Redhead Drake Decoy - Elmer Crowell

Redhead Drake Decoy - Elmer Crowell

Never rigged Redhead Drake gunning decoy by Elmer Crowell c.1915.  One of the famed 'dozen drakes' found in a storage shed in Maine.  The only wear occuring to this decoy came from the haphazardly stacked storage of these once underappreciated pieces of American Folk Art.  It is unclear why the original owner purchased the gunning decoys and just left them relatively forgotten in his shed but fortunate for the decoy collecting community, it provided one of the RARE totally unused and unrigged gunning decoys from this period. Raised, slightly turned head with premium glasseyes, carved nostrils, mandible and relief carving where it meets the face.  Rasped head and a crisp oval brand in the underside of the carving. Condition: Storage wear with a few dime sized spots of touchup, mostly on breast one on back.  Otherwise entirely original. 16.25" long
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