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Lane School Drake Redhead

Lane School,Lacon,Illinois,IBW1
Hollow Redhead very old working decoy in the best form a decoy collector will ever see. Dry old paint in mellow patina that says Stephen Lane except for the head which is a great job, but not typical of Lane. Near original paint as well as condition. Decoy is two piece construction and is circa 1910. My favorite decoy on the website!

Carver: Unidentified

Weight: 10
Price: $7500

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Lane School Bluebill

Attributed to the Lane School,Lacon,Illinois,IBW2
Lane School Blue bill working toller with the original glass eyes. Body is thicker through the middle than most Lane decoys, but very similar otherwise to Stephen Lanes work. Old second coat of paint to the black areas. Great form!

Carver: Unidentified

Weight: 10
Price: $3500

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Harold Haertel Cork Black Duck

Harold Haertel,Dundee,Illinois IBW3
Black duck by famed Mid West carver Harold Haertel of Dundee,Illinois,(1904-1995). Rare cork example of this carvers work in original condition. Decoy has a finely carved pine head and retains the original glass eyes.Body form is very well done in the carvers style with a 1/2" bottom board for flotation purposes as this was rigged for hunting and used as such. Great decoy for a very fair price!

Carver: Harold Haertel

Weight: 10
Price: $750

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Roy Kamm Drake Pintail

Roy Kamm,Lacon,Illinois,IBW4
Pintail Drake working decoy circa 1890 in the best Illinois River form by old time carver Roy Kamm. Repainted in 1950 by Cline McAlpine, a great Illinois river carver in his own right! The McAlpine feather paint as seen is very distinctive of McAlpine.

Carver: Roy Kamm

Weight: 10
Price: $1250

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Robert Elliston Pintail

Robert Elliston,Bureau,Illinois,IBW5
A rare Pintail by famed Midwest carver Robert A. Elliston of Bureau,Illinois,(1849-1915). Nice form with great lines and symmetry. Balanced in the water, which made Ellistons gunning decoys sought after by hunters and today, these are sought after by collectors, especially this particular species, which he did only a few known examples of. Displays a very distinctive form as well as the carvers signature paint pattern.

Carver: Robert Elliston

Weight: 10
Price: $1100

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BERT GRAVES HEN MALLARD

Bert Graves, (1887-1956), Peoria,Illinois. Hen Mallard decoy by famed Midwest carver Bert "Chips" Graves with the original Graves weight on the bottom stamped in relief which says G.B. GRAVES Decoy Co. Peoria Illinois. 17" long and hollow, circa 1930. Great paint all original as well as condition.

Carver: Bert Graves

Weight: 10
Price: $6000

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Unidentified Midwest Canadian Goose Decoy

Unidentified Carver,Illinois,IBW6
Very old and well crafted Canada Goose decoy that has the stamp "Mud Lake Club" on the bottom which was also known as the West End Club in Illinois. Interestingly, this carving has some similarities to the work of Charles Birch of Virginia. This decoy has an old light coat of olive wash. Great head and neck position and was rigged for hunting and used as such. Most likely a Midwest carver.

Carver: Unidentified

Weight: 10
Price: $5700

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Richard Wilcoxin Redhead Drake

Richard Wilcoxen,Liverpool,Illinois IBW7
Decoy is a Richard Wilcoxin who was the older brother of the much more prolific carver, Perry Wilcoxen. This is a wonderful hollow Redhead Drake in original condition. The form, especially the "snakey" neck and head represents one of the best profiles anyone will probably ever see. Great balance as well as symmetry with very smooth lines making this decoy highly collectible.

Carver: Richard Wilcoxin

Weight: 10
Price: $4500

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BERT GRAVES CANVASBACK

Bert Graves, (1887-1956), Peoria,Illinois. Canvasback decoy by famed Midwest carver Bert "Chips" Graves with the original Graves weight on the bottom stamped in relief which says G.B. GRAVES Decoy Co. Peoria Illinois. 17" long and hollow, circa 1930. Great paint combing technique by Catherine Elliston who painted this particular work of art. GREAT SCRATCH PAINT!

