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Collection of Jean and Jim Barrow | May 20, 2023

Sat, May 20, 2023 09:00AM EDT
Lot 59

Very Rare Caines Brothers Mallard Drake

Estimate: $15,000 - $25,000

Bid Increments

Price Bid Increment
$0 $25
$100 $50
$1,000 $100
$2,000 $200
$3,000 $250
$5,000 $500
$10,000 $1,000
$20,000 $2,000
$50,000 $5,000
$100,000 $10,000

Georgetown, South Carolina, circa 1900, possibly by Hucks Caines, oversized with raised, heart shaped wings indicative of the Caines' shop, finely carved head, tack eyes, 7-3/4 x 17-1/2 x 7 in.

Note: The Caines Brothers (Joseph J. "Hucks" Caines (1876-1944), Edmund A. "Ball" Caines (1851-1914), R. Randolph "Sawney" Caines (1860-1938), Moultrie J. L. "Pluty" Caines (1870-1912), and Robert J. "Bob" Caines (1879-1923)) grew up on land at Hobcaw Barony in the South Carolina Low Country. In addition to being hunting guides for landowner Bernard Baruch, they were commercial fishermen and market gunners before the enactment of the first federal game laws in 1918. Caines family decoys are some of the most sought after of South Carolina makers and very few are known to have survived.


fine bill carving detail, strong paint with craquelure and flaking, end of bill possibly restored, break and repair at neck with losses, surface dirt, scuffs, dents and paint chips mainly to right wing and under tail, please note xray images depicting birdshot and internal supports at neck

Collection of Jean and Jim Barrow