Found this Spearing Fish Decoy in Maine. It is hand carved and painted, appearing to be early to mid-1900s, but not knowing very much about these Folky Works of Art, I cannot say for sure. I’ve read that ice 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 ice 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 ice fishing. I’ve done some research and read way too much to include, so I will keep it simple. The decoy measures 8 3/8 inches long; it is painted green on top over a yellow ochre bottom with charcoal gray painted slashes. Gills and mouth are carved and painted a salmon color. The eye is painted black with a yellow ring around the outside. Fins are metal and there is a metal ring line tie at top. The decoy is weighted. It is in nice vintage condition with a nice patina; it is unsigned, but looks a bit like a C. B. Lewis style (one of several known carvers), but again, I cannot say for certain. 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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