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Martha's Vineyard Goldeneye Hen Decoy by Frank Richardson, circa 1920
Antique Martha's Vineyard Goldeneye Hen Decoy by Frank Richardson, from Anthier's Pond in Edgartown (now called Sengekontacket Pond), circa 1910-1920, having a carved head with glass eyes, mounted on hollow carved body with "trap door" on bottom and applied lead weight. Looks to be all original paint, lightly worn in spots and almost entirely missing from bottom. There is a tight age check on one side, the head is firmly attached but can swivel, and the decoy has been hit with shot. The bill has shot scars or was bit once by a puppy. Frank Richardson was one of the finest decoy carvers on Martha's Vineyard, and thought by Doc Starr to make one of the best Brant decoys on the Atlantic coast (see his "Decoys of the Atlantic Flyway"). Richardson has a lengthy discussion in Stanley's "Decoys of Martha's Vineyard").
Measures: 6-1/2 in H x 14-1/2 in L x 6-1/2 in W.