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Sold at auction Swimming Red Breasted Merganser Hen Decoy Auction Number 2680B Lot Number 575 | Skinner Auctioneers
$500 Swimming Red Breasted Merganser Hen Decoy, unknown maker, possibly Long Island, New York, second quarter 20th century, primitive carved figure, appears to have original paint, (scattered paint loss, crack on neck), ht. 5 1/4, wd. 4 3/8, lg. 15 in.
Carved by Wallace Young (1888-of Lacon, IllinoisThis decoy is easily recognizable as a Young bird because of its uniquely shaped head and bill. The head is atypical with its long sloping forehead and continuing straight bill. Wallace Young had many careers including farming, bridge tending and carpentry. He made over five hundred mallard, pintail and bluebill decoys for his own use and for sale. Provenance: This actual decoy is pictured in the Illinois River book, Decoys and Deco Price $ 1650