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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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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


Neat 6 ½” “White Fish” Ice Spear Fishing Attractor Decoy by Duane “Snook” Barrett (born 1937), Osakis, Minnesota, circa 1980s. Barrett’s Fish Decoys are most influenced by the work of John Tax and his “working” fish are frequently imprinted with an “x” in the bottom weight, as is the case with this fish. Because he uses watercolors, in this case a Very Nice Black and Gray Pattern, his working fish are dipped in polyurethane to protect the finish. This fish is especially Appealing with Deeply Carved Eyes and a Bold Wood Tail. This 6 ½” fish is in Very Good Condition with Minor with some Minor In-Use Wear. Signed on the Bottom of one fin: Snook Barrett”. Stand Not Included. Very Neat Snook Barrett White Fish Decoy.

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Rare and Early 5 ¾” Freshwater Drum Ice Spear Fishing Decoy from Michigan, circa 1940s. We’ve had this decoy in our collection since the Mid-1990s and have rarely seen other fish decoys like it. In the Great Lakes Area this species is frequently referred to as “Sheepshead” and can vary in coloration, though silver-gray is the most common color. This particular Decoy displays Original Silver-Gray Paint on an Open Mouth Wood Body in the Shape of a Drum Fish with Wear from Use. It also has Pin Bead Eyes and “Angel Wing” Metal Fins and Tail. Holes in the Head show that the Eye Screw has been moved a couple of times. Though the carver is Unknown to us, the simple look of the Decoy indicates that the User knew what he was after. Stand Not Included. A Rare Piece for the Fish Decoy Collector.

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