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The Dr. Lloyd T. Griffith collection


To be sold in Spring and Summer 2020 sales



Left to right: Joe French, Jim McCleery, Lloyd Griffith, and Bud Ward at the April 1993 Guyette & Schmidt auction.

We are pleased to announce that we have been selected to auction the collection of legendary decoy collector, Dr. Lloyd Griffith. His collecting vengeance began in the early 1960s and extended over 50 years. He set several world records during his tenure as an acquirer. He attended many of the early Bourne auctions including the sales of the William J. Mackey, Jr. collection where he purchased several of the items that remained in his collection until now. The Griffith collection will be sold at our new and exciting location, The Westin Chicago-Lombard, Illinois on May 7 & 8 2020, as well as our summer 2020 sale in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

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Exceedingly rare, hollow carved jack curlew by William Bowman. 17.5" long. Ex Herrick collection. Pictured in winter 1973 issue of North American Decoys.

Outstanding swimming Canada goose by Nathan Cobb, Jr. Ex William J. Mackey, Jr. collection. Pictured in "American Decoys," Quintina Colio, p. 36 and 37.

Important running curlew by Nathan Cobb, Jr. Ex William J. Mackey, Jr. collection.

Pair of black ducks by Lou Rathmell.

Hollow carved merganser by George Huey.

Rare red breasted merganser by the Mason Decoy Factory. Ex McCleery collection.

Black bellied plover by Arthur Cobb.

Important willet by William Bowman. Acquired at the October 1982 Richard Bourne sale from the collection of John Dilworth for a new world record price at the time.

Swimming brant by Nathan Cobb, Jr. Acquired at a 1983 Richard Bourne sale. Ex Michael and Julie Hall collection. Exhibited at the Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum, 1987.

Curlew by Charles Clark.

High head canvasbacks by Charles Barnard. Ex McCleery collection.

Rare Webster rig golden plover with applied wings and turned head.

Rare old squaw by David Goodspeed. Ex Starr collection. Exact decoy pictured on page 173 of, "Folk Art in America," Adele Earnest.

Hollow carved teal by A.B. Vance.

Rare dowitcher by Elmer Crowell.

Important yellowlegs by William Bowman. Ex McCleery collection.

Exceptional curlew by Luther Lee Nottingham. Ex Mackey collection. Ex McCleery collection. Exact decoy pictured on page 39 of, "American Bird Decoys," William J. Mackey, Jr.

Extremely rare hollow carved merganser by Captain Samuel Augustus Fabens, Marblehead, Massachusetts.

Running curlew by Alma Fitchet.

Dowitcher with turned head from Assateague Island, Virginia. From the Mathews rig. Ex Mackey collection. Exact decoy pictured page 160 of, "American Bird Decoys," William J. Mackey, Jr.

Part of a good selection of shorebird decoys.

Merganser hen from Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.

Large curlew from the Hog Island, Virginia.

Black bellied plover from Cobb Island, Virginia. Purchased from William J. Mackey, Jr.

Feeding plover by Obediah Verity. Ex McCleery collection.

Important running robin snipe by Nathan Cobb, Jr. Ex Dr. James M. McCleery collection. Ex Michael and Julie Hall collection. Exhibited at the Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum, 1987.

Watercolor by Ogden Pleissner. 18" x 28"

Watercolor by David Hagerbaumer. 29" x 40"

Rare 63.5" long Kennebec Canoe Company display sample

Exceptional yellowlegs by Ira Hudson. From Mackey.

Mallard drake by Dan English. Ex McCleery collection.

Hollow carved redhead by Elkanah Cobb.

Slot neck plover. Ex Joe French collection.

Brant from Cobb Island, Virginia.

Rare curlew by Robert Gelston.

Eider by Eben W. Eaton, Isle au Haut, Maine.

Brant by Walter Brady.

Pair of canvasbacks by Sam Barnes.

Piping plover or ring neck plover from South New Jersey.

1936 model canvasback drake by the Ward Brothers.

Hudsonian curlew by Nathan Cobb, Jr. Bill shortened by breakage. Exact decoy pictured on page 96 of, "American Bird Decoys," William J. Mackey, Jr.

Hollow carved bluebill by Arthur Cobb. Ex McCleery collection.

Hollow carved pintail by John Blair, Jr.

Hollow carved black duck by Nathan Cobb, Jr.

Early Bowman lesser yellowlegs.

Old squaw drake by Steven Bedlam. Exact decoy featured in "Massachusetts Masterpieces," Gigi Hopkins.

Part of a good selection of shorebirds.

Turned head plover from New Jersey.

Peep by Dave "Umbrella" Watson. Ex Adele Earnest collection. Exact decoy pictured on page 50 of, "American Bird Decoys," William J. Mackey, Jr.

Hollow carved bluebill by Nathan Cobb, Jr.

Rare pair of passenger pigeon by Harold Haertel.

Morton rig golden plover.

Yellowles by Charles Clark. Ex Adele Earnest collection.

Wooden wingduck decoys.

Wooden wingduck decoys.

Pair of mergansers by Doug Jester.