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By Mark Harding

2017 was an exciting year for Canadian decoy collectors.  The Peter Brown Collection came to market and was the largest assembly of Canadian decoys ever to be offered at auction.  Ducks Unlimited was the beneficiary of the proceeds and the decoys were sold through the auction house Guyette & Deeter. The highlight of the collection was the pair of Fernlund Pintails which sold for $201,250.  It was nice to see that many decoys stayed in Canada.  We also liked the large variety of decoys available for all levels of collectors.

2018 President Mark Harding Canadian Decoy & Outdoor Collectible Association



2017 Show & Sale Canadian Decoy and Outdoor Collectibles Association. Decoys on tables.

As if all that wasn’t excitement enough, in October 2017 Canadian Decoy and Outdoor Collectibles Association held our annual show in Kingston, Ontario.  We have an extensive write up on the show for you in The Rig.  It was good to see so many rooms open on Friday night for the room to room trading.  On Saturday over 170+ people who attended, were greeted by over 30 dealers with 55 tables of decoys & outdoor collectibles.  After the show, members attended our annual general meeting, followed by a reception.  Thank you Guyette & Deeter for once again sponsoring the reception.

Antique decoys. David W. Nichol carver. Rideau Canal Waterway decoys.

Thanks to show coordinator Bill Meggs, and his committee, for all of the hard effort to put on such a successful show, and as always, the displays and contest were top notch.  I would also like to thank all the dealers who support our show, and bring such a wide variety of decoys, outdoor collectibles and folk art.

Next year, we turn our attention back to the Niagara region.  Due to unsuccessful negotiations at the Ramada Beacon, we will be changing venue.  For 2018, we are going to the Americana Resort in Niagara Falls, Ontario.  This is a large modern facility with everything we need to put on a comfortable and successful show.  I encourage you to check it out online at:


Show dates are Friday and Saturday October 19 - 20, 2018.  We will provide further updates in The Rig as the show gets closer.  You can also keep up to date by going to our web site at:

Antique decoy display at Canadian Decoy and Outdoor Association annual show and sale.

The Canadian Decoy and Outdoor Collectible Association is only as strong as its members.  To that end we are attempting to reach out to many members who have not renewed.  We will be emailing, and mailing, a renewal notice and hope for your continued support.


As we have now entered 2018, some of you may have allowed your membership to lapse effective December 31, 2017.   Some, in fact, have already expired at the end of 2016.   We have perhaps created some confusion in this regard by continuing to mail copies of The Rig to members after the date of expiry.  You can check whether your membership is still current by looking at the expiry date included on the mailing label for The Rig.  All memberships expire at December 31 of a given year.


To renew, please send a cheque to the treasurer:


Canadian Decoy and Outdoor Collectibles Association

c/o John Battaglia

132 October Crescent

London, ON


N6K 4E1

Alternatively, if you have access to online banking, you can simply send an Interac E - transfer to


Fees are $30 for one year or $75 for three years.  (Due to increased mailing costs south of the border, fees for our US members are the same dollar amounts, but, in US currency.)


Also, if you know anyone who is interested Canadian outdoor collecting or decoys, please let us know.  The more people we can bring into the hobby the better we can promote it!

White Swan Decoy at the Canadian Decoy and Outdoor Collectibles Association show and sale.
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