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Vintage Animal Trap Co Bluebill Drake Decoy
This CA 1940 vintage working decoy comes from a barn in Rhode Island, part of a treasure trove of decoys found while cleaning out the barn. The Animal Trap Company of Mississippi, Pascgoula, MS Bluebill drake decoy measures 14” long x 5 1/2” wide and is about 7 1/4” tall. The head, missing its glass eyes, is firmly attached and the decoy retains its original factory paint and distinctive carved feathering although there are nicks, dings and scrapes from years of hunting activity. There is still a metal lead for attaching the string or rope still on the bottom. The partially hollowed body retains the lead weight on the bottom and is signed with the company name, although it is faint. It is a grand old bird that shows the character of years of use and perfect for a collection.
The Animal Trap Co was instituted in 1896 as a steel trap company. When William Pratt died in 1939 his company was sold to Joslyn Man. Co. and they in turn sold the decoy, mouse and rat trap divisions to Animal Trap of Lititz Pennsylvania. The decoy brand name was changed to Victor. In 1940 they bought the Poitevin Bros. decoy operation in Pascagoula, Miss. and formed a subsidiary of the parent co. named Animal Trap Co of Mississippi. They also purchased the Hudson Decoy Co of Pascagoula in 1946. Wooden decoys were produced in the Miss plant until 1962. In 1946 they started making paper mache decoys in the PA plant and in 1952 started offering molded tenite(plastic) decoys. During the 1960s the Animal Trap Co of America changed it's name to Woodstream Corp. In 1966 all of the molded paper mache duck production was stopped. In 1971 the Miss. plant was closed for good and hurricane Agnes in 1972 flooded and destroyed the Penn. plant.
You can find information on ATCO in the book American Factory Decoys by H. Fleckenstein or in the new book North American Factory Decoys by Ken Trayer.

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Vintage Animal Trap Co Bluebill Drake Decoy

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