I’m not a duck hunter but I do love duck decoys – especially antique ones. When I first visited Dale’s house I was completely in love with
him this decoy.
We’re not sure but we
believe hope it’s a Mason. I love the simplicity of it. I love where the paint has worn away and the wood shows through. It’s just really beautiful to me.
A couple of years ago Dale convinced his brother Randy to sell him this decoy so that he could give it to me as a Christmas present.
As you can see, it’s very similar to the first one, except that it has the gear still attached to the bottom of the duck. Randy made the stand for it so that it can sit on our mantle and at Christmas time I decorate the stand with fresh greens. Again, we
believe hope it’s a Mason, but we’re not positive. I like to think it is!
We have other decoys around our home, including this one that Dale carved many years ago.
We also have framed prints of decoys from years when Randy and Barry (another of Dale’s brothers) each won the Massachusetts State Duck Stamp award.
This is the one that Barry painted and, as you can see, he did two artist’s remarques, including one of our dog Dixie, with a bird in her mouth in the lower left corner.
And this is Randy’s (although not his newest one, we don’t have that print yet) and he also did two artist’s remarques, with the geographical outline of Cape Cod in the upper right corner and ducks in flight in the lower left corner.
I think that the folk art character of antique duck decoys suits our home really well. The primitive style and rustic wood really appeals to me. In fact, a few years ago, we visited the Shelburne Museum and Dale had to drag me out of the house where the decoy collection is housed.
Someday, perhaps, I’ll have an Elmer Crowell. In the meantime, though, I’m happy with the ones I have.