Found this Spearing Fish Decoy in Maine. It is hand carved and painted, appearing to be early to mid-1900s, it looks a bit like a Frank Mizera carving, but not knowing very much about these Folky Works of Art, I cannot say for sure. It also is similar to the Ojibwe decoys from the Georgian Bay area, Ontario. I’ve also read that spearfishing was outlawed since the turn of the century and is legal only in Alaska, Minnesota, South Dakota, Michigan, Montana and Wisconsin and that most fishermen come from Minnesota. I would guess that has something to do with these decoys becoming more a collectible item today, as to a necessary tool for fishing. I’ve done some research and read way too much to include, so I will keep it simple. The decoy measures 7 inches long; looking at from the back it has a slight right curve in the tail. I understand that which way the curve is determines whether the decoy will swim clockwise or counterclockwise. It is painted yellow ochre on top and appears to be stained cherry color on bottom. There is some green showing through the yellow. Gills are painted red and the eye is carved and painted. Fins are metal and there is a metal 3 ring line tie at top. The decoy is weighted. It is in nice vintage condition with a nice patina; it is unsigned. Many of these decoys came from the Chautauqua Lake, NY area, Bucks County, PA and Ely, Minn. I find these American Folk Art fish quite interesting and will be further checking the history. They are amazing pieces of art. Sales tax must be collected for buyers living in or picking up in New York State. Local tax rate applies.
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