FINE HAND CARVED MINIATURE 'SALESMAN'S SAMPLE' VINTAGE DECOY Ca. 1900

* Original Painted Surface: has no other coating of any kind.
* Wood material: Carved from white pine.
* Overall Size: Full length 3", by 1.5" in maximum height, by 1.25" base width.
* The Decoy Head: the head is additionally carved and attached by peg and it swivels left and right.
* The Painted surface: Painted with a brown body and bottom and black front section.
* Its Age and Maker: Its maker is unknown but its age is approximately early 20th C. circa 1900.

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Please take note: We have bought and sold early 20th century decoys for over 30 years and this is the first fine miniature decoy specimen that we have ever owned and it has been in our personal collection for over 20 years.


Miniature Hand carved decoy

Miniature Hand carved decoy

Miniature Hand carved decoy

Miniature Hand carved decoy


Miniature Hand carved decoy

Miniature Hand carved decoy

Miniature Hand carved decoy


HAND CARVED & PAINTED MINIATURE VINTAGE SALESMAN SAMPLE DUCK DECOY

This one-of-a-kind hand carved Canadian duck decoy miniature, circa 1910-1920. Little is known about this superbly carved miniature duck. Obviously it was not procuced or used as a working decoy, but rather as a sampling of a decoy maker's ability to carve and to display his version of a decoy style. The slightly 'alligatored' painted surface gives a clue to its age, so be assured that this vintage miniature decoy is old and not any form of reproduction gimmick.

This carved miniature decoy comes from the estate of a keen eyed Ontario duck hunter who came from the Bruce Penninsula region of Ontario. The mini decoy has no name or signature anywhere on it, so the carver ramains anonymous. If you judge from the decoy maker's style, that would be a difficult search, as numerous decoy makers did borrow techniques from their fellow decoy makers, so a guess would be just that, 'a guess'.

 

There is also a very good reasonal possibility that this item was used as a salesman's sample by the maker to 'drum up' business for his actual working decoys. This was a common practice for decoy makers who were always seeking new customers.




Rare Artifacts Ref No: 2AE10PIF-S/OOEX

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