Antique Ward Brothers Decoys Fetch $ 126,000 at Auction After Trip from Shore to the Tabasco Sauce Plantation | Local

EASTON – Guyette & Deeter Inc. lure auction company in St. Michaels hosted their 35th annual lure auction on April 30 and May 1. The auction grossed just under $ 4 million, according to the company.

The auction featured decoys from the collections of former Illinois Governor Jim Thompson, Kroghie Andresen, Dr John Dinan, Jim and Pat Doherty, Gary & Dale Guyette and William Mackey Jr. All geographies were represented, including the Illinois River, Ontario and Canada. maritime provinces

In 1936, famous Crisfield decoy makers Lem and Steve Ward sculpted a very special pair of Redhead decoys as a gift for their friend Dr Edgar Burke. Banners painted on the underside identify the pair of decoys as a gift to Burke.

The decoy path took them to New Jersey, then to a Louisiana plantation owned by the family who invented Tabasco sauce.

When Burke died in 1950, his decoys were acquired by decoy collector William Mackey of New Jersey. In the late 1950s, Mackey sold the decoys to Tabasco heiress Leila McIlhenny Matthew, who kept them at her family plantation in Destrehan, Louisiana, near New Orleans. When she passed away last year, her family turned the decoys over to Guyette & Deeter Inc. for sale at their spring auction.

The pair of decoys fetched $ 126,000 at auction

The Guyette & Deeter Summer Lure Auction will be held August 6-7 at a distance from Maryland. Quality shipments of decoys, decorative sculptures and flat art for sale will be accepted until June 1 or until full.

Guyette & Deeter Inc., established in 1984, is the world’s largest lure auction company with over $ 210 million in lure sales. They organize three cataloged auctions per year; Lombard, Illinois in April; Portsmouth, New Hampshire in July; and Easton, Maryland in November. The company also holds weekly online auctions at

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