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Frank Strey Canvasback Hen

Frank Strey,Oshkosh,Wisconsin WBW1
Frank Strey Canvasback Hen in what is certainly Strey's best style. This decoy is most likely a take down of what was once a Drake with some paint added to the bill area. The hole in the bill is sealed with varnish. The decoy also appears to have an old coat of varnish for waterproofing. To my knowledge Frank Strey never made a Hen Canvasback, so this may be very unique or a take down as I mentioned? Great form and structurally just a great old working decoy in any event!

Carver: Frank Strey

Weight: 10
Price: $495

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Dewitt Wakefield BB

DeWitt Wakefield,Freemont,WI.,WBW2
Early example of a Bluebill Hen by the earliest of all recognized Wisconsin decoy carvers, DeWitt Wakefield of Freemont Wisconsin. Very old working decoy,Ca. 1880 with fluted tail and hump back style. Great lines in this BB example.

Carver: Dewitt Wakefield

Weight: 10
Price: $375

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Decoy attributed to Ferdinand Bach

Attributed to Ferdinand Bach,(1888-1967) MBW1
Redhead attributed to Ferdinand Bach (1888-1967). Old working decoy which has been repainted and so not as refined as most Bach's shown in the literature. 14" long, solid body and a fat 7" wide. Old working paint in very good structural condition.

Carver: Ferdinand Bach

Weight: 10
Price: $375

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August Moak Hen Canvasback

August Moak,Tustin,WI. ABW5
Special order Hen Canvasback used on the Illinois River. Decoy is in comb paint under a light brown wash. From the rig of Walter Peacock Chicago sportsman and heir to the Chicago jeweler business, Peacock Jewelry started in 1837. Note the inscription on the bottom that says "this decoy was a gift from Jimmy Robinson (Sports Afield)Minneapolis to Jack Mitchell". This decoy had come from the Peacock rig used originally in Manitoba. Guyette and Schmidt sold this decoy for Mr. Mitchell in 1986 when it was advertised as made by G. Bert Graves (Peoria,IL). The decoy has an original Graves strip lead weight on the bottom which caused the confusion. The Peacock rig had decoys by many of the great Illinois carvers including Graves, and the game keeper likely added the weight during regular rig maintenance operations. Simple but regal decoy in untouched condition! Decoy is Circa early 1900's!

Carver: Moak

Weight: 10
Price: $1500

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Gus Moak Drake Canvasback

Gus Moak,Tustin,WI.,WBW3
Gus Moak Drake Canvasback in original condition as well as paint. 17" solid body work of art by the famed August Moak of Tustin Wisconsin. Decent paint and a more unusual pattern for this carver with convex bottom board.

Carver: Moak

Weight: 10
Price: $1450

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Frank Strey Bluebill Hen

Frank Strey,Oshkosh, Wisconsin WBW4
Giant Wisconsin Bluebill Hen 18" long very wide and high probably the early work of Frank Strey or by his brother Charles Strey. The tail is from the early style circa 1910. This Bluebill Hen is thought to be unique but there are several other giant Strey decoys of other species known. Important piece of Folk Art.

Carver: Frank Strey

Weight: 10
Price: $1250

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PAIR OF JAMES WALTON BLUEBILLS

