Vintage Weighted Carved Wood and Metal Painted Fish Decoy Colorful Perch
Description: A very nice vintage weighted fish decoy made of wood with metal fins and weighted with what we believe maybe lead. This decoy appears to be carved of one piece of wood that has been painted in light blue-gray and white. The light blue-gray portion is dotted with black and brown coloring. The fish has black painted eyes and a black painted mouth. The fish has 4 metal fins made of ferrous material (they stick to a magnet). The fins are also painted with the same colors as the fish depending on where they are located. The fins are secured in the wooden body. The fish has painted eyes, which are blue with black centers. The bottom of the fish is painted but still shows that there is material that is inserted into the wood to give the piece a some weight. The material which we believe is lead has been painted over but you still can see its outline. It appears that someone has glued a nylon fishing string to the decoy's mouth to hang it from. We did not attempt to remove this line and we are selling the piece as we acquired it. Please carefully review the photos presented as they are part and parcel of our description.
Date: Uncertain, but most likely sometime mid to late 20th century.
Origin: Purchased at an estate sale in Southeastern Pennsylvania.
Size: Measures ~7" long, ~1 5/8" at its widest (at the front fins), and about ~2 1/4" at its highest (where the back fin is located). The piece weighs about 2 ounces.
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: Truly a nice and very interesting fish decoy. A beautiful and nice vintage piece which would make a worthy addition to your collection of fish decoys.
Condition: The decoy is in excellent condition, with no breaks, or repairs. The piece has a few scratches, a few minor dings to the surface, and some minor losses to the paint especially along the edges. The piece has some wear at the edges of the tail and losses of paint to the fins. It appears that someone has glued a nylon fishing string to the decoy's mouth to hang it from. We did not attempt to remove this line and we are selling the piece as we acquired it. The piece is relatively clean and the colors are still vivid. A true beauty worthy of a spot in your collection. Please view the photos for additional condition information.
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