Canvasback Robert Elliston (1847-1925) Bureau, IL, c. 1890 15 3/4 in. long
This exact decoy is illustrated in Mackey's "American Bird Decoys," where the author notes the rarity of this example and that "Robert Elliston's work in original condition ranks with the best produced in the Midwest." Original paint with heavy gunning wear, chips to tail, and cracks in breast.
Provenance: William J. Mackey Jr. Collection Ronald S. Swanson Collection
Literature: William J. Mackey, Jr., "American Bird Decoys," New York, NY, 1965, p. 181, pl. 146, exact decoy illustrated.
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