Selling from several Collections and Estates including the Estate of Beatrice Wessells of Lee Mont, VA with select additions from several others.
Carvers to include: Ward Bros., Oliver Lawson, Madison Mitchell, Cigar Daisy, Ron Rue & others!
Auction will feature: 1928 Ward Brothers Cedar Body Mallard Drake, 1932 Ward Brothers Canada Goose, 1935 Ward Brothers Canvasback Drake with turned head original paint. Signed Lem and Steve Ward, 1936 Ward Brothers Red Head Drake with turned head, 1942 Ward Brothers Red Head Drake, 1948 Ward Brothers Canada Goose signed Lem and Steve Ward, 1940’s Vintage Ward Brothers Pintail Drake, 1969 Ward Brothers Black Duck signed Lem and Steve Ward, Ward Brothers 1/3 size calling Canada Goose with turned head and open mouth, Ward Brothers 1/3 size Canada Goose, Pair of 1/3 size Ward Brothers Goldeneyes, Pair of 1/3 size Ward Brothers Redheads, Pair of 1/3 size Ward Brothers Baldpates, 1/3 size Ward Brothers Blue Bill, (2) Oliver Lawson 1968 Full Size Flying Black Ducks, Oliver Lawson Bufflehead, Oliver Lawson mallards, (6) Pairs of Oliver Lawson Miniatures, Dan Brown Full size Pintail Drake, Pair of Dan Brown mini canvasbacks, Several Ducks by Ron Rue, Cigar Daisey Bufflehead Hen, Cigar Daisey Redhead Drake & more!
Auctioneers Note: This auction will consist of decoys and waterfowl artifacts of the late Beatrice Wessells. Mr and Mrs. Wessells were avid Decoy Collectors and personal friends of the Ward Brothers. They attended many decoy shows and events. A&M auctions is pleased to sell their entire collection at public auction and cordially invite you to this decoy event. PLEASE VIEW OUR WEBSITE FOR A FULL CATALOG!!
Directions: At the intersection of Rt. 50 & Forest Grove Rd., in Parsonsburg, turn North onto Forest Grove Rd. and follow for 0.5 miles to Old Ocean City Rd. Right onto Old O. C. Rd. and follow for 1.2 miles to Esham Rd. Left onto Esham Rd. and follow for 1.2 miles to burgundy/tan building on left. Signs Posted.
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Full Size Decoys: Decoys by the Ward Brothers Decoy to include: Admirable Ward Brothers, Crisfield, MD 1936 model Red Head drake, Magnificent Ward Brothers Crisfield, MD 1935 Canvasback Drake with alert turned high head, Extremely Rare 1928 model Ward Brothers Mallard Drake, Ward Brothers Crisfield, MD 1948 Canada Goose, Exceptional Ward Brothers, Crisfield, MD 1969 Black Duck with turned head, (2) L.T. Ward Brothers Black Ducks, Ward Brothers, Crisfield, MD working model Pintail Drake, Ward Brothers, Crisfield, MD 1948 Working Model Red Head Drake, (2) Exceedingly Rare Oliver Lawson 1964 full body flying model Black Ducks, Oliver Lawson, 1984 Bufflehead drake, Delbert “Cigar” Daisey, Chincoteague, VA Redhead drake, Delbert “Cigar” Daisey, Chincoteague, VA Bufflehead hen. Excellent Dan Brown, Salisbury, MD 1971 Pintail Drake, Exceptional Pair of Paul Nock, Salisbury, MD 1964 Full Body Flying Green Wing Teal. Drake and Hen, Pair of Paul Nock full body standing Wood Ducks on drift wood Hen and Drake, Beautiful Paul Nock, Salisbury, MD Old Squaw Drake, Outstanding full body standing Black Duck by Paul Nock, Salisbury, MD. Signed and dated 1967 on driftwood base, (10) pairs of Madison Mitchell Canvasbacks, Exceptional Pair of Ron Rue, Dorchester County 1982-83 Baldpates Drake and Hen, Pair of Gene Travers, Dorchester County sleeping model Mallard Drakes signed on underside, Pair of Gene Travers, Pintails hen and drake signed on