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Early 9 ½” “Trout” Ice Spear Fishing Decoy by Vernon Baggs (1925 – 1985), Kalkaska County, Michigan, circa 1970s. There is an excellent article detailing the work of Sherman Dewey & Vernon Baggs in the Jan.-Feb. 2014 issue of Hunting & Fishing Collectibles Magazine and it especially clarifies a number of issues related the family history of Vernon Baggs. When I first bought this fish in 1992, it was represented as being made in the 1940s-1950s. In fact, a quick review of the family history indicates that Baggs was too involved in WWII and his first marriage in 1947 and the death of 4 of his children in 1953 for him to make decoys for anyone other than himself. After a serious accident in 1969, he actually began producing commercial decoys to help sustain his second wife and their children. This Copper-Tan over White Trout is typical of his 1970s production and the details of his hand carving, hand painting, metal fins from tin cans, and tie line form are found in the article referred to above. This fish is in Excellent Original Paint and Condition with Some Minor Wear from Use. Stand is Not Included.
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Price $145 plus shipping
Very Nice 10 ½” “Attractor” Ice Spear Fishing Decoy by Sherman Dewey (1919 – 2003), Manistique, Michigan, circa 1980s – 1990s. Dewey was an active member of the Manistique community on the Upper Peninsula on the shore of Lake Michigan, and he most likely did a lot of his spear fishing on nearby Indian Lake. Sherman Dewey’s Fish Decoy are readily identifiable both in their style and in the fact that he stamped his front metal fins “S” on one side and “D” on the other. Some of his fish have metal tails and others wood. Each of his fish is both spray (the base paint) and hand painted with a very appealing look. This Fish is in Excellent Original Condition and a Classic Dewey Paint and Form. (Stand Not Included.) Nice Michigan Fish Decoy.
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Price $125 plus shipping
Super Miniature “Painted Turtle” Ice Spear Fishing Decoy by Carl Christiansen, Newberry, Michigan, circa early 1990s. Christiansen is a self taught carving and artist who is well documented in Frank Baron’s Commercial Fish Decoys. The Carl Christiansen Lure Company was formed in 1979 and once Christiansen realized that many of his fish decoys were being purchased by collectors, his father, Hans, began making the slide top boxes as an additional feature for the collecting community. This Wonder Miniature Turtle is Painted with Incredible Detail, especially for its size and measures 1 ½” in length and the Original Box measures 3” in length and has “Painted Turtle” written on the end. Both Items are in Excellent Original Condition and Christiansen’s “CC” Mark is on the Bottom on the Turtle near the tail.
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Price $95 plus shipping
7 ½” Ice Spear Fishing Decoy by Louie Anderson (1905 – 1986), Park Rapids, Minnesota, circa 1950s. Anderson’s Fish Design and Paint Patterns are well described in Donald Petersen’s Folk Art Fish Decoys. This particular example in All Original Paint uses a Red/Pink/White Pattern and has his Classic series of Painted Circles down the Center of the Body. The Fish displays Excellent Original Paint with Some Minor Wear from Serious Use. It could probably use a good cleaning but is being sold in “as found” condition. Stand Not Included. A Fine Example of a Louie Anderson Fish.
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