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Auctioneer Allen & Marshall Auctioneers & Appraisers, LLC 410-835-0384
Auction Date Dec 09 Auction
8000 Esham Road
Parsosnburg, MD
Time 05:00PM
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Selling from the Private Collection of Local Historian C. John Sullivan Jr. of Fallston, MD with select additions from the Estate of Henry A. Fleckenstein, Jr of Cambridge, MD, and the well known Charlie Zeiler Collection of Millsboro, DE

Fri. December 9th, 2016 @ 5:07 PM 

Held at the Allen & Marshall Auction Facility

 8000 Esham Road, Parsonsburg, MD


350+ Decoys, wildfowl artwork, Battery Gun, Wooden Skiffs, Vintage Wooden Ammo Boxes & More!  

Decoys by Carvers including: Ward Bros., Doug Jester, Miles Hancock, Ira Hudson, Cameron McIntyre, Ben Dye, John “Daddy” Holly, Madison Mitchell, Bob Mcgaw, Paul Gibson, John Graham, Zack Ward, Jim Currier, John Graham, Carved Shorebirds & others!


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ONLINE ABSENTEE BIDDING – Will be offered on the Allen & Marshall bidding system. You can place bids until 1.5 hours prior to the auction. Those bids are downloaded into our Auction Software and executed during the live Auction by the Auctioneer. This system is ideal if you know you are willing to pay an exact amount and no more. You can bid and walk away. If you want to Bid LIVE or Watch the Auction LIVE please use the PROXIBID link above.

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Online Bidding: This is an LIVE Auction held at the Allen & Marshall Auction Facility. We are offering Internet Absentee bidding on 519 lots on the Allen & Marshall Bidding System. Bidding opened on Saturday Oct. 1st. You can bid at any time up until 3 PM on Friday Dec. 9th, 2016. At 3 PM the internet bidding will close and the bids will be uploaded into our Auction Software. You will have the option of bidding the starting or current bid after you register for the Auction. You do have the option of placing a higher bid by typing your maximum bid on the lots you are interested in. For Example if you are interested in lot # 248. The Rare and Important early (Circa 1929) Carved “Holland Island Club Model” Blackduck by L.T. Ward, Crisfield, MD. Lets say the current bid is $2,000. You have the option of bidding the next increment of $250 for a bid of $2,250. In this case that would be the starting bid during the live Auction if you had the high Absentee bid prior to uploading those bids. If someone in the crowd bids $2,500 you would be out and have no way to bid again unless you were here at the auction. You could place a maximum bid on the lot of say $10,000.00 Once the bids are downloaded the Auctioneer will bid for you up to your maximum bid amount. In this case the Auctioneer would would bid for you up through your $10,000.00 bid. If the competitive bidding stopped at $9,000.00 than that’s what you would Pay (Plus Buyer Premium and Tax)


Auctioneers Note: This auction will consist of decoys and waterfowl artifacts from several well-known collectors including many items from the collection of Waterfowl Historian C. John Sullivan Jr. Mr. Sullivan is a nationally recognized expert on American wooden fowl, is both an appraiser and collector of decoys, firearms and other accoutrements used in the pursuit of waterfowl.  A historian by avocation, he has spent a lifetime researching the history of water fowling in the Chesapeake region. He has shared his knowledge and promoted appreciation of the water fowling tradition of Maryland and the appreciation of decoys as folk art by authoring meticulously researched books on water fowling, drawing on gunning club journals, memoirs, and personal interviews to recreate the heyday of the sport and appreciation of the decoy art form.  His books to date are Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, Decoys & Long Guns, Tales of Carroll’s Island Ducking Club (History Press 2008), Water fowling on the Chesapeake, 1819-1936 (The Johns Hopkins University Press 2003), Old Ocean City (The Johns Hopkins University Press 2001), Captured In Wood, An Album of Decoys From The Havre de Grace Decoy Museum, Co-authored with Carla Mattsson (Havre de Grace Decoy Museum 1996), Water fowling, The Upper Chesapeake’s Legacy (Maplehurst Publishers 1987), and A Chronicle of Letters, Robert F. McGaw, Jr. Decoy Maker 1879-1958 (Maplehurst Publishers 1985). He has also authored over 40 articles for Decoy Magazine, The Canvasback, The Maryland Humanities Magazine, and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Quarterly and writes a quarterly column, Collector’s Corner, for The Canvasback, published by the Havre de Grace Decoy Museum. We are honored to bring a part of his collection with others to public auction at no minimum and no reserve. Whether you are first time collector or avid investor this sale has something to offer for any decoy enthusiast. PLEASE VIEW OUR WEBSITE FOR A FULL CATALOG!!

