DUCK & GOOSE DECOYS
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L L Bean Goldeneye Pair. A strikingly pretty pair, especially the drake. Both are dated 1979 on the bottom. Keels have been removed, otherwise Mint. Priced accordingly $120 for the pair.L L Bean Goldeneye Pair. A strikingly pretty pair, especially the drake. Both are dated 1979 on the bottom. Keels have been removed, otherwise Mint. Priced accordingly $119 for the pair.
Front to back: L L Bean Canvasback. This model predates the Coastal models which began about 1947. In use repaint. $59
L L Bean Bluebill (Scaup). Gleaming white, spotless, Mint with keel removed. $79
L L Bean Bluebill (Scaup). Gleaming white, spotless, Mint. $89
L L Bean Canvasback Drake. I hid him in the back, hoping no one would see him. Mint and very scarce. $119
Front to Back: L L Bean Canada Goose. Hissing neck, crooked neck, depending on where you are from, these are elegant. This one has partial in use re-paint. As such it is Exc. $100
L L Bean Canada Goose. Hissing neck, crooked neck, depending on where you are from, these are elegant. This one is pristine, perfect, Mint. $150
L L Bean Canada Goose. Upright head. Handling marks, maybe light use, all original paint. Exc. $125
L L Bean Canada Goose. Upright head. This is a relic from the 1950s! Note the head. It is a pattern I have not seen. It must have been made by someone new at the Decoy Shop. The carving around the bill is rough, sanding of neck into base is not as good as usual. I am certain it is original to the decoy. Compare the tail to the tails of the other decoys in this picture. It is longer and wider, what is referred to as a "beaver tail". When George Soule started making tail inserts they were longer and wider than later ones. I still have not nailed down when the tail insert began, but I do know they were being used as early as 1955. If you compare the body size of this decoy with the newer ones in the photo, you will see it is slightly larger. To date I have not been able to determine what years they changed sizes, but I have 4 geese in my collection that are larger than this one. Any how, this is a prize for the Coastal Bean decoy collector, so consider it carefully. Very Good and all original 1950s. $195
L L Bean Green-winged Teal Pair. 1970s Mint (dnl) SOLD
L L Bean Pintail Drakes. There were far fewer pintails made than mallards or black ducks. One shows hints of gentle use. Photo shows bumps to rear of his head. The other is Mint. So, used gently, Exc $95. Mint one is $105
L L Bean Goose Decoy. These are the crooked neck, hisser, feeder, preener, what ever they are called in your neck of the woods, head patterns. So fragile to use, but so graceful to behold. The one in preening posture is without the screw and washer from Bean, but it is easy to find replacements in your workshop (or mine). Never used. Both are at least Excellent and I think one or both are Mint. Certainly better than any I have seen offered lately, anywhere. $150 each, your choice.
L L Bean Lamp with Wood Duck on it. Branded on the bottom of the lamp base is The Decoy Shop logo decoy, "the decoy shop, Freeport, Maine" then a line and under it "H Heap III 1981" in script. I am sure you know Hargy Heap bought the Decoy Shop from George Soule about 1975-6. So, I present you you an all original L L Bean Wood Duck Lamp in exc copndition with pedigree branded on base. My guess is, Bean sold many lamps with mallards on them for each one with a woodie. (del) SOLD
Carry-Lite Advertisement Sheet, info on both sides. Measures approx 8.5 inches by 11 inches. Full color on both sides. Pre- zip codes, so before 1960. The wrinkles should press out. This is the first I have seen the miniatures in their ads. Carry-Lite actually did make them. Colors are strong, as printed I assume. (dc) SOLD
L L Bean Green-Winged Teal in original mailing box from L L Bean! Complete with original packing slip and a whole host of other paperwork from L L Bean to the receipiant. Dated 1992 (packed) and 1993 (delivered). Unique offereing, don't hesitate or someone else will get them. Mint of course. $125
L L Bean Mallard Pair. MINT! Brilliant colors. You would be hard pressed to find a better pair anywhere. Complete with original L L Bean hang tag with an $18.00 price on both the mallard and the hen. Cross checking that price with the catalogs I have incicates they were made (at least sold) in 1980. Looks like the original zinc screw and washer got lost in during the last 37 years, but there is a screw and washer on each holding the heads on securely. Photo of hang tag on request. MINT 1980 pair L L Bean mallards for only (dtl) SOLD
L L Bean Mallard Pair, early. Compare the paint detail on these with the later pair above. Compare the difference in the head patterns used to make them. Can you make any conclusions from these differences? I date these to about 1965. Very Good+ $275
These are similar to what I was using in the late 1970s-early 80s before I began making my own hollow cedar decoys. Start you L L Bean decoy collection with these, or replace some you have that are not as nice. Black with rubs is $75, Mallard and other black are $85 and $80 respectively.
