Glass-Eyed Mourning Dove Mason Decoy Factory (1896-1924) Detroit, MI, c. 1905 11 1/4 in. long
A rare decoy, this sterling example is as fine as they come. It features strong swirl paint, a long thin tail, painted feathering, and accurate eye placement, not often found on Mason's dove decoys. Excellent original paint with minimal wear and a minute factory fill to tail tip.
Provenance: Gary Gosdin Collection
Literature: Russ J. Goldberger and Alan G. Haid, "Mason Decoys: A Complete Pictorial Guide," Lewes, DE, 2003, p. 112, similar decoy illustrated.
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