Ken Harris New York Wood Duck. This is a very intriguing decoy. An exceptionally well-formed and painted Ken Harris wood duck.
The paint is thick with tons of depth and feature and the form is out of this world. You don't see too many wood ducks like this one, even by Harris who may have been the master of recreating species in wood. An interesting note, the bottom has a brass plug with the number 128 on it. This is said to the mark of a well-known, NY hunter and decoy collector Bill Towner.
This certainly adds some significant provenance to this already exceptional decoy. All original and as shown. I have done my best to document this decoy through both the text above and the photographs. I will do my best to accommodate any and all requests. The decoy you are seeing is the exact one you will be getting, therefore, there should be no surprises if you have taken the time to scroll through all the photos and read the text.
Unless the decoy is listed in 100% original paint, expect some old hunter touch-up. Almost every single decoy I have for sale was in fact a working decoy part of a larger rig and subject to typical gunning wear including rubs that were typically touched-up between hunting seasons as a way to pass the time during the off-season. Some of these decoys are more than 100 years old and over the course of many hunting seasons it is bound to happen. Shown below is an excerpt from The Ward Museums Website. There is also some great information on Bill Towner in the tidbits section of the decoy magazine website.
Ken Harris (1906 - 1981). Allegedly, he decided to carve a black duck decoy to disprove the claim that black ducks were not attracted to decoys. Apparently, his true to life decoys were successful.Harris continued to make working decoys in his spare time to satisfy the demand of fellow hunters for a number of years. In addition to his black ducks, Harris is known to have produced decoys for canvas backs, Canada goose, bluebills, and teal. His name and hometown are stamped on the bottom of many of his decoys. He employed two assistants, Sterling Stub OYoung and John Illingworth of Adams, New York to sand and paint what he carved. Harris was a superb carver who produced a wide range of working decoys and decorative pieces. I say most because as you see some decoys will have a modest/fair-market reserve. Call it down-sizing if you will. If a decoy doesn't meet reserve, let's talk. NOTE: As with most sporting collectibles, along with being a great addition to a game room or home decor, vintage decoys have shown to be a sound investment that seldom decrease in value. Each decoy is truly a One-Of-A-Kind item as no two hand-carved decoys are exactly alike and with so few available decoys from each carver, as time passes, they will surely only increase in value. Be sure to add my to your favorite sellers/searches.
I have many more decoys to add from all regions including the Chesapeake Bay, Ontario, Quebec, Michigan, New York, Illinois, the St. The item "Fantastic Ken Harris Wood Duck Decoy Exceptional Paint Bill Towner Brass Plug" is in sale since Monday, October 26, 2020. This item is in the category "Sporting Goods\Hunting\Vintage Hunting\Duck Decoys". The seller is "dckhuntr" and is located in Butler, Pennsylvania.This item can be shipped to United States, Canada.