L L Bean Black Ducks. Study them for a while. The one on the right is much nicer to my eye, yet both came from the same factory at roughly the same time, 1960s. Why are they so different? Different makers? Why are the paint patterns so different? If anyone out there has a theory or knows the answers, please contact me: 740-698-5060. Decoy on the left is $70. Decoy on the right is $85.
New Jersey Decoy Stuff I have had for many years. I will start with the brant and add more pics of the decoy heads as we go:
Jamie Hand Brant. I think it is 20-30 years old, never used. Exc+ (dlx) SOLD
Charlie Black Unfinished Black Duck Head. I bought this from his son, Reese Black, in the late 1970s or early 1980s. All the info on it is in Charlie's handrighting according to Reese. Today this head is 92 years old!!! I don't of another one. It should go to a Delaware River collection somewhere closer to home than Ohio.Unique? Scarce? Rare? Maybe all three. Mint. (lt) SOLD
Larry McLaughlin Unfinished Canvasback Head. I bought this from Larry in the early to mid 1980s. He liked carving heads, but the bodies were more work than he liked. He had paper shopping bags full of heads un on a high shelf in his carving area in his basement. I often wonder what happened to the rest of them. I asked him to sign it and date it for me. According to his date, it was already 50 years old when I bought it 30 some years ago. Where does time go??? Mint and SIGNED. (ot) SOLD
Jim West Unfinished Brant Head. It doesn't seem like 20 years ago Jim and I made a decoy rig for brant. We were to make 6 each. Naturally Jim had is 6 finished. I had only found the time to make 3. It didn't matter, those 9 decoys were a magnet for brant. I really wish I had one of those decoys today. This is the head pattern we used. He made it. I have two of these, or I would not sell this one. The writing on the bottom is mine. Mint. (cx) SOLD
Dale Dalrymple Wood Duck Drake. I started this pattern 2 years ago, from the last woodies I harvested. Every time I thought it was ready, I would see something I didn't like and alter it, over and over. Well, this decoy and I have plans for this season, if there are acorns falling in a certain pond in October... After that you could buy this one or order another anytime. $250
Carry-Lite Mallard Drake. Photos show both sides of this never in the water decoy. The little ouch to his noggin is all he can complain about in over a half century of sitting around. The guy who painted the whites must not have been working the day this decoy went thru the paint shop. No neck stripe and no white in tail, As Made. Bright colors. Exc+ $27
Jack Leach Mallard Hen. From his personal gunning rig. Jack was born and raised in New Jersey, but like David Hagerbaumer, became a West Coast resident after the Navy. I first read about him in about 1980 when Decoy Magazine did an article about him. He was in Oregon at the time. A phone call procured one of the goldeneyes pictured in the article. We were both NJ guys, but neither of us from Coastal NJ, yet each had drifted into decoy making. Other phone conversations followed over the years. In one, I remember him saying "I don't think I will ever learn to paint." I think he did learn and learn well! I liken Jack to a modern Ben Schmidt. Each made a decoy that really looks like a duck, rather than follow strict local carving styles, making "cute" decoys to sell to a public that neither guns nor bird watches, so they have no clue what a real duck looks like. Take a minute to examine this hen mallard. See the slight sheen to the bill? Just like a real duck bill. Best I have seen. I have tried to do it, but failed. Yes, Jack could paint! And carve, too. Solid body, life size, Mint. Scarce. (etl) SOLD
