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A Classic 7 I/2” Ice Spear Fishing Decoy by Henry J. Ranthum (1874 – 1957), Buffalo, Minnesota, circa 1940s – 1950s. Ranthum most often created fish decoys in a Red & White Pattern with a Wood Body and Metal Fins. If you recognize the common use of fishing lures used in the Spring, Summer and Fall in the Upper Mid-Western States, you will notice that many of these lures use the Red & White Attractor Pattern. Variations of Red & White used especially on Minnesota Ice Spear Fishing Decoys continue into the Ice Spear Fishing Season. This particular fish displays Original Paint with Average Wear from Use in the Water. Moreover, while Ranthum’s Fish Decoys vary in Form, Size, and Color, this Red & White Style is his Classic Type. Stand Not Included.

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Early 8 ˝” Ice Spear Fishing Decoy by an Unknown Minnesota Decoy Maker, circa 1920s – 1930s. If you like the Early and Authentic Spearing Decoys, this is one to consider. I bought this fish many years ago from Art Kimball (now deceased) and still find it highly appealing, especially with regard to the history of spear fishing for the average man. It was clearly a Heavily Used War Horse in its time and displays an Early Working Fisherman’s Repaint and Continuous Wear. While it may have been a silver and red at some point, the Repaint gave it a Classic Red Head with a Brown Body and Yellow Spots, with areas still worn to the wood. It appears to have the Original Tack eyes, painted Blue at some point, and the Original Tin Fins, with the “Coffee Can” Tail Fin being most obvious, also repainted. While it carries its Original Inletted Lead Weight, it also has a Screw Eye Rig on the Bottom which may have been used for additional weight or for a “cheater” hook. Overall, the Age and Wear on this Fish makes it a Wonderful Antique Fish Decoy. Stand Not Included

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Price $165 plus shipping  SALE PRICE $125

Especially Appealing  6” Brook Trout Ice Spear Fishing Decoy by Tony Smith, Macatawa Bait Co., Holland, Michigan, circa 1990s. Tony Smith is without question one of the Superior Fish Decoy Makers from Michigan. This Brook Trout displays Open Mouth Carving, Glass Eyes, Mint Original Paint (minor distortion from photo lights) “Pig Tail” Tie Line and Metal Fins. The Fish is in Mint Condition and comes in the Original Box (7”x 3 5/8”). Stand Not Included. This Fish Decoy is a Fantastic Collector’s Item. Please Examine the Photographs.

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Early 4” Primitive Minnow Spear Fishing Decoy by an Unknown Maker from Michigan, probably the Au Gres Area (see Kimballs’ The Fish Decoy, Vol. III, pg. 81), circa 1930s. This Minnow is Totally Hand Carved with a Wood Tail, Tin Fins and a Small Carved Mouth; it also has a cool little “Pig Tail” Tie Line and is Nicely Weighted. The Silver Paint of the Minnow appears to be Original, though there are remnants of Green Paint over the Silver on the Bottom. Worn to the Wood in Some Places, it was clearly a Heavily Used Fish Decoy. Stand Not Included. A Very Cool Fish, especially for Minnow Collectors.

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Price $85 plus shipping


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