Guyette & Deeter To Hold Annual Spring Decoy and Sporting Art Auction

Guyette & Deeter Pintails
This extremely rare pair of pintails by Ivar Fernlund (Hamilton, Ontario) is expected to bring over $200,000 at the Guyette & Deeter auction.
Guyette & Deeter
Guyette & Deeter

USA -(Ammoland.com)- The world leading antique decoy auction firm, Guyette & Deeter, Inc., is holding a sale April 27 – 28, 2017 in St. Charles, Illinois, in conjunction with the North American Vintage Decoy & Sporting Collectibles Show. The show is the largest in North America.

This year’s sale, with an expected gross of over $2.5 million dollars, will provide buyers an opportunity to choose from just under 600 lots of investment quality decoys and related items including duck calls, sporting art, and fish decoys.

The auction will feature decoys from the collections of longtime decoy collectors Peter Brown, Bill & Carol Bender, William Berry & Pat Kalinsky, Gene Carr, Harold & Nancy O’Connor, Carl Olson, Maunsel & Ann Pearce, and Hank Thomas.

All geographic areas are well represented, but the strongest include Illinois River, Ontario, and Mason Decoy Factory.

Examples by most of North America’s top old time decoy makers will be included in the sale, including Elmer Crowell and Joseph Lincoln (Massachusetts), Gus Wilson (Maine), Shang Wheeler (Connecticut), Harry V. Shourds (New Jersey), Ira Hudson (Virginia), the Ward Brothers (Maryland), Charles Perdew, Charles Walker, and Robert Elliston (Illinois), and Horace Crandall (California).

A rare dowitcher by John Dilley (Quogue, NY) will be featured in the sale.
A rare dowitcher by John Dilley (Quogue, NY) will be featured in the sale.

The collection of Peter Brown (Vancouver, BC.) will be sold in four of the next Guyette & Deeter auctions, as well as their weekly online auctions. The Brown collection is the largest collection of Canadian decoys in existence (over 1,000 decoys).

One of the best known black ducks by the Ward Brothers (Crisfield, MD) will be sold
One of the best known black ducks by the Ward Brothers (Crisfield, MD) will be sold.

Mr. Brown donated the collection to Ducks Unlimited Canada. DU Canada has commissioned Guyette & Deeter, Inc. to sell the collection for them.

Mason Factory decoys will be featured in the auction. This pair of mallards, circa 1890, are pictured on the front cover of the book “Mason Decoys,” by Russ Goldberger and Alan Haid
Mason Factory decoys will be featured in the auction. This pair of mallards, circa 1890, are pictured on the front cover of the book “Mason Decoys,” by Russ Goldberger and Alan Haid.

A 248 page full color catalog with guaranteed condition reports is available for $45 (price includes postage). The catalog may be obtained by writing to: Guyette & Deeter, PO Box 1170, St. Michaels, MD 21663; by calling (410) 745-0485; or by email at [email protected]

Part of a good selection of sporting art in the sale. (Hunt Painting)
Part of a good selection of sporting art in the sale. (Hunt Painting)

Select items are also viewable by visiting the Preview section of the website and the full color catalog will also be viewable online roughly two weeks before auction.

Very rare Hooded merganser by Sam Hutchins (Jones Falls, Ontario) is estimated at $20,000 - $25,000 in the Guyette & Deeter sale.
Very rare Hooded merganser by Sam Hutchins (Jones Falls, Ontario) is estimated at $20,000 – $25,000 in the Guyette & Deeter sale.

The auction will also be accessible live online through Invaluable.com.


About Guyette & Deeter, Inc.:

Guyette & Deeter, Inc., established in 1984, is the world’s largest decoy auction firm with over $170,000,000 in decoy sales. They hold four cataloged auctions per year. For more details, visit their website. The firm also conducts weekly online auctions at www.decoysforsale.com.

Since 1989, Guyette & Deeter has dominated the decoy auction market. In January 2007, Guyette & Deeter, in conjunction with Christie’s (New York), sold a merganser hen by Lothrop Holmes for a world record auction price of $856,000. Guyette & Deeter’s next auction will be held July 28 & 29 at the Sheraton Harborside Hotel in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.