Bluebill Drake Ira D. Hudson (1873-1949) Chincoteague, VA, c. 1920 13 1/4 in. long
A bluebill drake with a pronounced forehead, fluted paddle tail, and the Mackey Collection ink stamp on the underside. Original paint with gunning wear, a crack in head, some touch-up to black paint, and a bill repair.
Provenance: William J. Mackey, Jr. Collection K. Barry and Janet Sharpless Collection, acquired from the auction of the above, 1974
Literature: Richard A. Bourne Co., Inc., "Very Rare and Important American Bird Decoys from the Collection of the late William J. Mackey, Jr. of Belford, New Jersey," Boston, MA, Session IV, 1973, lot 245, exact decoy illustrated.
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