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Super 8 ¾” Red & Yellow Ice Spear Fishing Decoy by Henry J. Ramthun (1874 – 1957), Buffalo, Minnesota, circa 1950s. Donald Petersen’s Folk Art Fish Decoys notes that when Ramthun retired from farming in 1952 he started carving decoys for himself and for sale, and was influenced by the Faue brothers who lived in the area. Ironically, in the 1990s I was sold this fish as a Faue Brothers, until I identified it as a Ramthun with Kimballs’ Vol.II. Most of Ramthun’s decoys display a particular Red & White Pattern, but there are some excellent exceptions, including this fish. The Form is Classic Ramthun. The Original Paint is a Red Head with Yellow Gills Stripes and a Yellow Body that has Mellowed with Age. The Tack Eyes with Black Paint Center Spots are another characteristic of Ramthun, and the Yellow Fins are accented with Red; the Tail has some splotches of a Light Blue. The tie line is “band-style”. The Condition indicates some “in-use” wear and paint loss to the weight. No Stand Included. This Ramthun Fish is another Excellent Example of the Quality Fish Decoys created in Minnesota.
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Price $245 plus shipping
Raven’s Way is pleased to offer a Composition Etching of Upper Mid-West Spear Fishing Decoys with Extensive Hand Colored Remarques by the Artist Tim Callahan from Michigan, circa Mid-1990s. Callahan has an incredibly diverse background in the art world from Pin Striping Cars to Abstract Painting, and I was very lucky to be friends with Tim in the 1990s. In the past I sold numerous Hunting and Fishing Etchings by Tim and have a fair number of Waterfowl Etchings, all Hand Colored and Remargued in my Decoy Collection. This Rare Spearing Fish Decoy Etching #8/50 with its Extensive Remarquing is a Classic Early Work by Tim, before he started traveling the world and fully developing his incredibly wide range of artistic skills. The Image itself is 7 ¼” x 6 ½” (fully framed 14 ½” x 14”+ and Represents a Montage of Ice Spear Fishing and the Decoys Used; it is basically a History of Spear Fishing in Art. This is the Perfect Work of Art for the Fish Decoy Collector. The Etching is Numbered, Titled, and Signed in Pencil. Excellent Original Condition in an Acid Free Museum Quality Frame.
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Price $85 plus shipping
6 ½” Attractor Ice Spear Fishing Decoy by Charlie Bethel (deceased circa 2013), Pequot Lakes, Minnesota, circa ? Charlie Bethel was the son of Cyril Bethel and a cousin to Lawrence Bethel who, according to a friend, called him “Little Fat Chucky”. Charlie’s fish have some characteristics of Cyril’s fish with 6 tin fins and tail and white dots down the side, but are not quite as folky. This decoy in “Unfished” Condition displays a Purple Top and Fins and a White Bottom; it has White Dots down each side and Paint Red Eyes. The Tie Line is hooked wire. No Stand Included. Charlie Bethel made a Nice Minnesota Fish Decoy.
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Price $55 plus shipping
A Very Early 6 ½” “Air Plane Style” Attractor Ice Spear Fishing Decoy by an Unknown Maker from Northern Minnesota, circa 1930s. We purchased this fish from a Minnesota dealer almost 20 years ago and have always found it appealing. Aside from its “Air Plane Style” Form, it displays Very Early Original Paint that is designed to “Attract” Fish and is quite “Alligatored” from Age. It also has an Unusual Weight design with a Long In-set Weight that is then covered with an additional Weight that Wraps up to the Front of the Fish. The Eye Screw is quite close to the Tip of the Head, suggesting that once the decoy is in the water, it will straighten out and circle according to the position of the tail. No Stand is Included. A Terrific Minnesota Fish that is both Early and Unique.
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