east coast decoys
Decoys from the East Coast are listed here. Among the species of waterfowl carved were various types of shorebirds, mergansers, scoters, eiders, black ducks, Canada geese, teals, wood ducks, widgeon, pintails, golden-eyes, red heads, mallards, ruddy ducks, and canvasbacks. Decoys from this area were prized by pioneer decoy collectors and still demand high prices in private sales and public auctions. Several New England carvers Willie Ross and Gus Wilson from Maine; George Boyd from New Hampshire; Albert Laing, Ben Holmes, and Shang Wheeler from Connecticut; Keyes Chadwick, Ben Smith, Elmer Crowell, Joseph Lincoln from Massachusetts produced decoys that are still most the most desirable to have represented in any decoy collection. Carvers Frank Coombs and Sam Denny in New York; Dan English on the Delaware River; John Holly, Joe Dye, Charlie Bryan, and Madison Mitchell in the Susquehanna Flats produced some of the most collectible decoys further down the East Coast. But perhaps no carvers surpassed two retired barbers from Crisfield, Maryland Steve and Lem Ward as masters of both the gunning and the decorative decoys. Tuts Lawson (Crisfield, Maryland), Mark McNair (Craddockville, Virginia), and Bob White (Tullytown, Pennsylvania) are among the many contemporary carvers who have continued the wonderful traditions of the East Coast decoys.
Mittlesteadt Black Duck
Black Duck by Julius E. Mittlesteadt, Buffalo. NY. in excellent original paint and condition with some in-use wear and checkering of paint. Detailed bill carving. Nice feathering on body. Stamped "JEM" indicating that it probably came from his personal rig. C-1950.
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