In the second half of the 19th century, North American waterfowl hunters began carving duck, goose, and shorebird decoys to help lure birds within the range of their guns. Over the past 40 years, these carvings have become much sought after as collectibles. Many have been sold for prices in the tens and even hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Guyette & Schmidt, Inc. is the world’s largest vintage decoy auction firm. The company holds three decoy auctions per year, specializing in antique duck, shorebird, and fish decoys, fish carvings, waterfowl paintings and prints, duck calls, and ammunition advertising. Free appraisal of antique decoys, waterfowl art and related items is available.
Their Web site, www.guyetteandschmidt.com/warehouse/ offers antique decoys, duck stamp prints, and other flat art. All items have the Guyette and Schmidt, Inc. guarantee. Don’t forget to stop by Everyone’s Decoy Warehouse to shop online for quality antique decoys.
The auction will be held at the Talbot County Community Center, Easton, Md., in conjunction with the 38th annual Waterfowl Festival, a wildlife art and sportsman’s expo being held Nov. 14-16, 2008. For more information call 410-822-4567 or visit www.guyetteandschmidt.com or www.waterfowlfestival.org.
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