Hunting decoy appraisal

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Delia has nearly 30 years of experience at regional and international auction houses in the United States, and is also currently the editor of an art and antiques trade publication that tracks market trends, auctions and antiques shows. Delia is a generalist in glass, ceramics, silver and other metals, fine art, textiles, antiquities, wines and spirits, stamps and currency, collectibles and dolls and toys. Additionally, she is a specialist in 15th to 21st Century furniture from around the world. Her extensive professional network of appraisers, curators, dealers and collectors has proven to be an invaluable resource in her work for Mearto.

Rare hunting decoys can be highly prized by collectors, especially those interested in vintage or antique pieces, as well as those with historical significance or unique designs. Here are a few examples:

Mason Decoys: Mason Decoy Factory, founded by William James Mason in the late 1800s, produced some of the most sought-after and collectible decoys in American history. Their decoys are known for their detailed carving and painting, as well as their distinctive "snakey" head carving. Certain rare models and variations from Mason Decoy Factory can fetch high prices at auctions.

Evolutionary Decoys: Decoys that represent significant changes or innovations in decoy design and construction can be considered rare and valuable. For example, early hand-carved decoys made from solid wood may be rarer than later mass-produced models made from molded plastic.

Regional Decoys: Decoys made by renowned carvers from specific regions can also be highly sought after. Certain areas, such as the Chesapeake Bay region, the Great Lakes, or the Outer Banks of North Carolina, have produced decoys with distinct styles and characteristics that collectors covet.

Species-specific Decoys: Decoys representing less common or endangered species of waterfowl or game birds can be considered rare. For example, decoys representing species like the Canvasback duck or the Passenger Pigeon, which are no longer as abundant as they once were, may be highly prized by collectors.

Experimental Decoys: Decoys that represent experimental designs or prototypes created by renowned carvers or companies can be rare and valuable. These decoys may have unique features or materials that set them apart from standard production models.

Documented Decoys: Decoys with well-documented provenance or historical significance, such as those used by notable hunters or featured in important decoy collections or exhibitions, can be highly sought after by collectors.

Decoys by Famous Carvers: Decoys made by famous or influential carvers, such as Elmer Crowell, Charles Perdew, or Lem Ward, are considered rare and can command significant prices at auction.

Overall, the rarity and value of hunting decoys depend on factors such as their age, condition, provenance, maker, and design. Collectors interested in acquiring rare hunting decoys often keep a close eye on auctions, decoy shows, and specialized dealers to add these prized pieces to their collections.

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