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The form of a swimming black duck of natural coloration and realistically painted, with glass eyes and incised bill. The head is carved separately from the body. A Mason Decoy from Detroit, MI, Challenger grade.
wood (plant material)
A typed label on the bottom reads: This decoy (Black Duck) was/used in their Squantum, Mass./blind by Uncle Frank and Harry/Hartley, and Mr. Strater about 1907. It is probably a ""Challenger""/model, given to me by Francis/Hartley, May, 1975. Branded twice on the bottom is: STRATER .
Original to Cogswell's Grant (Essex, Mass.),
Mason Decoy Factory (Maker)
Detroit, MI, USA
Armament -- Accessory
7 x 19 1/4 x 6 1/2 (HxWxD) (inches)
Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little
Michigan (United States)