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DECOYS & SPORTING COLLECTIBLES

Auction

March 30, 2014
THE SHARK RIVER YACHT CLUB
1 SEAVIEW CIRCLE NORTH, NEPTUNE, NJ 07753
LOCATED ON SHARK RIVER ISLAND ON THE INLET
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Saturday, March 29th, from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 30th, from 8:00 a.m. until 9:45 a.m.
Sunday, March 30th, 10:00 a.m. Start Time
Some GPS devices may not provide accurate directions when the above address is entered.
Garden State Parkway to Exit 98. Follow signs for Belmar/Route 138. Continue on Rt. 138 East
for 3.1 miles. Merge onto Rt. 35 North via the exit on the left. Continue on Rt. 35 North for
approximately 1.5 miles. After crossing the Shark River Bridge, turn slightly left toward Seaview
Circle. Take the first left (U-turn) onto Rt. 35 South. Continue on Rt. 35 South for approxi
mately .1 mile. The exit for the Shark River Yacht Club (#1 Seaview Circle North) will be on the
right on the Shark River Bridge.
Fully illustrated, $25.00 ($34.00 Outside U.S.) -- includes post sale price key.
For auction information and absentee/phone bidding information:
Frank & Frank Sporting Collectibles LLC
422 Lakewood-Farmingdale Road
Howell, NJ 07731
Phone/Fax: (732) 938-2988
Visit us at: www.frankandfrankdecoys.com • Email: afrank1807rh@cs.com
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indicate mileage
from Ferry
Terminal

MD
will be accepting

CONSIGNMENTS
for our
FALL 2014
AUCTION
Call Early
to reserve space!
Limited to 400 lots.

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1 FINE AND RARE PAIR OF BUFFLEHEADS by the Wildfowler Decoy Co., Pt. Pleasant, NJ. Near-mint
original paint and condition. Both unrigged. Both with early Wildfowler ink stamps. Hen signed and dated 1973 by
Charles R. Birdsall. 200-300

2 VERY FINE AND EARLY WOODCOCK by the Wildfowler Decoy Co., Pt. Pleasant, NJ. Near-mint original
paint and condition. Mounted atop a wood base with early ink stamp on bottom. Signed by Charles R. Birdsall and
dated 1971. 200-300

3 BRANT by the Wildfowler Decoy Co., Pt. Pleasant, NJ. Very good original paint and condition. Keel removed.
One glass eye missing. Strong circular brand. 200-300

4 EARLY BUFFLEHEAD attributed to the Wildfowler Decoy Co., Pt. Pleasant, NJ. Very good original paint with
minor wear. Both structurally sound and weighted for use. 100-200

5 GREEN WING TEAL DRAKE by the Wildfowler Decoy Co., Quogue, NY. Near-mint original paint and
condition. Deep wing groove separation and elongated tail. Crisp brand in bottom. For photos and information see
Wildfowler Decoys by Cowan and LaFountain. 300-400

6 TWO-THIRD SIZE WOOD DUCK DRAKE by the Wildfowler Decoy Co., Pt. Pleasant, NJ. Near-mint
original paint and condition. Head turned slightly right. Bottom signed by Charles Birdsall and dated 1972. “DC”
painted under bill. 150-250

7 ONE-QUARTER SIZE CANADA GOOSE by the Wildfowler Decoy Co., Pt. Pleasant, NJ. Near-mint original
paint and condition. Head turned slightly left. Wing separation and fine detailed feather painting. Bottom retains
early ink stamp. Signed “DC” under bill. 100-150

8 EARLY CANADA GOOSE by the Wildfowler Decoy Co., Pt. Pleasant, NJ. Very good original paint and
structural condition. Keel removed. Retains Wildfowler brand. See Wildfowler Decoys by Cowan and LaFountain.
200-300

9 EARLY WOOD DUCK DRAKE by the Wildfowler Decoy Co., Pt. Pleasant, NJ. Excellent original paint and
condition. Painted by Dottie Clayton. Retains the early ink stamp and is signed Charles R. Birdsall, 1974. 100-200

10 BUFFLEHEAD DRAKE by the Wildfowler Decoy Co., Pt. Pleasant, NJ. Near-mint original paint and condition. Special edition model with deep ice groove. Head turned slightly left. Signed by Charles R. Birdsall and dated
1975. 100-200

