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Early 20th Century Vintage Merganser Hand-Carved and Painted Decoys - a Pair
This attractive pair of Merganser duck decoys are made of hand-carved and painted cork bodies with inset hand-carved wooden heads ...
moreThis attractive pair of Merganser duck decoys are made of hand-carved and painted cork bodies with inset hand-carved wooden heads, with black and orange glass eyes, a wooden keel with a rope hole for attaching it to a rig of similar decoys, and with a lead weight attached to the bottom of the keel. They were made in Long Island or Connecticut for use in the Long Island Sound Flyway in the early 20th century.
These are actually working decoys and have been used , but the condition is very good and the paint and carving are all original.
The painting is lively and the carving, especially of the heads, is expressive and accurate. The black glass eyes with orange surrounds give the decoys an animated look. Since they are working decoys, the keels along the center of the bottoms allow them to float upright and look natural in still or turbulent water. For this reason they sit on an angle when out of the water, as seen here. They make a wonderful accent for home or office decor. less
- 15.5ʺW × 5.75ʺD × 6.25ʺH
- Early 20th Century
- Folk Art
- Place of Origin
- United States of America
- Good Condition, Vintage / Antique / Used, Original Condition Unaltered, Some Imperfections
- Condition Notes
- These were working decoys, so there is evidence of use with wear to the paint and very minor splitting of ... moreThese were working decoys, so there is evidence of use with wear to the paint and very minor splitting of the cork. They are strong and stable, in very good condition, with no flaking or loose parts. The imperfections are evidence of wear over time and with use, but this is natural and corroborates their age and purpose. less
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Robert James Walsh in Quechee, VT
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