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Coast to Coast
These were my Grandpa’s or maybe even his fathers.  He died twenty years ago at 91 years old.  They both lived their lives in and around Havana, IL.  On the Illinois river.  There are at least 30 decoys.  I’m trying to figure out what makes one better than the rest. Etc....  There are lead weights on the bottoms.  Some have brands, some do not.  I don’t know what determines age, since these are all well used.  They are all solid wood weather hand made or factory.
 thanks!
-Bird- Milwaukee, WI.
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Rubing
Very cool! I can’t help you identify those but I have some never used hand carved decoys that belonged to my dad that I cherish. 
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Leviticus Tomethreus
What are the decoys for?
My friends don’t call me “Lantern/lampie Levi”
for nothin’,if they did call me that.

Looking for bday lanterns 8/38, 8/41, 
10/25, and 8/07

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D421
I have a few decoys. Not a real expert. I do recognize several in your 2nd picture. The 2 with turn marks I think are later masons.  The drake mallard in that same picture I believe is an earlier mason.

I will look at some of mine tomorrow and try to narrow down the dates.
Dominic
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Vintageish

Congrats!
Very nice dekes.
Sorry I don't have brands and accurate ages for you.

I have seen old decoys get more scarce and their values increase over the past half century.
Even to the point former less desired ones gained value as better /more desired brands became scarcer.

New wood ones today run from fifty to more than hundreds of bucks a piece. ("Dux Dekes" for example run around 125.)
Old ones can see a hundred bucks asking price no problem...At least a quick peek on fleabay shows a hundred bucks being asked.
And the right one to the right collector might raise an eyebrow in value.

With the collectors around , you'll likely be able to figure out what you have with some patient research.

Treat them like treasure, after all they are.

Shoot a duck over some of them , and you'll add to the provenance.  (And no , they don't have to be on water soaking it up and causing more damage to bring in a duck)
Oh , and don't shoot the decoys!

Or just admire them for what they are.

Purty colors. Well , cept'n maybe that brown when it's on fire...
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austin65uri
All old wooden duck decoys will gain a lot of attention in the collector market.  Many are worth a lot of $.  Value depends on how old, hand or factory made, condition, who made them, species, etc.  What you have should be reviewed by those in the hobby, rather than on ebay or other general merchandise sites. Posting it here was a good start.  Do a little homework, you may have some good stuff!
Bill.
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Leviticus Tomethreus
Maybe @Duck can help
My friends don’t call me “Lantern/lampie Levi”
for nothin’,if they did call me that.

Looking for bday lanterns 8/38, 8/41, 
10/25, and 8/07

The biggest lie I tell myself is
”I don’t need to write that down, I’ll remember it.”
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ecblanks
Duck carving is big business in Down East, NC.  Harkers Island in particular has a festival every December. Unfortunately I have not learned much about the trade yet.
Carlton
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Moosetrot
I have a lot (50-75) of old wooden decoys but do not consider myself an expert.  I sell decoys i do not want to keep at gun shows. Like most antiques, the market for decoys is extremely up and down.  Condition (original paint in good shape) and maker as well as the maker's grade of the particular decoy are literally everything. Right now we are in a down cycle for most of the user grades in rougher shape.  They are actually difficult to sell.

Collectors are generally looking for very nice, high grade decoys from popular makers in original paint in good shape, and are willing to pay handsomely for them.  Those in rougher shape, run of the mill factory decoys are not very desirable at this point. Most of what you have fall into that category. I also saw the Drake Mallard and I believe that is your best decoy, however I have seen some of the heads that have a distinctive Mason shape so there may be diamonds in that pile but they all seem to have condition issues. If you have any in there that could be confirmed as Mason Teal they are worth a good amount.

There are times that you can find a diamond in the rough. A buddy of mine placed and ad for used duck decoys back in the early 80's. He got a reply from a guy who said he had a 50 gallon drum full at a really good price.  My buddy told me I could buy half of them. There were a couple plastics but the rest were wooden.   I picked out the half I wanted and come to find out one of them is a Hen Mallard made by Walter Lowery, the only commercial decoy maker in La Crosse Wi back in the 20's and 30's. I still have it but have turned down som outlandish offers on it.

