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Joe Tonelli also offers a brokering service to decoy collectors. If you are looking for a certain piece to round off your collection or just getting started, Joe has been dealing in waterfowldecoys and game calls for 50 years and is always willing to pay cash for one decoy or an entire collection. He handles waterfowl and fish decoys, game calls, tackle, cover art, and related folk art. Also as Midwest representative of Guyette, Schmidt& Deeter Decoy Auction Inc, Joe is qualified to do insurance and estate appraisals. He can be reached at 605-481-2811 or 815-664-4580.
It's time for me to get back to business. Have updated the show calendar for 2013. If anyone wants to have their show included just send me the info and I will post it.
Guyette&Deeter has made their mark in the folkart world at the Easton Maryland Waterfowl Festival this past week with the sale of an outstanding cigar store indian. Estimated at $125,000-250,000, this beautiful Indian maiden was hammered down by auctioneer James D. Julia at $675,000!
Click on this image to view full catalog description and images of this superb piece.
Anyone can watch Jimy sell this Indian maiden, can watch video here
We are still hunting so Watch for more update as I have time in between trips. :-) In the meantime, I'll let my earlier posts up here..... I have created a new page that will feature slideshows I put together on several of our hunts. And because Joe never gets enough waterfowl hunting here a slideshow from his snow goose hunt with Ricky Hamm in February and in March at Lake Andes, SD with Scott & Gus Demanos.
Take time to view slideshows under Edecoy photo gallery link. Hope you all enjoy 'em! Click on Perdew mallards or Walker pair to start new slideshow. My first slide show features Charlie Perdew crow decoys simply because I had images on file. If you want to stop the show at any time simply scroll to the bottom of image. A control panel will appear allowing you to stop, go back or forward at any time. Click on crow to view.
Not much to report on the MDCA. Joe Engers, Decoy Magazine, did present a great selection of Maryland Decoys for the Classic decoy exhibit. It went a long way to prove there is more to Maryland decoy than lathe turned birds that made it to the Midwest.
Must admit it was hard to outdo the excitement of the previous Midwest Decoy Collectors Decoy National Decoy show last spring when Peter Marsh came looking for Joe to do an appraisal for an older couple who had brought in a duck call for the free appraisal offer by the MDCA board. I was stunned when I arrived a few moments before Joe and saw Roger Ludwig holding a carved Beckhart. Wasn't sure of its value but knew this was something special. To learn the rest of the story as it appeared in the Chicago Sun Times(May 5,2012)in Dale Bowman's sports column click on Joe's picture with Joe Whitley's daughter and her husband. Click on hands for detail close ups of the call.
This call was the talk of the call collecting world ever since. But the real excitement came In Portsmouth! Whitley's Beckhart duck call set a new world record price for a duck call hammering down at $90,000 Price realized with the buyer premium was $103,500. Guess Joe Whitley's prediction to his daughter was right. :-)
The Guyette & Deeter auction this Spring was outstanding.Auctioneer Jimmy Julia pointed out at the start of the auction that few of the items in the sale had reserves on them making this sale a good barometer of the decoy market. Several outstanding Midwest decoys that flew past their catalog estimates: a� pintail drake by Charles Walker, Princeton Illinois, $73,600; a canvasback drake by Charles Ruggles, Henry, Illinois, $74,750; a� canvasback drake� by Joseph Sieger, Tustin, Wisconsin, $40,250; a pair of mallards by Enoch Reindahl, Stoughton, Wisconsin, $97,750; and a mallard hen by Mandt Homme, McFarland, Wisconsin, $50,600.�But it wasn't only the Midwest decoys that did well! There was excitement among the call collectors and great advertising items. Check out the highlights of this auction at Guyette Schmidt & Deeter site While you're at their website check up the preview for the Summer Auction at Portsmouth, NH and their new online auction which replaced the Decoy Warehouse.
There's a lot going on in the decoy world these days! Joe and I were at a local auction today and watch folks we've never met paying top dollar for a nice old Illinois River decoy and several Haddon and Charlie Perdew calls. For anyone who is looking for a fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon, contact Dave & Jeanette Kneebone about the 5th annual Illinois Valley Hunting & Fishing Collectibles Show. Click here to view the show flyer. They have taken over the show and I'm impressed how well manage the whole show is now. Lots of dealers have committed to tables already and flyers are showing up all around the Midwest. The facility is perfect for the decoy collectors. The lighting is great: A first class food stand is available: There is lots of free parking: The Building is air conditioned and located just of Illinois Route 80. See ya there!
Got lots of good feedback on the virtual tour of our collection. Hope everyone has a chance to view it under our collections link above. I decided it was time to add something new to this site, so Invite you to check out E Decoy Photo Gallery This page will be devoted to images of great decoys. Believe this a good way to share our collection with new collectors. I invite other collectors to send me slide shows of their favorite decoys to share with us here. Many of the older, No let's say seasoned, collectors have wonderful birds in their collections that rarely leave their shelves. It is important to show new collectors good images so they can learn...and I'm sure all collectors enjoy looking at great decoys!
Just a quick reminder my collectibles books are available here and make great gifts. Each has a broad selection of sporting collectibles featured in high quality full color photography. Use my Books link for information on all of my books on hunting and fishing collectibles. There is a printable order form for all my books under BOOKS link. I always have books on hand and will personalize one for you. Remember books make great gifts. Surprise your sportsman with a copy. Even if he isn't a collector, he will still enjoy it! Sorry I'm not set up to accept credit cards; paypal, personal check or money order will do.
The History of the MDCA
This will be an ongoing series of articles beginning in the beginning with the first show held in Ottawa Illinois, May 7 1966. I have gathered together lots of photos and information from this show that I think you will find interesting