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Two Mason Broadbill Duck Decoys

Price: $1,075.00

Two Scarce Mason Broadbill Duck Decoys, an unusual variant of the Bluebill or Scaup featuring a wider shovel bill; the Hen is a standard grade glass eye model, circa 1920,  in very good but worn original paint with strong breast swirls, old working touch-ups to the white on belly, two tight age checks on the back,and with much of the neck filler still present; the Drake is an early standard grade tack eye model, circa 1910, in worn mostly original paint, possible old working black repaint on breast, an age check low down on one side, and missing the putty neck filler between head and body. Broadbill Decoys are scarcely seen, and tack eye models are even more rare.

The renown Mason Decoy Company was founded by William J. Mason in Detroit in 1889. He purchased the wood-turning lathes and patterns from the Jasper N. Dodge Decoy Factory (who in turn had bought out George Peterson, the very first factory decoy maker started in 1873). Mason made a stream lined, beautiful and affordable line of decoys made in several grades and a variety of species. He was very fortunate in hiring two men who painted automobiles at the Ford factory during the day, but at night showed their artistic flair painting decoys. The best Masons show masterful paint jobs with string brush strikes, wild breast swirls, and nice speckling and patterns on the back. The factory closed in 1924.

Hen: 6 in H x 13 1/2 in L x 5 1/4 in W
Drake:  7 in H x 13 3/4 in L x 5 in W

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