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A. Elmer Crowell Duck Decoys

Little did he know during his lifetime, A. Elmer Crowell’s hand-painted and hand-carved decoys would one day become the first decoys to sell for over a million dollars each. Considered by some to be the Leonardo da Vinci of decoys, Crowell fashioned many decoys prized for their intricate brushwork, prolific style, and lifelike form.

Crowell grew up in East Harwich, Massachusetts, an area rich with waterfowl. He spent his youth hunting birds, becoming a market hunter and a hunting guide in his early adulthood. After Congress passed the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 outlawing the sale of wild fowl in restaurants, Crowell took up decoy woodcarving and cranberry farming. His decoys grew in popularity very quickly among sportsmen and tourists. It’s noted that... Read more

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