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About Guyette & Deeter, Inc.

About Us

Leigh Ann & Jon Deeter Leigh Ann & Jon Deeter Gary Guyette

When sending appraisals, please send to Jon or Zac, not both.

Gary and Dale Guyette's interest in decoy collecting and marketing began in 1974 when they started buying decoys on their antique buying trips from Maine to the Canadian Maritime Provinces.

In 1984, they started a decoy auction business with Fairfield, Maine auctioneer Jim Julia. After 7 successful years, they bought out Jim and sold part of the business to collector Frank Schmidt, in 1992. The business thrived, growing to over $200,000,000 in total sales with auctions in three locations throughout the US.

In 2011, Frank Schmidt sold his share of the company to Jon Deeter to create Guyette & Deeter, Inc.. Surpassing the $200,000,000 mark in total sales in 2020, and hosting three annual auctions, Gary and Jon travel throughout the country to decoy shows, providing appraisals and scouting out collections for upcoming auctions.

Today, Guyette and Deeter, Inc. has its base of operations in St. Michaels, Maryland. We also operate a successful weekly online auction year round at

Why select Guyette & Deeter, Inc. to represent your collection?

Geographic Coverage: Each year, we host four important auctions on site at the most popular decoy collecting events. This mobile strategy ensures that your decoys get the exposure in the location that will bring you the most money.

Experience: With combined experience of nearly 65 years, the partners at Guyette & Deeter, Inc. are leaders in the field when it comes to appraising, acquiring and auctioning your decoys and related sporting items.

Personal Service: The staff at Guyette & Deeter, Inc. takes the time to get to know you, your needs, and your collectibles and builds lifelong relationships you can trust.

Zac Cote
Zac Cote
Mike Stevenson
Graphic Designer
Ed Kenney
Shipping Manager
Denise Jarrell
Cooper Rossner
Weekly Auction Manager
Zac Cote
Zac Cote
Allison Banks
Auction Coordinator
A.J. Smith
Mike Roberts

We hold more world records than all other auction houses combined in these categories:

Other Important Facts

The Jim McCleery sale, in January 2000, was the largest single sale of decoys ever, grossing over $11 million.

In conjunction with Christie's, the Guyette & Deeter, Inc. decoy auction house set the new world record for a single decoy sold at auction (Lothrop Holmes) at $856,000.

Guyette & Deeter, Inc. regularly runs weekly online auctions for items that typically bring less than $1,000 as part of our commitment to be a full solution provider for your dispersion needs.

Our clientele is comfortable buying from us because our guaranteed catalog descriptions provide confidence in the condition and value of collectible items resulting in a willingness to spend more with the comfort and security this guarantee provides.

LIFETIME COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE - Gary and Jon offer combined professional experience dating back to the mid 1970s. Having personally handled the most important decoys and collections in North America, their depth of expertise is unsurpassed in the field of antique waterfowl decoys.

COLLECTING AS AN INVESTMENT - It is this long and intimate involvement in the decoy market, its participants, and its development over time, which has provided Guyette & Deeter, Inc. with exclusive opportunities to attain knowledge of private collector wishes and needs crucial to assessing future market trends.

SAFE HAVEN FOR BUYERS - With their history of integrity and guaranteed catalog descriptions, new buyers entering the market can be assured that their investment is virtually risk free. Not all auction houses provide a guarantee.

PROVIDING INVESTMENT STRATEGIES - Over their professional careers, Gary and Jon have provided sound advice on collecting to new, as well as seasoned, collectors. Supported by an unmatched level of experience, this advice has a proven and solid history.

BROADENING THE MARKET - To further advance decoy collecting to an even broader-based clientele, Guyette & Deeter, Inc. has developed professional working relationships with groups like Arts Memphis and Ducks Unlimited to present exhibitions of major private decoy collections to the general public.

MARKETING ADVANTAGES - For those who are considering selling, Guyette & Deeter, Inc. possesses the most extensive mailing list of over 12,000 interested and active buyers. Combined with the most technologically-advanced marketing strategies - including live internet bidding - a solid connection between buyers and sellers is assured.

REMEMBER - Guyette & Deeter, Inc. is committed to building a stable, secure, and enjoyable hobby and investment for the long term.

Where We Are

Gary Guyette Jon Deeter Zac Cote

Will be traveling in Southern NYS and southern New England  3/24-3/26.  If you wish to see him call 410 924 5678 to make an appointment..

Is currently in the Maryland office.

Is currently in Maine. He is available to pick up quality consignments throughout New England.


AUCTION - April 27 & 28, 2023
Decoy Auction
The Westin Chicago Lombard | Lombard, Illinois

SHOW - April 25 - 29, 2023
North American Vintage Decoy & Sporting Collectibles Show
The Westin Chicago Lombard | Lombard, Illinois

AUCTION - August 8 & 9, 2023
Decoy Auction
The Venue at Portwalk Place | Portsmouth, New Hampshire

AUCTION - September 11, 2023
Firearm Sale
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum | St. Michaels, Maryland

AUCTION - November 2023
Decoy Auction
Talbot County Community Center | Easton, Maryland

SHOW - November 10 - 12, 2023
Easton Waterfowl Festival
Easton, Maryland