Directions: At the intersection of Rt. 50 & Forest Grove Rd., in Parsonsburg, turn North onto Forest Grove Rd. and follow for 0.5 miles to Old Ocean City Rd. Right onto Old O. C. Rd. and follow for 1.2 miles to Esham Rd. Left onto Esham Rd. and follow for 1.2 miles to burgundy/tan building on left. Signs Posted.    

Ward Brothers Decoys: 1928 Black Duck signed by Steve Ward, L.T. Ward Brothers 1932 Canada Goose signed Lem Ward, Pair of 1966 Shooting Stool Redheads Hen and Drake signed by both Lem and Steve Ward, Pair of 1975 Shooting Stool Turned Head Canvasbacks with poem, (3) Wildfowler Scaup painted by the Ward Brothers and more!  

Full Size Decoys: RARE James Holly Red Breasted Merganser (was displayed at the Ward Museum), Canvasback Drake by Charles Barnard circa 1937 branded with a “T” On bottom from MD Senator Millard E. Tyding’s personal rig, Ira Hudson 1930’s vintage bluebill drake, 1932 Miles Hancock Pintail hen, early Miles Hancock Bufflehead drake, oversized black duck by Doug Jester, 1972 Brandt by Charlie Joiner, Rare James Holly swimming black duck, Rare Coudon and Co. Canada Goose folding “V” board with collapsible metal heads, Pair of Jessie Urie, Rock Hall, MD 1947 Black Heads,  Pair of 1956 Madison Mitchell Canvasbacks, John Holly black duck, (2) 1950 Charlie Joiner blackheads, Doug Jester canvasback drake, Red-Breasted Merganser by Alvin “Gunner” Meekins Hoopers Island, Miles Hancock Pintail drake, Joe Travers black duck, Pratt Decoy Co. Canvasback drake, John Graham Canvasback drake circa 1880, John Glen 1930’s vintage Canvasback drake, several birds by Paul Gibson and Robert McGaw, Miles Hancock 1930’s black duck, Canvasback drake by Lum Fletcher, full size preening Swan by Bill Kennedy Aberdeen, MD, Isiah Travers cork body black ducks, several 1950’s Wildfowler decoys and many others!

Miniature Decoys and Carved Shorebirds:  Pair of carved miniature wall mount flying Mallards hen and drake by Cameron McIntyre, Rare half size Pintail drake with split wooden tail by R.Y. Taggart Elkton, MD 1953, Jimmy Wright carved doves,

Decoy Pairs: Zack Ward goldeneyes, Zack Ward Hooded Mergansers, Pair of Harry Jobes Red-Heads

Special Interest: Original Upper Bay 5 barrel battery gun, hand crafted 16ft wooden skiff by Travis Tyler, Crisfield, MD 1975, vintage wooden 14ft sneak boat, Carroll-Island Gunning Club wooden sign, Large Winchester wooden finger jointed Take Down model 1911 12 gauge shotgun box, Pair of figural canvasback andirons, Winchester 12 gauge 00 Buck brass paper shell box, Swan Island Ducking Club hand painted wooden sign, Hudsons cast iron soap advertisement, cast iron figural duck andirons, several vintage shotgun shell boxes, several wooden shotgun shell boxes, several tin Dupont Powder tins, Large Qty of primitive oars, culling oars, row boat oars, lifesaving oars and more!

Terms Personal Property: Cash Or Approved Check Day of sale. Visa/MC/Amex/Discover. 13% Buyer Premium. 3% Discount forcash or check. Everything Sold "As Is" with no warranties of any kind. Auction conducted inside & outside of 10,000 Sq. Ft. facility. Some seating provided. Food served by Johnny’s of Salisbury, MD.

Preview: Preview will be available on Thursday Dec. 8th, 2016 from 5-8 PM & Friday Dec. 9th, 2016 from 2-5-PM. There will be several thousand photos available on the Auction Co. Website as items are cataloged.



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