• 5
    Aug

Early A. E. (Elmer) Crowell Bufflehead Drake Decoy Realizes $207,000 at Auction

HYANNIS, Mass. – An early bufflehead drake decoy, made around 1910-12 by the renowned carver A.E. (Elmer) Crowell—the highest-graded bufflehead drake by Crowell ever offered, and one of only two known in such a high pristine grade—soared to $207,000 at a Summer Decoy Auction held July 28-29 by Decoys Unlimited, Inc., on Cape Cod. The […]

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  • 4
    Aug

Auction Report: World War I Squadron Insignia, Archive Take Top-Lot Honors

BOUCKVILLE, N.Y. — A World War I squadron insignia and archive pertaining to American pilot Lt. Paul Green took the top lot with a winning bid of $13,200 at a live and Internet auction held June 8 and 9 held by Mohawk Arms. Lt. Green was assigned to the French Escardille 131, Bomber Group 4. […]

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  • 18
    Jul

Collecting Outlaws: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Recently, gangsters were in the news in many ways. Jimmy Hoffa was “unearthed”—or wasn’t—again. Respected actor James Gandolfini, who portrayed mob boss Tony Soprano, died. Whitey Bulger is on trial after a lifetime of killing and criminal behavior. As one CNN headline read: “Mob Week: Why we can’t get enough of the gangster life.” It […]

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  • 15
    Jul

Rare, Important A. E. Crowell Decoys to Headline Decoys Unlimited Auction

HYANNIS, Mass. – Rare and important early 20th-century decoys by the renowned carver A. E. (Elmer) Crowell, plus other highly collectible decoys, nautical items and Americana from across North America, will all come up for bid at a Summer Decoy Auction slated for July 28-29 by Decoys Unlimited, Inc., at the Cape Codder Resort and […]

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  • 4
    Mar

Personal, Gold-Encrusted Carbine of King Louis XV to lead Julia Firearms Auction

FAIRFIELD, Maine — A one-of-a-kind German Sebastian Hauschka rifle—literally fit for a king—will be among the highlights in the upcoming Outstanding Firearms Auction to be hosted by James D. Julia, Inc., on March 11-12, 2013. This world-class lot—made for gun enthusiast and avid hunter King Louis XV of France—is certain to be of great interest […]

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  • 4
    Mar

Two Extraordinary Rifles Created for Auto Magnate John Francis Dodge to Sell

FAIRFIELD, Maine — A 33-caliber model 1886 Winchester rifle, made for Dodge Motor Company co-founder and magnate John Francis Dodge, is expected to challenge for top-lot honors at the upcoming Outstanding March Firearms Auction, to be hosted by James D. Julia, Inc., on March 11-12, 2013. Considered aesthetically and functionally flawless, the John Francis Dodge […]

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  • 31
    Jan

A. Elmer Crowell—The Greatest Decoy Maker of Them All

Collectors will forever debate who was America’s greatest decoy maker, but my vote goes to Anthony Elmer Crowell, who carved and painted waterfowl decoys of exceptional quality for more than 40 years. Crowell was born in 1862 in East Harwich, Mass., and lived there all his life. He grew up in the years following the […]

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  • 17
    Jan

Revolver Retrieved from Bonnie & Clyde ‘Death Car’ Will Be Sold by Mayo Auction

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A .32-caliber revolver retrieved from the stolen car driven by the outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow after they were killed in a hail of bullets from a police ambush in 1934 will be sold to the highest bidder on Saturday, Feb. 2, by Mayo Auction & Realty. The Bonnie and Clyde […]

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  • 14
    Jan

Winchester 1886 by Turnbull Makes the Case for Restoring Antique Rifles

I have been in the firearms business my entire career. And for as long as I can remember, it has been taboo to refinish American-made guns. For every original gun I’ve seen, there’s also been a version with refinished wood, re-blued metal or a chopped off stock. Unfortunately, the work was poor and the lost […]

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  • 11
    Nov

Gus Wilson and One of His 100-Year-Old Decoys

Recently I received a call from a woman who had a decoy she wanted more information on. A local auction house referred her to me. She was a delightful woman who, as a nurse, was gifted this lovely decoy. Times being what they are, she wondered about selling it. She sent pictures via e-mail after […]

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