underside, Pair of Gene Travers, Hooper’s Island, MD Red Breasted Mergansers hen and drake, Gene Travers, Hooper’s Island, MD early Drake Mallard, Pair of Zack Ward full body hand carved standing Bob White Quails on base by Zack Ward Crisfield, MD signed on underside, Pair of Zack Ward, Crisfield, MD Redheads hen and drake signed and dated on underside 1988, Pair of Zack Ward, Crisfield, MD Wood Ducks hen and drake signed on underside, Pair of Zack Ward, Crisfield, MD Canvasbacks hen and drake signed on underside, Mike Smyser, Mt Wolf, PA (6) Cork Body Canvasback decoys excellent condition, (6) Smyser cork body Mallard Decoys, (6) Cork body Redheads, Carved Bluebill Drake decoy by Earl Redding, Canvasback Drake Decoy by Hornick Brothers Stoney Point Decoys Oak Hall, VA signed Raymond Hornick 1980, Upper Bay Blue bill drake decoy signed Bodt by Brian Bodt Churchville, MD, Jim Currier, Havre de Grace, MD Bluebill hen, Leonard Pryor, Havre De Grace, MD carved Canvasback Hen, Pair of Green Winged Teal by John Meredith Warton, MD 1989, Bob McGaw, Havre de Grace, MD carved Bluebill drake, Curtis Waterfield, Knotts Island, N.C. Balsa body Pintail drake signed on underside, Sam Barnes, Harve de Grace, MD Canvasback drake circa 1880, Barnegat Bay New Jersey Working model Canada Goose with Tack Eyes old working repaint, Richard Elzey, Cambridge, MD 1998 Goldeneye Drake decoy signed on underside, Richard Elzey, Cambridge, MD preening Scaup from the Castle Haven Club, Steve C. Merritt, Chincoteague Island, VA 1986 carved Brandt, Masons Premier Grade Black Duck with original lead weight, (3) Josiah Travers, Vienna, MD cork body black ducks and much more this is only a partial listing!
Fish Decoys/Carved Shorebirds: C. Waterfield & Son Knotts Island, N.C. carved Sanderling on driftwood signed on underside, Paul Nock Salisbury, MD full body standing Greater Yellowlegs on driftwood, Standing Laughing Gull by Richard Elzey Dorchester Co. Signed and dated on underside 1988, Zack Ward, Crisfield, MD Full body standing carved Tern, Wonderful Paul Nock, Salisbury, MD full body standing Lesser Yellowlegs on driftwood, carved 1/3 size standing folk style Bob White Quail by Ben Annis Bloxom, VA 1988, Ben Annis Bloxom, VA hand carved 1/3 size standing mourning Dove 5”, carved Yellowlegs on driftwood signed Wendell Townsend on underside 2002, One dozen primitive Great Lakes Region fish decoys and so much more!
Miniatures: Ward Brothers Decoy to include: Extremely Rare 1964 Ward Brothers 1/3 size “Best Grade” Canada Goose with carved open mouth and raised wing tips, Ward Brothers 1964 1/3 size “Best Grade” Canada Goose with carved raised wing tips, Superb Pair of Ward Brothers 1963 “Best Grade” 1/3 size Baldpates Drake and Hen with carved raised wings, Outstanding Pair of 1964 Ward Brothers 1/3 size “Best Grade” Goldeneyes Hen and Drake with turned heads, L.T. Ward Bros. Balsa Body 1/3 size Pintail Drake, Outstanding Pair of 1964 Ward Brothers 1/3 size “Best Grade” Goldeneyes Hen and Drake with turned heads, Ward Brothers, Crisfield, MD 1/3 size Mallard Drake, Outstanding Pair of 1964 Ward Brothers 1/3 size “Best Grade” Bluebills Hen and Drake with turned heads, Stunning Pair of Dan Brown, Salisbury, MD 1/3 size carved Wood Ducks, Outstanding Pair of Dan Brown, Salisbury, MD 1/3 size carved Green Wing Teal, Wonderful pair of Dan Brown, Salisbury, MD 1970 Canvasbacks, Pair of Oliver Lawson signed 1/4 size Canvasbacks hen and drake signed on underside, Pair of Oliver