Eider Nova Scotia, Canada, c. 1900 17 1/4 in. long
An eider drake with strong lines; the head features incised carving delineating the black and white areas. A hole in the underside allows this to be displayed as a stick-up. Old working paint with gunning wear, including cracks.
Provenance: William J. Mackey, Jr. Collection Ronald S. Swanson Collection
Literature: Paul A. Johnsgard, "The Bird Decoy: An American Art Form," Lincoln, NE, 1976, p. 71, exact decoy illustrated. Hal Sorenson, ed., "Maine," Decoy Collector's Guide, Jan-Mar 1965, front cover, related example illustrated.
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