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Very Appealing 8” Ice Spear Fishing Decoy by Richard Rates (Trade Name: “R.I.C. Woods), Winnebago, Wisconsin, circa 1970s(?). Rates, who has been carving for over 50 years, is featured in the History of Collectible Fishing Tackle of Wisconsin, 1999, p. 194. This Fish Decoy, perhaps a Trout style, has Paint Eyes, Lengthy Side Fins, and a Large Metal Tail. It is in Detailed Original Paint with Some In-Use Wear. The Fish is quite appealing and has a good patina. Stand Not Included.
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Price $110 plus shipping
Classic 4 ½” Minnow Style Ice Spear Fishing Decoy by Chester Buss (1896 – 1960), Park Rapids, Minnesota, circa 1940s – 1950s. This Gray and White Pattern with Red Accents is a Classic Type of a Chester Buss Fish Decoy. This one must have worked well because while it’s All Original in Form and Paint, the Fish displays both Age and Wear, especially where the paint is rubbed off one Tack Eye and in Paint Loss to the Bottom. Rather than the “perfect” fish, it displays Great Character. See Donald Petersen’s Folk Art Fish Decoys for additional information. Stand Not Included. A Fine Chester Buss Fish Decoy.
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Price $85 plus shipping
“Sturgeon Coaxer” Ice Spear Fishing Decoy by E. Duane “Duey” Johnston, New York Mills, Minnesota, circa Late 20th Century. This is a Classic Example (see pg. 101 of Petersen’s Fish Decoy Makers Past & Present) of a Johnston Fish Decoy. This Decoy measures 15” in length, has Decal Eyes, Two Tie Lines, Fish Scale Original Paint, and Metal Fins. The Fish is a Working Decoy and shows Some Minor Wear from Use. Stand Not Included. It is a Wonderfully Large and Well Made Decoy for Luring in the Big Ones.
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Price $100 plus shipping
Incredible Three-Dimensional Rock Bass, Red Eye Fish Decoy by Rick Whittier, Lidgerwood, North Dakota, circa 2007. Whittier is an Exceptional Carver who creates a Fish Decoy with Highly Defined Multi-Dimensional Carving. The Wood Body reflects the Details of an Actual Fish and the Use of Metal Fins extends the Dimensionality. The Paint Pattern is both Subtle and Accurate; yet, Beyond the Sculptural Aspects, the Fish is also Designed with its Inlaid Weight and Line Holes to serve as an Ice Spear Fishing Decoy. The weight is both Signed and dated. 7 1/2" long; 4 1/2" high. No Stand is included and None is Necessary. This Red Eye Rock Bass is a Perfect Sculpture for any Collector.
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Price $125 plus shipping
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