11 VERY EARLY PAIR OF BLACK DUCKS by the Wildfowler Decoy Co., Old Saybrook, CT. Both retain very
good original paint showing some in-use wear, one with some rubs to the bottom sides. Both retain full keels and
brands. For literature and photographs see Wildfowler Decoys by Cowan and La Fountain, pgs. 37 and 62. It can be
noted that these decoys are from a rig of 20 recently found in Chillmark, Martha’s Vineyard. They were last used in
the 1950s. 300-400

12 RARE PAIR OF WIDGEON by the Wildfowler Decoy Co., Old Saybrook, CT. Both retain very good original paint showing some in-use wear. Both retain full keels and brands. For literature and photographs see Wildfowler
Decoys by Cowan and La Fountain, pgs. 36 and 61. It can be noted that these decoys are from a rig of 20 recently
found in Chillmark, Martha’s Vineyard. They were last used in the 1950s. 300-500

13 VERY EARLY PAIR OF BLACK DUCKS by the Wildfowler Decoy Co., Old Saybrook, CT. Both retain very
good original paint showing some in-use wear. Both retain full keels and brands. For literature and photographs see
Wildfowler Decoys by Cowan and La Fountain pgs. 37 and 62. It can be noted that these decoys are from a rig of 20
recently found in Chillmark, Martha’s Vineyard. They were last used in the 1950s. 300-400

14 PAIR OF OVERSIZED MALLARDS, by the Wildfowler Decoy Co., Pt. Pleasant, NJ. Original paint showing
in-use wear. Both retain bottom keels. Branded ‘73’. The hen with the Wildfowler brand. 100-200

15 AMERICAN FACTORY DECOYS by Henry A. Fleckenstein, Jr. Excellent condition with all pages intact.
Retains dust jacket with minor taped tears. Green cloth cover with gold embossed highlights. A rare first edition.
100-200

16 FINE AND VERY RARE SCOTER by the Wildfowler Decoy Co., Old Saybrook, CT. Very good original
paint with some possible touch-up to bill. Structurally excellent condition with full bottom keel. Hollow construction. Carved ice groove. Superior Model as shown in Wildfowler Decoys by Cowan and LaFountain, pg. 38. Also,
see Factory Decoys by H. Fleckenstein, Jr., jacket cover. 200-400

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17 FINE PAIR OF BLUEBILLS by the Wildfowler Decoy Co., Old Saybrook, CT. Both in excellent original
paint showing very light in-use wear. Both retain full bottom keels with weights and crisp brands. Hen’s bottom
painted silver. For similar examples see Wildfowler Decoys by Cowan & LaFountain. 250-350

18 RARE STANDING HERRING GULL by the Wildfowler Decoy Co., Pt. Pleasant, NJ. Excellent original
paint and condition. Mounted atop realistic feet on a custom painted base. Split tail carving. Head turned very
slightly right. Paint by William Keim, Neptune City, NJ. For information, see Wildfowler Decoys by Cowan and
LaFountain. 300-400

19 PINTAIL DRAKE by the Wildfowler Decoy Co., Pt. Pleasant, NJ. Excellent original paint and condition
showing light in-use wear. Retains full bottom keel and crisp brand. 75-125

20 RARE REDHEAD DRAKE by the Wildfowler Decoy Co., possibly Old Saybrook, CT. Very good original
paint and structural condition with bottom board. Full bottom keel. Shows signs of in-use wear. 150-200

21 PAIR OF MALLARDS by the Wildfowler Decoy Co., Pt. Pleasant, NJ. Very good original paint and condition
with minor gunning wear. Both retain bottom keels. The drake with a strong brand. 200-250

22 TWO WIDGEON DRAKES by The Wildfowler Decoy Co., Old Saybrook, CT. Both retain very good original
paint showing some in-use wear and rubs. One with some staining. Both retain full keels and brands. For literature
and photographs see Wildfowler Decoys by Cowan and La Fountain, pgs. 36 and 61. It can be noted that these decoys are from a rig of 20 recently found in Chillmark, Martha’s Vineyard. They were last used in the 1950s. 300-400

23 RARE GULL by The Wildfowler Decoy Co., Pt. Pleasant, NJ. Superior model of hollow-carved pine, in excellent original paint with weighted gunning keel. For information and an illustration, see pg. 101 of Wildfowler Decoys
by Cowan and LaFountain. Made circa 1962. 200-300

24 EARLY GRAY-BACK GULL by the Wildfowler Decoy Co., Pt. Pleasant, NJ. Near-mint original paint and
unused condition. Hollow construction. Wing separation. Retains early ink factory stamp. For information see
Wildfowler Decoys by Cowan and LaFountain. 200-300