Jack Leach Canvasback Hen. From his personal gunning rig. This is a magnum sized lady, measuring 16" bill to tail by 8" wide and 8 1/2" tall, not including the keel. She weighs just under half a ton! Luckily a half a dozen would be all you would need of these to attract cans. This is a really spectacuar decoy. Study it. Think outside the auction catalogs for a change. By the time a decoy has made the auction catalog, it is overpriced. Try collceting before the auctioneers catch on to a carver, much like buying an artist before he wins the duck stamp contest. (I think back to a beautiful painting one painter had at a show one year. It was oldsquaws flying in a snowswotrm and about 48" x 30" for $3000. He won the National duck stamp contest and the following year he had the same painting for $30,000. I knew I should have bought it, but I imported a new Grulla for myself instead. It has only doulbed in value, not bad, but...) Act now, or be telling your version of this story when this decoy gets in an auction catalog... Mint with his brand underneath. $350
L. L. Bean Blue-winged Teal Drake. Bean only offered these blue-wings for a few years and they didn't sell well, so they are SCARCE as hen's teeth. The spot on the left side of the head is a knot that bled a little bit, but it is as made. Remember, these were made to hunt with, not view critically. This one is as nice as they get. Mint $325
Dale Dalrymple Harlequin Duck Pair. I am showing several pics, taken in different light, because some of the pics come out too blue and some too gray. The color of the male decoy is in between. This is the first pair I have made in over 40 years of carving decoys. I think I have only made 2 or 3 males before this one. Just not much call for them where I have lived. This pair is spoken for, but I would make more for YOU, should you wish to order them. My phone and email are on every page of my website. Price for the pair is $450. This pair is sold, but I can make a pair for you, just ask.
I finally got some pics I liked of these decoys (my daughter took them) so these pics replace the ones I had here. Same decoys, better pictures of what they really look like.
Early L L Bean Lightweight Decoys. Little is know about the fact that when Soule/Bean launched the Coastal line, there were three lines of decoys created using the cork bodies and pine heads: The Lightweight Decoys, the Coastal Decoys and the Deluxe Oversize (not oversized) Decoys. These early Lightweights were almost as large as the Coastal decoys later became. Notice the bill carving on the heads, with even the nostrils indicated. See the cork tails? The early Coastal and Deluxe Oversize also sported them. Back to the heads. Check out the eye grooves. The drake has the gouged depression like the model that preceded these. The head on the hen has a more refined crown-eye groove-cheek transition that evolved into the shape we now know.
I made this about 1978-1982. Never rigged, it went straitght into a collection. It has never been weighted. It was my version of the old Bordentown, NJ decoys. Exc+ to Mint. $175
L L Bean Deluxe Oversize Mallard Drake. As you know, these are bigger than the Coastal models. The bodies are made from the regular L L Bean goose body blanks. Very light rubs to the flat paint on head. The swirl near the bill tip is paint only. There is no damage to the wood or paint. There is a very small chip of yellow paint off the tip of bill. Near Mint. (dlx) SOLD
L L Bean Deluxe Oversize Black Duck Pair. There were many, many fewer black cuck decoys made than mallards. Think about it. Only the East coast had blacks and the limit was down to one for many years. Mallards are found nation wide. Get it? As more and more folks begin to collect Bean decoys, the blacks will grow more and more difficult to fine, especially in this condition. The ball is in your court... Near Mint. $135 each or the pair for $265
L L Bean Eider Drake. A very clean decoy with very little wear. Exc+ Bargain priced, considering condition, at only SOLD (dll)
L L Bean Mallard Pair. A really interesting pair because of the amount of detailing of paint. As time went by, efforts were continually made to stream line operations and detailing was one of the things that got lessened. The heads are George Soule all the way. There is shoe glue on the body, meaning 1960s. From the body size, I know these were made after 1966, so 1967-69 is when these were made. They show use, but still retain much of the original paint and all the cork. VG used pair approaching senior citizen status. SOLD (dnx)
Dale Dalrymple Canvasback Pair. I made these about 20 years ago. The original owner said she has enjoyed them all that time, but she has recently closed her office and downsized house size, so she wants someone else to have the opportunity to enjoy them, as she did. Priced at about what they were when made. The pair is unused and Mint except for a dent on the mail's back, received in shipment to me. SOLD (cxx)
