Flying Mallard Drake Norman Hudson (1898-1980) Chincoteague, VA, c. 1940 18 in. long and 16 in. wingspan
Hudson flyers have been held in high regard since the earliest days of decoy collecting. While all of Ira Hudson's (1863-1949) children were involved in the family's carving business, his sons Norman and Delbert (1928-1981) would go on to distinguish themselves as accomplished carvers in their own right.
This flying mallard drake features extensive feather carving, a turned head, and fine paint. This wall-hanging sculpture is mounted on a removable wooden plaque. Original paint with minor wear, including wing tip chips and minor flaking at seams.
Literature: Henry A. Fleckenstein, Jr., "Southern Decoys of Virginia and the Carolinas," Exton, PA, 1983, p. 75, pl. 91. Quintina Colio, "American Decoys," Ephrata, PA, 1972, p. 95, similar example illustrated.
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