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Rare Canvasback Drake
Harvey Stevens (1847-1894)
Weedsport, NY c. 1875
This rare early decoy exhibits painted tack eyes, an early carved groove separating the wings, and Stevens' finest scratch-comb paint along the back. In the book "The Essential Guide To Stevens Decoys," this exact decoy is described as follows: "Harvey Stevens early Canvasback Drake made before 1880, rare notch in middle of back, fine stippling paint all along side and underside." The author notes that this is the only known canvasback from this period. It is in outstanding condition for its age, which is approaching 150 years. Original paint with even gunning wear.
PROVENANCE: Charles Hickey Collection
Private Collection, Massachusetts
Peter Bartlett Collection
LITERATURE: Shane Newell, "The Essential Guide to Stevens Decoys," Warrensburg, NY, 2004, pp. 7 (image reversed) and 57, exact decoy illustrated.
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