Rare Mallard Philadelphia School, c. 1890 14 1/4 in. long
An exceptional hollow Delaware River mallard with fine form, intricate bill and head carving, and a pronounced breast. Henry Fleckenstein described this exact decoy as an "outstanding bird" in his book, "New Jersey Decoys." Original paint with even wear from handling and varnish.
Provenance: Richard and Lynn Gove Collection
Literature: Henry A. Fleckenstein, Jr., "New Jersey Decoys," Exton, PA, 1983, color plate XXXVI, exact decoy illustrated.
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