This Upper Chesapeake decoy has seen little or no use but still has dings, rubs and checks in the wood despite that. On the left hand side of the body are two checks in the wood which, if it was a working decoy in use could be closed with a few small nails. They've been there a long time but I've left them as is. I bought this at a local antique center about 35 years ago.
It comes from a school of carving I call the "Madison Mitchell School" which would include all those who worked with Michell and were so profoundly influenced by him that it is very difficult to tell them apart. At least for me they are. Those carvers would include Charles Joiner, Charles Bryan, and Paul Gibson to name a few.
So I'm not exactly sure who made this decoy, so I said Madison Mitchell or Charles Joiner in the item title. The item "Upper Chesapeake Canvas Back by Madison Mitchell or Charlie Joiner" is in sale since Wednesday, September 30, 2020. This item is in the category "Sporting Goods\Hunting\Vintage Hunting\Duck Decoys".The seller is "dofi-4014" and is located in Middlebury, Vermont. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Dominican republic, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, El salvador, Honduras, Jamaica, Antigua and barbuda, Aruba, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint kitts and nevis, Saint lucia, Montserrat, Turks and caicos islands, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Ecuador, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Peru, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Viet nam, Uruguay, Russian federation, Philippines.