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Neat 6” “Crappie” Style Ice Spear Fishing Decoy by Gerhart Berens ( (1905 – 1994) Burtrum, Minnesota, circa, 1950s – 1960s. According to Petersen’s Folk Art Fish Decoys, this is Beren’s “Crappie” style Paint Pattern, which is All Original. The Fish itself is in Excellent Original Condition with only Minor Flaking to the Tail. Interestingly, the Eye on one side is well placed on the fish; whereas, the eye on the other side is well done on the gill. It is Signed on the weight “GB”. No Stand Included. It is a Very Appealing piece of American Folk Art.
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Price $125 plus shipping
A Very Early Frog Ice Spear Fishing Decoy by Richard “Dick” Rieder (1911 – 2008), Backus, Minnesota, circa 1940s. Rieder started carving fish decoys at the age of 16 with the help of his father. Most of his early fish decoys were for family use. Later in life he started making them for others and continued spear fishing right up until his death. See Donald Petersen’s Fish Decoys Past and Present for further information. I bought this fish decoy from Art Kimball in 1993 and a photo is on p. 128 in Fish Decoys, Vol. III (see photos). At the time, Art wasn’t sure of the maker’s name and sent me a letter in 1994 identifying Dick Rieder as the maker. The Form indicates that Rieder created his Frog style early in life and continued with the same style in later years. The Paint is All Original and displays the Typical Wear of an Early Fish Decoy. It measures 5 ¾” in length with a Wood Body and Tin Fins. The stand is not included. A Terrific Example of an Early Minnesota Frog Decoy.
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Very Appealing 6 ½” Ice Spear Fishing Decoy by Art Marcy, Plymouth, Minnesota, circa 2000. Marcy is a Spear Fisherman from Northern Minnesota with a brief bio in Petersen’s Fish Decoys Past and Present. This Fish is Well-Carved with a Nicely Carved Gills and a Curving Wood Tail for active rotation in the water. The Paint is Excellent Original with a Dark Green on Top and White on Bottom, all well blended with orange/yellow patterning down the sides. The Fish has Green Painted Tin Fins and is Signed “AM” on the Bottom behind the inset lead weight. No stand included. A Fine Example of an Art March Wood Tail Fish Decoy.
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Price $75 plus shipping
Nice 6” Perch Style Ice Spear Fishing Decoy by Richard H. Stammer from South Dakota, formerly from the Heron Lake Area and Southern Minnesota, circa 2000. Stammer is considered one of the finer Fish Decoy Makers; his decoys are Hand Carved and Hand Painted with Exceptional Care. This Fish Decoy displays a Curved Wood Tail for enhanced circling, Well Accented Tin Fins, a Carved Open Mouth, Glass Eyes, and a Finely Detailed Original Paint applied the create a more 3-Dimentional Look. The Decoy is Signed with Stammer’s Initials “RHS” on the weight. Stammer is especially appreciated for his Exceptional Paint Patterns on his Fish Spearing Decoys. Stand Not Included. An Excellent Perch Ice Spear Fishing Decoy.
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Price $95 plus shipping
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