25 RARE PAIR OF WIDGEON by the Wildfowler Decoy Co., Old Saybrook, CT. Both retain very good original
paint showing some in-use wear and rubs. The hen with some staining in the breast area. Both retain full keels and
brands. For literature and photographs see Wildfowler Decoys by Cowan and La Fountain, pgs. 36 and 61. It can be
noted that these decoys are from a rig of 20 recently found in Chillmark, Martha’s Vineyard. They were last used in
the 1950s. 300-400

26 FINE PAIR OF RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS by the Wildfowler Decoy Co., Pt. Pleasant, NJ. Both in
near-mint original paint and unused condition. Both with fine detailed feather painting. Both with heads turned
slightly. Chip to underside of hen’s bill. Both with ink stamp. Both signed and dated 1975. W. KEIM under bills.
300-400

27 PAIR OF MAGNUM CANVASBACKS by the Wildfowler Decoy Co., Old Saybrook, CT. Appear to be
in unused condition. Both with very strong Old Saybrook brands and full bottom keels. For a similar example see
Wildfowler Decoys by Cowan & LaFountain. A very fine pair of Wildfowlers. 300-500

28 BLUEBILL DRAKE by the Wildfowler Decoy Co., Pt. Pleasant, NJ. Excellent original paint and unused condition. Retains full bottom keel. 50-75

29 MALLARD DRAKE by The Wildfowler Decoy Co., probably Old Saybrook, CT. Very good original paint and
condition. Keel removed. Minor gunning wear. 75-125

30 EARLY PAIR OF GOLDENEYES by the Wildfowler Decoy Co., Pt. Pleasant, NJ. Near-mint original paint
and unused condition. Both with fine detailed feather painting. Both heads very slightly turned. Both bear the early
Wildfowler ink stamp. Both signed and dated 1973 by Charles Birdsall. Both signed W. KEIM under bills. 300-400

31 VERY EARLY PAIR OF BLACK DUCKS by the Wildfowler Decoy Co., Old Saybrook, CT. Both retain
very good original paint showing some in-use wear. One with some rubs to the front left. Both retain full keels and
brands. For literature and photographs see Wildfowler Decoys by Cowan and La Fountain, pgs. 37 and 62. It can be
noted that these decoys are from a rig of 20 recently found in Chillmark, Martha’s Vineyard. They were last used in
the 1950s. 300-400

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32 FINE PAIR OF CANVASBACKS by the Wildfowler Decoy Co., Pt. Pleasant, NJ. Carved in the manner of
the Ward Bros., painted William Keim. Hollow carved with very fine stipple paint detail. Both with bottom keels
and crisp brands. Signed by Charles R. Birdsall. See Wildfowler Decoys by Cowan & LaFountain for similar examples. 300-500

33 PINTAIL DRAKE by the Barnegat Bay Decoy Co., Pt. Pleasant, NJ. Near mint original paint and unused
condition, retains bottom keel, signed and dated 1983. 75-125

34 BRANT by the Wildfowler Decoy Co., Pt. Pleasant, NJ. Excellent original paint and unused condition. Retains
bottom keel and a crisp brand. ‘Slater’ painted on bottom. 75-125

35 OVERSIZE PAIR OF CANVASBACKS, possibly Wildfowler special order, in excellent original paint and
condition. Both with a large brand ‘J.G.M.’ Both with full bottom weighted keels. 200-300

36 VERY EARLY PAIR OF BLACK DUCKS by the Wildfowler Decoy Co., Old Saybrook, CT. Both retain very
good original paint showing some in-use wear. One with some rubs to the lower right side. Both retain full keels and
crisp brands. For literature and photographs see Wildfowler Decoys by Cowan and La Fountain pgs. 37 and 62. It can
be noted that these decoys are from a rig of 20 recently found in Chillmark, Martha’s Vineyard. They were last used
in the 1950s. 300-400

37 BLACK DUCK by the Wildfowler Decoy Co., probably Old Saybrook, CT. Good original paint with some in
use wear. Inlet head and bottom keel removed. 50-75

38 PAIR OF BRANT by the Wildfowler Decoy Co., Quogue, Long Island, NY. Both in excellent original paint
that appears unused. Both branded ‘COE’. 200-300


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39 TWO WIDGEON DRAKES by the Wildfowler Decoy Co., Old Saybrook, CT. Both retain very good original
paint showing some in-use wear and rubs. One with some minor staining. Both retain full keels and crisp brands.
For literature and photographs see Wildfowler Decoys by Cowan and La Fountain pgs. 36 and 61. It can be noted
that these decoys are from a rig of 20 recently found in Chillmark, Martha’s Vineyard. They were last used in the
1950s. 300-400

