Since 1987, I've tried to record every Stevens Decoy that I've seen in books and auction catalogs, and those I've handled at auctions and in private collections. I have recorded decoys from the greatest Stevens collections in history: 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. For more than 30 years, people have sent me photos of their Stevens Decoys. All useful examples have been added to the record. I enjoy the detective work of identifying and tracking a decoy through auctions and private sales. Sometimes this information can reveal a repair on a decoy because occasionally a decoy will become “improved” from the last time it was accurately described in a catalog with a repair. The searchable database has more than 500 decoys, more than 2,000 photographs, and 6,000+ data points, of both authentic and attributed decoys to the Stevens Brothers; every known species is covered; hens and drakes; examples from all time periods, both models, maker stamps and rig brands, paint, condition, provenance, notes and recent auction results. The data is very easy to search, filter or sort to find comparative examples and useful comparisons.
I use the record to research decoys in upcoming sales. There is a very good chance that your Stevens decoy is in the log with insightful notes and, with a little luck, something about its history. All this information is now available with membership to this website. I've even added additional records of fakes and reproductions to help collectors avoid buying a fake, or a decoy with repairs, or one that has been restored; well, at least without knowing about it ahead of time.
New Members: First time members receive a signed and numbered copy of the Essential Guide To Stevens Decoys, Collector's Edition with the 10th Anniversary Dust Jacket Cover (mailed free).