Red-Breasted Merganser Drake New Jersey, c. 1900 15 1/2 in. long
A solid-bodied decoy with painted eyes, a carved crest, a pleasing patina, and a small circular inletted weight. Stamped on bottom with "MR 14," "SGH," and branded "KANGAS." Original paint with even gunning wear, a tight bill crack, and a chip to underside of crest.
Provenance: Somers G. Headley Collection Gene and Linda Kangas Collection Richard Gove Collection Private Collection
Literature: Gene and Linda Kangas, "Decoys: A North American Survey," Spanish Fork, UT, 1983, p. 50, pl. 83, exact decoy illustrated.
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