Dale Dalrymple Mallard Drake. This is another of the decoys I am selling for the nice person who housed them for about twenty years. I am always delighted at how the oil paints age over the years. Barnegat Bay style, hollow of course, and slightly oversized. Unused, but with a few paint flecks. Exc+ SOLD (dyl)
Ora Anderson was a local ledgend around here. He died several years ago. His daughter recently brought me some of his decoy collection to sell. He began collecting in the early 1970s, while attending the National Decoy Championships at Babylon, Long Island to see many of his own carvings win. Ora had Schmidt and Guyette appraise his decoys in the late 70s. Information about each decoy and values are what they said back then. These decoys were already vintage when he collected them. Here are some OF THE OLD DECOYS FROM HIS COLLECTION:
Maryland Drake Canvasback. Old, Old Maryland body with newer, in use head. Wide body like Holley or Ben Dye. Head reminds me of a Jessie Urie, but I never was really sharp on Maryland decoys and I have had lots of time to forget the little I knew. If interested, ask for more pics and steal it from me. In the meantime, I don't mind looking at it. Remember, this decoy's head was "old" when Ora collected it prior the the mid 1970s, the body being even older. $325
Cork Mallard Hen. It looks like a home made rendition of an L L Bean to me. 1950s-1960s maybe. $69
above photo, rear decoy: Black Duck Decoy. South shore of Massachusettes. Solid body, original paint. (ddl) SOLD
above photo, decoy in front: Black Duck Decoy. Mason challenge grade head on homemade body. Michigan. Body is orignal paint, head repainted. $120
Cork and Wood Mallard Drake. I am pretty sure I have seen similar in Ken Trayer's book on Factory decoys, but I haven't found the time to look it up. If you get tired of wainting for me, you can look yourself as long as you have that best of all factory decoy books. If you don't have it, I sell it. Give me a call at 740-698-5060.
Mason Mallard. SOLD
Here are three of the more difficult species to find in L L Bean decoys:
Canvasback Drake . Never used. The usual minor head rubs, otherwise Mint. SOLD (znl)
Woodduck Drake. About as clean as you will find. I bought it from the original owner, who only used it in her home. Mint. (zul) SOLD
Green-winged Teal Drake. About as clean as you will find. I bought it from the original owner, who only used it in her home. Mint. (ztl) SOLD
L L Bean Blue-winged Teal. The rarest of any of the Coastal decoys offered by L L Bean. The reason is simple, very few states offer an early teal season and Blue-wings are gone through before most states regular duck seaon begins. Little demand, so they were only offered a few years, 1986-1993. Yes, those are the only years Bean offered the Blue-winged Teal Coastal decoy. How many have you seen offered? Not many. Here are three. Look closely, as each is different in some way from the others. All are Mint. Serious inquiries accepted by phone. All three have been SOLD
L L Bean Deluxe Oversize Black Duck. These babies are really large, the body measurements are 20"x8"x4". This fellow shows a few battle scars that add to his resume as a true working decoy. Mallards seem to like to see black ducks on the water, as they realize them to be a little more wary and all is well below. At least that is a theoy I have used in my gunning rigs for years. No complaints yet. Black are far scarcer than mallard decoys and the Oversize Bean decoys are all scarce. Exc- SOLD (del)
Very Early L L Bean Black Duck ca 1955. Take a minute and look at the decoy in the back of the photo above. How many of you noticed the bill carving? How many saw the longer tail, set at the proper angle? Did you notice the body is larger (19")than the one in front of it (18")? All three are true and lead to the conclusion that this decoy was made about 1955! Over time, the decoys got smaller and simpler. I know the head is original paint on this decoy. The body feathering is hand painted. I am not sure I want to sell this one yet, it is here as a training tool.
