Redhead Wing Duck Richard T. "Dick" Howlett (1829-c. 1890) Havre de Grace, MD, c. 1875 14 in. long
A rare, wooden wing duck with stylish bill carving. Howlett was one of Havre de Grace's best makers and his decoy are rare. A similar rigmate has been attributed to Captain Benjamin F. Dye (1832-1896) of Perryville, Maryland. Original paint with gunning wear, working touch-up to eyes, scars on left side of face, and a reset chip under bill.
Provenance: Ronald S. Swanson Collection
Literature: Copley Fine Art Auctions, "The Winter Sale 2017," Charleston, SC, February 2017, lot 260, rigmate illustrated.
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