Atlantic Salmon Model Charles E. "Shang" Wheeler (1872-1949) Stratford, CT 1927 plaque is 17 by 52 in. inscribed on plaque "Length 42 in. Weight 36 lbs. Caught by J. H. Roraback, Grand Cascapedia, P.Q. June 8th, 1927"
“To those who think of Wheeler primarily as a carver of wildfowl, it will come as a surprise to learn that his decoys are equalled, if not surpassed, by his carved fish. If anything, the fish are more natural and lifelike than the birds, perhaps because fish offer less variety of form and color and therefore are easier to replicate. Wheeler's carved fish are generally unknown because there are so few of them and all are in private hands.” -Dixon M. Merkt, author, "Shang"
A model of a thirty-six-pound, forty-two-inch-long, henfish caught by J. Henry Roraback on the Grand Cascapedia over the course of a two-week-long fishing trip with Senator Fred Wolcott and George Quinion. A trip of a lifetime, Shang, in one day, netted six salmon averaging thirty pounds each.
In "Fish Models, Plaques & Effigies," author Ron Swanson refers to this model as the "pride & joy" of his collection "because of the great decoy connection, its rarity and the fact that it comes from the Author's favorite salmon river - the Grand Cascapedia."
Provenance: Ronald S. Swanson Collection
Literature: Ronald S. Swanson, "Fish Models, Plaques & Effigies," Far Hills, NJ, 2009, p. 190, fig. 328, exact fish illustrated. Ronald S. Swanson, "Grand Cascapedia Giants," Far Hills, NJ, 2005, p. 92, exact fish illustrated. Dixon MacD. Merkt, "Shang," Spanish Fork, UT, 1984.
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