Harry V. Shourds mallard, $98,900, Guyette, Schmidt
Gavels ‘n’ Paddles
Recent Auctions from Near & Far
By Ken Hall
One of only two known mallard decoys by the carver Harry V. Shourds of Tuckerton, N.J., sold for $98,900 at the 28th annual Spring Decoy Auction held Apr. 25-26 by Guyette, Schmidt & Deeter (based in St. Michaels, Md.) at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Ill. Also, a pair of mallards by Enoch Reindahl (Stoughton, Wis.) rose to $97,750; a preening scoter by Gus Wilson (South Portland, Me.) hammered for $40,250; and a circa 1870s swimming mallard drake by John Blair, Sr., topped out at $89,125. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.