JAMES WALTON,MILWAUKEE,WI.,WMM1
A PAIR OF OUTSTANDING JAMES H. WALTON GUNNING DECOYS, CIRCA 1940 IN ORIGINAL CONDITION AS WELL AS PAINT AND I MEAN OLD DRY PAINT WITH OUTSTANDING PATINA. ABOUT 12' IN LENGTH, THE PAINT IS MORE IN EVIDENCE ON THE DRAKE WITH THE HEN A LITTLE MORE WORN. A FEW SHOT MARKS ON THE NECK OF THE DRAKE WITH A SMALL AMOUNT OF WEAR TO ONE SPOT ON THE TAIL. BOTH BIRDS RETAIN THE ORIGINAL GLASS EYES AS WELL AS A SHEET BALLAST WEIGHT. WONDERFUL FORM WITH RAISED CARVED WINGS AND DETAIL TO THE BILL CARVING. SMALL HAIRLINE CRACK TO ONE SIDE OF THE DRAKE'S HEAD. MOST INTERESTING ARE THE FULL SET OF BLUE PRINTS THAT WALTON USED PRIOR TO UNDERTAKING THE ACTUAL CARVING AND THIS IS THE FIRST FULL SET I HAVE EVER SEEN WHICH ARE INCLUDED WITH THE DECOYS! HIGH INVESTMENT GRADE ANTIQUES IN VERY GOOD OVERALL CONDITION. CHECK OUT PAGE 195 OF THE NEW GREAT LAKES BOOK FOR PICTURES OF HIS DECOYS AND BLUE PRINTS.

Carver: JAMES WALTON

Weight: 10
Price: $1100

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Burton Lang Mallard Drake

Burton Lang/Radke, Horicon Marsh,WI.WBW7
All original decoy from the rig of L Radke who hunted with and learned to carve from Burt Lang of Horicon Marsh Wisconsin. This could be a Radke or Radke/Lang dual project. The decoy is signed on the bottom by Radke's daughter who dates the decoy at around 1922-1924.

Carver: Burt Lang

Weight: 10
Price: $750

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Winnebago Lakes Canvasback

Attributed to C Solomon, Winnebago Lakes, Wisconsin WBW8
Hugh Winnebago Lakes Canvasback Drake 19" long and an impressive 11" high attributed to the work of Carleton Solomon. It is hard to find an original decoy like this in O.P.

Carver: Carleton Solomon

Weight: 10
Price: $675

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Joe Gigl Cork Canvasback Pair

Joe Gigl,Freemont,WI.,WBW9
Great pair of Gigl Canvasback's in original paint as well as condition. Cork bodies with wooden finely carved heads along with thick bottom boards as shown. 18" long, see Winnebago book by Ron Koch.

Carver: Joe Gigl

Weight: 10
Price: $650

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Otto Misch Hen Canvasback

Otto Misch,Saginaw Bay,MI.,MBW6
17" long hollow Canvasback Hen by Otto Misch circa 1920-1930. His unique lead keel weight has been removed but it's imprint is clearly visible on the bottom board. Also, the comb carving at the back of the neck is present. Original paint with great lines!

Carver: Otto Misch

Weight: 10
Price: $650

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Joe Gigl Oversized Mallard

Joe Gigl,Freemont,WI.PRICE REDUCED!WBW10A
Very nice and very hard to find in this condition. Joe Gigl over sized cork Drake Mallard with a slightly turned head. Mint condition as well as O.P. Form is great, especially the head. The paint, especially on the head is great as well. Retains the original glass eyes as well as 1/2" bottom board.

Carver: Joe Gigl

Weight: 15
Price: $570

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AUGUST GUS NELOW DRAKE CANVASBACK

AUGUST NELOW, ONRON,WISCONSIN,CIRCA 1920. (BW) 16" long big full Canvasback in a style rare for Gus Nelow in great paint . Gus Nelow , one of the big three Wisconsin carvers and sought after by collectors.

Carver: Gus Nelow

Weight: 10
Price: $550

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BEN SCHMIDT CANVASBACK DUCK DECOY

BEN SCHMIDT, CENTER LINE, MICHIGAN CANVASBACK WORKING DECOY, SOLID BODY, ORIGINAL BOTTOM KEEL WITH IN USE GUNNING WEAR TOUCH-UP TO THE PAINT ON THE BILL AS WELL AS BREAST PAINT. ABOUT 16" LONG BY 8" IN WIDTH.

