Turned Head, circa 2014. Cameron lives on the Eastern Shore of Virginia and loves the opportunity to hunt waterfowl on a daily basis, so when he carves a Black Duck there is untold experience that guides his efforts. In addition, he carves in a highly skilled fashion with the traditional tools – hatchets, draw knives, spoke shaves, and so forth. Cameron is also a studied artist and the quality of his work with oil paints adds to the authenticity of his decoys. This 17” long, 7” wide Black Duck Decoy displays an array of Feathered Scratch Painting which complements the Primary and Secondary Wing Carving and the Overall Form of the Decoy. And the Realism of the Decoy is further Enhanced by the Subtle Aging to the Paint. Marked on the Bottom: “CTM.” Quite Simply, this Decoy is Both an Enticing Lure and an Outstanding Display Piece.
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Price $3100 plus shipping FINAL SALE PRICE $2500, including shipping & insurance Continental U.S.
Maine Style Folk Art Old Squaw (Long-tailed Duck) by Dan Bruffee, Plymouth, Massachusetts, circa 2017. Dan Bruffee is exhibiting the Quality Carving Ability possessed by his father, a deceased carver from Cape Cod Byron Bruffee, and his older brother Byron Bruffee. Both Dan and his brother Byron were featured in an earlier issue of Hunting and Fishing Collectibles Magazine. This Maine Style Old Squaw shows Dan’s work with Traditional Hand Tools and “Contemporary Primitive” Wood Condition and “Aged” Painting Techniques. Draw Knife Marks and Drying Cracks in the Body are typical of early Maine Decoys. The Inletted Head and Carved Eyes, plus the Over-sized Body, are Classic Elements of Coastal Maine Decoys. Dan has even carved Initials on the Bottom, suggesting the Original Hunter, and Carved his own name on the Bottom to eliminate any deception of age. Measurements: 17” in length, 7 ¾” in width, and 8” in height. Excellent Original Condition and a Fine “Maine” Folk Art Style.
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Price $600 plus shipping SALE PRICE $450
Super Snuggle Head Old Squaw (Long Tailed Duck) Drake Decoy by Stephen Brettell, Biddeford, Maine, circa 1990. Brettell is a licensed Coast Guard Captain and Registered Maine Guide who specializes in guiding stripper fishing and sea duck hunts. He has also been carving waterfowl decoys for his sea duck hunts and this decoy is a prime example of his work. Steve’s emphasis is on Form and the Desire to make the Decoy look Natural on the water. This Old Squaw has a Nice Bold Breast with a Snuggle Head and a Sleek Elongated Form leading out to the Classic Tail. The Paint is All Original with the Old Squaw’s Natural Feathering represented in Excellent, almost abstract, Form. While the Decoy was made for Hunting, it apparently never left the shelf and has only Minor Shelf Wear and a Some Very Tiny Paint Spots. Signed on the Bottom: “Stephen Brettell / Old Squaw / 1990.” Measurements: 16” in length, 5 ½” in width, and 6” in height. Old Squaws are Very Appealing on the Water or on the Shelf.
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Price $650 plus shipping SALE PRICE $450
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