I got this decoy several years ago from a weathered old New Jersey gentleman set up at the Madison Bouckville Antique Show; he represented it to me as a Victor decoy and when I asked how he knew since it wasn't marked, he said that he knew from years of experience collecting decoys. Well, I still don't know for sure but it's one fine decoy. The mallard hen (I believe) is 15 1/2 inches long and has the feathered finish known to be on Victor decoys. It's painted black and has a mustard bill with no eyes; its head is pegged, not glued, and swivels. There's some chipping in places, one on the edge and underneath its bill and some wear underneath where it appears there was once a weight but maybe just the green felt. He's got a closed crack coming up his breast; my research tells me this is common with Victor decoys and could have been in the making. Looks like it was used but has weathered the years well and now is a fine looking specimen for display.
Item ID: 496