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March 3, 2013 10:00 AMCalender

Pair of Rare Ward Brothers Widgeon Decoys

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Auction: American Furniture & Decorative Arts - 2640BLocation: BostonDate / Time: March 03, 2013 10:00AM


Pair of Rare Ward Brothers Widgeon Decoys, Lemuel T. Ward (1896-1983) and Stephen Ward (1895-1976),Crisfield, Maryland, early 20th century, turned-head figures with original paint, (minor losses, repairs),lg. 15 1/2 in.

Provenance: Former William (Bill) F. Mackey, Jr., collection, the decoys bear the "Mackey Collection" stamp on bases.

Literature: The drake of this pair is illustrated in William F. Mackey, Jr., American Bird Decoys (New York: Bonanza Books, 1965),p. 147, plate 127.
Estimate $20,000-30,000

Drake with joinery separation around the neck three old losses on its back, is missing its right eye, and has an old chip on the tail; the hen has a 1/4 x 1 1/8 repair to a chip on the top of the tail tip, is missing its left eye, and has an old shrinkage crack that runs along the base. Both are inscibed on the bottom with black marker "WARD BROS. CRISFIELD MD."
The wood used in the decoys is possibly balsam fir.

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William (Bill) F. Mackey , Jr., Stephen Ward, Crisfield, Lemuel T. Ward, WARD BROS.