40 RARE PAIR OF WIDGEON by the Wildfowler Decoy Co., Old Saybrook, CT. Both retain very good original
paint showing some in-use wear and rubs. Both retain full keels and brands. For literature and photographs see
Wildfowler Decoys by Cowan and La Fountain pgs. 36 and 61. It can be noted that these decoys are from a rig of 20
recently found in Chillmark, Martha’s Vineyard. They were last used in the 1950s. 300-500

41 VERY EARLY PAIR OF BLACK DUCKS by the Wildfowler Decoy Co., Old Saybrook, CT. Both retain very
good original paint showing some in-use wear. Both retain full keels and both branded. For literature and photographs see Wildfowler Decoys by Cowan and La Fountain pgs. 37 and 62. It can be noted that these decoys are from
a rig of 20 recently found in Chillmark, Martha’s Vineyard. They were last used in the 1950s. 300-400

42 CANVASBACK DRAKE by the Wildfowler Decoy Co., Babylon, Long Island, NY. Gunning model with full
bottom keel and very crisp brand. Some minor rubs to black areas. 50-75

43 WOOD DUCK HEN by the Barnegat Bay Decoy Co., Pt. Pleasant, NJ. Excellent original paint and unused
condition. Hollow carved and intact keel. Together with an Upper Bay Canvasback Hen by Ed Heltskeg in unused
condition. 100-150

44 CANVASBACK HEN by the Wildfowler Decoy Co., Babylon, NY. Original paint and unused condition.
Ward model with fine comb feather detail. Crisp brand. Signed by Tom Taylor, 6/97. 100-200

45 GREENWING TEAL HEN by the Wildfowler Decoy Co., Babylon, Long Island, NY. Mint original paint and
condition. Fine comb featherwork. Retains crisp brand on the bottom and a deep ice groove to the top. 75-125

46 PAIR OF BOOK ENDS, probably Wildfowler mallard pair on finished bases. Both excellent original paint and
condition. 75-125

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47 EARLY PAIR OF MALLARDS by The Mason Decoy Co. Hollow carved premier grade models with original
paint showing touch-up to areas of the bill and sides of the drake and the tail of the hen. Structurally good. 12001500

48 PAIR OF MAGNUM CANVASBACKS by The Mason Decoy Co. Premiere grade with possible restoration
to paint in areas. For similar example see Mason Decoys by Goldberger and Haid. 800-1200

49 PAIR OF BLUEBILLS by The Mason Decoy Co. Challenge grade in weathered paint and structurally good
condition. Weights have been removed and the drake’s bill is puppy chewed. 300-500

50 SNUG-HEAD CANVASBACK by The Mason Decoy Co. Premiere grade in very weathered paint and structurally sound condition. Weight removed and head reattached to the body. 200-400

51 EARLY MALLARD DRAKE by The Mason Decoy Co. Standard grade, glass eye model in very good original
paint and condition. Typical loss of neck filler, structurally excellent. 200-300

52 CANVASBACK DRAKE by The Mason Decoy Co. Oversize Great Lakes model in good original paint showing in-use wear. Retains foundry weight and owner’s metal tag. For examples see Mason Decoys by Goldberger and
Haid. 300-500

53 EARLY DECOY, POSSIBLY PINTAIL HEN by The Mason Decoy Co. Weathered paint showing some original through, tack eye standard grade model. Pre 1900s. 100-200

54 CANVASBACK DRAKE by The Mason Decoy Co. Good original paint showing some in-use wear and shot
scarring. High head, challenge grade model with initials ‘GHA’ carved in the bottom. Check the length of the
bottom. For similar example see Mason Decoys by Goldberger and Haid. 500-700

55 BLUEBILL DRAKE by The Mason Decoy Co. Standard grade, tack eye model in old working paint showing
some original paint. Some in-use wear but structurally good. 100-200

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56 VERY FINE YELLOWLEG by The Mason Decoy Co., Detroit, MI. Excellent original paint with very minor
in-use wear and what appears to be one shot scar. Very minor roughness to left tail edge. Retains original tack eyes
and metal bill. For similar examples see Mason Decoys by Goldberger and Haid, pg. 103. 1800-2200

57 RARE RED KNOT or robin snipe, attributed to the Dodge Decoy Co., Detroit, MI. Very weathered paint that
appears to be the original. Structurally good, with repair to the bill and filler at the face. Retains ‘GEW’ brand, for
George E. Wallace, a New Jersey gunner. 200-300

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