Being more of an avid duck hunter than true collector I really like the old user decoys that show  wear and even have some lead shot in them.  They are part of our history and legacy.  Yeah I have some beautiful Masons and others but I think the old beaters have a real story to tell. Value will vary widely dependent upon the market and venue. I am not of the means to purchase the high end ones but sure enjoy the old users.

I honestly think your ought to hand onto them as they were obviously part of your family's heritage. I still have some that I learned to duck hunt over in the 60's. They are by far my most treasured decoys and they will never leave the family.

Moosetrot
Moosetrot-Scourge of the North
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gpaguy
This makes me think of an episode of Duck Dynasty when the old man bought 20 freshly carved wooden duck decoys at a cost of 1000 dollars apiece. He said they were better than any plastic ones. His sons disagreed and decided to paint up one of there plastic decoys and put it out in the pond with the wooden decoys. The old man comes along with his 12 gauge, picks out the fake and blasts it. Plastic decoys sink when hit with a 12 gauge.


John
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Duck
I agree with what Ray said. While the mallard Drake is your best one I don't believe its a Mason. But can't tell who made it. I'm like  Ray I like the ones that have seen use. They have character. Although I do have a few in really nice condition. Pick a few of the better ones out. They look good on the shelf mixed in with lanterns. The fact they were your grandfathers makes them special.

Joe
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how long does one have to be dead before it’s considered archeology  and not grave robbery?


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Very cool!
Gerald

"If we are to have any hope for the future, those who have lanterns must pass them on to others." - Plato
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1hpycmpr
I don’t know a darn thing about duck decoys but having those decoys that were used by your grandpa and possibly great grandpa is pretty cool!  I have a total of one duck decoy and I found it in the wild.  Actually, I found it in a pine tree while at a star party outside of Fox Park, Wyoming.  It looked like it had been chewed on by most likely a dog and the owner set it on a branch for safekeeping only to forget and drive off.  
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Moosetrot
Coast to Coast-Just wondering...Do you duck hunt?  If so what a tribute it would be to your Grandfather to hang some weights on a few or all of those and take them out on one special hunt a year.  Another day or two in the water will not do any harm and what a memory that would make! Not real sure if I would take that Drake Mallard out, though. I have a good book on Masons and will dig it up and see what I can find. Aspects of the paint look "Masony" but it's really tough to tell. The one underneath it, also a Drake Mallard looks like it is in good shape too.  That one has the production lathe marks on it as many of the decoys do.  The Animal Trap Co./Victor made a lot of those as did other decoy companies.

About 30 years ago I was given a Scaup (Bluebill) decoy by Dave Carlson, a t.v. outdoors guy buddy of mine who came down and hunted with me here on the Mississippi a lot.  He had gotten it from an old friend who purchased the last dozen produced by the Cameron WI decoy company who was subsequently bought out by the Evan Decoy Co.  I had heard rumors of their factory still standing and decided to road trip up there to see if the rumors were true.   They were!  I peeked through cracks in the building to see all the old lathes etc. still there!  Not sure of their status now but it sure was neat to see that.  Have to admit I was wiping drool off my chin as I walked back to the car.

Talking about this gets me pumped up about decoys again!  Maybe I should dump a bunch of lanterns and buy more decoys!

Moosetrot
Moosetrot-Scourge of the North
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austin65uri
Just an old pressed cork/carved wood handmade Black Duck that I hunted with way back.  Made by an old friend from Long Island N.Y.  
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Bill.
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Moosetrot
I really like the old corkers.  Gordon MacQuarrie who wrote the Stories of the Old Duck Hunters used them. I have a friend who wrote a book about MaQuarrie's life and wound up with a lot of his gear.  One frosty morning we hunted the legendary Long Point off of Shallow Bay and he handed me a burlap sack with a decoy in it. I waded out in the dark through skim ice and as I was setting it he said "That decoy hasn't been in water since Mac set it." My knees actually got weak with the waterfowling legacy I was setting in the water.
Moosetrot-Scourge of the North
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