Early Redhead Drake Capt. Benjamin F. Dye (1832-1896) Perryville, MD, c. 1880 12 3/4 in. long
This early Upper Bay decoy bears the Mackey Collection ink stamp. He illustrated this decoy in his book, noting, "stylized paint patterns such as this were seldom used after 1900 on Chesapeake Bay waters." In old repaint with heavy gunning wear and a neck crack.
Provenance: William J. Mackey, Jr. Collection Ronald S. Swanson Collection
Literature: William J. Mackey, Jr., "American Bird Decoys," New York, NY, 1965, p. 145, pl. 122, exact decoy illustrated.
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