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Old cork decoys

Postby STEVE IN SOCAL » Fri Jan 11, 2013 8:27 pm

Can anyone comment on era and value?

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Re: Old cork decoys

Postby War Wagon » Fri Jan 11, 2013 10:50 pm

They look like L L Bean Decoys
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Re: Old cork decoys

Postby STEVE IN SOCAL » Fri Jan 11, 2013 11:13 pm

You're probably right. I got 6 of them, and they came with an LLBean canvas/slotted bag.
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Re: Old cork decoys

Postby Slack Tide » Mon Jan 14, 2013 11:19 am

Those are Beans without a doubt, obviously a black and a Pin..
Even IF they were George Soule made (likely not) they would be in the $40 range for the black and maybe slightly more for the pin.
I have a pair of mint, never floated Magnum blacks that I got for $25 a piece, a great deal....and I MIGHT be able to get $125 for the pair, simply because they are mint and mags....

Those are nice...shoot 'em
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Re: Old cork decoys

Postby STEVE IN SOCAL » Mon Jan 14, 2013 5:35 pm

Thx guys...
I got 6 of them (the hens say 'pintail hen' on the bottom).'I also bought 3 Sherri Russel Meline signed artists proof waterfowl prints (framed), a dozen 1950's era Featherlite pintail dekes (plastic), two old LL Bean slotted decoy bags and some other misc stuff for $300 (estate sale)
They will go to decorate my hunting cabin.
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Re: Old cork decoys

Postby Slack Tide » Mon Jan 14, 2013 5:45 pm

That pin in the pic is a drake
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Re: Old cork decoys

Postby hankyorke » Mon Jan 14, 2013 5:50 pm

The hen is a hen pintail. Check the bill color slack.
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Re: Old cork decoys

Postby Slack Tide » Mon Jan 14, 2013 6:44 pm

That is supposed to be a pair of pins???
Jeeeees...
It looks like a black duck and a drake pin...
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Re: Old cork decoys

Postby Slack Tide » Tue Jan 15, 2013 6:30 am

Steve-
Does the bottom of the hen in the pic you posted say "Hen Pintail"??
I still don't buy it.
I've looked up original hen pins and found them to be completely painted in an ashy beige/grey color and that one you posted has the little brown "V" tail details that they commonly put on blacks....
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Re: Old cork decoys

Postby MassDecoyCarver » Tue Jan 15, 2013 6:33 am

Yup, those are LL Bean pintails.
Check the length of the bodies, if they are 18" or 19" long they are copastals, if they are 22" or so, they are magnums.

They look like they are in very good condition, a six pack and the slotted bag should bring a good price if you sell them as a set.
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Re: Old cork decoys

Postby hankyorke » Tue Jan 15, 2013 9:40 am

Slack Tide wrote:Steve-
Does the bottom of the hen in the pic you posted say "Hen Pintail"??
I still don't buy it.
I've looked up original hen pins and found them to be completely painted in an ashy beige/grey color and that one you posted has the little brown "V" tail details that they commonly put on blacks....

Can you post pictures of what you found? I agree it looks a little dark but those "V" are on all puddler hens as well as blacks.
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Re: Old cork decoys

Postby Slack Tide » Tue Jan 15, 2013 10:21 am

If you google "ll bean pintails" or pintail hens...you will see.
I also don't recall Bean putting the species name on the bottom.
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Re: Old cork decoys

Postby hankyorke » Tue Jan 15, 2013 11:00 am

That's a repaint and a bad one.

Bean put specie and sex on some. I dot remember the years off hand. I have seen some but no many.
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Re: Old cork decoys

Postby STEVE IN SOCAL » Sun Jan 27, 2013 1:26 pm

Sorry for the delay on pics of print on bottom of decoys...I been huntin'...alot

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Re: Old cork decoys

Postby Slack Tide » Sun Jan 27, 2013 5:29 pm

That's cool, I've never seen that. You'd think they'd have made a better effort to make even the SLIGHTEST extension of the tail for pins no?
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Re: Old cork decoys

Postby STEVE IN SOCAL » Sun Jan 27, 2013 5:55 pm

Do you think the species/sex on the bottom changes the value?
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