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Autographed copies of Donna Tonelli's TOP OF THE LINE FISHING COLLECTIBLES ,TOP OF THE LINE HUNTING COLLECTIBLES and now FISH & FOWL DECOYS OF THE GREAT LAKES are available from the author. Published by Schiffer Ltd. these books are full color, hardcover editions with excellent photography of some of the finest known examples of vintage fishing and hunting paraphenalia from the top private collections, past and present.

During the last thirty odd year Donna Tonelli has been collecting antique duck decoys, related waterfowling paraphenalia and vintage fishing tackle and fish decoys with her husband Joe. This experience is the basis for her collector books. The Tonelli's have developed strong ties within the these collecting fields and using them, Donna was able to gain access to the finest private collections. Illustrated in her books are the TOP examples of hunting and fishing collectibles and a wealth of sporting history.

Packed with in these pages are hundreds of high quality color photographs and vintage B&W snapshots. With values included in the captions, These collector books are valuable referrence books for any collector or dealer. These books give the novice collector a good overview of what hunting and fishing collectibles are available. The seasoned collector will appreciate viewing quality pieces from private collections that are rarely available to the public. Extensive bibliographies and appendixs provide valuable information scources, including organizations, periodicals and auction companies.


TOP OF THE LINE FISHING COLLECTIBLES is a general overview of vintage lures produced by the major tackle companies, ice spearing decoys, bait casting reels, creels, vintage fishing equipment and related folk art illustrated with over 500 color photographs and black & white picture from an era when sport fishing was young. Values for all examples are included in the captions creating an easy to use informative referrence book, beautiful enough for any coffee table.



"Donna Tonelli's book, Top of the Line Hunting Collectibles is so spectacular that it left me drooling and weak in the knees. It covers the field of waterfowl collectibles from decoys and calls to advertising and powder tins.Descriptive information is supplemented with estimates of current values. All of the items selected for this soon-to-be classic are outstanding examples of what the title suggests--top of the line collectibles. But it is the incredible and copious full-color photography will take your breath away. This book is simply stunning and unsurpassed by anything in its field,...."Bob Christenson, Columnist Waterfowler Magazine


By featuring the different types of paraphenalia was by waterfowlers of yesteryear, Tonelli brings a new understanding to the importance of waterfowling decoys, gamebird calls, early gun manufacturing and ammunnition companies advertising, black powder tins, shotgun shell boxes and other related collectibles to the history of Americana. Again providing full descriptions and values in the captions that accompany the 1100 plus illustrations, Tonelli presents an extensive array of quality sporting collectibles in a high quality format.

In FISH & FOWL DECOYS OF THE GREAT LAKES Donna Tonelli was able to concentrate on the Midwest carvers. For centuries the massive watershed system of lakes and rvier in the Great Lakes Regions has beakoned hunters and fishermen to its teeming waters and marshes. To aid them in their quest for wild game local folk artisans produced a wealth of fish and fowl decoys and game calls. Over the years these practical tools have become recognized and appreciated as wonderful exampes of indigenous folk art.

This text presents a grand selection of fine decoys and game calls accompanied by the stories of the men who made and used them. The pieces illustrated range from museum quality artifacts to collectibles that are likely to turn up at a local auction, garage sale, flea market or antique mall. As her other books FISH & FOWL OF THE GREAT LAKES is a valuable referrence book that will enhance anyone's collecting experience.

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Book Description Price
TOP OF THE LINE FISHING COLLECTIBLES is a general overview of vintage lures produced by the major tackle companies, ice spearing decoys, bait casting reels, creels, vintage fishing equipment and related folk art illustrated with over 500 color photographs and black & white picture from an era when sport fishing was young. Values for all examples are included in the captions creating an easy to use informative referrence book, beautiful enough for any coffee table. 176 Pages; 8 1/2" X 11"

$39.95

plus $4 S&H

By featuring the different types of paraphenalia was by waterfowlers of yesteryear in TOP OF THE LINE HUNTING COLLECTIBLES, Tonelli brings a new understanding to the importance of waterfowling decoys, gamebird calls, early gun manufacturing and ammunnition companies advertising, black powder tins, shotgun shell boxes and other related collectibles to the history of Americana. Again providing full descriptions and values in the captions that accompany the 1100 plus illustrations, Tonelli presents an extensive array of quality sporting collectibles in a high quality format. 287 pages; 9" X 13"

$69.95

plus $6 S&H

FISH & FOWL DECOYS OF THE GREAT LAKES is the most comprehensive look at the decoys and gamecalls of the Midwetern States in print. Nowhere will you find more exapmles of the finest hunting and ice spearing decoys ranging from the grand master varters to the lesser-known yet skilled artisans who are sometimes overlooked. Factory decoys include early papier-mache' decoys as well as the decoys produced by the major and tackle companies. There are over 1100 top quality full folor photographs with numerous vintage photographs illustrating this text. All items are evaluated in their captions. 288 pages; 8 1/2" X 11"

$69.95

plus $6 S&H

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