Circa 1920-1940: It's hard to find Illinois River decoys that are this primitive. This beautifully naive tackeye epitomizes the working decoy -- made to get the job done and not to impress the neighbors. This hand carved antique duck decoy is a real charmer and is sure to add color to any collection of American folk art, decoys, or primitives.
Circa 1920-1940: This handsome pair of second quarter 20th century Illinois River bluebill working decoys measure 12" long, 6 1/2" high, and 5" wide and feature wonderfully carved wings and unusual painted wood eyes set with tiny finishing nails. These old working decoys are in good condition with a few minor losses and cracks, but they are structurally sound and absolutely gorgeous in their old, if not orginial, paint. The carver of this fine pair of bluebills is unknown to us, but it is obvious that he took great care in both carving and decorating his birds. Note, too, that there a is an old museum or collection number on the bottom of each bird. The previous owner was obviously very proud of these ducks. This is an excellent pair of antique Illinois River decoys at a very affordable price.
Circa 1920-1940: Original Paint, Fantastic Form: Striking 5 1/2" long tail and its primitive original painted surface, combine to make this pintail decoy a truly excellent example of antique American folk art.
Circa 1940-1960 Illinois River Decoy: The wonderful turned head, graceful carving, two piece construction, and original surface on this mid 20th century make this handsome and petite10 1/2" long, 5" tall, 4" wide Illinois River coot decoy a superb piece of Midwestern folk art. Althought thedecoy's carver is unknown to us, it is obviousfrom the fine construction, carving details, and realistic paint pattern of the coot that the maker had to be highly experienced and highly skilled. This is a great decoy at a very fair price and is guaranteed to please its new owner.