Lawson signed 1/4 size Redheads hen and drake signed on underside excellent condition, Pair of Oliver Lawson signed 1/4 size Ruddy Ducks hen and drake, Pair of Oliver Lawson signed 1/4 size Gadwalls hen and drake excellent condition, RARE Pair of Oliver Lawson 1965 1/3 size Loons. Oliver Lawson “The Duck House” Rumbley, MD hand carved 1/3 size Shoveler-Male, Oliver Lawson “The Duck House” Rumbley, MD hand carved 1/3 size Snow Goose, Oliver Lawson “The Duck House” 1958 1/3 size carved Pintail Drake, Pair of Paul Nock, Salisbury, MD 1/3 size carved Black Ducks signed and dated on underside 1964, RARE Pair of 1965 Oliver Lawson 1/3 size carved Double Breasted Crested Cormorants, Rare pair of Oliver Lawson 1/3 size Surf Scooters drake and hen, Pair of 1965 Oliver Lawson 1/3 size carved Horned Grebes. Pair of 1965 Oliver Lawson 1/3 size carved Harlequin Ducks hen and drake, Pair of 1965 Oliver Lawson 1/3 size carved Old Squaws. Hen and Drake, Ron Rue, Cambridge, MD carved miniature ¼ size Tundra Swan with lead weight unsigned, Ron Rue Cambridge, MD carved ¼ size Canada Goose with lead weight signed on underside, (3) Ron Rue Cambridge, MD carved mini Canada geese with line and weights signed on underside, Wonderful Jim Thompson Jr. Chincoteague, VA 1962 Full body flying Miniature Pintail drake, Jim Thompson Jr., 1962 Full body flying Miniature Wood Duck Drake, Jim Thompson Jr. 1962 Full body flying Miniature Mallard Drake, Bill Joiner: Pair of 1/3 size carved Black Ducks with raised wings by, Chestertown, MD signed and dated on underside 1981, Pair of 1/3 size carved Blackheads by Bill Joiner, Chestertown, MD signed and dated on underside 1981, Pair of 1/3 size carved Canvasbacks by Bill Joiner, Chestertown, MD signed and dated on underside 1981 Bob McGaw, Havre de Grace, MD miniature carved Canada Goose on wooden base, George Strunk, 1/3 size carved Seagull signed on underside with Strunk inletted keel weight, George Strunk, 1/3 size carved Snow Goose signed on underside with Strunk inletted keel weight, Pair of Dave Stavely, 1/3 size carved Mallards drake and hen excellent condition signed on underside, Pair of Miles Hancock, Chincoteague, VA miniature carved Mallards drake and hen stamped Miles Hancock, Miles Hancock Chincoteague, VA miniature carved Redhead drake, Miles Hancock Chincoteague, VA miniature carved Black Duck drake, Hancock Pintail drake, Hancock Canada Goose with Alert head, Hancock Canada Goose with preening head Miniature carved Swan decoy by the Holly Family Havre de Grace, MD, miniature carved Coot decoy signed E.C. Gibbs, Jr. Point Harbor, N.C., (2) Miniature carved coot decoys, Will Blunt, Chincoteague Island, VA carved seagull on driftwood, set of (3) Miniature flying decoys on metal stands unsigned Galena, MD, Carved Tundra Swan by Clarence “Titbird” Bauer, Havre de Grace, MD, Bill Riggin Crisfield, MD miniature carved Canada Goose signed on underside, Bill Riggin Crisfield, MD miniature carved preening Canada Goose with raised wing signed on underside, Clarence Taylor, Bloxom, VA carved miniature Mallard drake with raised wings circa 1963, Clarence Taylor, Bloxom, VA mini Canada goose, Pair of miniature carved Mergansers hen and drake by Ira James Thornes Bloxom, VA, Ira James Thornes, Bloxom, VA hand carved miniature Hooded Merganser drake, Exquisite Zack Ward, Crisfield, MD Petite Preening full body standing Canada Goose with elevated wing, Superb Zack Ward Petite size full body standing Pintail Drake.
