A very light, hollow-carved Merganser Decoy with original paint. The bird has a carved crest (notches on the back of his head) and glass eyes. The body is very light, almost like balsa wood. The decoy was obviously meant for relatively still water, which leads me to suspect Upstate New York or Canada as its origin, but there are no indications as to who the carver might have been. The bird is also long: about 15 ½” from tip of the beak to tail and about 5 ½” high. The head is slightly tilted to the right. No bottom weight, although you can see the shadow of where a round weight had been.
The merganser is in very fine condition with no splits or cracks in the head or body. The paint is virtually complete, although there is some light rubbing on the sides and a couple of areas, mostly across the breast, where the thick paint has flaked off. The back shows a show marks. A nice, folksy example of a desirable decoy species.