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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 $145 plus shipping  SALE PRICE $110

 

 

Rare and Early 6 ½” “Yellow Trout” Ice Spear Fishing Decoy by Pearl Bethel (1894 – 1960), Park Rapids, Minnesota, circa 1940s. This Excellent Example of Pearl Bethel’s early work is feathered in Donna Tonelli’s “Bethel Decoys: A Family Tradition”, Decoy Magazine, Jan./Feb., 1992, which contains considerable information about Bethel Fish Decoys. (See also, Donald Petersen’s Folk Art Fish Decoys.) This rather Thin Body Decoy, a distinction of Pearl’s Fish, displays Excellent Original Paint, Slightly Worn from Age and Use. The Typical Tin Fins also show Some Flaking from Use but are in the Classic Form of Pearl’s fish. I’ve had this fish in my collection since purchasing it from Art Kimball in the 1990s. Stand Not Included. Truly a Fish Decoy that is Hard-to-Find and Represents a Park Rapids Tradition.

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Price $425 plus shipping

 

Early 9 ½” Working Ice Spear Fishing Decoy by an Unknown Maker from Minnesota, circa 1940s – 1950s. Clearly Designed by Its Maker with Pike Spear Fishing in mind, the Fish reflects the Traditional Red and White of Minnesota Attractor Decoys and the Green of the Pike Decoys. But the Maker went further by Creating Wide Wing Style Side Fins and the Accented All Tin Fins with a Green and White Pattern. Adding to the Character of this Collectible Decoy is the “Damage” to One Side where the Spear Hit the Decoy on its way to the Fish. There is Typical Wear to this Working Decoy in “As Found” Condition, but it maintains it Original Paint and Form with an Excellent Patina. (Stand Not Included)

 

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Price $165 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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