Vintage Weighted Wood and Metal Green, Red, Black and White Fish Decoy By James Stangland
Description: A very nice weighted fish decoy made of wood with metal fins and weighted with what we believe is lead. This decoy appears to be carved of one piece of wood that has been painted in red, green, black and white. The fish has 4 metal fins with the front two made of ferrous material (they stick to a magnet), while the back two are non-ferrous (they do not stick to a magnet) which are painted in red and white. These fins are secured in the wooden body. The fish has what appears to be glass eyes with white eye brows on top of them. The body of the fish is slightly curved with a green to, black spots on the sides, red highlights for the gills and the tip of the tail and white lower part. The fish has a metal loop on top to hang from. The bottom of the fish is also painted in white and shows that there is material that is inserted into the wood to give the piece a nice weight. The material which we believe is lead has been painted over with white. The bottom is signed James Stangland (for Jim Stangland currently of Albion, NY and formerly Baudette, MN) in cursive calligraphy. Please carefully review the photos presented as they are part and parcel of our description.
Additional information: The following is information found on line about Mr. Stagland: "Jim Stangland is a long time carver of contemporary fish decoys, modeled after the 100 year old ice fishing spearing decoys of NY, and the upper Midwest. These are very popular fishing collectibles! His work has had followers for many years! These are handmade, shaped and painted, weighted, and the carving & painting is extremely detailed and realistic! Hand cut metal painted fins. Eyes are either glass or taxidermy quality acrylic." Mr. Stangland is still making these decoys for the collecting market.
Date: Uncertain, but most likely sometime in the period 1970s-1990s.
Origin: Purchased at an estate sale in Southeastern Pennsylvania.
Size: Measures ~6 1/2" long, ~2 3/4" at its widest, and about ~1 1/2" at its highest (where the metal loop is). The piece weighs about 3.3 ounces.
Maker: James Stangland.
Marks: Signed James Stangland on the bottom in cursive calligraphy.
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: Truly a nice and very interesting fish decoy. A beautiful and nice piece which would make a worthy addition to your collection of fish decoys.
Condition: The decoy is in excellent condition, with no breaks, cracks, or repairs. The piece has a few scratches, a few minor dings to the surface, and minimum loss to the paint if any. The piece is clean and the colors are vivid. A true beauty worthy of a spot in your collection. Please view the photos for additional condition information.