Conklin, Roy

Roy Conklin at his workbench – courtesy of Roy Conklin, Master Duck Carver

A native of New York’s Alexandria Bay on the St. Lawrence River, Roy Conklin, born in 1909, was a self-described “jack-of-trades”, as a young man coming to maturity during the Great Depression in a small town and rural environment.

Conklin worked as a boat captain on the St. Lawrence, a hunting guide and a carpenter. Having an artistic [...] Click here to continue reading.

Hancock, Miles – Decoy Carver

Miles Hancock Duck Decoys

Miles Hancock (1888 to 1974) decoy carver of Chincoteague, Virginia. Hancock worked with and was influenced by Ira Hudson.

Holly, James T. – Decoy Carver & Sneak Boat Builder

James Holly Duck Decoys

James T. Holly (1855 to 1935), decoy carver and sneak boat builder of Havre de Grace, Maryland. Jim was the youngest of carver John ‘Daddy’ Holly.

Hudson, Ira & Family – American Carvers

Ira Hudson & Family, Carvers

Ira D. Hudson (1873 to 1949) was the most prolific and famous of the Chincoteague carvers. (Chincogteague is a coastal barrier island in Virginia.) Ira C., the grandson, continued the family’s carving tradtion and was still living on the island in 2002. Many of his works include decoys in flight, some with twisted necks. An open mouth on the decoy is almost a trademark of his better work. For [...] Click here to continue reading.

Shourds, Harry – Decoy Carver

Harry Shourds Decoys

Harry Van Nuckson “Nuck” (H.V.) Shourds (circa 1861 to 1920) decoy carver of Tuckerton, Barnegat Bay, New Jersey. H.V. Shourds was the father of decoy carver Harry Kitchell Shourds (1890 to 1943) of Tuckerton and later Ocean City, New Jersey.

Sprague, Chris – Decoy Carver

Chris Sprague (1887 – 1982) Decoy Carver

This collection of Chris Sprague decoys has been consigned by a single consignor (Alderfer Auction June 16, 2007). Chris Sprague was an old family friend and remained so for nearly 80 years.

In 1898 the English Family Cottage was built in Beach Haven, New Jersey. This Victorian Cottage was initially owned by our consignor’s grandmother and her three sisters.

Apparently Chris Sprague’s father (who was also a [...] Click here to continue reading.

Mason Decoy Factory

The Mason Decoy Factory was founded by William James Mason and operated from 1896 to 1924 in Detroit, Michigan.

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