L L Bean Black Duck, ca 1975. Compare this to the proceeding black duck. See how much the tail insert has changed? It is shorter and set in straighter, not at the angle a bird's tail really sits. But is is structurally stronger and less likely to get broken or dislodged in use. This is the head pattern George Soule made following the early Coastal decoys, as above. However, this is Hargy Heap's paint pattern on the body. That helps date it to around the time he bought the Decoy Shop from Mr Soule. Remeber, these are factory decoys, parts grabbed from bins and assembled as fast as quality would allow. (It is similar to the transfer from hard rubber to plastic for Olt calls: I just sold an Olt Keyhole D-2 with hard rubber insert and plastic barrel.) Near Mint. SOLD (ztl)
L L Bean Black Duck, ca 1975. I have another. Early, fixed head, turned to right. Two small rubs to white base coat and a small red paint rub on head are all that keep him from perfect. Paint is bright, as new, with no dust build up that happens when exposed to most of our houses. Doesn't have the smooth worn look of the one in photo. Near Mint. $99
L L Bean Lightweight Decoy. Take a close look at this decoy. Cork tail, inscised bill carving, body measures 17 1/2 inches! It is almost as long as the modern Coastal models. This size was only used on the earliest model of the Lightweight models, 1949-51! I started my collecting of Bean decoys with the Coastal Model, but George Soule also made the Deluxe Oversize Model and the Lightweight Model simultaneously, so I was drawn in by them as well. These examples are important because they are easily dated to the earliest Lightweights made. I have five, I am selling two of them. Exc used condition. Try to find another in like condition. Bet you can't any time soon. Exc. Extremely Rare! SOLD (edl-ea)
Two canvasbacks made by me recently. I don't copy anyone, including myself. Each is an effor to make it better than before and more like the actual bird. There are better patern makers, better carvers and better painters than I, but in contests where actual birders are the judges, I have done very well. Hunters seldom go out in the off season to learn what the birds look like on the water. They shoot them in the air and see them dead on the bottom of the boat. I try to give each an attitude that makes it come to life on the waves. I once hunted with a Wildlife Protector and an award winning waterfowl taxidermist. I heard the GP ask the taxidermist what he thought of the decoys while they were off a ways from me. The latter said, "They come to life when we put them on the water". That phrase of praise has stuck with me. I never let on to them that I heard them. These are to give you an idea what you might get. One is staying with me and the other is going to swim in South Carolina next fall. (One more short aside: I had the one I am keeping out last year. It was the only canvasback decoy I had, but I knew there were some real ones in the area. I blew on my canvasback call a couple times and out of the gray came the real birds and they landed on top of my decoy! Literally within a few feet. Aparently they were convinced.) ORDERS FILLED IN THE ORDER RECEIVED. $235 EACH.
There are more of my decoys toward the bottom of this page. Now, back to some more L L Bean decoys...
L L Bean Brant. Ever wonder why there are so few of these that show up? I have. One reason is there were few brant on the east coast for some years after the eel grass failure. Another reason is brant show up only along both coasts, east and west. Some people don't like their taste. Bean didn't offer them for many years. Gunning in salt water is murder on metal parts (guns) and paint (decoys). All in all it is amazing any L L Bean Brant survived. But here is one that has. He shows honest wear on his bill, noggin, breast and tail, but carries these badges of courage proudly. I have shown both sides, as I have been told it is hard to believe I would show the poorer side in my photos. I am assured no one else does. Enjoy both. (I have no idea what the camera was seeing when it made pink areas on the brant's back in the photos. I asssure you there is no paint touch up and no pink!) Very Good with honest in use paint wear. SOLD (znl) I have one more in better condition, Exc- or better. Call to discuss specifics on condition and price, 740-698-5060
Lestin Geese Decoys. (see Trayer, p. 233) Both upright and feeder head positions. Inflatable rubber decoys, patent date of 1955. They look to be unused. They do hold air after all these years!. Feeder head is scarce to rare. Mint with original stakes. The upright head is $75. The pair for $175. I will not sell the feeder alone. (If you don't have Ken Trayer's great book on North American Factory Decoys, I have signed copies available at issue price. There is not another book on the market that can compare on this subject! See our book pages or call, 740-698-5060)
Carry-lite Canada Goose Field Decoys (2). Pre-zip code, these date to the 1950s. (Trayer states these stick up feild decoys were from the late 1960s, but the company these guys came from and lack of zip code suggest these examples are earlier.) They open from the bottom and have the support/leg system built inside to hold the halves apart and stand up the decoys, making it three dimensional. Bodies alone are 22" and the necks are 13" to the pivot point. Necks fold inside body for protection during storage/carry. Both in excellent condition. $25 each, 2 for $45.
