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Charles Perdew Duck Decoys

A true craftsman of nature’s beauty, wood carver Charles Perdew built his legacy along the banks and bluffs of the Illinois River. With the help of his wife Edna, he produced thousands of world-famous duck decoys in his lifetime, selling both privately and through catalogs.

Perdew first began wood carving at age 14, learning from master carvers Henry Ruggles and Robert Elliston. His marriage to Edna in 1902 solidified an artistic partnership that continued for their lifetimes. Once he carved the ducks, she would complete his work by hand painting the pieces with brushes and combs. Their traditional finished ducks typically had feathery, polished appearances varying in size and build.

Originally, Perdew’s duck decoys sold for up to $10 each. Today, the decoys... Read more

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