Carver: Schmidt, Ben

Weight: 10
Price: $485

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JOE SEIGER BLUEBILL HEN

JOE SEIGER,TUSTIN,WISCONSIN WBW6
JOE SEIGER(1871-1959) SEIGER MADE CANVASBACK DECOYS IN THE STYLE OF AUGUST MOAK, BUT SEIGERS ARE NOW MORE VALUABLE. RARE BLUEBILL FOLLOWING THE SAME BASIC PATTERN AS MOAK'S CANVASBACKS WITH ALMOST IDENTICAL TAIL AND 7/8TH'S BOTTOM BOARD. A RARE BLUEBILL AND FINELY CARVED DECOY IN VERY OLD WORKING PAINT, 14" LONG. THE FORM OF THIS DECOY CAN MIMICK THE CANVASBACKS ATTRIBUTED TO JOE SEIGER AND ARE IN THE SAME STYLE AS MOAK CANVASBACKS. SEIGER IS NOT KNOWN TO HAVE MADE BLUEBILLS. A UNIQUE DECOY IN THE BEST WINNEBAGO LAKES FORM!

Carver: Joe Seiger

Weight: 10
Price: $465

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Wisconsin Canvasback

Winnebago lakes Unidentified WBW13
Hollow over sized Wisconsin Canvasback Drake which is 19" long with bottom board. This decoy is by an unknown carver from the Winnebago Lakes area circa 1920-1930. The glass eyes have been replaced and moved forward and are yellow instead of red which could be fixed.

Carver: Unidentified

Weight: 10
Price: $450

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August Nelow Preening Canvasback Attributed

WBW11 Lake Poygan, Wisconsin preening canvasback hen attributed to August Nelow (1882-1962) from Omron. This decoy was in the rig of Menasha sportsman, John Buss, Sr. (1881-1960) , a contemporary of Nelow. Another similar canvasback with preening head (obviously by the same hand) is in the Dasher collection and is shown of pg. 174 of Ron Koch's Winnebago Lakes book as an unknown. Body form and the speculum painting indicate Nelow, who had several styles of canvasbacks starting in 1909 and extending his carving career into the mid 1950's. This one would fit in the late 1930's. Great piece of Wisconsin folk art in excellent original paint except caulking on neck has been repaired.

Carver: Gus Nelow

Weight: 10
Price: $425

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August Nelow Canvasback Drake

WBW24 August Nelow (1882-1962) was one of the "big three" classic period carvers in Wisconsin (Omron in the Winnebago Lakes region). This 14" blue bill is his middle period style and the most desirable folk art look circa 1920s. Paint looks original but is not his typical pattern so may be a hunter's repaint.

Carver: Gus Nelow

Weight: 10
Price: $425

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JOE GIGL CANVASBACK

JOE GIGL, FREEMONT, WISCONSIN. SOLID BODY CANVASBACK, ABOUT 19" LONG, RARE SPECIES FOR THIS CARVER. GIGL CARVED MOSTLY CORK BODY DECOY'S. DECOY IS IN ORIGINAL PAINT AS WELL AS CONDITION. THIN SLIVER MISSING FROM THE EDGE OF THE BILL. GREAT FOLK ART PIECE FROM A WELL RESPECTED WISCONSIN CARVER!

Carver: Joe Gigl

Weight: 10
Price: $425

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JOHN OR ERNEST ROTH CANVASBACK

WBW26 JOHN OR ERNEST ROTH 14" WINNEBAGO LAKES CANVASBACK WORKING DECOY CIRCA 1920 IN OLD WORKING PAINT WITH SOME ORIGINAL, DROP LEAD BALLAST WEIGHT AND GLASS EYES.

Carver: JOHN ROTH

Weight: 10
Price: $425

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Gus Nelow Coot

Gus Nelow,Omro,WI,PRICE REDUCED!WBW13A
Old Gus Nelow Coot in original condition with a hairline crack to the neck and some hunter touch-up to the bill as well as the white areas on the wings. Classic Nelow head with the weight on the bottom being a half oxen shoe. Oxen went out of use in Wisconsin well before WW II.

