guyette and deeter

September 21 & 22, 2013 - Chincoteague, Virginia

Chincoteague, Virginia - Guyette, Schmidt & Deeter teamed up with Zeb Barfield auctions for a second time on September 21 & 22 to sell the second half of the contents of the Chincoteague Refuge Museum.

The decoys and other items were displayed under a large tent on the museum grounds. The crowd was roughly the same size as for the first sale of the museum contents on May 10 & 11, but there were more decoy and antique dealers this time around.

The sale grossed $290,000, with the top lot being a one of a kind full size swan, circa 1970’s, by Oliver Lawson (Crisfield, Maryland), which sold for $12,800, a world auction record for the carver.

There were numerous decoys by Frank Finney (Virginia Beach, Virginia) in the sale. Most sold in the $1,000 range, but a swimming swan and a reproduction of a Nathan Cobb, Jr. swimming Canada goose sold for $5,175 each (both by Finney).

There were quite a few decoys by the museum’s resident carver “Cigar” Daisey in the auction. A group of five dowitchers on a coral base by him sold for $6,050.

Online bidding through Artfact was available for around 300 of the 1,000 lots in the auction. Also a limited amount of phone and absentee bidding took place.

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Life size swan by Oliver Lawson
World auction record for carver

Group of 12 dowitchers by Cigar Daisey

Nathan Cobb, Jr. reproduction Canada goose by Frank Finney

Swimming swan by Frank Finney

Black duck by the Ward Brothers