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Flying Blue-Winged Teal Pair
Chauncey Wheeler (1888-1945)
Alexandria Bay, NY 1934
drake is 3 3/8 by 15 1/4 by 6 in.
hen is 3 3/8 by 15 1/2 by 5 1/2 in. An excellent pair of half-body flying teal. Regarding this life-size teal hen, "Chance" author Harold Rieser III writes, "the only hen known to exist of this size."
Inscriptions on the back of the drake read"Chauncey Wheeler, Alex. Bay, Nov- 24- 1934" and "acquired 1/14/67 from Mrs. Jas. Tousant, Chauncey Wheeler's daughter, HBE." HBE are the initials of famed Watertown, New York, collector Harold B. Evans. Both are in excellent original paint with minimal wear. The hen has touch-up to underside of bill and back of bill, repair to neck, and a restored wing tip. Drake is in excellent original condition.
PROVENANCE: Harold B. Evans Collection (drake)
LITERATURE: Harold W. Reiser III, "Chauncey Wheeler," Lewes, DE, 2002, pp. 84, exact hen illustrated, and 97, related drake illustrated. Exhibited: Salisbury, Maryland, "Chance: the Decoys of Chauncey Wheeler, Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, 199 (hen)
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