Original Paint Hollow Black duck by Water Busch of Staten Island, New York. This bird has a turned head, and long cut and pointed paddle tail. An old owners tag on the bottom says "Gunned Mullica River, New Jersey, and Newark, New Jersey." A Beautiful bird in all Original Paint, but only the bottom has been repainted. A flat bottom where the bottom board has been screwed on.
What a beautiful Goldeneye Hen by Luther Nickerson of Cape Cod, Massachusetts in all Original Paint! A graceful presence with a forward head position, sitting above the breast. Each wing is deeply carved lifting off the body swooping down toward the elongated paddle tail. This bird does show some gunning wear, but just enough to show it's use as an actual gunning bird that may have floated the water only a few times. The exquisite Original Paint pattern is so simple but appealing!
Here is a pair of bluebills by Sunny and Lloyd Johnson of Bay Head New Jersey. Decoys are in original paint and condition with glass eyes and a unique canvas covered base. This pair is most likely out of Sunny and Lloyd Johnson's personal rig as both decoys are stamped LJ on their keel, with the drake also having AEJ on the keel. Both decoys are carved hollow with slightly turned heads and the drake has an attractive combed feathering added to the paint. There may be a small additional cost for shipping depending on location
Early Sandpiper from the Long Island area of New York. This antique shorebird has some gunning wear but is in original paint and condition. An old bird with a unique and attentive style. Measures 9" bill to tail
Listed for sale is an early Ruddy Duck, most likely from North Carolina. Solid body construction, very old weathered Paint down to bare wood, and early tack eyes. A few cracks in the neck that have been repaired. An old collector's tag is still attached. A beautiful patina to this rare bird!
A Black Bellied Plover in Original Paint, out of New Jersey. Some minor flaking and shot marks. This bird has a nice plump body tapering up to the neck and a nice round head. Original Paint and Original Bill.