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Lot 12: HERON LAKE IMMATURE DRAKE BLUE BILL DUCK DECOY ATTR JOE MARR
TERRA INCOGNITA Fall Western Cowboy, Native American, Sporting, Advertising, Decoy, Gun, Knife, & Photography Auction
November 1, 2016
Chicago, IL, USALive Auction
Description: Pictured half page in color on page 340 of Minnesota Duck Decoys by Doug Lordermeier. This is one three of the very best drake blue bills known to exist. This one is only 1 of 2 Immature Drake bluebills and is a rare bird indeed. It has all original dry paint dark blue head, neck and breast, a dark brown or burnt umber sides with white underbelly, back and keel with feathers on back in the dark blue. This one does have the original keel with weight. It states in the book to the left of this decoy These decoys are some of the very finest decoys from the state and excellent examples of the Heron Lake decoy. Under the decoy it states in Bold Black lettering Joseph Marr (attributed) Immature Bluebill Drake _ an outstanding decoy. Shows gunning wear, and has some paint runs on side of decoy. Remember these were tools of market gunners, making decoys was not finished carpentry; yet behold the aesthetics and folksiness of the Heron Lake Style lines! 11 1/2" L 6 1/2" W 7 1/2" T.