Carver: Bert Graves

Weight: 10
Price: $3500

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BERT GRAVES CANVASBACK

Bert Graves, (1887-1956), Peoria,Illinois. Canvasback decoy by famed Midwest carver Bert "Chips" Graves with the original Graves weight on the bottom stamped in relief which says G.B. GRAVES Decoy Co. Peoria Illinois. 17" long and hollow, circa 1930. Great paint combing technique by Catherine Elliston who painted this particular work of art.

Carver: Bert Graves

Weight: 10
Price: $3500

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BERT GRAVES CANVASBACK

Bert Graves, (1887-1956), Peoria,Illinois. Canvasback decoy by famed Midwest carver Bert "Chips" Graves with the original Graves weight on the bottom stamped in relief which says G.B. GRAVES Decoy Co. Peoria Illinois. 17" long and hollow, circa 1930. Great paint combing technique by Catherine Elliston who painted this particular work of art.

Carver: Bert Graves

Weight: 10
Price: $3000

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ELLISTON DRAKE MALLARD DUCK DECOY

ROBERT ELLLISTON DRAKE MALLARD IN MOSTLY ORIGINAL PAINT WITH SOME PAINT CRACKLING AND FLAKING TO THE BARE WOOD IN SEVERAL SPOTS. RETAINS THE ORIGINAL WEIGHT. SMALL RUB TO THE TOP OF THE HEAD, PROTECTED BY AN OLD COAT OF VARNISH, TOP TIP OF TAIL IS TOUCH-UP ON BOTH THE BLACK AND WHITE SECTIONS. VERY NICE HONEST EXAMPLE OF HIS WORK.

Carver: Robert Elliston

Weight: 10
Price: $3000

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BERT GRAVES DRAKE CANVASBACK

Bert Graves, (1887-1956), Peoria,Illinois. Canvasback decoy by famed Midwest carver Bert "Chips" Graves with the original Graves weight on the bottom stamped in relief which says G.B. GRAVES Decoy Co. Peoria Illinois. 17" long and hollow, circa 1930. Great paint combing technique by Catherine Elliston who painted this particular work of art.

Carver: Bert Graves

Weight: 10
Price: $3000

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ELLISTON MALLARD HEN

ELLISTON MALLARD HEN, MOSTLY ORIGINAL PAINT PROTECTED BY AN OLD COAT OF SEALER THAT HAS DARKENED WITH AGE WITH SOME CRACKLING. FROM THE RIG OF ANDY L. ALANSON AND SO BRANDED. LINE OF BLACK PAINT OR SEALER IN A SWATCH ALONG THE BODY SEAM ON THE FRONT RIGHT SIDE. SMALL PATCH OF WHITE PAINT ON RIGHT SIDE OF NECK AS WELL AS A SMALL DROP OF BLACK PAINT NEAR THE BILL ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF HEAD. LEFT EYE IS CRACKED WITH SOME SLIGHT CHIPPING AROUND THE NECK SEAM. NO ELLISTON WEIGHT, NICE OLD HONEST ILLINOIS RIVER WORKING DECOY.

Carver: Robert Elliston

Weight: 10
Price: $2500

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Mike Vallero Pintail

Mike Vallero,Spring Valley,IL.IBW8
16.5" beautiful hollow sculpture by Mike Vallero of Spring Valley Illinois. Decoy dates to around 1930. Great form and very collectible.

Carver: Mike Vallero

Weight: 10
Price: $1350

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Keith Littlejohn Owl

Keith Littlejohn,Newark,IL.,IJY1
Hand carved Great Owl by Keith Littlejohn, Newark,Illinois in mint original paint as well as condition, this is a very realistic Owl carving with glass eyes, detailed feather carving and is mounted on a wooden stand, the Owl is 201/2" long and 23" high (including the stand).

