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An Outstanding 9” “Frog” 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 particular “Frog” displays Mint Original Paint, Glass Eyes, with Metal Side Fins and Feet for Effective Movement as a Lure. The decoy has Black Paint on the Top with Individual Red Spots circled with Yellow; the Body Paint then fades to a Gray/White Bottom. The Decoy is Signed with Stammer’s Initials “RHS.” Stammer is especially appreciated for his Spearing Frogs, along with a wide range of other Spear Fishing Decoys. Stand Not Included. An Excellent “Frog” Ice Spear Fishing Decoy.

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Raven’s Way is pleased to offer an Extremely Rare "Minnow” Ice Spear Fishing Decoy by John Motherway, an elusive maker believed to be from Hibbing or Iron Mountain, Minnesota, carving circa 1930s – 1940s. Motherway is also believed to be a Chippewa from one of the reservations in the area. While we have only obtained 2 or 3 of Motherway’s decoys over time, this Minnow Decoy is the rarest Motherway we have owned. This is a Finely Made Decoy in Original Paint with the Classic Black Eyes he always painted on his decoys. It measures 4 ½” in length and clearly qualifies as a Minnow. This particular fish was obtained from Art Kimball back in the 1990s and has been in our collection ever since. No Stand Included. The Form and Quality of John Motherway’s Fish Decoys are an Important Part of Minnesota Fish Decoy History.

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Terrific 9” Red and White Ice Spear Fishing Decoy by Louie Leech (1905-1982), Fairmont, Minnesota, circa 1950s-1960s. Leech made fish decoys from the 1950s to the end of his life, once he realized the demand for decoys that created real success. Using primarily a Red and White pattern, Leech would sprinkle glitter on his decoys which cause them to reflect light in the water. His earlier fish had White or Yellow Bead Eyes; whereas, his later decoys had tack eyes. Leech also stamped “LL’ on the bottom of his fish, more frequently on the later fish. This particular fish displays all the Classic Characteristics of Louie Leach Fish Decoys: A Red & White Pattern, Sprinkled Glitter Finish, Yellow Bead Eyes, and the “LL” Stamped on the Bottom. See Donald Petersen’s Folk Art Fish Decoy for information on Louie Leech.  No Stand Included. Outstanding Example of a Virtually Mint Leech Fish Decoy.

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Price $85 plus shipping


Early 12” Red & White Coaxer Ice Spear Fishing Decoy with Strong Folk Art Appeal, circa 1940s. This Decoy comes from Minnesota, but the name of the carver is Unknown. It has a Classic Red & White Attractor Paint Pattern, Tack Eyes, and Metal Fins. The “Eye” Screw has been replaced over time and the Fish has seen a Good Deal of Use, but it appears to display its Original Condition, though the Red may have some Touchup. Check out the Photos. Stand Not Included. A Very Folky Red & White.


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