Black Duck The Ward Brothers Lemuel T. (1896-1983) and Stephen (1895-1976) Crisfield, MD, c. 1942 17 in. long
Gard and McGrath describe a comparable model in their book as a "1942 Classic Black Duck" with "exquisite feather painting." This decoy exhibits a turned head and balsa body with Lem's best brushwork. Original paint with gunning wear, rubs to tail, and a ding to right breast.
Literature: Ronald J. Gard and Brian J. McGrath, "The Ward Brothers' Decoys: A Collector's Guide," Plano, TX, 1989, pp. 75-79, pl. 68, related decoy illustrated.
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