Carver: Keith Littlejohn

Weight: 10
Price: $995

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Brink Lane Whistler

Attributed to Brink Lane,Villa Park,IL.,IBW9
Attributed to Brink Lane in the "Carriage House Style". Only known Golden Eye in the Illinois River style attributed to Mr. Lane. The paint appears to be all original except 2/3rd's of the bill which has been replaced. Note the undercut bill carving typical of the Lane School is gone. Head configuration and cheek carving is typical of this style and period. Very fine, early Illinois River decoy!

Carver: Brink Lane

Weight: 10
Price: $950

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Antique Box By The James A. Boye Manufacturing Co

James A. Boye Manufacturing Co., Chicago,IL. A1 MM
Outstanding antique box produced by the James A. Boye Manufacturing Company, Circa 1930 in original condition as well as paint. The box could be used to store just about anything including collectibles. The quail shown on the front is original. The company was founded in 1906 and was the first company to make crochet hooks and knitting needles. The dimensions of the box is 15" wide by 15" long and 6" in depth. Please note from the photo's all the original print which is in great shape. Very collectible item!

Carver:

Weight: 10
Price: $750

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TUVESON MANUFACTURING COMPANY FLYING CANVASBACK

FLYING TUVESON CANVASBACK IN ORIGINAL CONDITION WHICH WAS A PATENT CREATED BY PAT TUVESON OF THE TUVESON MANUFACTURING COMPANY, ST. JAMES, MINNESOTA IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF THE 20TH CENTURY, SOLID BODY, CIRCA 1927, CEDAR WITH A GALVANIZED WIRE FRAME WITH CANVAS STITCHED TO THE FRAME, SOME OF WHICH WAS BEEN GLUED BACK TOGETHER OVER THE YEARS AS SHOW AND THIS IS TYPICALLY WHAT HAPPENS WITH THE TUVESON FLYERS. PLATE CAME OFF AT SOME POINT IN TIME, RUBS TO THE PAINT WHICH ARE MINOR, ABOUT 24" LONG BY 14" WIDE AT THE WING SPAN.

Carver:
Tuveson

Weight: 10
Price: $700

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Otto Garren Ringbill

IBW12 Otto Garren (1890-1968) Canton, IL made this hollow, 12" long, boat bottom ringneck/ringbill circa 1935. The paint is Garrens, the black may be a second coat. Nice example from this folky IL River carver.

Carver: Otto Garren

Weight: 10
Price: $650

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Pair of Mallards Attributed to Mike Valley

Unidentified, Attributed To Mike Valley IRM1
Pair of solid body Mallards in original paint as well as condition with keels and anchor lines still attached. Drake is near mint with just a couple small rubs to the paint. Hen has more in-use wear, especially to the underside of the tail and along the right side and breast area. However, this is minor overall. Both decoys retain the original glass eyes and are in bold paint as well as very nice form.

Carver: Unidentified

Weight: 20
Price: $575

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Restored Charles Walker Mallard Drake

IBW13 Charles Walker (1873-1954) Princeton IL. from his earliest work at the Princeton Fish and Game Club circa 1900. Unfortunately, members of the Princeton Fish and Game Club were notorious for maintaining their decoys in perfect condition and decoys were often repainted at the end of the season - as was this one perhaps more than once. Only around the eyes can you see some paint chipped to the underneath layer, so the original paint may be intact - a big and risky job to find out. The working paint is old, crackled and fairly pleasing See page 57 of MASTERWORKS OF THE ILLINOIS RIVER by Steve O'Brien for a decoy of this period. "...evokes a wild, reared back attitude from his wimsical carving style. This naive quality is almost completely absent in Walker's later works, which have a more sophisticated look." One eye is cracked.

Carver: Charles Walker

Weight: 10
Price: $575

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ILLINOIS RIVER DRAKE MALLARD DECOY

ILLINOIS RIVER DRAKE MALLARD IN ORIGINAL CONDITION AS WELL AS PAINT, VERY NICE PAINT AS WELL AS POSE, HOLLOW, ABOUT 15" LONG BY 6" IN WIDTH.

