Mallard Drake John R. Wells (1861-1953) Toronto, Ontario, Canada, c. 1900 15 3/4 in. long
A well-documented and "fine grade hollow" decoy with the maker's "J.R.W." initials brand on the bottom. With a rare turned head, Bernie Gates illustrated this decoy in both of his books on Ontario decoys. Original paint with wear, gunning touch-up to sides, and recent touch-up under tail and on right side of bill.
Provenance: Robert Youngman Collection Donald M. Greenwood Collection, acquired from the above
Literature: Bernie Gates, "Ontario Decoys," Kingston, ON, 1982, p. 48, exact decoy illustrated. Bernie Gates, "Ontario Decoys II," Kingston, ON 1986, p. 71, exact decoy illustrated.
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