Dup-A-Goose-R Canada Goose Field Decoy. Also, pre-zip code, 1950s. Trayer, pp126-129, lists the dates for this company as 1945-1960. Information printed on the decoy has "Dup-A-Goose-R" and "Dunster Spoting Goods Co., Seattle Wash. Patents pend." Body is 23" long and neck is 9 1/2" to pivot point. Built in leg and separator intact inside. Necks fold inside body for protection during storage/carry. Light use with some rubbing on mid sides as shown in photo, still Exc-. $30
Bill Cranmer Hollow Oversized Canvasback Drake. This decoy has so much going for it, it is hard to know where to begin. It is a magnum size, measuring 18" from bill tip to tail tip and 9 1/2" wide. It is hollowed from below with what appears to be a very thin fiberglass bottom with the weight somehow worked into the fiberglass. Pretty slick. It is signed, "Cranmer" and dated, 1967. Also written on the bottom is "1 of 9", "Canvasback Male" and "shot over by Richard Bishop, artist". Ward style paint job with beautifully executed gesso texturing on the back. That is a lot going on for one decoy! Mint. $950
Wildfowler Brant. Point Pleasant. This one hand signed and dated (1972) by Charlie Birdsall who owned Wildfowler while it was in Point Pleasant. Unused. Beautiful paint. $350
L. L. Bean Goldeneyes. This may be confusing, but I know you will understand my thoughts. I have two pairs of these particular whistlers. I am selling one pair. Somewhere around 1969 Bean offered their Coastal models with hand finished and hand painted heads. These are those. Carved nostirls, hand painting on heads and, on the hens, hand painting where the heads meet the bodies. Even have the nails of bills painted. These are special. Never used, Exc+ Price is for one pair, the other pair stays here. (I now have 5 Bean/Soule goldeneye pairs and each is different. I really would love to have the time to do more research and write a book about the Coastal era decoys.) Note the longer tail inserts, also. Later models had much shorter tails. You might look for years and never see another pair of unsed, hand finished headed Bean whistlers. I watch the auctions and I have never seen a pair like this offered. SOLD (ect)
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Rather than put individual pictures of each decoy on here, I am going to show you a pic of a bunch of them on the shelves ready to go hunting or into your collection. If you have questions about any them I can talk to you about it or send you pictures of those in question. This is a random sample of what I have on hand at present. It will change, sometimes daily, so call 740-698-5060 to get up to the minute availability or to place an order. Update: most of these decoys have sold, but the pic will give you an idea of what some of the speicies might look like.
Dale Dalrymple Wood Ducks. These are SOLD and are being used in South Carloina. I will be happy to fill orders for you. All you have to do is call or email. Price per bird is $250.
Dale Dalrymple Brant. I made this pattern in 1999 and never used it until now. My two daughters worked on it with me, so noted on the pattern. I think it is the best pattern I have had. $250. (This one Sold, orders taken)
L. L. Bean Goldeneye (Whistler) pair. Exceptional pair of Bean goldeneyes, or whistlers as they are known in Maine. The hen has not been used, the drake has light wear from honest labor. No shotmarks, or any gouges in cork. Again, I show the poorer side if one is worse than another. Both sides of these two are virtually the same. Body size shows these were made any where from 1967 to 1993. Those are honest dates. (How many have you seen offered with dates much older? ). Condition is much more important than age when looking at many collectibles. But you knew that. (If you have been following the auctions, this is what a drake's head paint is supposed to look like. Beware else where). You may have to look a long, long time before you find another pair this nice. Exc. Price is for the pair. SOLD (edl)
A lovely Red-bellied Woodpecker committed suicide by window recently, so I made a pattern and carved these two likenesses. Both are spoken for, but I would attempt another if you want one. Also shown, and orders accepted for, mourning doves, downy woodpecker and rufous-sided towhee (aka eastern towhee). Price is each $65
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