Southern decoys, including Ward Bros. carvings, featured in Guyette & Deeter Inc. auction in Charleston

A decorative pintail drake dated 1969 by the Ward Brothers will be featured in the sale.

This rare “pinch breasted” style pintail by the Ward Brothers in 1928 is estimated at $30,000 – $40,000 in the Guyette & Deeter auction.

CHARLESTON, S.C. — On February 18, Guyette and Deeter, Inc. will hold their fifth consecutive decoy and sporting art auction in partnership with the Southeastern Wildlife Expo (SEWE) in Charleston, South Carolina. This is a unique event for both the expo and Guyette and Deeter.


The company was asked by the SEWE board of directors to establish an auction that would create excitement, and revive the tradition of old decoys and collectibles at the show. For this reason, Guyette and Deeter keep their auction completely unreserved, so that everyone that participates has a chance at buying a quality item at a bargain price.


While unreserved and about one third the length of our other three auction, the strategy is proving beneficial to both the expo and decoy company. The participants can bid comfortably knowing the company guarantees their condition reports, which not all auction houses do. They have also kept their buyer’s premium at 15 percent, in an environment where most other auction houses have moved to 25 percent.


The auction of nearly 275 decoys and related items which will be held at the Charleston Marriott, 170 Lockwood Boulevard, features two previews. The first preview is 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Friday, February 17, and the second preview starts at 10:00 am on February 18, followed by the auction at noon. Price estimates will range from $100 – $30,000 and world famous old-time decoy carvers include Elmer Crowell and Joseph Lincoln (Massachusetts), John Dilley (Long Island, New York), the Ward Brothers (Maryland), Ned Burgess (North Carolina), and Alvirah Wright (Duck, North Carolina).


For an online preview, visit the firm’s website at The auction is open to the public and there is no admission fee. A 40 table decoy show will be held in the same facility.  Online bidding is available through More information on the Exposition is available at or 843-723-1748.

Guyette & Deeter, established in 1984, is the world’s largest decoy auction firm with over $170,000,000 in decoy sales.  They hold four cataloged auctions per year. In February at the Southeastern Wildlife Expo in Charleston SC, April at the North American Vintage Decoy & Sporting Collectibles Show in St. Charles IL, summer in Portsmouth NH, and November at the Waterfowl Festival in Easton, Md.


For more details, visit their website at  The firm also conducts weekly online auctions at Since 1989, Guyette & Deeter has dominated the decoy auction market.  In January 2007, Guyette & Deeter, in conjunction with Christie’s (New York), sold a merganser hen by Lothrop Holmes for a world record auction price of $856,000.

Guyette & Deeter provides free decoy appraisals to anyone sending a decoy photo and stamped, self-addressed envelope to: Guyette & Deeter, PO Box 1170, St. Michaels, Md., 21663. For email, send to: Gary Guyette:, phone: 410-745-0485 or Jon Deeter:, phone: 440-610-1768.

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