EAST DENNIS, Mass. – Eldred’s and Decoys Unlimited, Inc. are pleased to announce a newly formed strategic partnership between the two firms. Starting immediately, Eldred’s and Decoys Unlimited, Inc. will work together in the procurement, marketing and sale of antique and decorative decoys and bird carvings at auction.
“I have been in this business since the 1970s, and while the passion is still there, I find I need to take a step back. This partnership with Eldred’s is ideal as it allows me to continue to do what I love without the burden of the day-to-day responsibilities of running an auction house,” said Ted Harmon, who owns Decoys Unlimited, Inc. along with his wife, Judy and will continue operating their company, with sale of items at auction taking place with Eldred's. “Working with Eldred’s, Judy and I get to focus on what we do best, which is working with our clients and discovering new birds.”
Joshua Eldred, President of Eldred’s, shares Ted’s enthusiasm. “When Ted and Judy approached us with the idea it seemed like a ‘no-brainer’,” he remarked. “Eldred’s has always had a foot in the decoy market but this partnership will allow us to be much more competitive in the field. Between Ted and our own experts, Bill Bourne and Eric Mulak, their collective knowledge and years of experience is unparalleled. Few, if any, auction house will be able to match their formidable level of expertise.”
Eldred’s and Decoys Unlimited, Inc. hope to produce two to three cataloged auctions per year, either as stand-alone events or as part of Eldred’s traditional Americana auctions.
The first group of decoys to be sold under this new partnership will be offered during Eldred’s annual Summer Americana Auction, scheduled for August 2-4, 2017. Highlights include numerous carvings by A.E. Crowell, including a diverse collection of miniatures, as well as pieces by George Boyd, Eric Kaiser, Joseph Lincoln, Jesse Blackstone, Robert Morse, and many others.
Ahead of the collaborative Summer Americana Auction, Eldred's will present an extensive Marine Auction on July 19.
For more information, visit www.eldreds.com or call 508-385-3116.