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Illinois River Turned Head Hen Mallard Decoy Attributed to Edgar Vale, Pekin, Illinois

One of Approximately 50-60 Wood Decoys from This Carve

Circa 1939-1941: Born in 1902, Pekin, Illinois' Edgar Vale was a machinist by trade, and this skill, along with his knowledge of local waterfowl, undoubtedly helped him perfect his decoy carving skills. In the seminal volume on Illinois River decoys, Decoys and Decoy Carvers of Illinois, authors Parmalee and Loomis explain that Vale "did most of his hunting...near Bartonville and Quiver Creek and Spring Lake" and "shot over early factory decoys and old handmade birds produced by others during the 1920's and early 1930's" until economic conditionsforced him to begin "making his own birds about 1935...until the beginning if World War II." Vale's early birds, 100-125 of them, as Parmalee and Loomis state, "were fashioned with cork bodies that were fitted with pine heads set in place with dowel rods" while Vale carved the final 50-60 birds, "produced from 1939-1941, completely of wood, using two hollowed out sections of hemlock for the body." This fine 13" turned head mallard hen has a completely untouched original surface and is one of very few produced by this talented and folksy relatively little known carver. This is a rare opportunity to own a very scarce folk art Illinois River decoy made in the heart of our home state's carving territory.

Antique Illinois River Bluebill Decoys Antique American Folk Art For Sale

Antique Illinois River Bluebill Decoys Antique American Folk Art For Sale

Antique Illinois River Bluebill Decoys Antique American Folk Art For Sale

Antique Illinois River Bluebill Decoys Antique American Folk Art For Sale

Antique Illinois River Bluebill Decoys Antique American Folk Art For Sale

Antique Illinois River Bluebill Decoys Antique American Folk Art For Sale

Antique Illinois River Bluebill Decoys Antique American Folk Art For Sale

Antique Illinois River Bluebill Decoys Antique American Folk Art For Sale

Antique Illinois River Decoy by Edgar Vale of Pekin Illinois, Circa 1939-1941 in Comb & Brush Paint Decoration
For Sale: $595

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