This website is for new and advanced collectors interested in Stevens Decoys. It offers an online introduction to decoy collecting; a timeline of the Stevens legacy; and a blog all about Stevens Decoys, called "Weedsportal". Your email subscription is appreciated. The articles and blogs are supported by information and data extracted from a record of more than 550 decoys that was begun in 1987 by collector and author Shane Newell for his book
“The Essential Guide To Stevens Decoys” .
Shane has recorded every decoy related to the Stevens Brothers that he found photographed in auction catalogs (1987 to current) and those he handled at auctions and in private collections, including those of the late Charles Hickey of Cayuga, NY; George W. Thompson of Cazenovia, NY; Peter Bartlett of Barnegat Bay, NJ; Phil Mott of Vicksburg, MI and Dr. Peter Muller of Atlanta, GA. The record has more than 2,000 photographs, and 6,000+ data points, of both authentic and attributed decoys to the Stevens Brothers.
In 2020, the records accumulated over the past 33 years were converted into a digital and searchable database. The database now includes every known species: hens and drakes; examples from all time periods, both models, maker stamps, paint, condition, provenance, notes and auction results. The database is not public, but rather Shane's resource to establish the condition and provenance of each example. Filtering and analyzing the large database provides useful insights and theories that are published in Weedsportal. Travis Bryant, an artifact collector and Stevens Decoy enthusiasts, also writes for Weedsportal. Travis built a record of the advertisements to help piece together the puzzle of the two Brothers and their decoy businesses. Shane recently completed an illustrated study on the evolution of Harvey's decoy making. Sign in to be alerted of new posts. Begin looking into History.
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