Mittesteadt is the best know, collectible carver from Western, NY and for good reasons, his decoy have excellent form and paint! A hard carver to acquire decoys from, this is a a great opportunity to add a pair to your collection.
Check out the great paint detail on these birds, exceptional! Mixture of working and original paint. Chip to underside of hen's bill. 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. Julius Mittlesteadt is a well-known decoy carver from Buffalo, NY. He made well-formed, heavy decoy blocks that were certainly attractive on the water. 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 "C1950 Julius Mittlesteadt Bluebill Duck Decoy Pair from Buffalo, NY Great Form" is in sale since Sunday, September 19, 2021. 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.