Bufflehead Pair Mason Decoy Factory (1896-1924) Detroit, MI, 1905 12 1/2 in. long
An exceedingly rare rigmate pair of Mason "butterballs." Very few bufflehead decoys were ever produced as these diving ducks readily decoy to virtually any species.
From the generalist to the most advanced Mason collector, this pair represents two of the factory's most collectable decoys. Original paint with lower portions cleaned, even gunning wear, and scattered touch-up, mostly on hen.
Provenance: Gary Gosdin Collection
Literature: Russ J. Goldberger and Alan G. Haid, "Mason Decoys: A Complete Pictorial Guide," Lewes, DE, 2014, p. 75, related decoy illustrated.
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