Published: July 26, 2016
HYANNIS, MASS. — Ted Harmon’s Decoys Unlimited sale July 22 got Decoy Week off to a flying start with an outstanding hissing Canada goose decoy by Joe Lincoln bringing $299,000.
The decoy was in impeccable condition with a finely shaped head, and it had Lincoln’s best painted feather detail. Its provenance included the Brayton family of Westport, Mass., where it had been used in front of their shooting blind. The decoy had been illustrated in American Vernacular by Ricco and Maresca, and the Great Book of Wildfowl Decoys by Engers.
There was strength in other categories. Numerous carvings by Elmer Crowell did well, with a gunning sanderling realizing $16,100. Crowell miniatures were popular with a preening pintail drake going out for $3,450. Several decoys by other makers, including a bird by the Stevens Decoy Factory, another by Melvin Gardner Lawrence, one by George Huey, two by Clarence Bailey, a very folky common tern from Long Island, and others by Joe Lincoln, reached five-figure prices.
A full report on the auction will follow in an upcoming edition.
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