A c1910 carved salmon by Hardy Brothers is the standout item (unless you get excited about various breeds of duck) at Guyette, Schmidt & Deeter’s fall decoy auction on November 7. This fish is estimated at $5000-$7000. The sale, which takes place at Easton, Maryland, also includes a 28lb carved salmon from 1967, the work of Hellum Brothers of Norway. The fish was taken from the river Alta. (Wonder why he bothered to keep such a tiddler?). There is also a 35lb lake trout caught from Lake Superior in 1939. This fish is particularly interesting because it is a very rare double-sided carving. Sadly, the fins are later replacements though that’s not surprising, as it has served as a trade sign at Captain Hammer’s sport-fishing dock in Duluth, Minnesota. The auction also has some modern fish decoys, including a batch of 22 that are the work of carver Anthony Hillman of Seaville, New Jersey. This lot is estimated at $2000-$2500. The auction is dominated by bird carvings, but there is also a fine Milt Weiler watercolour of salmon fishing from a boat (lot 125).