1999 Carved Wood Hooded Merganser Drake Duck Decoy By Al Speakman Newtown, PA
Description: A beautiful decorative painted carved wood large duck decoy. This is a decoy of a hooded merganser drake or male duck. The piece is carved in the sleek form of a hooded merganser drake with a dark head having a white patch or hood, black bill and dark and brown wings. The decoy has what we believe are glass eyes with black centers. The decoy has no carved details except for general shape, curves within the head, and some carved thin outlines along the wings and tail. The ends of the wings on the back have white highlights. The decoy has a flat mostly painted bottom, which is signed and dated by the artist. Please carefully review the photos as they are part and parcel of our description.
Date: The piece is dated 1999.
Origin: Purchased at an estate sale in southeastern Pennsylvania.
Size: The decoy measures ~13 3/4" long, ~4 7/8" at its widest, and ~5 7/8" at its highest point. The piece weighs about one and half pounds.
Maker: Al Speakman.
Marks: Marked on the bottom with burned in lettering in print calligraphy "Hooded Merganser; Finished By Al Speakman; 99 AS; Newtown, PA" with a fish outline below it. See last photo.
Condition: The piece is in very good condition with minimum wear or losses to the paint. The piece has no breaks or repairs. It does have some minor natural cracks in the wood. The piece also has a few minor scratches and dings to the surface but these are difficult to see and are at a minimum. Be that as it may, this is a very nice piece which would display well in any collection or represent a nice decorative accent at your vacation house at the lake. Please see photos for additional condition information.
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