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6 ½” Northern Ice Spear Fishing Decoy by Lamont Mounsdon (1923 – 2014), Alexandria, Minnesota, circa early 2000s. This Fish is in Excellent Original Condition and Signed on the bottom. If you’re engaged in Spear Fishing, this fish is ready for use. If you’re a Collector of Ice Spear Fishing Decoys, this fish is an Excellent Example. No stand included.

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Price $45 plus shipping


“Crappie” Fish Spear Fishing Decoy by Kermit Sletten (1911-1959) Sletten Manufactory Company, Willmar, Minnesota, circa 1940s-1950s. This company began in 1946 and produced fish decoys of “Solid Aluminum Die Casting” with a slit cut in for a “sheet aluminum side fin’” marked “K. Sletten, Willmar, Minn. Pat. Pending.” For further information see, Frank Baron’s Commercial Fish Decoys. Each Fish Decoy was designed in a particular fashion and this example is the “Crappie.” Included with each fish was a Cast Body, the Fin for insertion, and instructions on how to construct the decoy. Offered here is the decoy with the fin in place and a copy of the instructions as found. The Fish Decoy is Excellent and Original, though the instructions show wear. A Very Fine Example of the Sletten Decoy. Stand Not Included.

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Classic 7” Perch Ice Spear Fishing Decoy by Cyril Bethel (1900 – 1980), Park Rapids, Minnesota, circa 1950s – 1960s. Cyril was the brother of the well-known Pearl Bethel, though Cyril was somewhat more eccentric than his brother. His decoys are also distinctly different with the most obvious difference found in the placement of the decoy eyes. Cyril’s paint eye placement is virtually at the top of the head. The form of the body and the fins are also different from Pearl’s fish. There is a good description of Cyril’s fish in Donald Petersen’s Folk Art Fish Decoys, and for collectors of Cyril’s decoys, his work is clearly a Folk Art that emerges from a Practical Activity. This Fish displays Strong Perch-Style Original Paint displaying Good Age with Very Minor Wear. Stand not included. Fish Decoys by Cyril Bethel have a Strong Folk Art Character.

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Price $225 plus shipping


Very Appealing 8” Attractor Ice Spear Fishing Decoy by Richard Rates (Trade Name: “R.I.C.” Woods), Winnebago, Wisconsin, circa 1960s(?). 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 an Attractor style, has Paint Eyes, Lengthy Side Fins, and a Large Metal Tail and a Tin Fin Tie Line. It is in Detailed Original Paint with a Bold Red Head, Fins, and Tail, Spotting over a Pinkish Body and Tail, and a Gray-White Bottom. Some In-Use Wear. Signed “Ric” on the Bottom. Stand Not Included. The Fish is quite appealing and has a good patina.

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