Artwork: Very Important Original framed Oil on Board of Ward Brothers Decoys by Robert Tolley Signed and dated 8/13/70 with catalog no. 1015. Painting has Provenance of decoys on reverse from the artist to include: Left Rear Decoy-Female Pintail, 1925 (repainted 1969) Signed “Lem Ward” R. H. Richardson Collection, Center Front Decoy- Male Pintail 1925 (repainted 1969) Signed “Lem Ward” same collection. Right Decoy- Male Redhead 1919 (re-painted 1966) signed Lem Ward (Squirrel Jaw) R. H. Richardson Collection. This original oil came directly from the private collection of the artist. Excellent condition and unique. (29”x 23”), Very Important Original framed Oil on Board of Ira Hudson Pintails circa 1920 from the R. H. Richardson Collection signed by Robert Tolley. This original oil came directly from the private collection of the artist. Excellent condition and unique. Painted circa 1970. 18”x 24”), Framed print by Jack Schroeder titled “Not Yet” S/N and dated 34/700 1981, Framed Willie Crockett watercolor of Canada Geese signed Crockett 1986 (26” x 30”), Framed Lynn Bogue Hunt Dupont advertisement print. Circa 1917. In professionally framed and matted double sided frame 16” x 18”, Dry Brush Canvasbacks print, L.T. Ward Bro. framed print signed and dated 2-10-71 Lem Ward and Steve Ward (26” x 33”), Framed Natural Fish and Wildlife Foundation Canada Goose stamp print S/N Robert Bateman 1986 13,935/15,294, (2) Framed J.J. Audubon lithographs by J.T. Bowen Snow Geese and Brant Geese (11” x 14”), Framed print of Flying Canada Geese by James Murphy, Framed 1988 Migratory Waterfowl stamp print of Harlequin ducks S/N Robert Bateman 2433/4595 (17”x 16”), Framed Australian National Parks Stamp print of Fulvous Tree Ducks S/N Daniel Smith 3249/8960 (17”x 16”), Framed Stamp Print of Mandarin Ducks hen and drake S/N 4307/5000, Framed J.J. Audubon Print of Wood Ducks by The Old Print Shop New York (27” x 22”), Framed 1988 Canada Wildlife Habitat Pintail stamp print S/N Robert Bateman 5001/9651, “Profiles and Reflections” framed Canada Goose print with remark S/N John Macleod 627/1000 (30” x 35”), 1992 Maryland Waterfowl Stamp Print of Shovelers S/N David Turnbough 386/1400 (16”x 17”), Original framed Watercolor of flying Canada Geese signed Ted Hanks 1967 (Some foxing) (21”x17”), 1st Edition Jack Schroeder ramed print of Architectural Map of Somerset County 1866 S/N 21/1000 24” x 26”) an more this is only a partial listing.
Contemporary Hunting Decoys: (18) Cabela’s Real Image Bluebill decoys all rigged with decoy line all in like new condition, One dozen G&H Canvasback decoys (6) Drakes and (6) Hens. All rigged with line, drakes are all rigged with line and decoy weights, (11) Cork body Bufflehead drake decoys by Pete Robbins Cambridge, MD All rigged with decoy line, several custom made cork body decoys from Somerset Co., Pair of custom carved Black Duck decoys with wooden keels and lead keel weight, several pairs of R. Wink 1999 resting model cork body Canvasbacks hen and drake excellent condition and more this is only a partial listing.
Special Interest: Entire Complete set of (27) original 1982 Lem Ward Pencil Sketches from #1-#27 each sketch is individually signed and numbered to the set to include: 1-27 American Widgeon, 2-27 Blue Wing Teal, 3-27 Snow Goose, 4-27 Brant Goose, 5-27 Hooded Merganser, 6-27 Wood Duck, 7-27 American Merganser, 8-27 Ruddy Duck, 9-27 Red Breasted Merganser, 10-27 Barrows Goldeneye, 11-27 Green Wing Teal, 12-27 Canvasback, 13-27 Whistling Swan, 14-27 American Goldeneye, 15-27 Redhead, 16-27 Bluebill, 17-27 Mallard, 18-27 Bufflehead, 19-27 Ringneck, 20-27 Canada Goose, 21-27 Pintail, 22-27 Gadwall, 23-27 Black Duck, 24-27 Shoveler, 25-27 Cinnamon Teal, 26-27 Blue Goose, 27-27 Black Lab, (2) copies of Chesapeake Bay Decoys and the Men Who Made and Used Them by R.H Richardson signed by Author with complete with book plate photo, Large Mouth Bass motif framed wall mirror, (9) Ducks Unlimited Jett Brunet resin reproduction miniature duck decoys, Pair of Jules A. Bouillet Collector’s edition cast resin Mallards hen and drake signed on underside 1573/5000, Primitive Folk Art Man in the Moon carving on stand, Gene Travers, Hooper’s Island, MD hand made and painted wooden gill net box from Hooper’s Island, MD, Hand crafted Hooper’s Island, MD single crab float/pot with line, Primitive Pine grain shovel with hand painted upland game bird scene. 48” with Initials carved into handled JES, (3) Primitive iron hand forged fish gigs, Hooper’s Island, MD primitive hand forged 7 prong eel gig, Early hand forged four prong fish gig 11”, Long shafted hand forged three prong fish gig and more!
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