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  1. goosehunter75

    goosehunter75 New Member

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    B32019B1-1C63-4E2A-8C66-299B444B1762.jpeg 6472D594-D998-413C-AF92-6D08143D19C1.jpeg 74B572A6-C883-4ED8-ADB4-2FEBB5666BE6.jpeg 816C6718-8B63-487F-99AC-FA09440356D8.jpeg 5311AED0-1B61-4B40-AB2E-C103BDFE3E4B.jpeg Anyone know much about old decoys? I was given this antique mallard decoy several years back as a wedding gift. Would love to know more about it. The only marking I could find was on the lead weight on the bottom. It’s stamped M 7. It appears the head was carved/made separate from the body. On the bottom of the decoy you can see were the hole that was made to attach the head was sealed. The eyes on the head are metal tacks I believe.
     
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  2. WHUP ! Hen

    WHUP ! Hen Elite Refuge Member

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    You’ve got a puzzler, my first thought it’s an Illinois River bird. I’ve looked through my decoy books and have concluded that it’s from the Illinois River area. There were many known carvers from that area, and many who carved a few to hunt with. The paint pattern is almost non existent, it has had a bunch of repaints which is common. Other than what I replied, I can’t help you much more. Enjoy the old bird and it was a wedding gift.
     
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  3. goosehunter75

    goosehunter75 New Member

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    Thanks for the reply WHUP ! Hen, I appreciate you looking in your books. Ive looked all over the internet and have not found anything at all. Hey, at least you may have me pointed in the right direction saying it looks like an Illinois River Bird. Always fun and interesting to know the history of something!
     
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    rhpierce Elite Refuge Member

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    My guess is Illinois River or Mississippi River in Illinois. The head style is pretty distinct, and the thing that will give it away is the rump where it meets the tail, both top and bottom...that's pretty unique...the large size of the tack eyes is fairly unique, too.

    Lots of overpaint.

    I'll see if I can find my copy of Illinois River Decoys...might find something in there...
     
  5. goosehunter75

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    Appreciate you looking rhpierce! It has definitely had several paint jobs. Would any additional or different pictures of the decoy be beneficial? Thanks!
     
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    rhpierce Elite Refuge Member

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    Could you show a true profile of the head and chest? The profile of the head and the bill will help, and it looks like there is a "shelf" carved into the body for the head to sit on, which would be a little different than normal...
     
  7. goosehunter75

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    Do these help any?
     

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    WHUP ! Hen Elite Refuge Member

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    Yup, Illinois River. The tale tell part was the V on the bottom part of the bird and the tail. If you want to keep what paint he has Finish Feeder is the answer.
     
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    E1D23907-3D9D-4587-AB3A-1A1AE700ECE1.jpeg Thanks! Really appreciate the info! Is this the Finish Feeder you mentioned?
     

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