Early Surf Scotoer Augustus "Gus" Aaron Wilson (1864-1950) South Portland, ME, c. 1890 16 1/2 in. long
Exhibiting a wide body with efficient clean lines, this Wilson sea duck showcases one of the maker's best scoter forms and features a fine surface.
An inscription by early decoy collector and author Harrison Huster is written on the bottom, "Purchased 1961 Beals ME from Harvey Alley, Same maker as in Joel Barber 1934 'Wild Fowl Decoys' H. Harrison Huster." Original paint with wear, minor touch-up to white on head has been taken down.
Provenance: H. Harrison Huster Collection Private Collection
Literature: Joel Barber, "Wild Fowl Decoys," New York, NY, 1954, pp. 51 and 92, pl. 42 and pl. 75, related examples illustrated. Paul A. Johnsgard, "The Bird Decoy: An American Art Form," Lincoln, NE, 1976, pp. 74-75, related examples illustrated.
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