Carver: Gus Nelow

Weight: 10
Price: $400

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WALTER SNOW CANVASBACK

MMM1 WALTER SNOW, CENTERLINE MICHIGAN SOLID BODY CANVASBACK DECOY IN ORIGINAL CONDITION WITH ORIGINAL RED TAXIDERMY EYES WITH ORIGINAL KEEL CIRCA 1955. DECOY IS ABOUT 16" LONG BY 7" IN WIDTH WITH CARVED WINGS, SHOULDER GROOVES AND JUST GREAT FORM. SNOW WAS A NEIGHBOR OF BEN SCHMIDT AND LEARNED A LOT ABOUT CARVING FROM BEN.

Carver: Walter Snow

Weight: 10
Price: $325

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TED VANDENBOSSCH REDHEAD DRAKE BOBTAIL

MMM2 EARLY REDHEAD DRAKE BY NOTED MICHIGAN CARVER TED VANDENBOSCH, CIRCA 1920 IN ORIGINAL CONDITION WITH SOME PAINT ENHANCEMENT TO THE BREAST AND TAIL (BLACK PAINT). THERE IS A WELL DONE SMALL OLD PATCH ON THE BACK, 6" BY 1 1/2". RETAINS THE ORIGINAL GLASS EYES AS WELL AS THE SWING WEIGHT WHICH WAS USED TO KEEP THE DECOY FROM FLIPPING OVER IN HEAVY WATER USE. EXCELLENT BILL CARVING. ABOUT 16" LONG.

Carver: Ted Vandenbossch

Weight: 10
Price: $325

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Dick Watson Whistler

MBW19 12" Whistler drake by St. Claire flats carver Dick Watson (RCW brand on bottom). Form the early 1950's this decoy is all original and came from Bob Hayden's rig hunted over in California and Mexico.

Carver: Dick Watson

Weight: 10
Price: $325

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FRANK STREY RED HEAD

FRANK STREY RED HEAD CIRCA 1920, OSHKOSH, WISCONSIN, 12" LONG HIGH HEAD, TURNED NECK WITH WING CARVINGS, HIS BEST STYLE IN MY OPINION. THE WING CARVING IS IDENTICAL TO THAT USED BY RESOP AND IS LIKELY CONNECTED, A VERY OLD DECOY IN WORKING PAINT.

Carver: Frank Strey

Weight: 10
Price: $275

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Marvin Strahota Canvasback Drake

MBW14 Marvin Strahota (1903-1977) MARQUETTE, MI (Winnebago Lakes region) is known for his folky cork body decoys with unique carved solid rump region. The profile of his decoys are stark and classic 1930s period.

Carver: Marvin Strahota

Weight: 10
Price: $245

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C.R.

WMM3*** C. R. "SPEED" LEMKE HEN MALLARD CIRCA 1940 IN ORIGINAL CONDITION AS WELL AS PAINT WITH SOME FLAKING BEGINNING TO OCCUR ON THE FRONT BREAST AS WELL AS THE 3/4" BOTTOM BOARD. GREAT FORM WITH THE BALLAST WEIGHT STILL IN PLACE SET INTO THE BOTTOM. THREE PIECE DECOY WHICH IS ABOUT 12" LONG AND JUST A VERY GOOD EXAMPLE OF THIS CARVERS WORK WITH THE WRITING IN PENCIL ON THE BOTTOM, C. R. "SPEED" LEMKE MILWAUKEE OMRO MALLARD. NICE WISCO DECOY!!

Carver: Speed Lemke

Weight: 10
Price: $225

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DARK FEATHER FREEDMAN DRAKE CANVASBACK

WMM4 DARK FEATHER FREEDMAN DRAKE CANVASBACK SOLID BODY DECOY IN ORIGINAL CONDITION AS WELL AS PAINT IN MINT TO NEAR MINT CONDITION RETAINING THE ORIGINAL GLASS EYES AS WELL AS THE BOTTOM KEEL.

Carver: Darkfeather Freedman

Weight: 10
Price: $200

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