Description: Extremely rare and important wood duck drake, Mason Decoy Factory, Detroit, Michigan, circa 1910. Premier grade. Hollow carved with slightly turned head and fine swirl paint detail. The only known hollow example.
Condition Report: Near mint original paint; a small drip of gray paint has been partially removed from one side; several tiny dents; knot on one side has separated slightly.
Literature: "American Bird Decoys," William J Mackey Jr., p. 96, exact decoy. "American Decoys," Quintina Colio, p. 6, exact decoy. "Decoys, North America's 100 Greatest Decoys," Loy Harrell, p. ___, exact decoy. "Top of the Line Sporting Collectibles," Donna Tonelli
Provenance: Originally purchased out of a home on the Jersey Shore by John Hillman. Ex collection William Mackey Jr., by descent to the Mackey family, New York, New York. Ex collection Dr. James McCleery, Pasadena Texas. Lot 252 in the McCleery collection auction, Gu
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