Exceedingly Rare 14-Inch Fish Decoy
Lake Chautauqua, NY, c. 1890
14 in. long
An impressive trout decoy with a leather tail, lead eyes, and a poured weight. This is believed to be the finest of the large-scale Seymour fish known to exist. It is being offered for sale for the first time in over forty-five years. A closely related example resides in the Pete Siggelko Collection.
Original paint with fishing wear and some flaking and putty loss around weight.
Provenance: John R. Wierdsma Collection, acquired 1975
Literature: Sotheby Parke Bernet Inc., "The American Heritage Society Auction of Americana," November 6-8, 1975, lot 218, exact decoy illustrated.
Steve Michaan, "American Fish Decoys," Pound Ridge, NY, 2003, pp. 14-15, closely related 14 1/4 inch decoy illustrated. [Note: According to top fish decoy collector Pete Siggelko, this Michaan book measurement is inaccurate. It actually measures 14 1/4 in.]
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