Carver: Unidentified

Weight: 10
Price: $395

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TURNED HEAD FRED ALLEN DECOY

FRED ALLEN, MONMOUTH, ILLINOIS WORKING TURNED HEAD TWO PIECE HOLLOW DECOY. SOME OLD PAINT TOUCH-UP TO THE BILL, FLAT TAIL, WONDERFUL FORM. SMALL NECK REPAIR, CIRCA 1880, ABOUT 12" BY 5", GREAT COLLECTIBLE ILLINOIS GEM!

Carver: Unidentified

Weight: 10
Price: $395

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FRED ALLEN STYLE BLUEBILL

EARLY AND VERY UNUSUAL BLUEBILL DECOY IN THE STYLE OF FRED ALLEN FROM MONMOUTH ILLINOIS PURCHASED AT THE SAME TIME FROM THE SAME SELLER AS THE TWO ALLEN'S I HAVE LISTED. HOLLOW, DEMUR WIDE BODIED WITH A VERY BLOCKY HEAD, WIDE TAIL AND A VERY INTERESTING AND DETAILED BILL CARVING. EYES ARE NOT ORIGINAL, OTHERWISE ORIGINAL CONDITION AS WELL AS PAINT CIRCA 1890. ABOUT 11 BY 6".

Carver: Unidentified

Weight: 10
Price: $395

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DEMUR FRED ALLEN BLUEBILL DUCK DECOY

SOLID BODY DEMUR BLUEBILL OLD WORKING DUCK DECOY BY FRED ALLEN OF MONMOUTH ILLINOIS, GREAT FORM ESPECIALLY AROUND THE GLASS EYES,DETAIL TO THE BILL INCLUDING A VERY UNUSUAL NAIL BILL DESIGN. SHORT FLAT TAIL WITH VERY UNUSUAL AND WELL DONE SCRATCH PAINTING INVOLVING TWO DIFFERENT DESIGNS ON THE BACK OF THE DECOY TO RESEMBLE FEATHERING. OLD WEIGHTS HAVE BEEN REMOVED, CIRCA 1880'S, BILL IS REPAINTED OTHERWISE ORIGINAL CONDITION AS WELL AS PAINT, ABOUT 11" LONG BY 6" IN WIDTH.

Carver: Unidentified

Weight: 10
Price: $375

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Rare Confidence Loon Decoy

Unidentified Carver,MN.,IBW10
Very Rare Loon confidence decoy from Minnesota. 15.4" in very old crackled paint in original condition as well as paint. Nice form and one of the very few legitimate loon decoys known to exist!

Carver: Unidentified

Weight: 10
Price: $325

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Fred Bayley Hen Mallard

Fred Bayley,Peoria,Illinois IMM5
Fred Bayley Hen Mallard, circa 1945 in original paint as well as condition. Two piece hollow body decoy retains the original glass eyes as well as the lead bottom weight, very small chip to the wood just above the front of the weight as well as a tight age crack all the way around the neck as shown.

Carver: Fred Bayley

Weight: 10
Price: $275

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J. FRED MOTT MALLARD DRAKE BALSA WORKING DECOY

J. FRED MOTT MALLARD DRAKE BALSA WORKING DECOY CIRCA 1930 IN ORIGINAL CONDITION. SOME PAINT TOUCH-UP OVER THE YEARS ATTRIBUTED TO IN-USE GUNNING WEAR OVER A BALSA WORKING DECOY. J. FRED MOTT WAS A LONG TIME PEKIN, ILLINOIS RESIDENT

Carver: Fred Mott Sr.

Weight: 10
Price: $250

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DAVE FRIER DRAKE MALLARD

MALLARD DRAKE DECOY CARVED, PAINTED AND SIGNED ON THE BOTTOM BY DAVE FRIER, (1931-2010) IN ORIGINAL CONDITION AS WELL AS PAINT. PAINT IS OUTSTANDING COMB PAINTING WET OVER WET BLENDING TECHNIQUE, ABOUT 11" LONG BY 4" IN WIDTH.

Carver: DAVE FRIER

Weight: 10
Price: $175

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