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Duck Decoy Wood Original Paint Carved Antique 1920s

Ref: 3CM21

$ 260

Presenting an antique wooden duck decoy hailing from 1920s England, this hand-carved masterpiece is a testament to craftsmanship. The original paint and glass eyes accentuate its realistic charm.

Measuring 25cm x 8cm x 9.5cm (9.85" x 3.15" x 3.74"), it boasts pleasing forms that capture the essence of nature. While age has left its mark in the form of cracks and marks, the decoy remains in excellent antique condition.

A unique feature is the bullet hole on the right side, adding a touch of historical intrigue. Acquire this functional work of art, seamlessly blending history with skilled craftsmanship.

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Duck Hunter Gift Idea

Capture the essence of hunting heritage with an antique carved wooden duck decoy. This meticulously crafted piece, steeped in history and folk art, embodies the passion for waterfowl hunting. A unique and timeless gift, it celebrates the artistry and tradition of the hunt, making it a cherished keepsake for any avid hunter's collection.

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What makes a duck decoy valuable?

Duck Decoy Wood Original Paint Carved Antique 1920s

Duck Decoy Wood Original Paint Carved Antique 1920s

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Carved wooden duck decoys have their origins traced back to the Native American tribes who used rudimentary decoys to lure waterfowl for hunting. The early decoys are often painted with basic colors and patterns to enhance their realism from a distance.

Several factors contribute to the value of a duck decoy, ranging from its age and maker to its condition, rarity, and historical significance:

Maker: Decoys made by renowned carvers or those associated with specific regions or styles often fetch higher prices. Famous carvers like Elmer Crowell, Lemuel T. Ward, or the Ward Brothers are highly sought after by collectors.

Black duck hunting decoy by Cigar Daisey of Chincoteague Island, Virginia
Image: Black duck hunting decoy by Cigar Daisey of Chincoteague Island, Virginia. This decoy was made from cork circa 1997.
Source: By Leonard J. DeFrancisci - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Age: Generally, older decoys tend to be more valuable, especially those from the 19th and early 20th centuries, as they are rarer due to natural attrition and damage over time.

Condition: If there are any cracks, bullet holes, or tiny chips, then you might be dealing with an antique. Glass eyes are very common for an antique duck decoy.

Rarity: Certain decoys might be considered rare due to factors such as limited production numbers, unique designs, or historical significance. Unusual species or specific hunting areas can also contribute to rarity.

Artistic merit: Carving skill, attention to detail, and aesthetic appeal contribute to a decoy's value. Highly detailed and realistic decoys are often more sought after by collectors.

Demand and market trends: Current market trends and demand for specific carvers, styles, or regions can also impact a decoy's value. Trends in collecting can influence the prices of certain types of decoys over time.

Remember, the valuation of duck decoys can vary widely based on these factors and individual collector preferences. Some may value historical significance over aesthetic appeal, while others may prioritize rarity or maker.

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