A. Elmer Crowell (1862-1952)
East Harwich, MA, c. 1925
16 3/4 in. long
From the rig of William H. "Boss" Hoover (1849-1932), founder of the vacuum cleaner company. Ordered from Crowell in 1925 for his use at the Toussaint Shooting Club, Port Clinton, Ohio. The underside bears Crowell's oval brand, the Quandy Collection "Q" brand, and a painted "Hoover." Original paint with even gunning wear, working repair to neck, and roughness to bill edge.
Provenance: William H. Hoover Rig Private Collection, Midwest
Literature: John Delph, "New England Decoys," Exton, PA, 1980, p. 152, exact decoy illustrated (incorrect caption).
Richard A. Bourne Co. Inc., "Rare American Decoys and Bird Carvings, July 14, 1982," lot 528A, exact bird illustrated.
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