Nice Vintage Dave Umbrella Watson Black Duck Chincoteague VA
I'm a collector, not an expert so I try to give my best opinion on carvers and condition, but won't take any decoys back if you have a different opinion. All pictures taken inside with mixed fluorescent and incandescent lighting. I'm not sure when it was made, but most likely early 1900's. This decoy was made for hunting and has a few scars to show for it, including some shot marks.
Nice paint and detail, a warrior that displays well with character. CONDITION: Use the multiple pictures to assess condition. Very good; neck crack, but structurally sound; solid body; most likely an old working repaint; normal gunning use wear and tear. Dimensions i n Inches (Length by Width by Height) and Weight in Lbs-Oz. Approximately 16 x 5.5 x 7.5 inches ; 3 Lb - 3 oz.
More about the carver from the Ward Museum. David Watson was a market hunter and self-taught decoy maker driven by necessity to carve decoys.
Though he quit market hunting in the wake of the Migratory Bird Act of 1918, Watson continued producing decoys (Berkey, Chincoteague 81). Because quality wood was already scarce at the turn of the century, he had his brother bring wood from Delaware. Watson fashioned his hollow black ducks, scaup, brant, canvasbacks, geese, pintails, redheads, scaup and shorebirds of white pine for the most part and balsa on few occasions. Using his slow meticulous carving methods, Watson raised the primaries in a V-shape, inserted bills and glass eyes and carved a distinct groove over the eyes. This sort of eyebrow gives Watson's decoys a look of anger, anxiety or deep thought.
Average hunters found Watson's decoys to be too expensive. Many of the one or two birds Watson carved each week ended up in a rig at the Gooseville Hunting Club in Hatteras, NC. David Watson's decoys are fine specimens, but the carver himself is probably just as well known for the umbrella he carried every day, rain or shine. The item will be carefully and securely packaged. Your satisfaction is my guarantee.
The item "Nice Vintage Dave Umbrella Watson Black Duck Chincoteague VA" is in sale since Monday, October 30, 2017. This item is in the category "Sporting Goods\Hunting\Vintage Hunting\Duck Decoys".
The seller is "mrsciguy" and is located in Milford, Delaware. This item can be shipped worldwide.